from Los Angeles Times
Stefan Edberg isn't laying claim to the No. 1 spot in the world just yet, but he may be closing in.
Edberg, ranked No. 2, overpowered top-ranked Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, Sunday to win the $375,000 Seiko Super tournament at Tokyo.
"I hit nice ground strokes and passing shots today, and waited for a chance," said Edberg, 21, after the 2 1/2-hour match. He earned $60,000.
"The victory was an important step for me to become the world's No. 1, but at least I am No. 1 this week. I need to improve my forehand serve return as the backhand is good."
The 27-year-old Lendl, winner of five tournaments this season including the U.S. and French opens, earned $30,000.
Edberg played his usual serve-and-volley game before a crowd of 11,000 at Yoyogi National Stadium, while Lendl played mostly from the baseline. They traded service breaks in the third and fourth games of the first set before it went to a tie-breaker, won by Lendl with some powerful serves, 7-4.
"I've played tiebreakers with Lendl before and he wins most of them," Edberg said. In the second set, Edberg broke serve in the seventh game. Lendl started with an ace, but Edberg rallied to win the game after it went to deuce three times. Edberg broke again in the first game of the third set when umpire Gerald Armstrong overruled a line judge and called Lendl's shot out on game point. He blasted an ace at 40-15 to close out the match.
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