from The Sun-Sentinel
by Jim Sarni
WIMBLEDON, England - 6-0, 6-0, 6-0. In 60 minutes. Stefan Edberg couldn't believe it.
"I just kept going," said the third-seeded Swede after he defeated countryman Stefan Eriksson in 18 successive and swift games in the first round at Wimbledon Tuesday. "I've never won a match in three love sets before and I felt a little bit sorry for him," Edberg said. "We've had close matches before."
But Eriksson had never played on grass before, and it showed.
"If you've never played on grass before, it can be very difficult," said Edberg, who has won the Australian Open on grass twice. "Especially this week with all the rain and no chance to practice.
"I have been getting quite a lot of practice on grass," he said. "I am getting into it and feel better and better. I am glad to finally have played my first match. I thought today would become like yesterday when I sat waiting for seven and a half hours while it rained," said Edberg, ranked No. 4 in the world.
Edberg restricted Eriksson to only 35 points and three game points in the entire match.
Edberg became the third player in Open Era (post-1968) Grand Slam history to win 6-0, 6-0, 6-0.
GRAND SLAM PERFECTION
Only five men have ever had perfect matches in a Grand Slam event.
-- Nicola "Nikki" Spear, Yugoslavia, def. Daniel Contet, France, French Open, 1968.
-- Karel Novacek, Yugoslavia, def. Eduardo Bengoechea, Argentina, French Open, 1987.
-- Lennart Bergelin, Sweden, def. M. Lucking, Britain, Wimbledon, 1946.
-- Torsten Johansson, Sweden, def. B. Royds, Britain, and P. Geelhand, Belgium, Wimbledon, 1947.
-- Stefan Edberg, Sweden, def. Stefan Eriksson, Sweden, Wimbledon, 198
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