Wilander against Edberg at the Open
MELBOURNE. Now everybody is waiting for "the big friday", when the two most expected rivals of the Australian Open will find themselves in front of each other. After Cash and Lendl, who easily went through the quarters, in the other semifinal the usual two Swedes, Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg, respectively number two and number three seed, made a date, as expected.
The latter, after Cash, is the local favorite, since he has already won the Australian Open in 1985, revealing himself to the eyes of tennis world, and repeated his exploit twelve months ago.
On the other hand, the Swedish troop is well represented also among the fifteen thousand spectators crowding the stands at any time: there's a picturesque group of variegated supporters, provided with flags, banners and pennons and even with their faces painted in national colors, blue and yellow, who didn't stop for an instant to "push" their two fellow compatriots to victory.
(...)World number two started really badly in his quarter final. He was opposed to baby-faced Russian Chesnokov. The Russian didn't absolutely want to lose. Blond Edberg's vehemence had opposite effects at the start: he dived forward, almost hung on to the net, but the Russian child passed him, or forced him to miss.
Imprecise was also the Swede's serve, and he clearly lost the first set and risked to lose the second as well, with Chesnokov serving and 4-3 up. Edberg remedied with anger more than with technique, fighting tooth and nail reached the tie-break and won it, 7-5.
From then on, his road was downhill, though. The Russian was less sure and regular, Edberg's gallops to the net increased in precision, the double 6-4 was the natural end to the match.
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