by Mauro Cappiello
Only an hour and 20 minutes of play were enough for Stefan Edberg to beat Ivan Lendl in the second match of the AFAS Tennis Classics. So it will be the Swede who will play organizer Paul Haarhuis in tomorrow's final that will be held at 15.00 CET.
Stefan was never broken in a match that looked close only in the second half of the second set, when the six-time Grand Slam champion struggled to hold three successive rounds of serve. On 4-5 he was two points away from losing the set and taking the match to a Champions tie-break, but a game later he made the decisive break that gave him the match with a 6-3 7-5, the same score with which he outclassed Henri Leconte yesterday.
Edberg, in fact, had cruised through the first set that had lasted less than half an hour and had been more one-sided than what the score may suggest. An only break, made by the Swede on the score of 4-3, had been decisive here as well, but Stefan had proved to be more aggressive and more at ease with his game than a weary Lendl.
Now the final match against Haarhuis, the Dutchman who overcame Muster in the first match and, surprisingly, Richard Krajicek in the second. The local hero against one of the classiest player in the history of tennis. What a feast for the crowd in Holland!
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