by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg interviewed after the final against Haarhuis
There was no happy ending for Stefan Edberg in Apeldoorn. Paul Haarhuis, who had never beaten Stefan in five meetings on the professional tour including the final in Doha in 1994, has taken his revenge in front of his home crowd in a match that had no story. The 45 year old from Eindhoven, who was born right a month after Stefan, won 6-3, 6-3 in one hour and a quarter.
The turning point of the match came in the sixth game of the first set. With a little help from the luck, Haarhuis managed to break Stefan's serve and, from that moment on, the Dutchman never looked back. After closing the first set 6-3 he gained the early advantage in the second set, breaking the Swede again in the first game. A second break came to give Haarhuis a 5-2 lead and only when he served for the match Stefan managed to win a game on his serve.
But that wasn't enough to put the former number one in the match again, because in the following game he netted a backhand to hand his opponent the victory.
Stefan acknowledged Haarhuis was too good today in a post-match interview, in which he also thanked the big crowd for coming. Now he's already looking at the long awaited challenge against Goran Ivanisevic in Stockholm.
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