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"I love this somewhat dry grass, with a higher bounce than at Wimbledon. It makes my serve more effective, and leaves me a little more time to play my shots" - Stefan Edberg about the Kooyong grasscourt, just after his second title at the Australian Open in 1987. Read the article
After three glorious years with three consecutive finals against Boris Becker between 1988 and 1990, Stefan Edberg's decline affects his Wimbledon performances: in 1991 he goes out against Michael Stich in a semifinal ended with 6 points more than his opponent and never losing his serve; in 1992 an epic five-set battle in the quarter final against Goran Ivanisevic puts an end to his dream of a third Wimbledon crown; in 1993 it's Jim Courier who stops him in the semifinal, overpowering him with his hard returns; in 1994 Edberg goes out in the second round to Kenneth Carlsen after winning the first two sets; in 1995 he is beaten by Belgian giant Dick Norman and that defeat will urge him to announce his retire some months later; in 1996, in his last appearance, Stefan Edberg goes out to fellow countryman Mikael Tillstrom in four sets in the second round. Some memories from Edberg and his long-time coach Tony Pickard.