>Is this tourney not being televised anywhere in the Western Hemisphere?
>This Final match between SE and Becker will really be one to see. For all
>of Becker's success against Stefan (24-10 overall), in their most
>important matches (which I say [subjectively] are the 88-90 Wimbledon
>Finals and 89 French semi), Stefan is 3 - 1.
The Queen's matches were shown in Europe. I will attach below a description
from a netter. I do remember seeing the Sampras-Martin final a couple
years ago on Prime. Is my memory faulty? This year -- when it counts!
-- I don't see anything listed in the TV listing. I think we are out
>I mean, geez, look at this SE quote [courtesy RTR News] ``I'm playing
>well, I'm eager, I'm hungry and I'm wanting to win very, very badly.''
>Nearly akin to standing atop the Tower of London and shouting out a
>challenge to all comers, methinks.
That's the artless Edberg for you: He's like an open book in a way.
Becker was said to have practiced for hours before yesterday's match.
[see below]; Boris might have heard that remark.
>What am I trying to say?? I WANT TO SEE THIS MATCH!
So do I. Perhaps, just perhaps, we can wait for better things to come at
(From a European netter:)
I saw nearly the whole match against Muster. Of course it was two
super-contrasting styles on the court. It was amazing to see how well Muster had
managed to adapt his game to grass, though his style had not changed. Both men
played very well throughout the whole match and were eager to beat the other.
Muster was really delighted after having won the first set, but as the match
went on it became clear that he could not cope any longer with Edberg's
high-quality volleys, especially against the direction of movement: Muster did
not get the chance to play his own game. Edberg got several breakpoints in the
second set but did not manage to actually break serve until at 4-3. From that
moment I got the strong feeling he could not lose the match anymore, and though
Muster never gave up, as we know him, it was all in vain indeed.
After the match in what you could call a just-off-court interview, Edberg said
he had been surprised how well Muster had adapted his game to grass and that he
thought the guy *could* actually play on grass, having got some experience in
this year's or last year's Davis Cup tie against South Africa when he beat Wayne
Ferreira or Ondruska on grass (if I am not mistaken). We saw the nice guy we
know so well again when he paid tribute to Muster so much. He went on to say
that he thought he had played well, much better than he had done for months and
that all was well in the head again. The interviewer immediately asked what
exactly he meant by that and he commented that now he badly wanted to win on
court again, which had been different in the past few months (years).
After Becker's semifinal win against Wayne Ferreira, he was asked to comment on
the final on Sunday ("Your opponent is quite a familiar one, isn't he?") Becker
smiled and said: "You know, I wish we would meet in the final in three weeks. I
still trail him 1-2 in Wimbledon finals." He said he looked forward to the final
In that final, for which Becker was said to have prepared for hours, trying to
get the concentration needed, both men played on a very high standard. In the
first set both men got to 15-40 in a service game of the other; Edberg, who got
his breakpoints first, could not convert them while Becker could, which was well
the only difference between them in the first set.
In the second set Edberg stepped up a gear and got several break points on
Becker's serve early in the set, but Becker was on his best then and Edberg
could not convert. When Edberg was 5-4 up he got to advantage in Becker's
service game but again he could not win the set point. Then he went on to lose
that game and in his next service game, you know what I mean, Mei-Ling, he got
that expression in his face that told me he was going to lose this service game.
So it went: he was broken to love. Somehow, however, he broke Becker back to
love to force the tiebreak. The crowd was ecstatic and all behind him. And then
he started with a double fault in the tiebreak. Then Becker went up 3-0 and 5-2
after which Edberg's resistance was broken and he lost the tiebreak.
Throughout the match Edberg played very very well but Becker just played
perfectly. I cannot recall one unforced error from Becker in the whole match. I
think Becker was very eager to win this match. I still feel, though, that Edberg
should have won the second set; he got more breakpoints than Becker did in that
set and Edberg's standard of playing would certainly have justified a deciding
third set. Edberg could equally well have won the match had he used the
opportunities he did get. I sometimes had the feeling he was just a bit too
eager to win, thereby sometimes committing unforced errors on important points.
And that's what Edberg himself commented after the match in a just-off-court
interview with both men standing next to each other. Edberg said particularly:
"I wish I could start again on that tiebreak in which I started with a double
fault, because then I gave him the opportunity to go three points up." He said
he felt he could be a threat at Wimbledon and that he would very much like to
play Becker in the Wimbledon final in three weeks. I would say: Sampras has been
warned. And it's true: *if* Edberg can maintain this level of play, both men are
serious contenders for the title...