The Final 8:
Edberg’s Marathon Run to the Title
The Quarterfinal Round: 2 of the 4 Matches Went 5 sets
The Highlight Match did not go 5 sets, but the 1992 Australian and French Open champion Jim Courier took on the 1992 Wimbledon champion and boyhood rival Andre Agassi. This match ended in 4 tense sets. Courier won 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 6-4. The 4th set appeared to be heading toward a tiebreak until Agassi complained about Courier’s slow play. Courier became visibly angry and raised his game to break Agassi.
Edberg needed two days and 5 sets to beat Ivan Lendl. Edberg nearly blew a 2 set lead, but he rallied from a break down in the 5th set to beat Lendl 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3).
Michael Chang needed 5 sets to beat Wayne Ferreira 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1. Pete Sampras rolled into the semifinal by beating a tanking Alexander Volkov 6-4, 6-1, 6-0.
The Semifinal Round:
Edberg needs 5 but Sampras clips Courier in 4
Stefan Edberg beat Michael Chang in a looooooong match. Edberg and Chang’s games contrasted nicely. Edberg prevailed 6-7 (3-7), 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 6-4. Edberg again rallied from a break down in the 5th set.
Pete Sampras beat Courier 6-1, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in a match that rarely saw both players playing well at the same time. Pete Sampras entered the final having played 7 sets in his previous 2 matches compared to Edberg’s 10 sets. This was in the days of Super Saturday so Edberg had to play the day after his marathon with Chang. Sampras was on his way to a 2nd US Open title in part due to his red-hot summer and in part due to his easier path to the final.
Edberg wins the Battle of the Pro-Staff Racquets
Stefan Edberg concluded his marathon run by again rallying from a deficit, but this time Edberg only needed 4 sets to rally. Edberg clipped Sampras 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
Post Script a Run Down of Big Matches
- Edberg beat Sampras, Lendl, Chang and Krajicek who combined to win 24 majors.
- Sampras beat Courier who won 4 majors and was ranked #1
- Courier beat Agassi and John McEnroe
- Lendl beat Boris Becker and Jimmy Connors