Stefan Edberg – Jim Courier US Open 1991

In the third game of the match, Courier runs into trouble on his serve: the game goes to 6 deuces, before Edberg breaks. From then on, it’s a perfect display of serve and volley tennis, and Edberg captures his first US Open title with a 6-2 6-4 6-0 masterpiece victory. Edberg put on one of the best performances in a Grand Slam final.

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Edberg - Courier

Afterwards Courier said:

“I remember walking off of the court knowing there was no way I could have beaten him on that day. He played a nearly flawless match in every facet.”

If you ask me, this match should be shown in every tennis academy and named: Serve and volley 101. It’s a must see for every Edberg fan/ serve and volley enthusiast.

A few screenshots from the match with Jose Higueras (Courier’s coach), Tony Pickard (Edberg’s coach), Annette (Edberg’s wife).

Jose Higueras

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Annette Edberg

Stefan Edberg retained his title in 1992 in a gutsy fashion: he won three consecutive 5-setters against Krajicek, Lendl, and Chang, and then beat Sampras after losing the first set in the final.

The 1992 US Open was his sixth and last Grand Slam win. Stefan retired in 1996: he won a total of 42 singles titles, 18 doubles titles and reached the number 1 ranking both in singles (72 weeks) and doubles.
But more than that, he will always be remembered by true tennis fans for his playing style, his class and his sportsmanship.
Stefan now plays on the seniors tour, I was lucky to see him play during the Lagardère Trophy tournament.

Jim Courier, who was part of the golden american generation with Sampras, Agassi and Chang, won 4 grand Slam titles: 2 Australian Open (1992, 1993) and 2 French Open (1991 and 1992). He holds the record for being the youngest person to have reached the finals of all four Grand Slam singles tournaments.
He was hired last month as the new US Davis Cup captain to replace Patrick McEnroe.

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