Stefan Edberg's matches on tape

Stefan Edberg's matches on tape


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Stefan Edberg at his moment of triumph, USO 91

Other people watch "It's a Wonderful Life", the movie, around holidays. For me, whenever I need a pick-me-up, I turn to my Edberg tape library.
I collected Edberg tapes out of necessity. Since I discovered him late in his career, it was through the good grace of others that I obtained tapes of his matches and thereby relived the thrills of his greatest victories.
Years after his retirement in 1996, I dusted off the tapes one day and watched the 1991 US Open matches again, and was instantly hooked again. In retrospect, one can better appreciate the circumstances and the artistry of tennis in those times, and the beauty of Edberg's special blend of tennis is as enthralling as ever. Perhaps more so now, as his style is unlikely to be replicated ever, due to the dominance of powerplay in today's pro-tennis. Another thing that set Stefan's best matches apart is the drama they presented. Even at the peak of his game, Stefan was not one who blew his opponent off the court. Because his willowy figure looked deceptively fragile, and because his game hinged on such fine precision, you sense that he was always vulnerable, that his finely tuned game could go out at any moment. And he often was, such as when he lost to Lendl in the 1991 Australian Open. But there is unimaginable exhilaration when he did pull it off, such as in the 1988 Wimbledon semi-final and then final, and, against all odds, in his 1992 epic USO five-setters. I especially enjoy the moments when he had to play clutch points, to calmly stare down defeat, sometimes in spite of a partisan crowd, as in the 1986 Australian Open final and the 1991/1992 US Opens.

Alison Muscatine of the Washington Post said it best: "There is nothing more beautiful or more breathtaking than Stefan Edberg's tennis game when he is on. Every stroke is poetic, every movement lyrical." You have to see it to appreciate it.


Following are some matches that I highly recommend: Unfortunately, my own copies are not of good enough quality for duplication. Read on for other sources where you may obtain copies.
  • Other matches that I have on tape include:
    I appreciate people who know well enough to seek tapes of Edberg's matches, and I am glad to be of help.

    The following tapes are available at a reasonable cost from a source whose email address I can provide if you write to me.

    1985 Australian Open Semifinals.  Stefan Edberg def Ivan Lendl, 
        6-7, 7-5, 6-1, 4-6, 9-7.  2 tape set 
    
    1985 Davis Cup Finals. Boris Becker def Stefan Edberg, 
        6-3, 3-6, 7-5, 8-6.  Two greats meet as teenagers! 
    
    1986 U.S. Open Semifinals.  Ivan lendl def Stefan Edberg, 
        7-6, 6-2, 6-3 
    
    1986 Nabisco Masters.  Stefan Edberg def Yannick Noah,  
        4-6, 6-3, 7-6 
    
    1987 Australian Open Finals. Stefan Edberg def Pat Cash,  
        6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3.  2 tape set 
    
    1987 Thriftway ATP Finals. Stefan Edberg def Boris Becker,  
        6-4,   6-1.  Edberg is flawless 
    
    1987 Canadian Open Finals.  Ivan lendl def Stefan Edberg, 
        6-4, 7-6 
    
    1987 U.S. Open Semifinals.  Mats Wilander def Stefan  Edberg,
        6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 
    
    1987 Seko Super Tennis Finals.  Stefan Edberg def Ivan Lendl,
        6-7, 6-4, 6-4 
    
    1987 WCT Semifinals.  John McEnroe def Stefan Edberg,
       7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 
    
     1988 Wimbledon Finals.  Stefan Edberg def Boris Becker,
       4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2 
    
    1989 Volvo Los Angeles Semifinals.  Stefan Edberg def 
       Pete  Sampras, 6-2, 6-7, 6-1 
    
    1989 Wimbledon Semifinals.  Stephan Edberg def.
       John McEnroe, 7-5, 7-5, 7-6.  2 tape set 
    
    1989 Wimbledon Finals.  Boris Becker def Stefan Edberg,
       6-0, 7-6, 6-4.  Becker's third Wimbledon title. 
    
    1989 Masters Finals.  Stefan Edberg def Boris Becker,
       4-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-1.  2 tape set 
    
    1989 ATP Championship Finals. Brad Gilbert def Stefan
      Edberg, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 
    
    1990 Australian Open Finals.  Ivan Lendl def Stefan Edberg,
      4-6, 7-6, 5-2, ret. inj. 
    
    1990 Wimbledon Semifinals. Stefan Edberg def Ivan Lendl,
      6-1, 7-6, 6-3.  Edberg at the height of his powers 
    
    1990 Wimbledon Finals.  Stefan Edberg def Boris Becker,
      6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4.  Edberg turns the tables 
    
    1991 U.S. Open Semifinals.  Stefan Edberg def Ivan Lendl,
      6-3, 6-3, 6-4 
    
    1991 U.S. Open Finals. Stefan Edberg def Jim Courier,
      6-2, 6-4, 6-0 
    
    1991 Japan Open Finals.  Stefan Edberg def Ivan Lendl,
      6-1, 7-5, 6-0 
    
    1992 Australian Open Finals.  Jim Courier def Stefan Edberg,
      6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.  2 tape set 
    
    1992 U.S. Open Fourth Round. Stefan Edberg def Richard 
      Krajicek, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. 2 tape set 
    
    1992 U.S. Open Quarterfinals.  Stefan Edberg def Ivan Lendl,
      6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 5-7, 7-6.  2 tape set 
    
    1992 U.S. Open Semifinals. Stefan Edberg def Michael Chang,
      6-7, 7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4.  2 tape set 
    
    1992 U.S. Open Finals.  Stephan Edberg def Pete Sampras,
      3-6,  6-4, 7-6, 6-2 
    
    1992 Davis Cup.  United States vs Sweeden. McEnroe/Sampras
      def Edberg, Jarryd, 6-1, 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.  Match is 
     joined in progress at 6-1, 1-0. 
    
    1993 Australian Open Semifinals.  Stefan Edberg def 
     Pete Sampras, 7-6, 6-3, 7-6 
    
    1993 Australian Open Finals.  Jim Courier def Stefan Edberg,
      6-2, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 
    
    1994 Indian Wells Semifinals.  Pete Sampras def Stefan 
     Edberg, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 
    
    1995 U.S. Open 3rd Round.  Andre Agassi def Stefan Edberg,
      6-4, 6-3, 6-1 
    
    1995 Legg Mason Semifinals. Stefan Edberg def Patrick 
      Rafter, 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 
    
    1995 Legg Mason Finals.  Andre Agassi def Stefan Edberg,
      6-4, 2-6, 7-5 
    
    1996 French Open 3rd Rnd. Stefan Edberg def Michael Chang 
     4-6, 7-5, 6-0, 7-6. Unseeded Edberg near end of career upsets #4 
    
    

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