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Stefan Edberg

Stefan Bengt Edberg (born January 19, 1966 in Västervik, Sweden) is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player (in both singles and doubles play) from Sweden. During his career, he won six Grand Slam singles titles and three Grand Slam doubles titles. Edberg is well known as one of the best serve and volley players of all time, for his superb volleying skills, and as a gentleman and ambassador for the sport.
Edberg first came to the tennis world's attention as a junior player. He won all four of the Grand Slam junior titles in 1983 to become the first-ever player to achieve the "Junior Grand Slam." As a professional, Edberg won his first career doubles title in Basel in 1983 and his first top-level singles title at Milan in 1984. Edberg's first two Grand Slam singles titles came at the Australian Open. In 1985, he defeated Mats Wilander in straight sets to claim his first major title. Two years later, he beat Pat Cash in five sets to win the last Australian Open held on grass courts. Edberg also won the Australian Open and U.S. Open men's doubles titles in 1987 (partnering fellow-Swede Anders Järryd).
In 1988, Edberg reached the first of three consecutive finals at Wimbledon. In all three finals, he played Boris Becker. Edberg won their first encounter in a four-set match spread over three days because of rain delays. A year later, Becker won in straight sets. The closest of their matches came in the 1990 final, when Edberg won in five sets. Edberg claimed the World No. 1 ranking in August 1990 by winning the Cincinnati Masters. He held it for the rest of that year and for much of 1991 and 1992. Edberg's final two Grand Slam singles triumphs came at the U.S. Open, with wins over Jim Courier in the 1991 final and Pete Sampras in the 1992 final, who was just months away from being ranked No. 1 in the world.
Edberg's last Grand Slam singles final appearances were at the Australian Open, where he lost in four sets to Jim Courier in both 1992 and 1993. In 1996, Edberg won his third Grand Slam doubles title at Australian Open with Petr Korda. The only Grand Slam singles title Edberg never won was the French Open. He reached the French Open final in 1989 but lost in five sets to 17-year old Michael Chang, who became the youngest ever male winner of a Grand Slam singles title. Edberg was most comfortable playing tennis on fast-playing surfaces. Of his six Grand Slam singles titles, four were won on grass courts at the Australian Open (1985 and 1987) and Wimbledon (1988 and 1990) and two were won on hardcourts at the US Open (1991 and 1992).
Edberg also played on four Swedish Davis Cup winning teams in 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1994. He appeared in seven Davis Cup finals—a record for a Swedish player. Edberg was also a member of the Swedish teams that won the World Team Cup in 1988, 1991, and 1995. At the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, where tennis was a demonstration sport, Edberg won the men's singles gold medal. Four years later, at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, tennis became a full medal sport and Edberg won bronze medals in both the men's singles and the men's doubles.
During his career, Edberg won a total of 42 top-level singles titles and 18 doubles titles and appeared in a then record 54 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments [citation needed] (broken by Wayne Ferreira) [citation needed]. He was ranked the World No. 1 for a total of 72 weeks. Edberg was also a five-time recipient of the Association of Tennis Professionals' (ATP) Sportsmanship Award (1988-90, 1992, and 1995). In recognition of this achievement, the ATP renamed the award the "Edberg Sportsmanship Award" in 1996. In 2004, Edberg was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

Grand Slam singles finals

Year Championship Position Opponent Score
1985 Australian Open Champion Mats Wilander 6-4, 6-3, 6-3
1987 Australian Open Champion Pat Cash 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3
1988 Wimbledon Champion Boris Becker 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2
1990 Wimbledon Champion Boris Becker 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4
1991 U.S. Open Champion Jim Courier 6-2, 6-4, 6-0
1992 U.S. Open Champion Pete Sampras 3-6, 6-4, 7-6, 6-2
1989 French Open Runner-Up Michael Chang 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6
1989 Wimbledon Runner-Up Boris Becker 0-6, 6-7, 4-6
1990 Australian Open Runner-Up Ivan Lendl 6-4, 6-7, 2-5 Ret.
1992 Australian Open Runner-Up Jim Courier 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 2-6
1993 Australian Open Runner-Up Jim Courier 2-6, 1-6, 6-2, 5-7

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