Atp Finals Flashback: Andre Agassi Tops Stefan Edberg And Wins Title

ATP Finals Flashback: Andre Agassi outclasses Stefan Edberg to win title


The best players in the world have gathered at New York’s Madison Square Garden for the ATP Tour World Championship for 13 years. Everything changed with the formation of the ATP Tour in 1990, when the ATP premium event moved to Frankfurt.

Defending champion Stefan Edberg was the top seed after winning seven titles that season. Still, many candidates wanted to replace him on the throne. Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Emilio Sanchez, Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Andres Gomez and Thomas Muster rounded out a stellar field on the fast indoor carpet surface.

Edberg won all three matches in the Arthur Ashe Group. Agassi reached the semifinal after beating Sampras and Sánchez in straight sets, finding his own form and seeking the second notable title in 1990 after suffering losses at Roland Garros and the US Open final.

After a resounding win over Sampras, Agassi lost to Edberg 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-7(5) despite coming within three points of victory. The American completed the round-robin stage with a solid 6-0, 6-3 victory over Sánchez in 53 minutes to set up the semifinal meeting with 1988 champion Boris Becker.

Andre proved too strong in a 6-2, 6-4 victory for an 18th ATP final at the age of 20, only his third on an indoor court. Boris Becker scored all three wins in the Cliff Drysdale Group. A five-time champion, Ivan Lendl, clinched the place in the semi-final before losing to Stefan Edberg 6-4, 6-2 in another one-sided clash like the one between Agassi and Becker.

On November 18, Andre Agassi surpassed world no. 1 and defending champion Stefan Edberg 5-7, 7-6, 7-5, 6-2 in three hours and 15 minutes to wrap up a perfect week and claim the biggest title of his career. Agassi served well and improved his game at net to keep points on his racket against more skilled and experienced serve and volley opponents.

Stefan hit 44 service winners and Andre added 32 to his tally. He was an excellent addition to Agassi’s booming groundstrokes helping him survive the tight first three sets and move closer to the finish line. The American hit 35 baseline winners.

He delivered fury and precision from both flanks to leave the Swede far behind, having more success at net in the volleying department. Andre faced 17 break points and fended off an impressive 13 to limit the damage in his games and increase the pressure on Stefan.

The defending champion was broken six times to lose the title after failing to match Agassi’s pace in set number four.

Andre Agassi dethroned Stefan Edberg at the 1990 ATP Finals.

The American secured the break in the second game of the match after forcing the Swede’s mistake with a powerful return.

They confirmed the lead with a backhand down the line for a 3-0 winner after 12 minutes. Stefan got the break back in the seventh game after Andre’s terrible backhand and played against two break chances in the next.

The Swede fired four game-winners to break out of jail and take the game home 4-4. He hit another break in the next one to move to the front for the first time. Serving from him for the set, Edberg broke in the tenth game to keep Agassi in contention and carved out another lead with the third break a few minutes later.

The Swede saved a break chance in game 12 and clinched the set with two serve winners for 7-5 after 58 minutes. Andre denied three break chances early in the second set to avoid an early setback. Both served well until 5-5, when Edberg had another chance to get in front.

Andre stayed focused and defended with a game-winning volley, closing the game with a perfect backhand winner in one of the crucial moments of the match. The Swede served very well throughout the set, but suffered three mini-breaks in the tiebreaker that Agassi claimed at 7-5 after a beautiful forehand cross.

Stefan double-faulted to get his serve broken early in the third set, recovering it in the fourth game after a terrible call from the referee after his forehand landed wide. Agassi worked hard in the eighth game, erasing three break points and stealing Edberg’s serve in game 11 after a return winner and two double faults from his opponent.

Serving for the set, Andre stormed past five 7-5 winners, carving out a two sets to one lead after two hours and 42 minutes and taking another big step towards the title. Agassi fired another great return at 2-2 in the fourth set that forced Edberg’s error and pushed him in front.

Ready to fight, the Swede created four break chances in the next. Andre saved them and moved ahead 4-2 after Stefan’s unforced error. He held onto the lead and put a hand on the trophy after another break in game seven pushed him 5-2 up.

The American started the eighth game with two winners. It all ended when Edberg hit an easy backhand, allowing Andre to celebrate the biggest title of his young career.

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