Edberg strongly dominated his older compatriot from start to finish, wrapping up his first Grand Slam title in just 1 hour 33 minutes. Wilander, who had been attempting to join Jack Crawford and Roy Emerson in winning three consecutive Australian Open finals, only reached deuce on the Edberg serve once throughout the one-sided affair, and after squandering a rare couple of break points in the eighth game of the third set, his race was run. Edberg, like the rest of the tennis world, knew that he had been on a different planet on that December day back in 85: “I don’t know what to say other than I don’t think I can play any better. I’ve never been so happy in my life. It’s hard to believe it has really happened.” Up to fifth in the world (one place above Becker), and £65,000 better off, Edberg had arrived.
Edberg’s route to his 5th title:
2 Bud Schultz 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(4)
3 Matt Anger 5-7, 7-6(7), 6-4, 7-5
4 Wally Masur 6-7(4), 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-2 – 2 m.p.
Q Michiel Schapers 6-0, 7-5, 6-4
S Ivan Lendl 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-1, 4-6, 9-7
W Mats Wilander 6-4, 6-3, 6-3
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