US Open 1991

It was the last successful major event of two great veterans: 31-year-old Ivan Lendl [3] and 39-year-old Jimmy Connors [174]. Both reached the semifinals overcoming an astonishing road to the last 4. The former, never a crowd-favorite, didn’t receive too much attention after beating three hardest servers on the tour at the time, in dramatic 3.5 hrs matches (Krajicek, Ivanisevic, Stich); the latter stole the show from everyone prevailing miraculously 5-setters in first and fourth round. But at the end it was Stefan Edberg [2], who raised the trophy. The 25-year-old Swede, had had four majors won on grass-courts, so the US Open triumph meant a lot to him. He was struggling in the initial rounds against inferior opponents, but in the last two matches displayed the best tennis of his life. Read more
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