Enqvist – a man to watch since he was 17, potential successor of the great Swedish players, but his talent exploded thrice for short periods of time only. The first time it happened at the end of 1996 when he won back-to-back titles indoors (Paris, Stockholm) and got two points for Sweden in the Davis Cup final playing some inspired tennis. En route to his title at Paris-Bercy, the toughest encounter he experienced against his eight years older compatriot. The 22-year-old Enqvist  saved break points in two opening service games, and he was controlling the match since then, however, Edberg  somehow hung in there, and led 5:2* in the tie-break. “The Paris crowds have always been behind me and I always loved playing here. It was great playing tonight, even though I didn’t win. Thank you.” said Edberg, for whom it was the last good event in his career – after Paris he loses two matches in front of the home crowd: the first round in Stockholm (Kulti) and a rubber vs France (Pioline) in the Davis Cup final held in Malmö.
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