ThrowbackTimes Miami: Stefan Edberg downs Emilio Sanchez to set Andre Agassi clash



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ThrowbackTimes Miami: Stefan Edberg downs Emilio Sanchez to set Andre Agassi clash

The Masters 1000 series kicked off in 1990 with the formation of the ATP Tour, offering nine premium events that stood one step below the Majors. It all started in March with Indian Wells and Miami as the first event of the new category and the dominant figures in the opening weeks were Andre Agassi and Stefan Edberg, advancing into the title match at both events.

The Swede prevailed in Indian Wells final in four tight sets to become the first Masters 1000 champion, earning a chance to fight for the crown in Miami as well following a 6-1, 7-5 triumph over world no. 18 Emilio Sanchez in an hour and 15 minutes.

Edberg saved three out of four break chances to limit the damage in his games, creating 12 opportunities on the return and seizing five to control the scoreboard, especially in the opener when he was the only player on the court.

Both players had more winners than unforced errors but it was the Swede who had the upper hand with 30 direct points and only 15 mistakes, forging the advantage in both the shortest and more prolonged exchanges to bring the victory home in no time at all and advance into the 43rd ATP final.

The Spaniard sent a forehand long to suffer a break in the very first game of the match, with Edberg fending off three break chances in game two with volley winners to cement the advantage and settle into a nice rhythm. Sanchez held after two deuces in the third game to get his name on the scoreboard before Stefan broke him at love in the fifth game to increase the advantage to a 4-1.

World no. 3 held at 15 in the next game after a volley winner and sealed the opener with another break a few minutes later thanks to a volley winner, wrapping up the first part of the match in less than 30 minutes. Raising his level in set number two, Sanchez grabbed a break with a return winner in the fifth game, staying in front only for a couple of minutes before Edberg broke back following a forehand mistake from his opponent.

By the end of the match, Stefan lost only a couple of points behind the initial shot, waiting for a chance on the return and seizing it in the 12th game to seal the deal before the tie break and set another clash with Andre Agassi for the title.