It’s the End of the Road for Edberg, Who Is Swept Aside by No. 14 Rosset
Stefan Edberg’s improbable run at the French Open ended on a graceful note Monday. Fourteenth-seeded Marc Rosset of Switzerland defeated the unseeded Edberg, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-3, in the fourth round.
Edberg announced his retirement earlier this season and the usually reserved fans at Roland Garros have been gushing in their cheers for the 30-year-old Swede.
Rosset left no doubt as to who would win, but after the match he was gracious. As the crowd applauded him, Rosset pointed to Edberg and applauded himself. Then he left the court early so that Edberg could be bathed in the fans’ adoration.
“I didn’t go to sleep last night thinking about what I was going to do,” Rosset said. “He’s a great champion. I was happy that I won, but I wanted to leave him alone with the public so that the public could say goodbye to him.”
Edberg waved and blew a kiss before he left the court for the last time.
“The crowds have been very supportive,” Edberg said. “It’s just a pity that I couldn’t play better than I did today.”
Bernd Karbacher of Germany upset fifth-seeded Goran Ivanisevic, 6-3, 6-1, 6-2. During the match, Ivanisevic was treated for a blister on the big toe of his left foot, which he said was the reason for his loss.
“I had a tough time to run to that side,” Ivanisevic said. “I couldn’t get to the ball, I couldn’t move my feet. I was always late.”
Said Karbacher: “I don’t think I won because of a blister.”
Cedric Pioline of France defeated ninth-seeded Marcelo Rios of Chile, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2, setting up a match with Michael Stich in the next round.