Top-seeded Stefan Edberg of Sweden defeated unseeded Roland Stadler of Switzerland, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, in a 3-hour 25-minute match to win the $231,000 Swiss Open Sunday at Gstaad, Switzerland.
In what was far from a lopsided final, Edberg, ranked sixth in the world, was hard-pressed to solve the unorthodox style of the left-handed Stadler. It was their first meeting ever.
Stadler, a 27-year-old law student who is ranked 414th in the world, entered the tournament as a qualifier. But he put up a battle that earned him ovations from the partisan crowd of 3,500.
For the 20-year-old Edberg, winner of the 1985 Australian Open, it was his first big victory this year. The win was worth $40,000.