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A QUIET, CALM EDBERG LEAVES WIMBLEDON WITH ANOTHER TITLE

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Stefan Edberg seems almost an afterthought at Wimbledon. He lacks the macho appeal of Boris Becker or the pathos of an obsessed Ivan Lendl.

He isn't controversial or confrontational. His desire resides within, not to be flaunted before the Centre Court crowd.All he does is win.

"I think I'm quite a calm person," he said after defeating Becker in Sunday's final to claim his second men's title in three years. "I play my best tennis when I keep straight and don't get too irritated."

The forgotten man of tennis even stymied a British tabloid reporter digging for a sexy angle on the newly crowned champion. Asked if he would marry his longtime girlfriend, Edberg replied, "Perhaps, perhaps not."

Edberg's 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4 triumph over Becker came one day after Martina Navratilova defeated Zina Garrison in the women's final for a record ninth Wimbledon singles title.

Edberg rolled calmly through the tournament, knocking off opponents while attention was focused on Becker and Lendl.

When the 24-year-old Swede defeated Lendl in straight sets in the semifinals, the spotlight was on Lendl's misery at failing again to win the tournament - not on Edberg's joy.

Edberg's victory Sunday, which he celebrated by slamming a ball high into the stands and tossing two shirts into the crowd, moved him past Becker into the No. 2 ranking worldwide and edged him closer to top-ranked Lendl.

"I know this number one spot is within reach now and that's something to look forward to," he said after winning Sunday's battle of serve-and-volley experts.

Becker, a three-time Wimbledon winner whose only previous loss in 22 trips to Centre Court was in the 1988 final to Edberg, said the Swede's consistency makes him a winner.

"He is a player who tries all the time. He never really lets himself down and that's what makes him so difficult to play," Becker said.

Edberg kept Becker off balance throughout the opening two sets by mixing crisp volleys, delicate lobs and sharp passing shots. The West German powered his way back into the match in the third and fourth sets.

The players held serve until the ninth game of the final set. Edberg then finished off a service break with a feather-like lob and served out the match for his fourth Grand Slam title.

More important than the $391,000 paycheck was the end of a bad streak in Grand Slams that included an injury default in the Australian Open this winter and a first-round loss in the French Open this spring.

"It is never good to come in second," said Edberg, who lost in last year's Wimbledon final to Becker. "It's such a big difference from winning and losing a final. This is my second Wimbledon (title) and hopefully not the last one."