Stefan Edberg has only himself to blame.
For years, Swedish tennis players took their clue from Bjorn Borg, roaming the baseline and depending on heavy topspin to pull the ball down into the court.Then along came Edberg and his serve-and-volley game, climbing to No. 1 in the world and winning six Grand Slam titles, including two U.S. Opens.
Sunday night, Edberg met his clone - another Swedish serve-and-volleyer - and on this night, Jonas Bjorkman dominated.
Bjorkman had the bigger serves, the crisper volleys, the more penetrating groundstrokes. And when it was over, it was Bjorkman who had a berth in the U.S. Open fourth round following an easy 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 victory over the fifth-seeded Edberg.
"The game I play is exactly like Stefan's game, so I've always been looking at him, how he plays, and try to do the same thing," Bjorkman said.
Sunday night, he did it better than the real thing.
Bjorkman's next foe will be Joern Renzenbrink of Germany, a 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 winner over Italy's Andrea Gaudenzi.
In other third-round matches Sunday, top-seeded Pete Sampras overtook Roger Smith of the Bahamas 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3; No. 4 Michael Stich defeated Byron Black of Zimbabwe 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 6-1; No. 14 Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia stopped Spain's Carlos Costa 6-3, 6-4, 6-2; Karel Novacek of the Czech Republic outlasted Todd Woodbridge of Australia 1-6, 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2, 7-6 (7-3); Argentina's Javier Frana eliminated Marcos Ondruska of South Africa 6-3, 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 3-6, 6-4; and Jaime Yzaga of Peru defeated last year's surprise finalist, Frenchman Cedric Pioline, 1-6, 5-7, 7-5, 6-1, 6-4.
Advancing to the women's quarterfinals were second-seeded Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, No. 5 Kimiko Date, No. 8 Gabriela Sabatini and Gigi Fernandez.
Sanchez Vicario defeated Ann Grossman 6-2, 6-2; Date stopped Leila Meskhi of Georgia 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5; Sabatini ousted Elena Likhovtseva of Kazakhstan 6-2, 6-1, and Fernandez downed Ginger Helgeson 6-3, 6-4.
Edberg fell down on the first point of the 10th game of the match, appearing to injure his right wrist. But he said it was not a major factor in the loss.
"It took a couple of points before it started feeling a little bit better, but it probably cost me the first set a little bit," Edberg said. "It was bad timing, but it didn't bother me the rest of the match."
The only service break in the second set came in the final game, when Bjorkman broke at 15, Edberg double-faulting on set point.
From then on, it was all Bjorkman, finding angles and passing lanes or booming unreturnable serves.
Sampras, seeking his third Grand Slam title of the year - his only loss was in the French Open - had a tougher time than the score might indicate. Smith, the second qualifier Sampras has played in his three matches so far, gave the world's No. 1 player problems with his slice backhand, taking all of the pace off the ball.
"When I started, I didn't have the timing," Sampras said. "I felt a bit sluggish. I managed to get through somehow. He serves pretty well, and I had a hard time with that. It was a good match to get through.
"He has a pretty good serve and he massages the ball well. He has that chip backhand that comes back low. I didn't know what was coming. It took me a while to get used to his game."