Mats Wilander's comeback to win his fourth Association of Tennis Professionals Championship fanned his desire to scale one of his last mountains.
Wilander ralled from a three-game deficit in the second set Sunday afternoon in Mason, Ohio, to beat fellow Swede Stefan Edberg 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) in the ATP Championship final. The win gave him momentum for the U.S. Open and solidified his ranking as the No. 2 men's player in the world, behind Ivan Lendl.In the past, Wilander has said the computer ranking wasn't very important to him. He prefers to focus on major titles, such as the most recent Australian and French opens he won.
He said Sunday he has changed his outlook somewhat, giving himself another goal.
"I do want a little (more) now to be No. 1, though that never meant that much to me," he said. "I've never been No. 1. I've never been this close. It looks pretty good for the future."
Wilander, who turns 24 today, is ready to challenge Lendl for the top spot. As his victory Sunday demonstrated, he's developed into a more complete player.
At Livingston, N.J., Andre Agassi says his victory in the $125,000 Mennen Cup was great preparation for the U.S. Open.
"I feel good about this past week because I didn't find the matches mentally tough and I feel ready for the U.S. Open," Agassi said Sunday after defeating Jeff Tarango 6-2, 6-4 in the finals. "Whenever I was behind, I was able to lift my game to another level."
The victory for Agassi, the tournament's top seed, was his 18th straight match triumph and sixth title of the year in the Nabisco Grand Prix.
Agassi, a Las Vegas, Nev. native and the fourth-ranked player in the world, earned $18,680 to raise his season earnings to $534,188.
Agassi rebounded with five straight games after losing the first game of the match at love.