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"After winning Wimbledon, I admit that some things may change. But I will remain Swedish, and that nobody can change!" - Stefan Edberg on becoming a star. Read the article

Filip Bergevi, Stefan Edberg's junior partner in Zurich

by Mauro Cappiello

Stefan Edberg will play his "junior-champion mixed" doubles tournament in Zurich teaming up Filip Bergevi, a 17 year old boy coming from Sweden. As their tournament starts today with a quarter final match against Henri Leconte and Julien Cagnina, let's learn something on Stefan's partner. Bergevi was born in Åhus on April 20th, 1994 and was brought into tennis by his uncle Pontus. He started playing at the age of 6 and, already as an 11 year old kid, he was known as one of the most promising juniors in Sweden, a status that he confirmed lately this season climbing the ITF junior ranking until his personal best of number 34. Last year in this period he wasn't even in the top 800.

The big boost came from a three week tour in Venezuela, where Filip won 13 matches, losing just one. There also came his biggest win so far, the "Copa Gatorade", an ITF Grade-1 tournament for under 18 players played last January, that Bergevi won losing just a set in five matches and beating Christian Garin from Chile in the final. He also won the doubles tournament there, with Jeroen Vanneste. Bergevi likes a lot playing doubles, because, he says, it improves his aggressiveness and his net game.

According to his coach Ulf Samuelsson, Filip is extremely ambitious and has the quality of playing at his best on the big points. The young Swede plays a two-handed backhand and has the target of entering the top-10 juniors within the end of the year.

One of Filip's best friends since his very early years in tennis is Nicolas Günthard, son of former Swiss Davis Cup player Heinz Günthardt.

Below, some pictures of the youg Swede, dating back to January's "Copa Gatorade"

Filip Bergevi, Stefan Edberg's junior partner in Zurich

 

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0 #1 russell 22.03.2012 @ 06:27
Can all Stefan fans post your disapproval of Stefan's low ranking in Tennis Channel's list of greatest players of all time? Here's my tweet on this subject:

Just watched players: 40-21, thoroughly disappointed that Edberg and Becker were ranked in the early-mid 20s. They should certainly feature in the top 15 of all time.

Considered the best serve-volleyer of all-time, Edberg held no. 1 ranking in singles and doubles (McEnroe was the only other), won 9 slams (6 singles, 3 doubles), made it to finals of all the 4 majors. Won the Grand Slam as a junior, all the 4 majors in 1983 (a feat yet to be equaled). Won the Olympic Gold in 1984 when it was an exhibition event and was a part the triumphant Swedish Davis Cup team 4 times. Finished in Top 10 for 10 yrs on the trot and had a winning record against Sampras and Becker in majors, two of the greatest players in the 80s and 90s.

Becker is the youngest ever to hoist the Wimbledon trophy, won 6 majors inclusive of 3 at SW 19, was ranked no. 1 in the world. Won the year-end Masters/Grand Prix a multitude of times, an Olympic Gold medalist in Doubles, played an instrumental role in W Germany winning Davis cup in 1988-89 and had 11 Top 10 year-end finishes in his 16-yr tennis career.

Am not sure what other criteria is needed to be met to vindicate their presence in the Top 15?!?!?
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