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"I understand players like to play according to their strenghts, but just for changing it a little, they should approach the net. I'm sure their chances would increase" - Stefan Edberg on the disappearing of attacking play style. Read the article

Feeling 20 Again, Edberg Has Little Trouble With Moya

from Los Angeles Times
by Julie Cart


Edberg and Moya shake hands after the match

What figured to be Stefan Edberg's farewell to the French Open became a farewell to a young Spanish clay-court specialist expected to make short work of Edberg.

On another sunny and hot day at Roland Garros, Edberg defeated Carlos Moya of Spain, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1, in a second-round match Thursday. Moya is the only player to have beaten Thomas Muster on clay this season, making him the clear favorite to send the retiring Edberg home.

"It was one of those days where everything that you do turns into gold. The way I felt today, I felt like I was 20..."

But the 30-year-old Swede, more comfortable on grass than slow red clay, took advantage of the warm weather and faster court conditions to overwhelm the 19-year-old Moya.

"It was one of those days where everything that you do turns into gold," Edberg said. "The way I felt today, I felt like I was 20. Obviously, I'm not. But I felt really great out there. I've been playing well in the last month or so. Every week has been better on clay."

Even a great day did not cause Edberg to reconsider retirement.

His next opponent is Michael Chang, who defeated Richard Fromberg, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

Moya receives a lesson from Edberg

from Vanguardia 
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello


Stefan Edberg celebrates his victory against Carlos Moya at the 1996 French Open second round

[...] If Gala (Leon, ann.) yesterday represented the face of happiness of women's tennis, Carlos Moya was the disappointment. The Spaniard tennis player came to Roland Garros as one of the young to take into account. He won his first match in four sets and demonstrated to have a bright, effective tennis quality. But in the second round he faced Edberg, who won six Grand Siam tournaments (2 in Australia, 2 at Wimbledon and 2 at the US Open), but never at the Roiand Garros. Edberg is one of the most technical players who have been on the tour. A man who, like yesterday France Press said, gives lessons as a teacher. An Edberg, who yesterday played his 214th match in a Grand Slam tournament, against Moya's only fourth. But also an Edberg ten years older than the Spaniard player.

Moya was frightened by all Edberg's history, by the Centre Court, the crowd, his rival's tennis. But scare was not the first to blame for the score. It lasted like a football match: 90 minutes. 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 but had it been 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 it wouldn't have shocked anyone. Between what Edberg played and Moya didn't play it could have well been an 18-0.

"I felt pretty bad. The key to the game is that in each set I quickly lost my serve and always went chasing. He played a great match, he was very motivated, as if it was a Davis Cup match and covering the net in a way that I saw no gaps. I'm young and I'll get through it," said Moya trying to cheer himself up. [...]

Feeling 20 Again, Edberg Has Little Trouble With Moya

 

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