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"I've always been used to keeping it all inside but it was only tactics, because, as when you play poker, you have to show as little as possible to your opponent, you don't have to bring your weaknesses out and exploit his. For me, the perfect example of how to be on a tennis court is Chang" - Stefan Edberg on his on court attitude. Read the interview

Edberg, 29 without feeling them

An article from: La Gazzetta dello Sport
by Vincenzo Martucci



«I’m old but motivated and I still want a Slam»


MELBOURNE. Happy birthday to you, Stefan Edberg, from Vastervik, Sweden, who have been delighting us for 11 years with a serve and volley tennis able to stand the test of time. Happy birthday, sing the folk Viking people, all painted in yellow and blue.

Twenty-nine years («I don’t remember to have ever lost on my birthday») are not many, but maybe are too many to win another Grand Slam tournament. «I’m old, but I feel pretty well and I’m motivated. The Davis success gave me a remarkable boost: I know I’m always able to play well. And, since here at the Australian Open I’ve had a good draw, since I’m convinced I can still win, I think I can do it. It can happen here or at the next, or at the one after the next, but the target is a Grand Slam tournament and, most of all, express myself at the best».

Stefan smiles serene: «I think that simple people are happier than the jet set and the vips. My parents, that I consider my best friends, taught me since I was a kid that happiness is a modest thing that has nothing to do with money and fame». Then, among a thousand flashes, he blows the candles on the cake: «Meringue and chocolate… Very good. You taste it even more after such a long match». He even licks his fingers, for the photographers’ joy.

"My parents, that I consider my best friends, taught me since I was a kid that happiness is a modest thing that has nothing to do with money and fame"

After Philippoussis he beat Voinea. After the Australian with an Italian mother («but I don’t know where she’s exactly from») and a Greek father («from Tinos»), he tamed the twenty-year old talented Romanian, who has been living in Perugia for five years and trains with coach Alberto Castellani (who also coaches Alami, but says: «I won’t take other Italians, then the Fit – Italian Tennis Federation – takes them away from me and behaves badly»).

And now he finds Dreekman, the German hope: «With Voinea I had to fight ‘cause he is a rising player, another of those who can come up at a high level, because he hits the ball very well. Already in Doha he had put me in trouble (he led 7-6, 3-1), but back then I had played badly. This time instead I’m happy with my match. They are young and itching, but I won».

An easy first set, a close second won at the tie-break (double fault by the Foscani’s boy who reached the world number 176 and came here as a qualifier), a very hard third – in the stifling heat – in which, from 5-1 and two match points up, he only got off for 6-4 at the fifth match point. «The heat? At the start it wasn’t even that dreadful, it will be worse in the afternoon. That’s why I’m happy I closed in straight sets».

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Edberg, 29 without feeling them

 

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