by Alaric Gomes, Senior Reporter
Dubai: From one great to another, Stefan Edberg has predicted the return of Roger Federer."For any other player, ending a year with one Grand Slam would mean success. But as per Federer's standards, it only means he has to work harder," Edberg told Gulf News after attending the official press conference of The Legends Rock Dubai on Monday.
"Federer is not finished yet," Edberg added.
Edberg, considered one of the finest all-time serve and volley players, saw Federer's dip in form as something very normal for any great player. "Federer and Nadal have been outstanding for men's tennis, but Federer is probably by far one of the greatest players we have had," the Swede said.
During his playing days, the affable Swede enjoyed a similar position in the sport till his retirement in 1996. During that time, Edberg won 42 singles titles including six Grand Slams.
from Deuce magazine
by Greg Sharko
It came as a surprise to many that Stefan Edberg had gone his first eight visits to the US Open without a title. But in 1991, the stars finally aligned for the Swede.
Edberg and American Jim Courier both entered their first US Open final on a roll. Edberg, ranked No. 2 at the time, was coming off a straight-sets semifinal win over long-time rival Ivan Lendl. Courier, who did not drop a set en route to the title match, had defeated defending champion Pete Sampras in the quarterfinals and sentimental favourite Jimmy Connors in the semifinals.
With the on-court temperatures eclipsing 90 degrees F, Edberg put on one of the best performances in a US Open final. With a perfect display of serve and volley tennis, he completed a 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 masterpiece victory to capture his first US Open title. Afterwards, Courier said, "I remember walking off of the court knowing there was no way I could have beaten him on that day. He played a nearly flawless match in every facet."
from Times Online
by Andrew Longmore
Stefan Edberg with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the 2006 French Open ceremony
Another nice memory of Edberg-Becker rivalry in Stefan's words was published two weeks ago by the Times Online.
Stefan Edberg can remember the feeling of elation and apprehension every time he played Boris Becker in a Wimbledon final. If his game was a beat off its best, Becker could roll right over him, but the understanding seemed to sharpen his own competitive senses. The Swede won two of their three successive finals on Centre Court and three of their four meetings in Grand Slams, against the prevailing trend which saw the German win 25 of their 35 career head-to-heads.
It is a significant statistic: Edberg, as diffident as Becker was extrovert, needed the extra incentive of a Grand Slam to summon his elegant, incisive best. “It was always a challenge playing Boris anywhere, but particularly on Centre Court,” recalls the Swede. “But it was also a worry. I know it shouldn’t have been, but he was more of a confident person than I was; sometimes believing in yourself can be very hard.”
Edberg’s self-belief was strong enough to withstand the considerable force of Becker’s serve and ground strokes in 1988 and 1990, but his worst fears were realised in the middle match of their trilogy. The 6-0 7-6 6-4 defeat still haunts him, just as the 6-1 6-3 6-0 drubbing inflicted by Rafael Nadal in Paris will be both motivating and intimidating for Roger Federer today.
Looking forward to the Wimbledon final between Federer and Nadal, the ATP Official site published this nice interview in which Stefan Edberg remembers his first success at the Championships.
It's been 20 years since one of the game's all-time best serve-and-volleyers captured his first Wimbledon title.
In 1988, Stefan Edberg captured his first of two Wimbledon titles, defeating long-time rival Boris Becker in a rain-delayed Monday final. They would meet again in the final the next two years, marking the first time in the Open Era (since 1968) the same two players squared off in three straight Grand Slam title matches.
Since then, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have played in three consecutive Roland Garros finals, and the duo are on course to meet in a third straight championship at Wimbledon.
"Back in 1988, it's quite a long time,” said Edberg, from his countryside home outside of Grimslov, Sweden. “Obviously at the time, I had won two Australian Opens and playing Becker in the final, he already won twice (at Wimbledon) and he had the experience. I hadn't played in a Wimbledon final.”