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"Nobody does it these days, so there is hardly any variation in the style of play. I would love to see players serve & volley more. It's a very sad aspect of the game that the art has vanished" - Stefan Edberg on the disappearing of attacking play style. Read the article

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Clinical Edberg sets up Enqvist final

from ATP Champions Tour.com
by Catherine Whitaker

Stefan Edberg set up a final showdown against countryman Thomas Enqvist after brushing aside the challenge of fellow swede Mats Wilander 6-1 6-1.

Edberg looked like a man half his age in front of the sell-out crowd at the Stockholm Waterfront Centre on Thursday, gliding across the court and putting away volleys with nonchalant ease.

With Roger Federer also into the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Kings of Tennis defending champion Edberg has his fingers crossed that a double win may be on the cards for both coach and pupil this week.

"A double win is, without doubt, the aim for both me and Roger this week. It would be fantastic!" he said.

"Roger had better be following my matches here! His matches are in the middle of the night for me so I’ll be up tonight streaming his match against Anderson on my computer."

 

"My serve? It's probably up in the bar with a beer..."

from Expressen.se
by Linus Sunnervik
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

Stefan Edberg wins again. The Swede defeated Henri Leconte in the first round of the Kings of Tennis 6-4, 6-2. - I'm aiming for the final, I always do, says Edberg in the victory interview.

He turned 48 but moves smoothly like a cat on a tennis court.

But, more than physics, Stefan Edberg's effective serve-and-volley game was crucial in his victory against Frenchman Henri Leconte in the first match of the Kings of Tennis 2014.

- Henri is a fantastic player. I have great respect for his game. But I got a good start and it is usually easier, said Edberg in the victory interview on court.

The match was the first in the veteran tournament at the Waterfront Congress Centre in Stockholm.

 

Inspired Edberg begins Stockholm title defence in style

from ATP Champions Tour.com
by Catherine Whitaker

Stefan Edberg kicked off the defence of his Kings of Tennis crown in impressive fashion with a 6-4, 6-2 defeat of Henri Leconte at Stockholm’s Waterfront Congress Centre on Tuesday.

Edberg arrived in Stockholm straight from Indian Wells, where he was working in his new role as coach to 17-time Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer. And despite a touch of jet lag, the Swede thinks his time spent working with Federer will help him mount a successful title defence this week.

"Being on the main tour again with Roger definitely helps to get the competitive juices flowing,"’ he said. "I’ve been watching lots of matches and being around Roger and the tour has been quite inspiring. It helps that I’m hitting with Roger, that definitely keeps me sharp and being around the competition again is really motivating."

 

All is set for the Kings of Tennis

from Kings of Tennis.se
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello


Stefan Edberg with Carlos Moya, Mats Wilander, Marcelo Rios, Thomas Enqvist and Henri Leconte in the first media conference at the Kings of Tennis

All is set for the first day of play at the Kings of Tennis.  Expectations for the reigning champion Stefan Edberg are high, but the Swede is ready for the task of defending his title. - It feels good. I hit the ball well, says Edberg for tonight's match against Henri Leconte.

It was a relaxed but focused group who met the media during Tuesday's press conference. Just a few hours before title holder Stefan Edberg meets the crowd again and tries to repeat last year's performance. At 18.30 Edberg will play Frenchman Henri Leconte in the tournament's inaugural match.

- I feel good, the only thing I lack is match play. It takes a while to get into it, said Edberg.

 

Eurosport will broadcast Kings of Tennis

from Eurosport.se

Eurosport will broadcast this year's Kings of Tennis, which, among other things, stages a duel between Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg.

For the third year in a row, the Kings of Tennis takes place at the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre. The tournament will be held from March 11 to 14 and is part of the ATP Champions Tour. For this year's edition, the six tennis legends are Mats Wilander, Stefan Edberg, Thomas Enqvist, Henri Leconte, Carlos Moya and Marcelo Rios. The requirements to enter the Champions Tour are hard - one must either have been world number one, Grand Slam finalist or Davis Cup winner as singles player.

Eurosport broadcasts the tournament's final two days. Thursday, March 13, the last matches are held in the group stage, in which Mats Wilander meets Stefan Edberg and Carlos Moya tackles Marcelo Rios. The following day, the 14th, it's time for finals and third place match.

 
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