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"I really want to see him move forward here and win a grand slam this year, because I think he's still capable if he's playing his best tennis" - Stefan Edberg about Roger Federer's prospects for 2014. Read the interview

Senior exhibitions and tournaments

Stefan Edberg at the Wilson Senior Open

from Patricio Sports Events.com

Immediately after the Champions Tour event in Zurich, Stefan Edberg was invited at the Ali Bey Club in Manavgat, Turkey, for a special event during the International Wilson Senior Open.


Stefan Edberg at the Ali Bey Club

(29.03.2012) On Wednesday, the third day of the 9th International Wilson Seniors Open, the focus was on the events of the social program.

A whole series of events was offered to the tournament participants in the afternoon. The first highlights started at 04:30 p.m. on the Center Court. Special guest of the tournament Stefan Edberg first played in a Super Seniors doubles of world champions with Peter Pokorny, Peter Adrigan and Andrew Rae.

An amusing one set match with many spectacular rallies was offered to the spectators on the crowded stands of the Center Court. It became clear that the focus of this match was on the fun and not on the result.

In the second mens doubles Stefan Edberg played together with Jörgen Aberg against Manfred Hundstorfer and Ingo Herzgeroth in a show match of the younger generation. Some small show acts by Stefan Edberg and the other players made the spectators cheer. After the show matches Stefan Edberg was interviewed by former chief editor of the Tennismagazin Thomas Kosinski. Many tennis fans used the opportunity to get a personal autograph from the tennis legend afterwards.

 

Such a bad luck, Stefan... Again!

by Mauro Cappiello


Stefan Edberg stretches his left leg during the 2nd set of the Zurich Open final

The memory of most of the real Edberg fans will have gone back of 22 years, to the final of the Australian Open in 1990 against Ivan Lendl. Stefan led by one set and was about to serve for the second when he torn his stomach muscle and was forced to retire some games later from a match that he would surely have won... Today it was just the final of a Champions event, in Zurich, but the episode reminded everybody what an unlucky champion Stefan Edberg has been (and still is...), when he injured his left leg just before serving for the title against Carlos Moya, an opponent 11 years his junior.

He had dominated the final until that moment, a one man show by the Swede, who had brushed up his huge arsenal of shots, to show the crowd of the Saalsporthalle that even two former world number ones can be separated by a large amount of class. The first set won in just half an hour, two chances for a double break in the second that, if converted, would have closed the contest against a Moya who simply had no clue anytime Stefan came to the net.

 

Edberg continues winning run

from Zuerich Open.ch


Stefan Edberg in Zurich

Who can stop Stefan Edberg? The 2010 BNP Paribas Zurich Open winner recorded his seventh consecutive victory at the Saalsporthalle with a 7-6(2), 6-2 win over Henri Leconte on Friday.

The Frenchman went for his shots throughout and wowed the crowd with some wonderful lobs, but he still could not find a way past Edberg. The Swede will now face Carlos Moya in Saturday's final but seems undaunted at facing a man who is 11 years his junior and who leads the ATP Champions Tour ranking thanks to his win in Delray Beach in February.

"Age does make a little bit of a difference, but I've been hitting the ball well this week so at least I feel I have a chance," said 46-year-old Edberg after the match. "(Carlos) has obviously done really well recently, so I've got nothing to lose – I can be relaxed and play my game. If I can serve well, I can beat him. And if I don't serve well," the affable Swede grinned, "then I'm in trouble!"

 

Edberg Stuns Philippoussis

from ATP Champions Tour.com


Stefan Edberg volleys against Mark Philippoussis in Zurich 2012

Stefan Edberg produced the performance of the week on Thursday evening to defeat Mark Philippoussis 6-4, 7-6(4), a result that gives him an unassailable lead at the top of Group B and assures him qualification for Saturday’s BNP Paribas ZurichOpen final.

Edberg, who defeated Goran Ivanisevic to lift the Zurich Open title back in 2010, hit a purple patch against the 36-year-old Philippoussis. The Swede was undaunted in the face of a barrage of 220km/h serves from the Philippoussis racquet, and used his own deft touch at the net, and wily groundstrokes to outsmart his opponent.

"This is about as well as I can play,” said Edberg. «In fact I think today was the best I've played in years, I'm really happy. It was just one of those days where everything feels right. I also got the run of the luck today, a lot of lucky balls went my way which always helps».

For Edberg it will be a first ATP Champions Tour final since he lifted the title here in Zurich two years ago.

«It’s great to be back playing well again and I am happy to be in the final. The court here suits me so I will look forward to the match whoever I play».

 

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.

 
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