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».