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Stefan Edberg interviewed by Sky Sports in Wimbledon 2013
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is still improving and can triumph at his home Grand Slam again, according to two-time winner Stefan Edberg. The 47-year-old also thinks Briton Murray, 26, can become world number one after his victory over Novak Djokovic. Swede Edberg won six Grand Slams, including Wimbledon twice with defeats of Boris Becker in 1988 and 1990.
"I believe Murray can still win a lot more Slams. He's good enough and young enough," Edberg told BBC Radio 5 live. "He's got a few really good years ahead of him."
Murray's 6-4 7-5 6-4 victory at the All England Club gave him his second Grand Slam title following his win in the US Open final, also against current world number one Djokovic, in September 2012.
"He's proved he can play well on grass and there is no question why he can't do it again," added Edberg. "It could be in his mind to be the number one player in the world. It's going to be tough to get that but that's probably something that can be achieved. "He needs to produce the results for 12 months, but this could be a great start of it."
Edberg, who had five spells at the top of the world rankings in the early 1990s, believes Murray's rivalry with fellow 26-year-old Djokovic - and several other high-ranked players - will help the sport flourish.
Though Rafael Nadal, 27, and Roger Federer, 31, both exited Wimbledon early, they have won a combined 29 Grand Slam titles, while Djokovic has six to his name.
Edberg said: "Djokovic has many good years to go, if Rafa Nadal can keep healthy he is always going to be a threat and Roger Federer cannot be counted out as well.
"Juan Martin Del Potro put on a great Wimbledon this year, and [world number six] Tomas Berdych has a chance so it will be interesting to follow tennis in the next few years because it's been predictable recently."
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Here's the full transcript of the BBC Radio 5 Live interview with Stefan Edberg.
Interview by Russell Fuller
transcript by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg: Well, I think yesterday was extraordinary, was exciting, was fascinating and it was actually great to see Andy win yesterday because, you know, you've been waiting for this for such a long time and everybody has been expecting it to happen sooner or later and I'm glad it's happened yesterday.
Russell Fuller: You know how much for pressure situation it is to try and win a Grand Slam Championship. You won the Wimbledon title twice, but I suppose for Andy Murray, with all those British expectations, this was in many ways the ultimate achievement.
Stefan Edberg: I think it is, yeah, I mean, I think he worked so hard for it and obviously had a chance last year, couldn't quite do it and, you know, I probably felt, you know, probably he's gonna have a chance when he played against Djokovic and he was the stronger one in the end and when it really mattered he came up with the great shots and, you know, he came up with good shots when he needed to and that really was the difference yesterday. I felt that Djokovic didn't quite hand the game when he needed it.
Russell Fuller: And what difference will it make to him as a person and as a player? How different does it make you feel, when you can call yourself a Wimbledon champion?
Russell Fuller: Your first Wimbledon was your third Grand Slam title. Did it make you feel "taller", did it give you extra self-confidence, did you think you played better as a result?
Stefan Edberg: Yeah, it was at the early stage of my career, obviously it was a great win, I had watched Borg win his all five Wimbledon titles. To win the biggest tournament in the world, which is for most of the players, it gives you an extra boost and obviously it makes you wanna win again, so it is a confidence boost, definitely. At the same time, if he keeps working, if he keeps focusing on what he's doing and, hopefully, if he will stay healthy too, which is a very important, he actually can keep on training, keep on playing tournaments without getting any injuries, that will be a key factor as well.
Russell Fuller: And when you have two Grand Slam titles under your belt, does that make winning Grand Slam easier?
Stefan Edberg: Yes, it will. I think winning the first one is the crucial one and he did that last year at the US Open. Obviously, he won the Olympics last year, without winning the Olympics it would have been hard to win the US Open. And once you've done it once, and you've done it twice, I believe he can still win a lot more Slams here. He's got a few really good years ahead of him and you know he could be confident enough that he's gonna win it again and, now he's done it, for sure he will be more confident winning it again.
Russell Fuller: Do you have any advice for him, Stefan? Are there any dangerous traps which he must avoid falling into, now that everybody wants a piece of Andy Murray?
Stefan Edberg: I think you gotta keep tight to all the people you've had around for a long time, that you can trust and, like I said before, stay focused and hopefully stay out of injuries, keep training and keep the motivation which you need to have in order to do all the work and what is necessary.
Russell Fuller: Which areas of his game do you think he still needs to improve?
Stefan Edberg: Well, I think there's not a lot, to be honest. I think he does everything quite well, obviously, and I think if there's a weaker area of his game is probably the second serve. That's the only thing I can really see at the moment, otherwise I think he plays pretty well and, as long as he doesn't get too far back of the baseline, that's another thing that can happen at times. So those two things, otherwise I think he's pretty complete.
Russell Fuller: And how many Grand Slams do you think he can now win?
Stefan Edberg: It's really hard to tell. You know it's... You know he just gotta keep going. For sure I think he'll win a couple of more, but, you know, who knows, it can be beyond anybody's guess.
Russell Fuller: How does he compare with the other top players in the world now? Grass is perhaps a slight advantage for him against someone like Novak Djokovic. But we've always had the feeling that in the past... two faboulously talented players, but Djokovic is slightly better than Murray. I think now we might be slightly readjusting our sights...
Stefan Edberg: I think actually you've got some great players out there, there's no question about that. Obviously, Djokovic has still got many good years to go and if Rafa can keep healthy he's always gonna be a great threat and you can't really count Roger out as well, and then you've got a few guys from behind like Del Potro, who put on a great, great, great Wimbledon this year, you've got Berdych, who has a little chance. There'll be some players from behind as well and it will be quite interesting to follow tennis for the next few years to see what happens because it's been quite predictable now for such a long period of time. We've had three or four players winning all the Slams. It's still the same, but at some point it's gonna change.
Russell Fuller: Djokovic is always seen like the man who could never be beaten, just endless reserves of energy, but Andy Murray was outrunning him yesterday, wasn't he? Moving around the court brilliantly and he looked to be the stronger one as the match progressed...
Stefan Edberg: Oh, definitely... Definitely that was the case yesterday. Actually Djokovic didn't play his base and he showed a little bit sign of weakness that we probably haven't seen for some time. And those things are gonna show up sooner or later and that really was the difference in this match that actually, you know, Murray was the stronger one when it really mattered, played the big points and came up with the shots. So, that was the difference yesterday and that's why he won in three sets.
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