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.
The Swede's preparation for this year's tournament has been to say the least different. A few months ago, he began a coaching partnership with former world number one Roger Federer and could hardly have wished for a better sparring partner.
- We'll continue this cooperation as long as we both are happy. We are planning to work together in a number of weeks in the year. I'll be there as long as he wants me, says Edberg.
Home hope Thomas Enqvist plays today's final match against former world number one Marcelo Rios.
They will fight to progress in the "younger group" where Carlos Moya is also competing. World number one Moya, who ended his professional career late in 2010, is considered favorite by Marcelo Rios.
- Carlos is favorite. He takes advantage of being the youngest, says Rios.
- I have met both Carlos and Thomas many times. We have played many tough matches against each other.
Enqvist, who makes his debut in the tournament, agrees that competition is tough. - I have a very tough group, so I have to play very well, says Enqvist.
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