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.
"Have you seen it?"
Both players offered several entertaining rallies that made the audience burst into applause. Leconte kept pace with Edberg as long as his serve worked, but gave up in the second set.
- I still have not found my serve. Have you seen it? It's probably up in the bar with a beer, joked Leconte after the match.
Edberg, on the other hand, showed no tendency to suffer from his recently operated knee. The 48-year-old has proved that his good serve and classy backhand are well intact.
On Thursday Stefan Edberg is waiting for Mats Wilander. The two have not met since the mid-90s when they both competed on the ATP tour.
- It will be very exciting and fun to play against Mats. It was very very long ago. I'm looking forward to it very much, said Edberg.
In the second group plays the trio Thomas Enqvist, Marcelo Rios and Carlos Moya. The winners of each group meet in the final on Friday. The second-placed will play in a third place match on the same evening.
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