from ATP Champions Tour.com
by Catherine Whitaker
Stefan Edberg set up a final showdown against countryman Thomas Enqvist after brushing aside the challenge of fellow swede Mats Wilander 6-1 6-1.
Edberg looked like a man half his age in front of the sell-out crowd at the Stockholm Waterfront Centre on Thursday, gliding across the court and putting away volleys with nonchalant ease.
With Roger Federer also into the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Kings of Tennis defending champion Edberg has his fingers crossed that a double win may be on the cards for both coach and pupil this week.
"A double win is, without doubt, the aim for both me and Roger this week. It would be fantastic!" he said.
"Roger had better be following my matches here! His matches are in the middle of the night for me so I’ll be up tonight streaming his match against Anderson on my computer."
Despite facing a man eight years his junior in tomorrow’s final, Edberg is confident he stands a chance against Enqvist, who celebrated his 40th birthday today.
"I really am happy to be in the final," he said. "I think I played Thomas only at the end of my career and my record against him is not so good. He played so well last night against Moya, so I know it will be tough, but I know that I’m in good shape and I have to give myself a chance against him."
And on Federer’s chances of success in Indian Wells this week, Edberg was equally positive.
"I’m just so happy that he’s healthy," he said. "It’s great for him to get these wins in both singles and doubles. That’s really building his confidence. I have no doubt he still has some juice left in him and he can still win tournaments."
Enqvist will be hoping to complete a hat-trick of wins against former World No. 1s when he faces Edberg on Friday, having already seen off challenges from Marcelo Rios and Carlos Moya in Stockholm this week.
In Thursday’s second match, Moya secured qualification for the third place play-off match against Leconte after overcoming Chilean Rios 6-4, 6-3.
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