Stefan Edberg and Björn Borg
Stefan Edberg beat Björn Borg in the first match of the Legends Live with the score of 6-4 7-5. He will face Goran Ivanisevic in today's final. Here you can read the translation of an article appeared on the Legends Live official site.
Edberg-Ivanisevic to meet in Legends Live's final tonight
translation into English by Markus Zacharski
At the same time it's the farewell of Björn Borg but already last night Stefan Edberg opened up the festivities with a nice gesture after his victory over his fellow countryman.
The first night of Legends Live became a well played and entertaining one and at the same time got the expected result with dream finals between the two youngest legends, Goran Ivanisevic and Stefan Edberg who in their semifinals beat Henri Leconte and the greatest legend of them all, Björn Borg.
Stefan Edberg took advantage of being 10 years younger in two close sets against Björn Borg who, however, didn't miss the chance to show his well-renowned shot, the classic two-handed backhand and some other kickshaws that impressed the crowd that double-checked in the programme if he really was already 52 years old. The backhand producing passing shots that Edberg doesn't encounter very often on the Senior Tour, but an especially strong and well playing Edberg gained control with a break in every set and won 6-4, 7-5 in the only match between the two Swedish legends ever.
"Stefan was playing well and is a fantastic aggressive player. I am satisfied with my performance and I had a wonderful evening with the crowd in the KB-hall. I have always enjoyed to play in Denmark and it was great how they supported me tonight," Björn Borg said.
Stefan Edberg: "It was an honour playing against Björn and it's impressive how he's still playing at the age of 52. But it's also hard to play against him for he's such a big personality and meant so much for world's tennis and tennis in Sweden such that it's impossible to stand on court without thinking that it's Björn Borg who is standing on the other side of the net," Edberg said respectfully.
Directly after the match ball and handshake he initiated the evening's most
affecting moment, when he made the crowd rise to honour this great tennis champion. A great gesture by friendly Edberg and a well-deserved applause for an icon who has loyally appeared about 20 times on Danish ground since 1972 and loyally came back again and again although he won 5 wimbledon titles and 11 Grand Slam tournaments in total in the meantime. How great will the atmosphere be, when Björn Borg is going to say goodbye to Denmark tonight.
Edberg didn't miss to mention the atmosphere in the hall: "This is a perfect arena for tennis and always full of nice spectators. It's going to be a nice final evening and I will definitely have my safety belts on when Goran is serving," the humble Swede said with a smile who nevertheless has to play the role of the favourite. He is the titleholder, he appears to play well and, the most impressive thing, he has the same weight as at the time he won his Wimbledon titles 18-20 years ago!
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