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"The problem today was that I lost the timing on my returns. I didn't hit enough returns to really make him play. I played three or four bad points, and that cost me the match" - Stefan Edberg on his defeat against Michael Stich in the 1991 Wimbledon semifinal. Read the article

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Stefan Edberg: Andy Murray made the right decision

from The London Evening Standard
by Chris Jones

Murray will miss remainder of season including the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 in London


Stefan Edberg approves Andy Murray's decision to take a break from the game and undergo back surgey and reveals that he himself had a knee surgery ten days ago

Stefan Edberg, who battled back problems throughout tennis career that brought him six Grand Slam titles, believes Andy Murray is right to opt for back surgery that will side-line him for the rest of the year.

Murray’s has been hampered by his back problems all season and if forced me to miss the French Open although he recovered to win Wimbledon  - his second Grand Slam title following the 2012 US Open triumph.

However, the back issue has refused to go away forcing Murray to have a minor operation on Monday that will mean his misses the Shaghai and Paris Masters events and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 in London in November.

Edberg, who has just undergone a knee operation, said: ”I had a lot of problems with my lower back in my career and although I learned some exercises and treatment to keep it under control, it flared up from time to time.

“I was forced to retire and withdraw from a couple of matches because of it, including the quarterfinals of the Australian Open against Thomas Muster. I didn't have to have a surgery - I had some scans which revealed that there was some damage but not enough  to undergo surgery - that is not a decision you take lightly because it means you will be out of the sport for a while - it can take a lot of time to recover.

 

"It's nice to tell your kids you were number one..."

from ATP World Tour.com

The ATP Heritage programme, a special by the ATP World Tour website celebrating the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the computer rankings, recalls Stefan Edberg's two seasons as year-end world number one with a short interview to the Swede, who talks about the meaning of such an achievement.

Stefan Edberg was one of the greatest serve-and-volley exponents in tennis history, a possessor of an elegant backhand and a cool and analytical mind. Like John McEnroe, he reached the top in singles and doubles.

Edberg first captured the attention of the tennis world in 1983, when he completed a junior Grand Slam of the four major championships. Before the age of 19, the Swede had won his first ATP World Tour title and also the singles competition as a demonstration sport at the 1984 Olympic Games.

Edberg was the eighth player in the history of the Emirates ATP Rankings to become No. 1 on 13 August 1990, following a quarter-final win over Michael Chang in the Western & Southern Open at Cincinnati. With his coach, Tony Pickard, Edberg remembers, "We had a little champagne that night. It was unusual. We just had a little."

 

Stefan Edberg back to the Ostkustens Pärla

from Västerviks Tidningen
by Filip Johansson
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello


Stefan Edberg's picture dominates Friday's edition of Västerviks Tidningen, Västervik's daily

He is the most successful athlete of all time from Västervik - and still offers tennis of high class. No wonder Stefan Edberg aroused such interest in Thursday's Ostkustens Pärla, where he was to watch his son Christopher’s matches.

Three guys throw themselves on the couches in front of the windows before the indoor tennis courts. Curiously peeking as if some childhood friends were playing a doubles match. They have probably never looked so interested in a tennis match. He still raises a lot of interest, Stefan Edberg.

When he finished playing the annual game with Lars Nilsson, Lars Svensson and Jonas Karlsson, showered and ready, he also signed autographs for a couple of girls.

- It does not happen so often nowadays, it’s diminishing over the years. But they are usually nice and kind, the ones that come up, it's okay, he says.

He has come back to the childhood town and on the Ostkustens Pärla especially to follow his son, Christopher, 16, who competes in the men's singles and men's doubles B. In the men's singles B, he has won two matches and will play the semifinals today, Friday.

- Tennis is mostly a hobby for him, but now he has started to play more and more. He has many friends in tennis, and so, before there was much football and hockey, says Stefan about his son, who is ranked 31st in his age group in Sweden.

He gets a lot of attention around him, given your career in tennis. Is it tough?

- Yes, it's not so easy. But I think he handles it just fine.

Christopher himself graciously, but firmly, declines an interview. So it has almost always been, according to father Stefan, who also has a daughter.

 

Stefan Edberg says Murray can win Wimbledon again

from BBC Sports


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.

 

"I didn't envy Boris"

from tennismagazin
by Andrej Antic
contributed by La Zingara
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

The silent player from Västervik was his nickname. But with tennismagazin Stefan Edberg had a lot to say: about his game, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, his rivalry with Boris Becker and the euro.

A meeting with Stefan Edberg is first of all a trip down memory lane. You have to think of a fabulous serve and volley player, the duels against Boris Becker at Wimbledon and a fair and always friendly sportsman. Nice, the Swede is still, as we meet him in the lounge of the Wald Hotel in Stuttgart. In the evening he plays a show match against Goran Ivanisevic at the inauguration of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (see page 90). "The hip tweaks a little, I can not serve so good," he says a few hours later, when he wins the match, but it's hardly noticeable. After the interview with tennismagazin he goes to his room and takes his Wilson Pro Staff Six.One racquet with a worn leather grip. We have asked him in the hotel to give us a demonstration of his shots. "No problem," Edberg says, and conjures a few volleys in jeans and with a Retro sports jacket.

Mr. Edberg, you look in top shape. Do you still play often?
Yes, I try to play three times a week for 45 minutes. I think I still hit the ball quite well.

Your younger compatriots are not hitting that well. Do you know where the best Swede is currently ranked?
At 400. His name is Patrik Rosenholm.

He's exactly at place 391. What is actually happening in Swedish tennis?
Hard to say. There are many sports, competing with tennis. We have still tennis courts, built in the course of Björn Borg's boom. They are usually crowded. Previously, a court was enough for two or three talents, today four or five share a court, at the expense of quality. Sponsors have also become more difficult to find. We have lost the momentum. What I think is positive: there are a few strong 17-year-old guys. I see a chance that they can make room in the top 50. But it may take some years.

 
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