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"I love this somewhat dry grass, with a higher bounce than at Wimbledon. It makes my serve more effective, and leaves me a little more time to play my shots" - Stefan Edberg about the Kooyong grasscourt, just after his second title at the Australian Open in 1987. Read the article

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Murray can be a Major star

from The Sun online

ANDY MURRAY has been tipped to bag a glut of Major titles.

The world No 3 begins his grass-court season at the newly-named Aegon Championships, which begin at Queen's Club in London today.

And ex-Wimbledon champ Stefan Edberg, who will star at the Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall in December, insisted: "Murray could win all of the Grand Slam titles out there".

"The clay courts and the French Open will be the toughest for him - but he could still do it".

"The Australian Open, the US Open and Wimbledon, especially with the home-crowd, are all definitely possible for Murray".

"It is now about winning one of them and, once he has done that, he will be able to win more".

 

"Against Nadal, Federer should come to the net 5 times out of 10"

from Welovetennis.fr
by Laurent Trupiano
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello


Stefan Edberg with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal during the trophy ceremony of the 2006 French Open

There are moments of happiness for a magazine, a meeting with Stefan Edberg took us to the seventh heaven of the interview.

Absolute class, a rare and precious word, the greatest Swedish serve & volleyer explained the attacking tennis in a garden of the Lagardère Trophy.

This interview that you find here in its entirety will be a page in the "GrandChelem 10" which comes out this Wednesday in the 690 points of our network.

When Federer has unveiled his 2009 program, it is even more relevant.

You came to Paris with your children, is it important to you that they accompany you?

I ended my career in 1996. My daughter was only 3 years old then. This is strange because she’s never really seen me play. So I think my kids will enjoy seeing me a lot.

 

Stefan Edberg "Against Nadal, Federer should come to the net 5 times out of 10"

from Grand Chelem 
by Benjamin Rassat and Laurent Trupiano
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

There are moments of happiness for a magazine, a meeting with Stefan Edberg took us to the seventh heaven of the interview. Absolute class, a rare and precious word, the greatest Swedish serve & volleyer explained the attacking tennis in a garden of the Lagardère Trophy.


Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer during theirpractice session at the 2010 Stockholm Open

Stefan, we do not see you as much as Björn and Mats. Mats comments tennis every week. What do you think of the men's tour?

About today’s tennis, my opinion is that Nadal and Federer are dominating in a way we have never seen in the past. They have almost won all the Grand Slam events they have played in recent years and they win almost every tournament they take part in. They are almost always in the final. I think these two are incredible, outstanding players for tennis.

Do you think there is no comparison with your time?

There is no comparison. When I played, there were plenty of players capable of winning a Grand Slam: Courier, Sampras, Agassi, McEnroe, Lendl, all big names who could win titles. Now look, Nadal and Federer share almost everything. Since the 70s, I do not remember seeing it. So my thinking is that these two guys are really good and they are a little better than the others.

"I think he should adopt a more attacking game strategy because now everybody knows how he plays and everyone wants to beat him. If he goes 5 times out of 10 to the net, it will destabilize his opponent"

You have a big French fan called Guy Forget. Two years ago, we asked what Federer should do to beat Rafa. He replied, "If Stefan Edberg was still playing he would beat Nadal 7 times out of 10" because you would make him a first serve and volley and then a second serve and volley, and that throughout the entire match. Do you think the same?

Clearly to beat Nadal, he should not play from the baseline. Because at this game he is the best. To beat him you have to attack, play a different game. I'm really surprised that Roger Federer does not play like that. At Wimbledon, for example, he came to the net once in ten. If I were his coach, I would have asked him to come to the net at least 7 times out of 10 against Nadal, just to break his rhythm. I think you do not have many players who play like I did or as McEnroe or Becker did in attacking first and second. It's a shame because it is very difficult to play against someone who always breaks your rhythm and it's very frustrating. But at the same time it is a very difficult game to play.

 

Edberg is expecting Murray to end Grand Slam wait

from ThisIsLondon.co.uk
by Chris Jones

Stefan Edberg, winner of six Grand Slam singles titles, is predicting Andy Murray will win a maiden Grand Slam title next year to confirm his place among the tennis elite.

Edberg believes the world No4's breakthrough could come as early as the Australian Open next month.

The Swede, appearing at the BlackRock Masters at the Royal Albert Hall this week, said: "Sometimes that first Grand Slam comes when you least expect it.

"While Andy has a great shot at Wimbledon with the support of the crowd, he could do it away from here and Melbourne is a real chance.

"Of course there should be big expectations for Andy and he has those for himself.

 

Stefan Edberg in illustrious company

from Times online
by Barry Flatman

When it comes to tennis success at the Royal Albert Hall, there is hardly a copious list of local boys who made good. Many who live within a healthy lob’s distance of venue for this week’s BlackRock Masters may own a top-of-the-range racket and, until the current economic situation took hold, possess the kind of disposable income to afford to best possible coaching. However there’s much more to success as Stefan Edberg can attest.

Edberg will be in illustrious company, jumping back into London’s competitive fray after repeatedly refusing, in a polite but steadfast manner, the overtures of those who promote senior tennis. Seven times Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras tops the cast list while John McEnroe has been admitting to friends and confidantes that this will almost certainly be his last singles playing visit to the event.

Back in the days when the affable but unobtrusive Swede was the world’s best tennis player, he was as much a part of the scenery in London SW7 as Harrods or the Hyde Park grass. He made his home in a sumptuous apartment no more than five minutes walk away and was very much a part of the London tennis scene, practicing at the Lawn Tennis Association’s now vacated headquarters at Queen’s Club.

 
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