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"I think I just sort of stuck to being myself. Maybe I wasn't looking like the happiest person on two legs out there, but I think over the years maybe they appreciated what I did and what I stood for..." - Stefan Edberg on his way of life. Read the interview

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Edberg rolls back the years to defeat Henman

from ZuerichOpen.ch

Despite giving away nine years to his opponent, Stefan Edberg outlasted Tim Henman in a marathon match on Tuesday night to secure a 7-6(11), 6-1 win.

Stefan Edberg during the match with Henman

Edberg was full of energy right from the start but Henman managed to get a read on his service and broke in the third game of the match. The Brit seemed to have the first set in the bag but Edberg broke back in the tenth game. The Swede then saved another break point with a backhand down the line straight out of a 1980s highlight reel and a tie-break ensued. And after the set had gone the distance, it was only logical that the breaker would be cut from the same cloth. Henman saved a handful of set points but Edberg was not to be denied, taking the tie-break 13-11. And this was just a "normal", first-to-seven breaker…

Once the first set was in the bag, there was no stopping Edberg. The six-time Grand Slam winner had the wind in his sails, and bagged a double break to open the second period. Henman tried his best to get back into the match but he had left himself too much work, and the Swede stole another break to finish off the match with a flourish 7-6(11), 6-1. The 2010 champion thus sits atop the befair group, level with the man who took over his crown last year, Mark Philippoussis.


Borg Inspires McEnroe To Final

from ATP Champions Tour.com

John McEnroe hits a volley at the Kings of Tennis

John McEnroe believes that his old rival Bjorn Borg inspired him to his best tennis in 10 years as he overwhelmed Thomas Muster to reach the final in Stockholm.

Borg was watching from courtside as McEnroe beat Muster 6-2, 6-2. The American will now meet Magnus Larsson in the final of the Kings of Tennis by Index International on Friday. Larsson edged past Stefan Edberg 3-6, 6-2, 10-8 to preserve his unbeaten record in the round-robin stages.

For the 53-year-old McEnroe, victory over Muster continued one of the most satisfying weeks of his 16-year ATP Champions Tour career. He has beaten Pat Cash, Mikael Pernfors and now Muster without losing a set. To thrash the 44-year-old former World No.1 Muster, who recently chiselled himself into extraordinary shape and made an 18-month return to the ATP World Tour to test himself against teenagers and 20-somethings, it was an incredible achievement. McEnroe was a very happy man.


BNP Paribas Zurich Open - Schedule of play

Stefan Edberg in Zurich 2010

The BNP Paribas Zurich Open starts on Tuesday March 20th. Stefan Edberg is in the same group as Tim Henman, Mark Philippoussis and Henri Leconte and will play his first singles match on Tuesday against the Brit.

The other group of the Champions competition is made up of Pat Cash, Michael Stich, Marat Safin and Carlos Moya, who replaced injured Jimmy Connors.

The Zurich tournament will follow its traditional format (which is unique in the Champions Tour): eight past World Number Ones, Grand Slam Champions and Davis Cup winners competing for the title over five days are joined by eight of the world’s best junior players who will compete in their own parallel tournament. Then, during the night session on each day of the event, tennis’ past and future champions will unite to play side-by-side in a separate doubles tournament where teams formed of one legend and one junior will do battle against one another. The event is being billed as 'Where Champions Meet Talents'.

Stefan Edberg won the Champions competition back in 2010, in the first edition of the tournament, beating Goran Ivanisevic in the final.


Ivanisevic Thrashes Edberg In 'Best Ever Match'

from ATP Champions Tour.com

Goran Ivanisevic took out the frustration that remained from his most recent loss to Stefan Edberg, and his narrow defeat to Magnus Larsson yesterday, to produce, in his words, the best match he has ever played on the ATP Champions Tour. On day two of the Kings of Tennis by Index International in Stockholm, Ivanisevic defeated Edberg 6-4, 6-2 with some monstrous serves and vicious ground-strokes.

Elsewhere, John McEnroe and Thomas Muster set up a winner-takes-all clash in Group B on Thursday after remaining unbeaten in the round-robin stages. McEnroe swept aside Mikael Pernfors on Wednesday, while Muster saved a match point against Pat Cash to prevail in a thriller, 3-6, 7-6(3), 13-11 (Champions' Tie-Break).

For Ivanisevic, an emphatic victory over Edberg in Sweden was just about as pleasurable an experience as he had had since joining the circuit in 2004. He lost to Edberg 12-10 in the third from a winning position in Zurich two years ago, and couldn't wait to get revenge.


The gang from Växjö on a roll at Kings of Tennis

from Smp.se
by Sven Elofsson
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

What would the Kings of Tennis be without the Växjö elements? Answer: A lot worse and a lot more boring.

Stefan Edberg in action during his first day match against Ferreira

When the ATP Champions Tour came to Sweden for the first time there were three affiliations from Växjö. But then Mats Wilander threw the towel in (replaced by Mikael Pernfors) and only Magnus Larsson and Stefan Edberg remained in the purpose-built center court on level four in the Waterfront, Stockholm's major convention hotels.

The two Växjö residents did their job. Magnus Larsson won in three sets against his former rival Croatian Goran Ivanisevic (6-7, 7-6, 10-3) and Stefan Edberg beat South African Wayne Ferreira (6-3, 6-1). Sure, legs were not as drumming fast as before and grave seriousness was replaced by smiles. But once on the court they still wanted to win like in the old days.

Stefan Edberg, 46, and Magnus Larsson, 41, had left nothing to chance for the Kings of Tennis. Stefan has been a frequent guest at the courts in the Strandbjörkshallen recently. Often Växjö TS number one Pontus Norberg acted as a sparring partner.

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