Stefan Edberg with Yevgeny Kafelnikov and John McEnroe
The men's Gold Singles Final featuring Team Europe's Stefan Edberg and Team Russia's Yevgeny Kafelnikov, two true gentlemen of the game, entertained everyone in the crowd. Edberg was the final victor, winning 6-4, 6-0, although the match was far closer than reflected in the score.
The crowd went wild on several occasions as the two men played beautiful tennis, with long rallies and clever shots. They both put their all into the game and seemed to enjoy playing it as much as we all did watching it, a few times congratulating each other on fantastic shots!
It was wonderful to see two legendary players at their very best (even if they did have to stop for a while to take a breather after long rallies!).
In the first day of the Hong Kong Classic 2011, Stefan Edberg came back from a set down to beat Australian Mark Philippoussis. Edberg led 5-3 in the first set, before losing his serve twice and giving his opponent the early advantage. But then he managed to recover and win a very close second set by 7 points to 3 in the tie-break.
The match was decided in the Champions' tie-break that Stefan closed 10 points to 8 at the second match point. His victory gives Team Europe a 3-0 lead over Team Asia Pacific and access to the Gold Group final that will be played on Friday and Saturday.
Earlier in the day, in fact, Aravane Rezai had beaten Zhang Ling and world number 1 Caroline Wozniacki had overcome Chinese Na Li. Both matches ended in two sets.
The doubles match featuring Wozniacki and Edberg against Na Li and Mark Philippoussis became just an exhibition that the European duo won 6-3 6-2.
Stefan Edberg and Goran Ivanisevic in Zurich 2010
Stefan Edberg will play the second edition of the BNP Paribas Zurich Open to be held on the rebound ace of the Saalsporthalle in Zurich from 8th to 12th of March 2011.
The Swede, who won the event in 2010, will join a strong field made up of other former tennis glories like Goran Ivanisevic (runner-up in this year's edition of the tournament), John McEnroe, Tim Henman, Henri Leconte, Thomas Muster, Mark Philippoussis and Michael Stich.
The Zurich Open is the first ever ATP Champions Tour event featuring past Champions alongside future tennis stars in the unique "Where Champions Meet Talents" format.
Swede Stefan Edberg, Chilean Marcelo Rios and Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov, former tennis number ones, will play an exhibition tournament in Chile from February 17th to 19th.
The event named "Tennis Masters", that will be also played by Frenchman Cedric Pioline, Swede Thomas Enqvist and South-African Wayne Ferreira, will be held on the clay courts of southern Santiago.
The aim of the organizers is to make the event part of the Senior Tour in the future. «It's an opportunity for the young generations to see champions like Rios and Edberg on court», said tournament director Patricio Apey.
from Champions Series Tennis
GRAND CAYMAN, November 7 – Stefan Edberg edged Marat Safin 7-6(5), 2-6, 10-8 (Champions Tie-Breaker) Sunday to win the $120,000 The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Legends Championships. The title was Edberg’s first career title on the Champions Series, the global tennis circuit for champion tennis players age 30 and over, and earned the two-time Wimbledon champion a first-prize paycheck of $45,000.
“I felt good today,” said Edberg. “We ended up with a pretty good tiebreaker, so it was a good end to the match. I was the lucky one today. It’s always a point or two that makes a difference. I think he could have won easily.”
The match was the first meeting of any sort between the two former world No. 1 players. The careers of the two tennis legends did not overlap on the ATP World Tour as Edberg’s final year of competitive ATP tennis came in 1996, two years before Safin’s first break-out year. Edberg, 44, was able to stay slightly steadier than his 30-year-old opponent Sunday and capture the clay-court tournament title.