Legends Live - for all Edberg fans - SPOILERS

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  1. andreh

    andreh Professional

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    For all you Edberg fans out there

    I attended Legends Live both days:

    Time has stood still for Edberg. He looks the same and he plays at the same high level.

    I must say, even though I've followed Edberg's career since the mid 80s, I now know I never really understood how great a volley player he is. You just don't see how difficult the shots are on TV.

    I had seats right by the court. I now know what Edbergs 2nd serve kicker sounds like. It sounds like an airplane swooshing by. VRRROOOOM! There's no sound when the racquet hits the ball, just a loud swoosh as racquet head goes through the air and a roar as the ball takes off and spins out. I saw how high kicked first hand (those wide to the ad court which could spin out kicked so high Mac and Leconte had to overhead them!)

    Some things worth noting:
    * He played a more all court game. He didn't S&V on more than 2-3 second serves the entire 2 days
    * He didn't chip n' charge even once! He got chip and charged, though
    * He played with what looked like a stock ncode 90.

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    Edberg beat Mac 6-3, 4-6 12-10 (Champions Tie-break) (not sure about the tie score) in the finals of Legends Live.

    You could see that Edberg was the better man here. It wasn't as close as the score suggests. His serve is still extremely effective and he had no problems in his own serve until 4-5 in the second set, when Mac played a great game for the set. In the tie breaker Edberg was up 4 points on two occasions but got nervous (as he said in the speech afterwards) and dumped a couple of easy vollyes in the net. He finished it off with an ace after saving one match point for Mac.

    The match was generall well played and there were many great points and few unforced errors. You just don't see tennis like this anymore.

    My conclusion: Edberg is not match tough like Mac. Had he been, it wouldn't even have been close.
     
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  2. madhavan

    madhavan New User

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    Great to hear that Edberg can still play really well. Would you have any
    photos/videos you can post? I'd love to see them.

    Did Mcenroe have any of his outbursts? Did he seem to take the loss well?
    Any interesting post-match comments?
     
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  3. stormholloway

    stormholloway Legend

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    Edberg served and volleyed on only a few second serves? That's tough to believe.
     
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  4. morten

    morten Hall of Fame

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    I was there too, was good, but not great.... I enjoyed Mac vs Borg a lot, now that was crafty tennis, miss it a lot. I loved Edberg, but he looked kind of mechanic in a way... I even think Leconte could/should have beaten him the first day(but he is a nutcase). These 2 days made me realize how boring tennis is nowadays, but also how amazing Federer is!!!! The best ever IMO... Such a shame he dont face a true attacking player anymore...
     
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  5. andreh

    andreh Professional

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    It was kind of mechanical in the way Edberg kept pumping in those first serves, which both Mac and Leconte had trouble getting in play. He also hit upwards towards 15 aces in those two matches. Anyone who was around in his active days knows that's a lot for him. Maybe his new ncode90 gives him a little more zing on the serves?!? Or maybe it was poor resitance from the other side.

    Also, he wasn't called for a single footfault!:)
     
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  6. ofey

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    Now that's a real surprise... .

    anyone with pictures or better still torrents of the games?
     
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  7. andreh

    andreh Professional

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    I suspect ironi, but just clarify anyway, he wasn't called for a single foot fault.
     
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  8. What a racquet!

    What a racquet! New User

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    Good to hear he's still active. He's one of my all-time faves.
     
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