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November 19, 1993

Stefan Edberg


Q. Stefan, how would you compare this one to the one you played in Bercy?

STEFAN EDBERG: Well, little bit similar. It was pretty much the same way, and he came out a winner today again. Maybe I did play a little bit better in Paris, but it was very, very close. I mean, I did play very well today, the times that I had a chance to play.

Q. Stefan, when did you make of the last time nine doublefaults?

STEFAN EDBERG: I have done that quite a few times this year. So it wasn't long ago. I made 13 against Korda two weeks ago.

Q. The reason for today?

STEFAN EDBERG: Well, I have had a few problems with my serve all year. It is not a big problem. I am actually serving -- I am not serving great, but I am serving pretty good at the moment. I am just trying to hit it a little bit harder, especially on the second serve, and some days I have to take it, a few doublefaults. But it just came at the few bad times during the match, I felt.

Q. How do you see the next season?

STEFAN EDBERG: Next season is going to be interesting for my point of view. This year has been disappointing, and next year is going to be a little bit of a challenge for me; see if I can get back on track. At least I am back on track playing good tennis. The last couple of weeks, I played pretty well, I think, and probably played some of the best tennis this year. Okay, I am not winning the close matches, but I am just feeling I am that far from cracking it, and if I can get just a little bit better, you could see a different Stefan Edberg next year, hopefully.

Q. Is there some specific work you can do on your serve that could fix this problem?

STEFAN EDBERG: Yeah, I mean, if I can lift myself another five, ten percent; get maybe a little bit fitter than I am now; I just need to get my serving going just ten percent better will make all the difference. I just miss too many first serves, especially at the crucial points. That can all change if I just keep working. It is actually not too bad. I am really happy the way I am playing tennis and it is fun going out there to play and that is really important.

Q. In the first set after he broke you, you made nine points in a row. What did you think?

STEFAN EDBERG: Great. I have no recollection about that. I played well at patches, the times he gave me a chance to play. It wasn't very often, though.

Q. Your first volley seemed to let you down once or twice. Is that because he was returning pretty well or is it that you were not consistent as you could be?

STEFAN EDBERG: It is pretty difficult. I made four volleys today -- it wasn't many. He hits the ball as hard as he can. He gets you off. Sometimes it is difficult to volley, it is simple as that, because he hits it very close over the net too.

Q. Stefan, your family circumstances, has that had anything to do with your practicing?

STEFAN EDBERG: It is helping me.

Q. But do you have a clear conception of why you think the year went a little bit wrong for you? Right now, do you know?

STEFAN EDBERG: It is hard to tell exactly. I think just looking at things, if you look at my career, I have been going, you know, this way, I mean, becoming a better and better tennis player and I peaked in 90, 91, 92. You can't peak forever. Sooner or later you are going to have a little bit of a let-down. It is going to happen to anybody - doesn't matter what your name is. I was hoping that I could have another great year this year, but I didn't. Maybe I could have kept it up there, No. 1, 2 in the world another year. So I think it is just the nature, because you got other young guys coming up to and, like I said, I am taking this year as a little bit of an off year and aiming for next year, because if I can play the tennis I have done the last couple of weeks, I am going to have a great chance; just if I can return their serves indoors when they are serving 200 miles an hour, it is going to be a lot easier when we play out of doors.

Q. Thank you.

STEFAN EDBERG: Have a good holiday, all of you.

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