Jan-Ove Waldner is considered by many as the sport's greatest, and played four world CUP finals during his long career. He won two and lost two, including a win and a loss against Jörgen Persson, who is now working as the national coach during the world CUP.
After many years in the dark talking the game of table tennis again.
– It has come up people on the street and asked me, ”this new guy seems good?”. About Mattias wins the final, people will come to learn what he called, " says J-O and laughing, aware that pingisen lived in medieskugga in many years.
" It was hell at the time, that SVT went in and showed the semi-final. I mean, we're talking about a semifinal in a world CUP in such a great sport. How many europeans have even been in a world CUP final?
in Pingisligan 2016 that 50-year-old and managed to meet the Falck a few times.
" I think we met twice and I lost both, he was named Karlsson then.
In seven straight world CUP has two chinese people met in the herrfinalen. Now, breaking Mattias Falck the suite.
" No. I didn't see it coming. But he belongs to them who all the time tried to improve their weaknesses. Returspelet, forehandslaget, he has developed a lot.
" He has always been mentally strong, I saw early. Are you looking in the result lists, it is often he wins 11-9-sets. He is not afraid when he had to go for it. It is a trait that can be quite crucial. It has, by the way, Truls also (17-year-old jättetalangen with Möregårdh in the last name).
She looks forward to some bright years for Swedish table tennis.
" It looks very nice, it showed they already last year with the bronze in the team CHAMPIONSHIPS.
took J-O Waldner medal in six world CHAMPIONSHIPS of seven. The last contest was in 1997 in Manchester, in a tournament that was a single long display of Waldner.
He won all his seven matches, but setförlust. 21-0 in the setkvot was extra neat, because you played to 21 in sets.
" It was my best world CUP. When I won in 1989 I was among the favorites, but I did not in 1997. They talked a little bit about that I began to be old, but seven years later, I played the OLYMPICS, " says J-O, who was four at the Athens OLYMPICS in 2004.
" It's a completely different game. Forehandsspelet is about the same, but all have a much better backhand. The players are stronger physically, maybe not just Mattias, which is long and narrow. But the duels were longer in the past, and there were many different styles of playing. Now play all almost the same, and is much closer to the table.
– With the larger ball that is used now there will be less screw. I, myself, would get much less dividends on my serve today than I was then.
On Sunday, the benches themselves Waldner in front of the tv when Mattias Falck meets Ma Long, China.
But he is brutally honest on the issue of falck's chances to win the final.
– Minimal. For me Ma Long is simply superior in the world together with Fan Zhendong.
" But alright then, a final is a final. Mattias has had a bit of a fluency that escaped the chinese so far, but it shows that he is strong that managed to win matches under pressure, " says J-O Waldner.