When Mattias Falck on Friday, played the quarter finals in Budapest, it was the first time since 2005 that an american was ahead of the game so far in the world CUP-single. The time went Peter out in the quarter-finals in Shanghai.
When Falck won the match, he secured the first world CHAMPIONSHIP medal since 1999, when J-O Waldner took the bronze.
And when he on Saturday continued segertåget against the phrase sensationsmannen An Jae-Hyun, it meant that now he is the sixth swede in nhl history to play a world CUP final.
Not only that, since the J-O's gold in 1997, a single european reached so far.
, it is a Swedish idrottsbragd regardless of how Sunday's final ends.
On the question of falck's chances against the reigning world champion Ma Long said, however, the legend J-O Waldner yesterday: ”Minimal”.
J-O pays tribute to Falck and his development and the eats certainly be happy to up the overconfident comment.
Mattias Falck was before the world CUP ranked on the 16th place in the world and has taken a step further in the last year.
Now, it should be remembered that the road to the final had been beneficial. The world number Xu Xin went out on the road, as well as världsfyran Tomokazu Harimoto and German storspelaren Timo Boll. And the other chinese were on the other half.
But Falck has impressed with his coolness in critical situations - and has struck those who struck out the above-mentioned top players.
the quarter-finals of the world CUP-the doubles together with Kristian Karlsson. It is the first time in 22 years that a Swedish couple have gone so far in the world CUP.
Both Falck and Karlsson is a 27-year-old about to enter his best pingisålder.
And just behind the corner there is even more to the future in the form of Anton Källberg, 21 and, in particular, Truls Möregårdh, 17.
Källberg has not made its breakthrough yet, but has great potential.
The really big framtidshoppet is Möregårdh, who came second at the world junior CHAMPIONSHIPS even though he was two years younger than most of the others.
– There are all opportunities to be in the top 10 in the world, " says deputy manager Jörgen Persson, if Möregårdhs chances in the long term.
The Swedish team within a couple years be the best in Europe, as Germany's top players are starting to get into years.
And already to the OLYMPIC games in Japan next summer, there is reason to dream about a medal.
in front of China, which happened almost exactly 30 years ago when Sweden won the team world CHAMPIONSHIPS in Dortmund, is not realistic. Remember that Erik Lindh, who was then ranked fifth in the world, petades for the final against China. The troika Jan-Ove Waldner, Mikael Appelgren and Jörgen Persson were found to have better chances, and had it.
such A generation pingisspelare is impossible to obtain again. The sport is not as big in Sweden now, as then, at the same time as the competition is broader.
An example is that players from 18 different countries and four continents were among the 64 best gentlemen in the world CUP.
But Europe has lost. Since 2005, 23 of the 24 male world CUP champions asians.
– China has dominated the total of the last few years, more than in my time, and more than in the 70's. It is difficult to catch up with them, even if the times speak for us, says Jörgen Persson on the phone from Budapest.
with Jörgen Persson, and he has received good tips in forehandsspelet. A forehand that already is ”nasty” for the opponents because It plays with the studs outward, a unique style of play.
It gives the smaller screw, but the possibility of a smashspel that is unusual in today's ping-pong table, and which reminds a bit of former world champion Kjell ”the Hammer” Johansson.
" It has come to the ancient chinese top player to me and is famous, Falck. He has a style of play that really disappeared, " says Persson.
Falck struck out världssexan – ahead of the world CUP
Medaljdrömmen cracked: ”My heaviest loss.”