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Top Swedish Players of All Time

1. Bjorn Borg - 11 Grand Slam titles
2. Mats Wilander - 7 Grand Slam Titles on all surfaces (3 on Clay, 2 on grass an 2 hardcourt titles. He also won three slams in one year (1988))
3. Stefan Edberg - 6 Grand Slam titles. If he had won the french in 1989 he would have been no 2 on this ranking.
4.Tomas Enquist - One Grand Slam final. But has reached the ATP championship three times. Has potential to beat anyone but hasnt been a player for the major tournaments.
5.Tomas Johansson - 1 Grand Slam Title. And one Masters Series title (Cincinatti). great potential but not mentally strong enough to be a consistent topplayer.
6. Magnus Norman - 1 GrandSlamfinal. And one Masters series Win (Rom). Career ruined by injuries.
7. Jonas Bjorkman - Has been in USOpen semifinal. Finalist in Paris mastersseriesevent against Sampras a couple of years ago. Ended that year as no. 4 in the world. Done great results in Davis Cup.
8. Magnus Larsson - Semifinalist at the French. GrandSlamCup winner(beating Sampras in the final). Lot of injuryproblem. With better focusing he could have been a constant top 10 player.
9. Mikael Pernfors - frenchOpen finalist. Masters Series winner at CanadianOpen (1993) - beating world no1 Courier.
10. Anders Jarryd - Wimbledon semifinalist 1985. And a former top 10 player


players that didnt reached my top 10.
Jonas Svensson (twice a semifinalist at Roland Gaross)
Joakim Nystrom (Monte Carlo winner and former top 10 player)
Kent Carlsson ( Hamburgwinner and was top 5 in the world)
Henrik Sundstrom ( top ten player and MonteCarlo winner)
Magnus Gustafsson (top 10 player)
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Re: Swedish players - top 10

Växjö player I almost agree with every placing on that list.

I would have Thomas Johansson higher mainly because he won the Slam and Enqvist hadn't. Though Enqvist had more wins against the Top 10 than Johansson.

I would have Nyström instead of Pernförs mainly because he was around the top 10 longer, though Pernfors had that great 86 French Open and his huge comeback win.

Kent mightn't have made the list, but with all the knee injuries I think he could have won a French Open, remember the reverse kicking serves and the great hairstyle?

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Maybe Nystrom should have been in the top 10.

Yes....I agree with you on Carlsson. He was my choice for the French open title in 1988. He was a great fighter. But too many injuries....
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Already an impressive list but I think in approx. 10 years, some new names might replace some people in this list - Joachim J. and Soderling are doing very very well so far.

BTW, is tennis considered a male sport in Sweden? Because I don't recall any Swedish female who's been a top player in the WTA.
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Re: Swedish players - top 10

Magnus Norman was the last top 5 player who had a loopy heavy top spin forehand like Bruguera or Conch Martinez in wta.
Now everybody hits quite flat, even top clay courters.

I liked him just because of that.

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How about doing similar list of finnish and norwegian greats
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players that didnt reached my top 10.
Jonas Svensson (twice a semifinalist at Roland Gaross)
Joakim Nystrom (Monte Carlo winner and former top 10 player)
Kent Carlsson ( Hamburgwinner and was top 5 in the world)
Henrik Sundstrom ( top ten player and MonteCarlo winner)
Magnus Gustafsson (top 10 player)

Where does Peter Lundgren rate in all this?
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Kent mightn't have made the list, but with all the knee injuries I think he could have won a French Open, remember the reverse kicking serves and the great hairstyle?
Didn't Kent Carlsson also have a constant twitch?
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Re: Re: Re: Swedish players - top 10

I was impressed by Norman's win over Safin in 2000 RG. I like the way he played.
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Re: Swedish players - top 10

This is for open era players, right? Otherwise RG 57 champ Sven Davidsson would be in, wouldn't he?
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Re: Re: Re: Swedish players - top 10

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Didn't Kent Carlsson also have a constant twitch?
He had a huge grunt, roundarm passing shots, deadly lobs and dropshots, but 5 knee operations on the left knee before he was 22 and he retired first hurt his knee at Indian Wells, so no it's not only Rebound Ace that allegedly causes injuries.

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Where does Peter Lundgren rate in all this?
This is not about ability more so with overall achievements. He was a very talented player in fact he probably had the most ability, but he never had the dedication to train hard and enjoyed the after hours scene.

When he was in the mood he could beat anybody and had some great wins, but some absoutely ordinary and shocking losses, he was at this best indoors.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Larsson probably should have achieved more with this talent and shotmaking ability, but he was too lazy and enjoyed the good life too much. He had some big scalps and when in the mood he could take out any player. Sampras had plenty of respect for his game and in their 11 matches only one of them was a flogging by Sampras.

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Joachim J. and Soderling are doing very very well so far.
BTW, is tennis considered a male sport in Sweden? Because I don't recall any Swedish female who's been a top player in the WTA.
I am not sure about PimPim or Söderling making that list, one of them might but they still have a lot of improving to do.

Catarina Lindqvist the best ever Swedish female player she was in the top 20 in the 80s for a while.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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I pretty much agree with Vaxjoplayer's list. The placing of the Thomas's is a questionmark, Enqvit has had a more consistent career but Johansson's won a major. Maybe I would put Toker above Tompa .

And another stupid question; this list is for singles only?
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Tommyg6's Top 30 Swedish Players of All time

My Top 30
1. Bjorn Borg - 11 slams, 64 career titles, career high ranking no.1
2. Mats Wilander - 7 slams, 33 career titles, career high ranking no.1
3. Stefan Edberg - 6 slams, 42 career titles, career high ranking no.1
4. Thomas Enqvist - 19 career titles, career high ranking no.4
5. Thomas Johansson - 1 slam, 9 career titles, career high ranking no.7
6. Sven Davidson - 1 slam, career high ranking no.3
6. Magnus Gustaffson - 14 career titles, career high ranking no.10
7. Ulf Schmidt - 14 career titles, career high ranking n/a
8. Joakim Nystrom - 13 career titles, career high ranking no.7
9. Magnus Norman - 12 career titles, career high ranking no.2
10. Robin Soderling - 10 career titles, career high ranking no.4
11. Kent Carlsson - 9 career titles, career high ranking no.6
12. Anders Jarryd - 8 career titles, career high ranking no.5
13. Magnus Larrson - 7 career titles, career high ranking no.10
14. Jonas Bjorkman - 6 career titles, career high ranking no.4
15. Jonas Svennson - 5 career titles, career high ranking no.10
16. Henrik Sundstrom - 5 career titles, career high ranking no.6
17. Mikael Pernfors - 3 career titles, career high ranking no.10
18. Joachim Johansson - 3 career titles, career high ranking no.9
19. Peter Lundgren - 3 career titles, career high ranking no.25
20. Nicklas Kulti - 3 career titles, career high ranking no.32
21. Andreas Vinciguerra - 1 career titles, career high ranking no. 33
22. Mikael Tillstrom - 1 career titles, career high ranking no.39
23. Per Hjertquist - 1 career titles, career high ranking no.68
24. Ulf Stenlund - 1 career titles, career high ranking no.23
25. Henrik Holm - 0 career titles, career high ranking no.13
26. Nicklas Kr0on - 0 career titles, career high ranking no.46
27. Kjell Johansson - 0 career titles, career high ranking no.49
28. Stefan Simonsson - 0 career titles, career high ranking no. 49
29. Leif Johnasson - 0 career titles, career high ranking no.51
30. Lars Jonsson - 0 career titles, career high ranking no.67
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31. Tomas Nydahl - 0 career titles, career high ranking no.72

Sweden has had 18 top 10 players, 3 former no.1, 5 different slam winners, 31 top 100 players, 26 slams to its name, 23 titlists, 7 Davis Cup titles.

Very impressive stats for a country of only 9 million. There's gotta be something in that Swedish water lol. I wish Canada had that kind of success or even a fraction of it despite Sweden and Canada being similar in climate.
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Re: Top Swedish Players of All Time

Top 10 of the Open era according to my impression:

1. Borg
2. Edberg
3. Wilander
4. Enqvist
5. Bjorkman
6. Soderling
7. Norman
8. Larsson
9. Jarryd
10. Svensson

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