Appelgren is sort of like a tennis who doesn't have a grand slam title such as WC or Olympic singles title.
Though he was successful in the World Cup, WTTTC and European Championship.
Yeah. But I was reading the youtube comments of the spectacular point in the OP (there's also another 3 parts of that just as spectacular) and people just call Persson "that guy in blue who gets owned" when he is in fact World Champion, European Champion and World Champion in teams, having defeated China multiple times.
Europe has a great tradition of amazing talents. Samsonov has always amazed me because he is very tall and has such feel. Timo Boll is also like a highlight machine. Lots of talent has come from Europe through the decades.
Any Waldner compilation is pure magic and talent!
Sure is. Fun fact, he one his first swedish championship in 1983, in 2010, 44-year old, he grabbed his 9th singles title. Now that's longevity but also a bit sad. In the European countries it's hard to develop top table tennis talent these days. Just takes so much practice and insane talent.
Here is sort of a comedy video where they try to answer the question: "How much can material compensate for talent in sports?". The host challenged Waldner to beat him in a set of table tennis using different items instead of racket