Back from Bad Münder: Interview with Filiph Svensson
26 Oct 2013 at 20:34 | Published by: Hans | Views: 4152 | News search
Filiph Svensson in Bad Münder (Photo by Martin Becker 2013)
Interview with Filiph Svensson (FS), Sweden and Skoghall
This interview was done the 26th of October 2013. Interviewer is Hans Bergström (HB).
HB: First of all congratulations to a great season of 2013 and especially the tree silver medals at the World Championship in Bad Münder. Still looking back one might get an impression that you are not so happy with these results?
FS: Hi-Hi, of course you should never be content when not winning. But actually I must say that I am very happy with my results. Of course it could have been better beeing so close to winning gold medals, but its easier said than done to take them.
HB: At what moment did you understand that the team gold was lost to the Germans?
FS: I almost felt that the gold disapearred already when I made a 4 on lane two the last lap. The germans could get an ealry grip I that’s not a thing that you would like them to have on home ground in Germany.
HB: In the stroke play final you made a remarkable last round of 23 on the felt almost enough to get the gold. Interesting this was the same score that you made in Stockholm last lap on beton to reach the gold. Can you explain how you could manage to score your best scores when it matters two WC in a row?
FS: This is hard to explain, but maybe its about to really enjoy this kind of positions where you have absolutely nothing to losse. Both in Bad Munder and Stockholm I had this nothing to loose positions chasing from behind, and I guess this could be a factor that makes it easier to play without pressure.
But gereally I think that I am quite good at hanling pressure, it makes me beeing more on my toes and helps me to deliver.
HB: And then you lost against Achim in the sudden death. How did that feel?
FS: Of course it dont feels good losing a world championship title in a sudden death. But to be honest I didn’t think I would be able to catch up on the last round since the margin was quite big and how Achim was playing. So when it ended up in sudden death I was quite chocked and because of this I can handle loosing better.
HB: Then in the match play finals you played some really well played matches on your way to the final. Of course many think the moral final was played already in the quarter final between you and Walter. This match has by many been voted as one of the best ever played. Can you tell us how it felt to be part of that game?
FS: I must say its amazing to have been playing a such a good match like the one I and Walter had. We are both showman on the course, which of course helped making the match memorable.
Myself I value this as the best macth I ever played considering we both played so well. And playing against Walter is not easy weather its strokeplay or matchplay.
HB: When you won the bridge the first time against Walter you shouted “Tiger style”. What was behind that?
FS: I think I was thinking that a tiger kills instantly whenever its given a chance. So thats behind my ”Tiger Style”.
HB: Then you lost the final against Dennis Kapke. Please tell us about that match?
FS: Yes, what can you say. It was quite tough lossing two golds in a row, but I was not counting on going all the way to the final in the match play.
I think I played quite OK in the final but Dennis played even better and made no erros what so ever. I don’t mind loosing against a player that is really the better player, and it the final Dennis was better than me. So I can just congratualte him for his title.
HB: Looking back on Bad Münder. Which is the moment you remember the most now more than a month later?
FS: I guess all thinks that my answer to this is the match against Walter but frankly the most strong memory is when my sister Mariell aced lane 17 on the felt in a moment when she had to ace to save herself in the game. She made a perfect ace and I guess Walter would have said “old school baby” about the way she did it.
HB: You have now taken at least one individual medal in tree World Championships in a row (silver in 2009, gold in 2011 and double silver in 2013). This effort has only been made by one male player before, Carl-Johan Ryner (2001-2005). How does it feel to share this record with Carl-Johan?
FS: The way I see it its Carl-Johan sharing this with me so maybe you should ask him how he feels about sharing this with me :)
HB: If you take another medal in Lahti in 2015 you will actually be the most merited male player in the history of World Championships, today Carl-Johan and Harald Erlbruch has three medals each. You have already four but it was not possible for Carl-Johan and Harald to take more than one before 2011. Will this fact be something that you keep in mind for the 2015 games?
FS: Absolutely not, for a start you have to get into the team for Lahti. I will play my game and then we will see how far it takes me. If it takes me all the way to another medal it would of course be very nice, but thats a long way int the future.
HB: In Bad Münder you had your sister also playing (Marielle Svensson) and for long she was also in the fights for the medals. How was the feeling having her also there?
FS: It was incredible nervous. I worry much more for her game than my own game. But its not so that it affect my own game in any way but when you are not playing, watchin her game was a nailbiting experience. But it was also very fun since she played very well.
HB: At one moment in time your sister and your girlfriend played both decisive lanes at two different parts of the course in the match play finals. How did you manage to follow both?
FS: I have no clue how I managed that. I had to run like hell back and forth to try to cheer for them both. Also I had to think a bit on my own game also, so from time to time it was a pure hell that day.
HB: What do you think about the arrangements in Bad Münder?
FS: I think it was very good. It was nice that we had a well equpped tent per nation and the catering was making a good job with the food. The courses was in good condition and the arrangement was well managed. And the drummers on the banquet was really good. So all in all a really good arrangement.
HB: Will we be seeing equally much of you in the 2014 season?
FS: I hope so!
HB: Again a big congratulation to the great 2013 season and good luck in the future.
FS: Thank you back, I do my best!