Truls, you are now officially the new real thing for Europe. How do you feel?
“It’s unreal, I am so happy. Today it was a clash of 15-year-old players, it was a beautiful game with very few mistakes from both sides, and some amazing rallies. I think I had a better tactical plan than him in the end, so I am really happy right now.”
Sometimes they say that the main liability of European players against Asians is mentality, and that sort of fear that comes when matching them. Through this tournament, you showed no sign of it.
“Indeed, I have no fear. Pressure was all on him. I was not seeded at this tournament, and I know I can play very well, and as far as I play my game, I know I can win this tournament.”
You come from Sweden, a Country with a huge tradition in table tennis, with icons like Jan-Owe Waldner. Is this the start of a resurgence of Sweden at the greatest level of table tennis?
“It’s hard to tell, but I really hope so. I do take inspiration in my game from Waldner, particularly with my backhand. I have a good mentality and I have lost so many of those close games in the year: that was really a major learning experience, and now I am able to win matches like this”.