Mattias Falck is the first player since Jan-Ove Waldner to reach a World Table Tennis Championships Final! He is real hope for the youngster in table tennis. His playing style and equipment fit very well to the new trend: Flat hit, speed, and aggressive attacking style! This is a similar story like 1 year ago, in the Female table tennis, when Mima Ito dominated the scene with her unique short pimple style.
Special thanks to his coach Jorgen Persson nowadays, who has been making an upgrade at Mattias Falck play. That’s why a good coach is very very important in table tennis.
Falck Mattias Equipment
Mattias Falck (or Mattias Karlsson is the same person) is a Yasaka Sponsored player. Mattias is using blade Yasaka MA LIN SOFT CARBON and Short Pips Yasaka RAKZA PO (Black, 2.0mm) on the forehand side and Yasaka RAKZA X (red, 2.3mm) on the backhand side.
This equipment fits very well his playing style and the new trends in table tennis. Flat hit quick attack counter on the forehand side, and backhand topspin close to the table on the backhand side.
Falck Mattias Blade Yasaka Ma Lin Soft Carbon
Falck Mattias Forehand rubber – Short Pips Yasaka RAKZA PO
He is using the short pips on the forehand side: Yasaka RAKZA PO. Advantages of short pips are Flat hit, quick attack, and counter topspin.
His techniques and smashes are really awesome, and he CAN move as quickly as smaller players. This playing fits very well to the new trend in table tennis.
Advantage of short pips on Forehand: serve return, the short game and is able to kill the ball well.
Disadvantage: Third ball attack, and looping the long ball. That’s why Mattias always stay close to the table. When he smashed the ball, it is a huge pressure. Because the spin is not normal (like the inverted rubber), but the speed is fast.
Falck Mattias backhand rubber – Yasaka RAKZA X
It’s spinny but very consistent to flick the ball. That’s why Falck Mattias often rotates his racket to serve.
Mattias said he had a poor backhand when he was younger and his coach recommended short pips to help with a shorter stroke. One advantage is that with a flatter forehand, he can adopt a much more backhand oriented grip which is definitely his strong point.
The main advantage comes from having a combination racket that results in variation in rhythm and speed during blocks.
He often uses the backhand side (red color) to serve, and rotate his paddle when he receives the short ball. This is a big advantage of using the combination racket (one short pimple, one normal inverted rubber). Using the spin variation to confuse the opponent.
But when he receives, he often uses the short pimples rubber to receive:
Falck Mattias Career
His official Twitter account: https://twitter.com/mattiask91
He is a Swedish National Table tennis player. Lives in Halmstad but plays for Pontoise Cergy in Paris (pro-A). Born and raised in Karlskrona. World Rankings 15. He will jump to top 10 world table tennis ranking after this World Championship 2019.
Falck Mattias’s playing style:
Opening backhand loop, steady rallying close to the table and quick forehand flat hit winner once the opportunity arises. He also uses his backhand to attack the wide angle. His strength is not only the smashing, flat hit ability but also his “explosive backhand” attack. These tactics have made many good players in trouble, because of the wide angle, and the speed.
Due to Falck Mattia explosive Short Pips Forehand, his opponents tend to attack his Backhand. To their surprise, Falck’s Backhand counter attack is spinny and explosive. Many players like Harimoto Tomokazu, Lin Gaoyuan, Simon Gauzy have struggled with Falck’s Backhand wide angle attack. And then he finishes the point with the forehand smash.
Mattias Falck is born in 7. September 1991 as Mattias Karlsson is a Swedish table tennis – national team.
At the 2018 World Cup, he won bronze with the team, in doubles with Kristian Karlsson he won several silver and bronze medals at European Championships.
In the Swedish Open, he won among others against the World Cup bronze medalists Lin Gaoyuan and came to the semifinals in doubles he won silver. In the world rankings, he reached in November with the 12th place – his new record.
As a single player, Mattias Karlsson had been successful so far, but in September 2015, he was already ranked 106th in the world rankings. He beat the world ranking 14 at the Austrian Open. Young Young-sik and came to the European Championship in the last 32, so that he in the world rankings in 74th place and thus for the first time in the top 100.
Mattias Falck Most Important Wins
- Mattias Falck won 4-3 Harimoto Tomokazu
- Mattias Falck won 4-2 Lin Gaoyuan
- Mattias Falck won 4-1 Koki Niwa
- Mattias Falck won 4-1 Simon Gauzy
- Mattias Falck won 4-2 Dimitrij Ovtcharov
- Mattias Falck won 4-2 Hugo Calderano
- Mattias Falck won 4-2 Samsonov Vladimir
Mattias Falck plays in Pro A League
Mattias Falck, top level player with As Pontoise-Cergy during 2018-2019. Since his return to Pontoise, the Swedish international Mattias Falck has a solid performance with his club, the Pontoise-Cergy as table tennis.
- 2016-2017: AS Pontoise-Cergy France
- 2017-2018: Halmstad BTK Sweden
- 2018-2019: AS Pontoise-Cergy France
- from 2019: Werder Bremen Germany
Since the beginning of the season, the Swedish international has lost four times in twelve games, Championship and Champions League together. Emmanuel Lebesson, French international, German Timo Boll former world number 1 or Kristian Karlsson, his teammate in the selection, are among those who managed to beat Mattias Falck.
“He has gained confidence over time and it must continue, insists Christian Adam. Afterward, he must not fall back into a period of doubt. We will always be behind to encourage it. ”
“I think he has matured and he has also made good progress in his game. He still has a good margin for improvement,” said Louise Adam, President of As Pontoise-Cergy.
Mattias still needs to improve on some points, including finishing his sets. But it will come to work! “In any case, if he continues its momentum, Mattias Falck is on track to become the new darling of supporters!
“Mattias is unrecognizable. “He was formidable the little one! “… Tuesday, November 13, on the occasion of the fourth day of pro-A, the sixty supporters present for the game As Pontoise-Cergy -Jura Morez (leader of the Championship before this game, ed) was full of praise to against the evening hero, author of breathtaking performances. His name? Mattias Falck.
Mattias Falck Family
Mattias got married to Julia Falck and adopted her surname. That’s why Mattias Karlsson and Mattias Falck is the same person. Read more: A change of name, a change of fortune for Mattias Falck? (ITTF, 18 Sep 2018).
In mid-2018, he married and took his wife’s name: Mattias Falck.
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