Top ranked Mattias Falck
In the World Championships in Budapest 2019 Yasaka player Mattias Falck managed through an outstanding achievement to reach the final in the Men’s singles and become the silver medallist.
The WTTC journey in short
Mattias qualified for the men’s singles quarter final by beating the Korean player Lee Sangsu, World ranked no. 6. Mattias won the match with 4 – 1 in sets.
In the quarter final Mattias played the French number one, Simon Gauzy. Mattias showed a lot of power and self-confidence and won quite comfortable, 4 – 1 in sets.
With the victory in the quarter final Mattias secured a medal. It is the first Swedish medal in men’s singles since Jan-Ove Waldner took the bronze medal in 1999.
In the semifinal Mattias met the young rising star An Jaehyun of South Korea. After a very hard and thrilling match Mattias finally won, 4-3 in sets. He is now the first Swedish player since 1997 (J-O Waldner) to reach the men’s singles final.
In the final Mattias played against Ma Long, China, the two times World Champion (2015 and 2017). Ma Long took the lead with 2-0 in sets before Mattias could win the third set. In the fourth set Mattias continued to put pressure on Ma Long by leading 9-7. However, Ma Long could come back to win the set 11-9 and then he also won the fifth set and the World Champion title.
Facts about Mattias Falck
Mattias Karlsson, born September 7, 1991, began to play table tennis at the age of seven years. His parent club is Lyckeby BTK, situated in Karlskrona in the south of Sweden. Mattias is an offensive player, using pimples out rubber on his forehand and backside rubber on his backhand.
During the summer 2018 Mattias also married with Julia Falck, and he changed his name from Karlsson to Falck.
Mattias is the only Swedish player that has captured 3 gold medals in the Swedish Junior Championships, winning 3 titles in a row 2007 – 2009.
During 2008 Mattias made his international breakthrough, winning 3 World Junior Circuit tournaments, in Hungary, Venezuela and France.
Mattias studied and practised table tennis for a few years in the school and training center in Köping. He has been playing several years in the highest leagues in Sweden and France. For the season 2019-20 he will represent Bremen in the German league.
Already as a young player Mattias started to play with rubber and blade from Yasaka. Since then he has developed and is still playing with Yasaka.
Mattias is using Yasaka products:
rubbers Rakza PO (fh) and Rakza X (bh) and blade Ma Lin Soft Carbon.