FORMER world number one Stefan Edberg rediscovered the form which brought him six Grand Slam titles as he won the US$760,000 Marlboro Hong Kong Championships at sunny Victoria Park yesterday. The Swede, who broke a title drought of nearly 10 months, scored a 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) victory over Italian Andrea Gaudenzi in the final for his second successive title in Hong Kong. The 29-year-old, ranked four places below Gaudenzi at 23, put on a polished display of controlled serve and volley and fluid ground-strokes, reminiscent of the form which helped him to two Wimbledon titles in 1988 and 1990. 'It's always great to win a tournament, wherever you win it,' said Edberg, whose last tournament victory was at Qatar in early January. 'It makes you feel like you did something special, which I did. 'The great thing was that I played well over the past two days. I did not make too many mistakes and this is something I can build on. 'I played some pretty good matches a few weeks ago and then had a setback in Tokyo. I can play really good tennis when I'm moving well. I feel like I can take these guys apart.' Edberg was beaten in the early stages of last week's Tokyo event by Australian youngster Mark Philippoussis and admitted during the week that he was half a yard slower than when he was at his peak. But Hong Kong brought out the best in Edberg as he returned to form with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Spain's two-time French Open champion Sergi Bruguera in the semi-finals. Despite his success in the territory, Edberg, who won the first prize of US$220,000, may not return to try for a third successive title. 'To tell you the truth, I can't see myself playing here next year,' he said. 'I'm not playing Tokyo next year because unfortunately my schedule sees me playing in Europe and I don't think I'll be able to play in Hong Kong.' Edberg now travels to Europe for a series of indoor tournaments, starting with the US$2 million Essen event in Germany. Although his confidence is restored, Edberg is wary of predicting his chances in Essen. 'I've got a seven-hour flight to Europe and it is indoors as well, so it's going to be a big change for me,' he said. 'It's got to be a tough event with so many top players. But at least I'm match-fit. It would be helpful if I had a draw in which I don't have to play a guy who hits the ball too hard early on. 'When it's indoors and the ball is moving fast, you could get blown away in two sets.' Gaudenzi, 22, was satisfied with his performances during the week. He was not one of the top four seeds, although he was fortunate in the semi-finals when Philippoussis retired with a back injury after only two games. 'To be honest, I was surprised that I got to the final,' said law student Gaudenzi, who beat top-seeded Croatian Goran Ivanisevic in the preliminary rounds. 'I came here expecting to play a couple of matches and get some practice. I think I did well to beat Goran and then I was lucky when Philippoussis retired from the semi-final.' Gaudenzi, who felt he was plagued by bad line calls throughout the final, was quick to praise Edberg. 'Stefan played very well, but I was not happy with my game, especially the way I was serving and returning,' he said. 'Every time I had a chance to win points I was always missing. I wanted to keep Stefan at the baseline but my serve was not good enough to do that. If you don't keep Stefan away from the net, he's going to break you. There were a couple of really bad calls, when the ball was about five to 10 centimetres out. You try to put it out of you're mind but that happens in all tournaments. 'Stefan played better than me and he deserves to win,' added Gaudenzi, who picked up the runners-up cheque for US$100,000. Gaudenzi will also play in Essen, which features most of the world's top 20 players.