by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg watches Roger Federer practice at the Australian Open
Stefan Edberg arrived yesterday in Melbourne to follow Roger Federer in the first Grand Slam event of the year at the Australian Open. He appeared in Roger's corner, along with Mirka and the baby twins, during yesterday's Kids Day, a charity exhibition event, featuring among the others Roger himself, Azarenka, Kyrgios and Bouchard.
But the great news is that, in his first media conference at the Open, Federer talked about an extension of the contract between him and Edberg, that will go on at least for the first three months of 2015.
Here's the excerpt of the interview about the partnership.
Q. Do you feel any different coming into Melbourne this year compared to last year?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, clearly things are more calm this year, I guess, coming in. Last year, you know, having the new racquet, having gotten through the back issues, having gone through the off-season, you know, feeling good but still not quite sure because I needed matches to see how it was going to cope. I came here also with Stefan Edberg helping me out. You know, there was many changes that took place in the six months leading into, I guess, the Australian Open, whereas this time around I've played so well. Also was able to win Brisbane last week. Makes me feel more secure, I guess, this year coming into the Aussie Open.
Q. Did Stefan do a bit more in terms of time than you expected? Do you have any idea how much he's going to do with you this year?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, he might have done a couple of weeks more, but nothing significant. It was basically the time we spoke about. And we'll probably do something like 10 weeks this year. Yeah, he just arrived. He'll be here for the tournament. Severin is clearly doing most of the work. I'm excited that Stefan is willing to do another year with some weeks for me.
Below you can see some pictures of Edberg in the stands at the Kids Day and with Severin Lüthi, watching Roger practice in Melbourne.
And this is a sound bite from the media conference, in which Roger Federer talks about the workload done with Stefan Edberg in the off-season and announces the extension of their partnership to the start of 2015.
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