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"Whether I end up number 100 in the world or number two or three, this will be it" - Stefan Edberg on retiring at the end of 1996. Read the article

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Can a mental coach help Roger Federer evolve his game further?

from SportSkeeda
by Manjunath Shekara

[...] In recent times, Federer’s innate ability of remaining relevant to the sport has been analyzed and eulogized. In my opinion, his game is where he wants it to be technically and tactically, but not mentally. Yes, that seems very unfair a comment when he has won 17 Grand Slam titles and is currently World No. 2 at the age of 34. But I’m talking about something very specific.

The larger racquet, the Edbergian School of Coaching, the smart scheduling and the SABR (Sneak Attack by Roger) have definitely added layers to Federer’s supreme game. However, certain mental aspects of his game seem to be untapped so far.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion showed a few chinks in his mental armor even in his prime. Federer’s arch-rival and nemesis, Rafael Nadal, has always given him a rough time as evidenced by a lop-sided head to head of 23-10 in Nadal’s favour. 13 of those 23 victories for Nadal have come on clay, his favourite surface, but on quick surfaces like those in Wimbledon and the O2 arena at London Federer has dominated their clashes.

 

Edberg: "The final decided by two points"

Swiss website Le Matin.ch reported Stefan Edberg’s and Severin Luthi’s impressions after the US Open final that their protégé Roger Federer lost in four sets to Novak Djokovic.

In spite of two losses in as many straight Major finals over the last two months against the Serb, the team remains confident on the Swiss’ chances to add an 18th title to his Grand Slam record.

«The final was decided by two points,» said Stefan Edberg indicating the 147 points won by Djokovic in the end against Federer’s 145. «But Roger played his best tennis for a very long time, he will not give up and this will end up paying,» added the Swede.

 

Edberg: Roger's sneaky attack a surprise for me as well

Just before yesterday's US Open final, Stefan Edberg was invited to the Sky Sports Uk studio and analysed with Mark Petchey the evolution of Roger Federer's game in the last three years, giving his view on how the change of racquet and his advise contributed in making the Swiss' style more aggressive.

Petchey also asked Stefan about Roger's sneaky attack. "I wasn't aware about it, I saw it on television, so it was a big surprise for me as well," joked Stefan, who also commented on how the roof structure now affects the conditions of play at the US Open and recalled a little about his 1991 US Open triumph.

 

Edberg on Federer: "You still cannot count him out"

from Tennis.com

NEW YORK (AP) Roger Federer wonders what might've been if only he'd converted any of those three break points in the last game of the U.S. Open final.

The crowd roaring, Federer rolling, Novak Djokovic reeling - maybe he could have come all the way back from down two breaks in the fourth set to win in five.

But the Swiss great knows one thing for certain.

"I should have never been down in the first place two sets to one and 5-2," Federer lamented late Sunday night, still stuck on 17 major titles for at least 4 1/2 more months.

He fell so far behind because his opponent was simply better in the biggest moments. The top-ranked Djokovic was 6 for 13 on break points; Federer was 4 of 23.

 

Federer-Djokovic, preview of the US Open final

All is ready for the 2015 US Open men's singles final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic (4 pm, New York time), with the Swiss trying to catch his beloved 18th Major title and first with Stefan Edberg as his coach.

Stefan himself is looking to set another record, when he tries to be the first man to win the US Open in the junior event (1983), singles event (1991, 1992), doubles event (with Jarryd in 1987) and as a coach.

In the Eurosport video below, enjoy a preview of the final, with statements from both players, plus Mats Wilander's pick.

Not only Mats thinks Djokovic is the favourite, but he is also convinced that the Serb will pass Nadal's 14 Majors and has a chance to go further than Federer's 17.(mc)

 
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