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"People always want autographs, I just wonder what they do with them. When I was 11, Jens and Erwin Velasquez, the world freestyle Frisbee champions, came to Vastervik to play an exhibition, and I waited in line for their autographs. Actually, I've still got them" - Stefan Edberg on tennis fans. Read the article

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Two rivalries for the price of one in Wimbledon final

from Espn.com
by Peter Bodo

LONDON -- When Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer meet in Sunday's Wimbledon final, it will be just one of the rivalries rekindled on Centre Court.

A short lob from where top-seeded Djokovic and No. 2 Federer will clash for the 40th time (Federer holds a slim lead of 20-19), Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg will be sitting a mere 10 or 12 feet apart. They will continue a rivalry of their own -- as coaches of the men doing the dirty work on the grass.

Becker, now 47, is the co-coach of Djokovic (with Marian Vajda, who isn't in London). Edberg, a 49-year-old Swede, is Federer's top aide. The men probably won't glance at each other as they sit enveloped in silence, most likely under white duckbill caps and dressed in garb paying homage to Wimbledon's all-white dress code.

But the coaches could be forgiven if at some point they suddenly leap from the player's box, commandeer rackets and shove their charges out of the way. Edberg and Becker are esteemed former Grand Slam champions and two of the more beloved players from the early 1990s, with the fiery German a sharp contrast to the reticent Swede. They met as combatants 35 times -- a robust, historic rivalry -- with Becker winning 25 times. But Edberg won two of their three crucial, final-round meetings here at Wimbledon.

 

Stefan Edberg previews Federer vs Djokovic final

from Srf.ch
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

On Sunday there's the Wimbledon showdown between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. For Stefan Edberg is the second Grand Slam final as a coach of the Swiss. And the Swede believes in the title.

In 2014, Edberg made his debut in a Major final as Federer coach, but witnessed a bitter five-set defeat for his protégé against Novak Djokovic. A year later, he now comes for a revenge between the Swiss and the Serb. And Edberg is optimistic that this time Federer will succeed.

 

Edberg: "The best Federer I've seen"

from SvT.se
by Gustav Sveidquist and Johan Ejeborg
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello


Stefan Edberg interviewed by SvT after the Wimbledon semifinal between Roger Federer and Andy Murray

Roger Federer's Swedish coach Stefan Edberg was impressed by his protégé in today's semifinal against Andy Murray. "It is perhaps the best I've seen," praises Edberg to SVT Sport.

A tight match on paper ended with a clear 3-0 in sets to Federer's favor. Andy Murray played quite well, despite  figures, but Roger Federer was simply too good. Afterwards, it was not totally unexpected that SVT would meet a pleased Stefan Edberg.

- I've been with him for two years and it is perhaps the best I've seen, but he played like at the London Masters. Right now he plays really good and that's what he needs to do, said Edberg looking ahead to Sunday's final - where world number one Novak Djokovic awaits.

- Both have a good handle on each other, Novak knows how Roger plays and vice versa. But he (Federer) has definitely got a chance, if he plays like he did today, he has got a very good chance.

 

Edberg: "I see myself in Federer So I agreed to coach him"

from Il Corriere della Sera
by Gaia Piccardi
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

The Swedish ace: "I took my time to say yes: I wanted to make a difference. Now I'm even ready to explain Roger when to quit"

LONDON. Twenty-seven years ago  this flowery meadow of strawberries, fruit flies and dreams changed the life of a policeman’s son from Vastervik, Kalmar County, Southern Sweden, a blond guy who played tennis on the clouds, never, absolutely never, mussing his forelock.

Few blades of green survive among Stefan Bengt Edberg’s hair, 50 years old next January 19th, fierce rival of Boris Becker (yesterday we celebrated the thirtieth anniversary since the 17 year old German wunderkind’s thriumph in 1985) whom he beat in two memorable editions of Wimbledon ('88 and ‘90), that were so beautiful, intense and noble that looking back at them hurts a little.

He was at home with Annette, his two teen-age children and some memories of desserts and volleys that combed Church Road’s grasscourts when, in December 2013, the phone rang. "Hello, Roger Federer here: do you want to coach me?”.

And here is, Stefan, to explain in front of a tea cup (in London it’s five o’clock) why the best player of all time will win his eighth Wimbledon title this year, making his legend even stronger (if possible). And why, probably, there's more to come.

 

Federer Reflects On Sampras, Edberg Influence

from ATP World Tour.com

With a four-set win over Sam Groth in the third round, Roger Federer is well-positioned to challenge for his eighth Wimbledon title. Going all the way at the All England Club this year would lift him out of a tie with friend and role model Pete Sampras, the man whom Federer has been compared to ever since the Swiss first announced himself to the world with a dramatic 7-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 victory over the American in the fourth round of the 2001 tournament.

Sampras, with seven Wimbledon crowns to his name, casts a long shadow at the All England Club, but Federer could find himself in uncharted territory with four more wins this fortnight. For the World No. 2, the thrill of chasing down a legend has been superseded by the love of competition and the feeling of privilege for being able to set foot on tennis’ grandest stage.

“It used to be more about trying to equal Pete,” Federer replied when asked about his motivations for the title. “[In the past] there was a lot more focus about equaling those records. It’s something to talk about for a couple weeks. Then you have to wait a year if you don't do it.

 
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