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"Things have really changed in today's tennis. In my years there were more upsets, there were a lot more names... It was not as predictable as tennis is today. You've got the question: «Who's gonna win the next Grand Slam?» and you only have four options" - Stefan Edberg on today's tennis. Read the interview

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SVT Sports meets Federer and Edberg

from SVT.se
by Tobias Jönsson
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

126 ATP titles. 23 Grand Slam titles. Together. In singles. Roger Federer and Swedish coach Stefan Edberg are by far the the most successful team in the tennis world. SVT Sports went to Paris to meet the duo before the start of the "World Championship on clay".

Now the 33-year-old Swiss begins his hunt for a second title at the French Open, the hardest Grand Slam tournament to win for him. Once Roger has managed to clinch it in 2009 when he beat Robin Soderling.

- It gets very difficult to win. Novak Djokovic is tough like Rafael Nadal who only failed once in ten years(!), says world number two who knows that there is a chance if his game is in place.

 

Federer eases through first round

Roger Federer easily won his first round match at the French Open against Colombian Alejandro Falla, the man who became famous in 2010 when he surprisingly went 2 sets up against the Swiss in Wimbledon before losing at the fifth set.

No scare today, instead, for Federer who closed the match in straight sets 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 with his coach Stefan Edberg watching him from the stands.

Here are some screencaps of Stefan, provided by our precious fan Thuy Anh Nguyen.

 

Federer: I need Stefan's input from time to time

"I’m in good shape, but it’s just important that we see each other from time to time again." In his first media conference at the French Open, Roger Federer dedicated some time to his coach Stefan Edberg, explaining that, even though the Swede's appearances have become more sporadic this year, his advice is still very much needed and appreciated.

"We did see each other in Monaco for over a week. I saw him recently on the clay already to get his input on this surface early on," continued the Swiss, who also spent some days with Stefan in Zurich to adjust his game before the start of the claycourt season. "It's nice spending time with him. He lets me know what he's seeing, what he thinks needs some improvement," he added.

 

French Open, good draw for Federer


Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer hitting at the French Open
The French Open draw ceremony was held this morning and it was very lucky for Roger Federer. Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray were both placed in the top half of the draw.

The Spaniard, nine time Roland Garros champion in the last ten years, could already face top seed Novak Djokovic in the quarter finals.

The toughest opponents in Federer's half of the draw are Gael Monfils (fourth round), Stan Wawrinka (quarter finals) and Tomas Berdych or Kei Nishikori (semifinal).

In the meantime, here is the first high definition video of Federer and Edberg during a practice session on Court Philippe Chatrier. The Swiss hit on Thursday with Benoit Paire and today with Guillermo García López.

 

Edberg and Federer reunited at Roland Garros

For only the third time this year, after the Australian Open and Zurich/Monte Carlo, Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer are back together at the Roland Garros in Paris, where the Swiss will try to win his second French Open title and his first Major since 2012.

Stefan and Roger had their first hitting session this afternoon on Court Philippe Chatrier. Here are their early images and two Vine clips by the official website of the tournament and a fan.

 
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