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Federer explains why he wasn't joined by Edberg in IW

In a Tennis Channel interview by Justin Gimelstob following a third round straight-set win against Jack Sock, Roger Federer explained why he wasn't joined either by Stefan Edberg or Severin Lüthi for the first Masters 1,000 event of the season in Indian Wells.

Edberg didn't take part in the Kings of Tennis in Stockholm for the first time since the tournament was established in 2012, still he preferred not to fly to California, unlike last year, when he spent a week with the Swiss before going back to Sweden for the Champions event.

Also Lüthi needed rest after a busy schedule between the end of last year and the beginning of 2015, so Roger was left alone.

But he didn't seem to bother, as he advanced to the semifinals without dropping a single set and will be playing Milos Raonic to challenge the winner of Djokovic vs Murray in the title match. (mc)

 

Federer at 33: “My goal was always to play for long time”

from Tennis.com
by Matt Cronin

Roger Federer, who easily beat Tomas Berdych in the Indian Wells quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-0, says he is not surprised that he is still going strong at 33 years of age. While the No. 2-ranked Federer has not won a major title since 2012 at Wimbledon, the 17-time Grand Slam champion has won eight tournaments over the past three years.

The Swiss believes he can continue playing for years to come.

"I was going to say my goal was always to play for long time," Federer said. "Since 2004 when I became world No. 1 I was at the crossroads and I said, ‘Well, I want to try to play as long as I possibly can, so let's not overplay.’ I think that's also when I started not to play the weeks before Slams and give myself that extra time, focus even more on the Slams and just give myself the best possible chance to be fit at the back end of the Grand Slam or avoid injury that way."

 

Rusedski: 3 reasons why Federer is the GOAT

In a video for The Telegraph from last year, Greg Rusedski gives three reasons why, in his opinion, Roger Federer is the best player who ever played the game.

1. He's the last all-rounder: his game has no weakness and he can play all styles;

2. He always shows great sportsmanship and accepts defeats with class;

3. He's always trying to improve, looking for new inputs, as also his partnership with Stefan Edberg in the latest stage of his career is proving.

 

Dubai & Edberg celebrate Federer's 7th title

by Mauro Cappiello

Beating world number 1 Novak Djokovic in the final, Roger Federer has just won his 7th Dubai Duty Free Championships title, the 84th tournament in his career. It is also the 7th ATP event Roger wins since the start of his agreement with Stefan Edberg.

Without ever dropping his serve, the Swiss took the match in straight sets 6-3, 7-5, converting both his opportunities on Novak's serve, one in each set.

Most of all, he saved all the seven break points his opponent had, serving majestically, especially in the second set, when Djokovic put enormous pressure to get back in the final.

 

"No Becker-effect for Djokovic," Murray says

by Mauro Cappiello

In an interview with German magazine "Sport Bild" Andy Murray said he didn't see any meaningful improvement in Novak Djokovic's tennis since the Serb started his partnership with Boris Becker.

"To be honest, I see no difference compared to the time when Boris was not his coach," said the current world number 4, who lost to Djokovic for the third time in the final of the Australian Open last February 1st.

Since Djokovic hired Becker in his team, he won two Grand Slam titles and an ATP Year-End Championship and came back to the top of the world ranking again after last year's Wimbledon.

Even though he called these results "fantastic", the Scot was quite clear in stating that the former world number 1 from Germany didn't succeed in having a substantial impact on Nole's style, while he said himself convinced that his new coach, Amelie Mauresmo, contributed in making him "a better player".

 
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