Roger Federer's childhood tennis idol, Stefan Edberg, says he'd be happy to work with the 17-time grand slam champion if asked.
Former tennis great Stefan Edberg has left open a possible coaching role with Roger Federer, with the Swede telling local media that he is ready to work with the 17-time grand slam champion if asked.
"It's a matter for us to find time to fit it in," the 47-year-old told Stockholm's Svenska Dagbladets on Thursday.
"If we can, I would be more than happy."
The six-time grand slam winner, who retired in 1996, has always been the childhood idol of Federer, who invited the Swede to work with him for a few days this month at his base in Dubai.
Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer at the ceremony for the former champions in Doha 2012
"The idea of the camp was that I would give my views and come up with some feedback. He wants to try some new things," said the serve-and-volley king.
Edberg added that he advised the 32-year-old Swiss to play a more attacking game in hope of avoiding long rallies with elite baseliners Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
"I was very surprised (that Federer asked) because it's so long since I left tennis," he said.
"But I was also very flattered. I've never really thought about coaching and if it had not been Federer doing the asking, honestly, I would not have been interested."
While admitting there might be room for a meeting of the minds, Edberg displayed his traditional, discreet nature, refusing to go into details about what arrangements the tennis pair might have discussed.
"Of course I have some comments as to what needs to change and evolve, but it's not the done thing that I sit here and talk about it," he said.
"I think he will be coming back. He's a great player and all the pieces are in place, he can definitely win some more grand slam titles."
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