translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer during the 2006 French Open final ceremony
Roger Federer wants to get back to the top with Stefan Edberg's help. SvD can reveal today that the 17 -time Grand Slam champion requested Edberg's services for next season.
- There is mutual interest in cooperation, says Edberg who has just returned from a six-day training camp with Federer in Dubai.
"It's been a great time with one of my childhood idols," writes the 32-year-old Swiss on his website.
This year Federer has dropped from second to sixth place in the ranking and had a shaky season by one with his dimensions.
Therefore, it came as no surprise when, in September, the Swiss announced that he had split up with American coach Paul Annacone, after over three years of cooperation.
The all time greatest could choose and pick among bids from coaches who offered their services, but instead chose to ask Stefan Edberg.
- I was very surprised (that Federer asked) because it's so long since I left tennis. But I was also very flattered that Federer just got in, says Edberg to SvD.
- I've never really thought about coaching and if it had not been Federer doing the asking, honestly, I would not have been interested.
Stefan Edberg is one of the best representatives of serve and volley, a style of play that has become increasingly rare after the transition to slower surfaces and balls.
Federer is definitely a master of playing style and Edberg thinks the Swiss would have much to gain with a more offensive game than the one he has shown in recent years, when he was often "stuck" in hopeless baseline duels, especially against Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
- Yes, of course I have some comments as to what he needs to change and evolve, but it wouldn't be fair if I sit here and talk about it.
But did you express it to him at the training camp?
- Yes, it was the idea of the camp that I would give my views and come up with some feedback. He wants to try some new things. Plus, we got time to know if we got on together.
And did you?
- Yes, he's a great man both on and off the court and I have the utmost respect for him.
He is 32 years old and this year he had his worst season in a long time. What do you think about his future?
- It feels like he is on time and 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.
In some recent seasons Federer has hired coaches only before and during the biggest tournaments and only this sort of approach is likely, if he should have Edberg at his side.
- It's a matter for us to find time to fit it in. If we do, I'd be more than happy to help him, says Stefan Edberg.
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