by Henric Larsson
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
Roger Federer believes that his net attacks are not the result of the collaboration with Stefan Edberg. "Every time I go to the net they say it is because of Edberg," said the Swiss to the Daily Mail.
Roger Federer's three months along with the Swedish tennis legend Stefan Edberg have revived his tennis career and re-established him as one of the world's best tennis players.
Many consider Federer's newfound offensive attitude a direct result of Edberg's recruitment but Federer plays down the Swede's influence.
- It's been inspiring to work with him. He is more a mentor than a coach. He does not work with me every week. I want it to be special when he's around because he's my childhood idol, says Federer to the Daily Mail.
- But people tend to go a little too far when it comes to his influence. Every time I go to the net they say "It is because of Edberg." It's not that everything I do now is because of Stefan. It's deeper than that.
First the idea of collaborating with the Smålander appeared last fall when the two met during a tribute night for all the tennis former world number ones.
- We were the last two who went home. I wanted to get the chance to talk to him for ten minutes. But it was not until I decided to break with Paul Annacone, my former coach, that I came upon the idea to contact him. Maybe it was because I had met him in New York.
TRAINED HARD DURING WINTER
Although the Swiss emphasizes cooperation with Edberg as extremely important for his success in 2014, in his opinion the basis for his success is first and foremost a very successful off-season.
- December was crucial. I don’t want to say this in a cocky way but I believe I worked the hardest from the top eight in the off-season. Many guys went off to play exhibitions, or were in the Davis Cup. I had time, I put my head down and worked and I did it without any setbacks.
Federer hopes that the new-found form should be enough for a big comeback at this summer's Wimbledon tournament. Last year's defeat against Sergiy Stakhovsky still stings
- It was tough because I really thought I could do something there. I had no pain. I had won a tournament in Halle less than two weeks before Wimbledon. I thought I would at least reach the semifinals but Stakhovsky played well. Returning to Wimbledon this year, I have much greater hopes.
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