by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer at the 2006 French Open ceremony
On yesterday's issue, French sports paper L'Équipe published a long interview with Roger Federer.
Journalist Christine Thomas asked the Swiss tennis superstar to recall the best and worst moments in his career.
Among the best moments, there was also a question about the day Roger called Stefan Edberg to ask for his technical help. Here's what Federer replied.
I remember the first time I called him to ask him to train me. Stefan is not the guy who tells you: "Wow... I can not believe it! " (laughter.) He just told me: "I'll think about it and give you the news." In my opinion, it meant that he was very happy. Then, during the tournament in Basel and Bercy, he told me he could come to Dubai for some training with me. The fact that he was willing to come for a week in Dubai, that I could talk to him, sometimes have dinner with him, introduce my wife, children, Severin (Lüthi) or Pierre (Paganini, his physical trainer), it was already great for me, especially as he was my childhood idol... it makes me happy to be surrounded by people who take pleasure in working with me. Stefan's style is to say the right things at the right time, giving more value to his word. I respect him so much...
Read an English translation of the entire interview on TennisWorld USA.
- Stefan Edberg & Tony Pickard Mr Class and his teacher
- "Federer should skip the claycourt season," says former coach Edberg
- "Federer is exceptional, but tennis needs a new name too"
- "I am a happy person"
- Federer criticizes young players: "I wish they volleyed more"
- Edberg and Federer already in Wimbledon!
- Halle, Federer wins second title with Edberg
- Stefan Edberg: Serve&volley tennis is a suicide today
- «Retirement? Should he ask me I'd say: "Keep playing"»
- «Federer can still win a Major»
- Stefan is in Paris for the Roland Garros!
- Edberg: «Federer needs to use his weapons»
- Federer and Edberg seen through Google Glass
- Roger Federer about Stefan Edberg in press conference
- Edberg in Rome with Federer!