by Alejandro Delmás
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg was the coach behind Federer's renaissance. If the back injury allows him, he can complete his record of trophies with a Davis Cup title.
When the relationship between you and Roger began, almost a year ago, did you expect these results?
For me, almost everything was a surprise from the first call I received from Roger, yes, almost exactly one year ago. During the first few months I tried to get used to the idea that I was his coach or technical advisor, in the sense that I became part of his team. We had to find the right feeling. During practice, Federer has also surprised me with the amount of things that he can assimilate and execute. He can actually grasp and do anything you say.
Have you been able to develop the technical ideas that you had since the beginning of this 2014 season?
Yes I had a clear idea that he could no longer try to win matches from the baseline. He had to attack more. We started from the basis that he has all the potential shots for an offensive game: his shots are actually perfect. We changed his mentality in some aspects of the game and then he even changed his racquet. We get along quite well. So we just had to expect these results that have arrived.
Do you think Roger Federer, at 33, can still win another Grand Slam title? Although Davis Cup is immediately next up...
I do not know if he will win, but he certainly has a chance in him. We saw it at the last Wimbledon. He lost the final with Djokovic just for a few details... but it seems clear that either of them could win that match. Nobody would have been surprised had this title been for Roger.
When you came back to the Tour, have you noticed any major changes between your time, more than two decades ago, and the current game?
The game is constantly evolving with time. It progresses and always advances for better, of course. But we are dealing with other personalities. Although not much attention is paid to this aspect, it is also something that makes a difference. I think people remember Borg, McEnroe, Connors, Sampras and myself, both for their game and for their image and personality... that were not the same as those of current players like Roger himself, Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray... I'd say that goes with times: they are also different. It is another aspect of this same evolution.
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