from Tennis Today
by Mike Donovan
Stefan Edberg remains convinced Roger Federer can still create Wimbledon history.
Federer, just short of his 34th birthday, was unable to seal a record eighth title when he lost on Sunday in the final to Novak Djokovic for the second year in a row.
But his coach Edberg, 49 and in situ since December 2013, believes his charge can rule London SW19 once more.
Edberg is too modest to talk of how he can help fashion such a triumph.
The two-time Wimbledon champion said: "How can I get Roger back to win an eighth title? What can I say? I don't really have an answer to that, let me think about it."
The Swede, Federer's idol in his youth, has already helped revive the greatest playing career in tennis which many had written off assembling a houseful of glittering prizes, mega-earnings, a wife and two sets of twins to improve his motivation and level of performance.
The Wimbledon just finished, in which he made the final for the tenth time, proved that. Even the Swiss himself admitted his semi-final victory over British No.1 Andy Murray was one of the best of his career.
Edberg puts a question mark over whether Federer can get better and keep reversing the ageing process, saying: "Time will tell, I don't have the answer for that one either."
But he is quietly confident the 17-time Grand Slam winner will be lifting the famous golden trophy again.
Edberg said: "Yes I still believe he can do it. It is not going to be easy but if he keeps himself in shape and is determined, and has the motivation to work hard. He is still one of the best grass court players out there. Once he comes to a final you always feel he has a chance but he has played Novak two years in a row now. It is not the easiest guy.
"His performance against Andy? That's the best I've seen him play pretty much.
"And in the ATP Tour Finals he played some excellent tennis as well, which he's done over the last year. As good as it gets pretty much.
"Roger has done a great job throughout the year. He had been aiming to do well at Wimbledon and he has come very close again. If you summarise the final, it was a pretty damn good match I thought. The level was very high and in the end it was very little that made the difference.
"Looking back on the match, it would obviously have helped tremendously to get the third set. He had some chances. Somehow he won the second set which put him a little bit in the driving seat and having that break point at the beginning of the third, that was a little bit of a chance to get ahead in the match. But as he lost the break in the third set, it was tough to come back from there."
Edberg also feels the world No.2 can seal his sixth US Open crown in New York, which starts at the end of August.
Edberg, who won the title twice, said: "Roger playing at his best I believe within myself he can still win at the Open.
"The French Open is going to be the toughest one, we all know that, but at his best he's a threat, so that's what he keeps playing for."
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