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"I've always been used to keeping it all inside but it was only tactics, because, as when you play poker, you have to show as little as possible to your opponent, you don't have to bring your weaknesses out and exploit his. For me, the perfect example of how to be on a tennis court is Chang" - Stefan Edberg on his on court attitude. Read the interview

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"Federer should skip the claycourt season," says former coach Edberg

Stefan Edberg on court during a tennis clinic with Indian kids in Mumbai earlier this month

World number 1 Roger Federer is still uncertain whether to play or not on clay, but former coach Stefan Edberg is convinced he should skip the French Open build-up season like in 2017. "He has to make the decision like he did last year. He has to think about having enough breaks so he can recover and be hungry for the big ones," said Stefan from Mumbai, during his recent visit to India, interviewed by Rediff.com

 

Federer criticizes young players: "I wish they volleyed more"

by Mauro Cappiello

A few years ago, Stefan Edberg used to regret the disappearing of serve and volley in every interview. Coaches and analysts answered smiling and shrugging their shoulders in disbelief, saying tennis has changed over the years, surfaces are slower today, racquets are bigger and more precise and give baseline players a huge advantage against the volleyers.

Now Roger Federer, newly crowned Wimbledon champion for a record 8th time after a two-year partnership with Edberg, is repeating the same mantra as his former coach. More, he connects the lack of style variety and poor volley skills to the gap that still separates the new generation from the top level of men’s tennis.

“I have played almost every player here that wouldn’t serve and volley, -  Roger said about his Wimbledon opponents in the media conference the day after his triumph. “It’s frightening to me, to see this at this level. I look at the stats and go into whichever round it is and see that the guy I’m going to face is playing 2 per cent of serve and volley throughout the championships. I’m going, ‘OK, I know he’s not going to serve and volley’, which is great.”

 

Edberg to BBC: "Federer is the greatest in my eyes"

After the Wimbledon final won by Roger Federer against Marin Cilic, Stefan Edberg was reached by Phil Jones of BBC Sport who recorded his view about Federer's amazing run at SW 19.

Stefan highlighted the Swiss' fantastic year so far, with just two matches lost in the season, two Major tournaments won and an 8th Wimbledon crown taken without losing a set. "He did the right choice, we have the answers now," Stefan said about Federer's decision to skip the entire season on clay to save energy and be at his best for the fortnight of the Championships.

"When you take two months off you take a little bit of a risk, but he was calculating that he was going to do well on grass, he was going to get a few matches before the tournament and it turned out to be the right decision."

Stefan was also asked about the greatest of all time topic: "I've never seen Rod Laver play, but Roger is the greatest in my eyes. He's so special in many ways... He's won here eight times, he's done well on all the surfaces, he's wonderful to watch, he's got so much talent and it’s always worth coming out to watch him because you always know there’s going to be some unbelievable shots out there." (mc)

 

Federer meets Edberg after 8th Wimbledon title

After the two finals lost with Stefan Edberg in his corner always against Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer took his long chased 8th Wimbledon title today, beating Marin Cilic in a straight-set final.

Affected by a slight physycal problem since the end of the first set, the Croat could do little to avoid an easy 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 defeat, allowing Federer to become the oldest man win the Championships in the Open Era.

Just as he left the Centre Court after the trophy presentation, Federer met Stefan Edberg who congratulated him whith a strong, deeply felt hug and also had the privilege to hold once again that cup, 27 years after his second triumph at SW19. (mc)

 

Edberg: "No one thought Federer and Nadal would be here today"


Stefan Edberg in Federer's box during the 2015 Wimbledon final

by Mauro Cappiello

“It’s almost surreal but, of course, absolutely amazing”. In a short conversation with Andreas Käck of SportBladet, Stefan Edberg commented the 2017 revival of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

After the problems they both had last year, the Swiss and the Spaniard have become the top two favourites at Wimbledon. Just like ten years ago, when they met in their second of three successive finals at the Championships.

“No one thought they'd be here today. But it's great for the sport that they are still hanging at the top. There are no better ambassadors for tennis,” continued Stefan, who appeared last Tuesday in Roger Federer’s box on Centre Court to watch part of the Swiss’ first round match against Dolgopolov.

 
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