Tuesday, 31 January 2017 19:50
Stefan Edberg in Roger Federer's box at the 2015 US Open, his last Grand Slam event as coach of the Swiss
Stefan Edberg is no longer Roger Federer’s coach, but last Sunday morning nothing in the world could prevent him from watching the Australian Open final between the Swiss and Rafael Nadal from the sofa of his home in Sweden. At the end, his former protégé took his beloved 18th Grand Slam title, something he had been working so hard for, without ever reaching, with the Swede in his team.
Stefan was contacted on the phone by Sveriges Radio yesterday and told some of his feelings about the final. We have an early rough translation of his main statements.
Thursday, 26 January 2017 13:19
Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer at Wimbledon 2015 (© ubitennis.com)
Roger Federer beat Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 in the first semifinal of the Australian Open and will compete for a fifth title in Melbourne.
The Swiss, coming back to the Tour in 2017 after a six month break from tennis, will make his first appearance in an Australian Open final since 2010 and will be seeking his 18th Grand Slam crown, a goal in which his former coach Stefan Edberg has never stopped believing.
Interviewed last October by Linus Sunnervik in Stockholm, Stefan had remained still on the motto he had been repeating several times in his two years as Roger’s mentor. Never count Federer out, he still has a chance.
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:20
by Mauro Cappiello
Do you remember when Roger Federer talked about the Edberg vs Becker rivalry as an inspiration for him growing up and approaching professional tennis?
In the early years of his career and up to the start of his partnership with Stefan Edberg, the Swiss stated in several interviews that he had shifted from the German to the Swede to finally like and support both. But that doesn't seem the case anymore.
A couple of interviews in the last two weeks suggest he has no more doubts about who his real tennis idol is.
Thursday, 28 July 2016 16:19
by Mauro Cappiello
With a message to his fans on his Facebook page, two days ago Roger Federer put an early end to his season, announcing he won’t compete at the Rio Olympics and in any other event before 2017. The Swiss was suggested this long break by his doctors, in order to give his left knee a proper time to fully recover from the injury of last February.
The news has left the tennis world stunned. During their idol’s career, the Maestro’s fans have not been used to long injury stops, but this year, for the first time since 2000, Roger will end the season without a tournament win and with just six singles events played.
Even though the 7-time Wimbledon champion has stated several times that he still wants to be on the Tour for more years, what his supporters fear the most is that this could be an early sign that Federer’s time to call it a career is quickly approaching.
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 17:57
A super Roger Federer staged the umpteenth incredible performance of his Wimbledon career to come back from the verge of defeat and beat Marin Cilic 6-7(4), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(9), 6-3 in the quarter final at the Championships earlier today.
Stefan Edberg had come back again to the second row of the Swiss' box and couldn't have been more pleased with Roger's match, as the seven-time Wimbledon champion cancelled a two set deficit and three match points in the fourth set tie-break to overcome the powerful Croat and avenge a semifinal loss suffered at the US Open two years ago.
Federer will next meet Canadian Milos Raonic, who beat Sam Querrey in four sets, in a remake of the 2014 semifinal.
Tuesday, 05 July 2016 16:27
Even if Stefan Edberg watched Roger Federer's 4th round match at Wimbledon from his box this doesn't mean he's again part of his coaching team.
Roger Federer himself confirmed it in a media conference following his win over American Steve Johnson.
"Severin (Lüthi) and Ivan (Ljubicic) are my coaches now, I talked with them about my match," said the Swiss, who met his former mentor before entering the court.
Monday, 04 July 2016 22:17
Stefan Edberg came back to Roger Federer's box today to watch the Swiss move to the quarter finals at Wimbledon with an easy straight-set win over American Steve Johnson.
Last year after the end of their partnership, Stefan had said he would always feel part of Federer's team and would come and visit him sometimes during the season.
With his former pupil plagued by injuries and only playing today his 26th match of 2016, there would be no better occasion for Stefan's appearance than the Championships. So Stefan sat beside Roger's mother Lynette and watched him start the second week of his chase to a record eighth Wimbledon crown and 18th Major title.
Tuesday, 26 April 2016 15:13
In an interview by Riccardo Crivelli published last April 21st on Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport, Roger Federer spoke about the differences between his current coach Ivan Ljubicic and Stefan Edberg.
"It's a completely different approach. - said the Swiss - I had a more global relationship with Stefan, as he took care of all the aspects of my preparation. With Ivan there's been a generational change, as he played with many of my current opponents and has got a different mind perspective and a wider knowledge. It's like he is still a tennis player, so to say, and that's what I needed in this moment."
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 16:51
After his straight sets victory against Tomas Berdych, Roger Federer was invited in the "Game, Set and Mats" studio to have a short conversation with Mats Wilander.
The former number one from Sweden, now an analyst for Eurosport, asked the Swiss how he is trying to combine the technical approaches of his last two coaches, Edberg and Ljubicic, saying that Stefan's influence is still clearly visible in his more offensive game.
In the video below you can watch Roger's answer and, once again, his words full of gratitude and appreciation for his advisor, who is no longer in his team this year, but we are sure will find the time to watch Roger's semifinal against Novak Djokovic on TV from Sweden. (mc)
Friday, 22 January 2016 19:25
During Roger Federer's second round match with Dolgopolov at the Australian Open, the press noticed a particularly good performance by the Swiss on the defensive side and tried to solicit him on this point in the media room.
The 17-time Major winner said he has worked on defense as well in the offseason, but denied he has done a specific preparation on this aspect of his game, confirming (like he had already done before the Australian Open) that his training routine has not changed since Stefan Edberg's departure from his team.
«I like to work on my strength most of the time, the offensive part of my game, serve and volley, taking the forehand early, you know, using my backhand as a variation,» replied the Swiss.