Sunday, 22 December 2013 23:35
Just a couple of days before Christmas, when the news of the Edberg-Federer partnership was not official yet, Pete Sampras was interviewed by Steve Flink and gave his views on what Stefan's help could bring into Federer's game.
This is the most interesting excerpt of their conversation:
"Stefan is a great guy and one of the best serve-and-volleyers ever. But I feel like Roger is always going to be more comfortable staying back and not really looking to come in too much. Maybe Stefan would shed some light on movement up at the net because playing the net is about movement and intuition. There may be some other things Stefan could help Roger with. When push comes to shove and you get nervous, you always rely on what you do best. I don’t see Roger really changing his game and he doesn’t have to, but if there is a way he can utilize Stefan with some chip-and-charge it could help against some of these guys. Stefan has such a great temperament and that would be a good match if Roger decided to have Stefan travel and work with him. I have a lot of respect for Stefan and his knowledge of the game."
Friday, 20 December 2013 23:00
from Espn Deportes
Everything returns. More than two decades after being the stars of the tour, they get back to the stage. Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Michael Chang and Sergi Bruguera are in the tennis world again, but this time for their off court actions. The four joined Petr Korda, Goran Ivanisevic and Ivan Lendl, among others, who had been the spearhead of a golden generation. The new coaches in action.
The last occurrence of this selected group was the most unexpected and sensational. Boris Becker joined Novak Djokovic's team. The Serb will have the former world number one as head of a group that will keep his current coach, Marian Vajda. Australia, Dubai, Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Cincinnati, US Open, Shanghai, Paris and London: the German's presence was confirmed in 12 tournaments.
"I'm really delighted to have the opportunity to work with Boris. He's a legend, someone who knows a lot about tennis and his experience will help me win new Grand Slam trophies. He's also a great person and I'm sure that he will strenghten our workgroup," said Djokovic, who also added that Becker "will bring fresh air" to his team.
Friday, 20 December 2013 19:27
In the tennis community, the alignment of stars looks like something magic. Everybody knows of the professional relationship, just as solid as the former Czech's massive jaw, tying Ivan Lendl and Andy Murray: to merge the destinies of the terrible Ivan and the Scottish boy, a dream named Wimbledon. Now expired for the former number one who tried anything, even skipped the French Open, not to give up that last, desperate chance. But won only two shots against the target of the sacred fire of the Championships and failed both in 1986 and 1987. As a coach, on the other hand, Lendl has been able to eradicate the virus that weakened Murray in the Grand Slam, with the vaccine that he himself had experienced after four finals lost in Paris, Australia, and New York in the early eighties; Andy repaid him violating the ground of Wimbledon, for the delight of the British fans.
You know the news: former champion training a champion. There's more, though. In these few weeks of preparation for the upcoming season, Roger Federer has withdrawn in his plastic hermitage of Dubai, where he sweats and moves, like the arms of the goddess Kali, parts of his business activities, especially those in real estate. The fallen king, after the upset of the last few months spent with an aching back, invited to share his training camp not a kid chosen among the juniors, or one of the lately unemployed professional coaches. He called Mr. Stefan Edberg, the master of the lost art of serve & volley, the heron with Scandinavian blood and movements inspired to Nureyev's.
Thursday, 19 December 2013 19:16
from La Stampa
Djokovic chooses the Geman to get back to number one: but it doesn't always work out.
"I am very pleased to have been named by Novak Djokovic to be his coach, together we will do great things." Bang, or better Bum bum, since the quotation belongs to Boris Becker, the former wunderkind who, between the '80s and '90s, turned Wimbledon into his garden and tennis in a battlefield with his Sturm und Drang serve and volley.
A surprise wedding which confirms a trend, the revival of the '80s, launched a couple of years ago by Andy Murray with the hiring of Ivan Lendl. In recent days, in fact, Michael Chang and even Becker's rival Stefan Edberg got back in the circle: the former will follow the Japanese talent Kay Nishikori, the latter, after having spent ten days in Dubai training with Roger Federer, might accompany him on the tour next year "for a few weeks," as the Swiss confessed to his magic circle.
Mix everything with Jimmy Connors' failure (hired and fired after only one tournament this summer by Maria Sharapova) and a dose of hope from Sergi Bruguera, double French Open champion in the mid '90s, since a few days at Richard Gasquet's side, and you will get the vintage cocktail of a generation and a half of stars that, after facing each other on the courts, are now getting back to the challenge from the bench.
Thursday, 19 December 2013 15:38
Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer during the 2006 French Open final ceremony
Roger Federer wants to get back to the top with Stefan Edberg's help. SvD can reveal today that the 17 -time Grand Slam champion requested Edberg's services for next season.
"It's been a great time with one of my childhood idols," writes the 32-year-old Swiss on his website.
This year Federer has dropped from second to sixth place in the ranking and had a shaky season by one with his dimensions.
Therefore, it came as no surprise when, in September, the Swiss announced that he had split up with American coach Paul Annacone, after over three years of cooperation.
Thursday, 19 December 2013 14:35
Roger Federer's childhood tennis idol, Stefan Edberg, says he'd be happy to work with the 17-time grand slam champion if asked.
Former tennis great Stefan Edberg has left open a possible coaching role with Roger Federer, with the Swede telling local media that he is ready to work with the 17-time grand slam champion if asked.
"It's a matter for us to find time to fit it in," the 47-year-old told Stockholm's Svenska Dagbladets on Thursday.
"If we can, I would be more than happy."
The six-time grand slam winner, who retired in 1996, has always been the childhood idol of Federer, who invited the Swede to work with him for a few days this month at his base in Dubai.
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 19:25
by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer at the gala night of celebration for the world number ones of last August in New York
A big surprise and curiosity spread among tennis fans, as Roger Federer annouced yesterday on the social networks that he had just completed a week of training with his childhood idol Stefan Edberg.
The Swiss superstar, who usually attaches a picture or a video to each of his posts on Facebook and Twitter, this time left tennis lovers with no more than a few words, wondering what there might be behind this meeting, likely held in Dubai, where the 17-time Grand Slam champion usually spends his off-season, preparing for the Australian Open. Will it be just an occasional happening, a sort of continuation of that famous training session they already had in Stockholm in October 2010, or is there something more, like the project of a future partnership?
Since Roger split with his former coach Paul Annacone last October, several names have been mentioned for his future bench, Stefan's being one of the most sponsored. In the last few years, the lack of style variety and the great nostalgy that Stefan still inspires in nowadays tennis fans has increased more and more the hope for a deeper involvement in the sport by the former serve and volley artist. Could he change something, if he started coaching a top player, urging him to use a more aggressive strategy and proving that getting good results with a reasonable use of serve and volley is still possible?
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 18:29
by Mauro Cappiello
After Roger Federer's separation from his coach Paul Annacone, Stefan Edberg has been indicated by many as a candidate to become the Swiss' coach.
With this unlikely photo-editing, we tried to travel through space and time to turn into reality what has become one of the most popular tennis dreams on the social networks: Edberg on Federer's bench.
Could Stefan be able to help Roger get back from today's physical problems and drop of results to fight against Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal again, in the last stage of his outstanding career?