Sunday, 23 August 2015 17:53
from Tennis Now
Despite the fact that Stefan Edberg has been taking time off with family during the Swiss maestro’s post-Wimbledon training block, World No. 2 Roger Federer says that having the Swedish legend as a part of his team has been a major source of energy/inspiration for him.
Federer, who announced the hiring of Edberg prior to the start of his 2014 campaign, struggled through a 2013 that saw him go 45-17 and slump to his lowest winning percentage since 2002 while struggling with back issues for much of the season.
In 2014, he Federer adopted more aggressive tactics and returned to top form, notching 73 wins and coming within a game of winning Wimbledon for the eighth time. This week in Cincinnati he's taken it to another level, causing jaws to drop all over the grounds by intercepting second serves near the service line in order to chip-and-charge. It's yet another way that Federer has evolved over the course of the last several years, and his rejuvanated net game is a big reason that he's been able to keep gaining the upper hand on his elite foes.
Federer told reporters in Cincinnati this week that Edberg’s influence has helped him tremendously in that time, both tactically and emotionally.
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 17:21
from Tennis Today
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."
Monday, 13 July 2015 13:12
from Daily Mail
Stefan Edberg believes Roger Federer can still claim a record eighth Wimbledon title despite his second consecutive defeat in the All England Club final.
Federer became the oldest man to reach a Wimbledon final since 1974 on Sunday, but lost London's showpiece battle to Novak Djokovic for the second year in succession.
Less than a month away from turning 34, the 17-time grand slam winner's chances to seal the outright All England Club record are clearly waning.
Swedish super-coach Edberg won Wimbledon twice among his six major titles, and remains adamant Federer can still add to his grand slam haul.
Sunday, 12 July 2015 19:36
Stefan Edberg watching the final next to Federer's wife Mirka Vavrinec
Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final for the second successive year, winning in four sets 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 in 2 hours and 55 minutes. It's the third crown at the Championships for the Serb, the second with coach Boris Becker, who took another revenge on former Wimbledon rival Stefan Edberg.
An early break and two set points on 6-5 were not enough to give the Swiss the edge in the first set, that would have been crucial for his title chances. Federer vanished in the tie-break, but managed to get back in the second set, saving seven set points and finishing a classic 12-10 tie-break in style at the net.
But after a rain suspension, that came at the start of the third set with Djokovic already up a break, he never gave the impression to be a serious threat for a simply too solid rival.
Sunday, 12 July 2015 13:57
LONDON -- When Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer meet in Sunday's Wimbledon final, it will be just one of the rivalries rekindled on Centre Court.
A short lob from where top-seeded Djokovic and No. 2 Federer will clash for the 40th time (Federer holds a slim lead of 20-19), Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg will be sitting a mere 10 or 12 feet apart. They will continue a rivalry of their own -- as coaches of the men doing the dirty work on the grass.
Becker, now 47, is the co-coach of Djokovic (with Marian Vajda, who isn't in London). Edberg, a 49-year-old Swede, is Federer's top aide. The men probably won't glance at each other as they sit enveloped in silence, most likely under white duckbill caps and dressed in garb paying homage to Wimbledon's all-white dress code.
But the coaches could be forgiven if at some point they suddenly leap from the player's box, commandeer rackets and shove their charges out of the way. Edberg and Becker are esteemed former Grand Slam champions and two of the more beloved players from the early 1990s, with the fiery German a sharp contrast to the reticent Swede. They met as combatants 35 times -- a robust, historic rivalry -- with Becker winning 25 times. But Edberg won two of their three crucial, final-round meetings here at Wimbledon.
Saturday, 11 July 2015 17:54
On Sunday there's the Wimbledon showdown between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. For Stefan Edberg is the second Grand Slam final as a coach of the Swiss. And the Swede believes in the title.
In 2014, Edberg made his debut in a Major final as Federer coach, but witnessed a bitter five-set defeat for his protégé against Novak Djokovic. A year later, he now comes for a revenge between the Swiss and the Serb. And Edberg is optimistic that this time Federer will succeed.
Saturday, 11 July 2015 16:01
Stefan Edberg interviewed by SvT after the Wimbledon semifinal between Roger Federer and Andy Murray
Roger Federer's Swedish coach Stefan Edberg was impressed by his protégé in today's semifinal against Andy Murray. "It is perhaps the best I've seen," praises Edberg to SVT Sport.
A tight match on paper ended with a clear 3-0 in sets to Federer's favor. Andy Murray played quite well, despite figures, but Roger Federer was simply too good. Afterwards, it was not totally unexpected that SVT would meet a pleased Stefan Edberg.
- I've been with him for two years and it is perhaps the best I've seen, but he played like at the London Masters. Right now he plays really good and that's what he needs to do, said Edberg looking ahead to Sunday's final - where world number one Novak Djokovic awaits.
- Both have a good handle on each other, Novak knows how Roger plays and vice versa. But he (Federer) has definitely got a chance, if he plays like he did today, he has got a very good chance.
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:26
from Il Corriere della Sera
The Swedish ace: "I took my time to say yes: I wanted to make a difference. Now I'm even ready to explain Roger when to quit"
LONDON. Twenty-seven years ago this flowery meadow of strawberries, fruit flies and dreams changed the life of a policeman’s son from Vastervik, Kalmar County, Southern Sweden, a blond guy who played tennis on the clouds, never, absolutely never, mussing his forelock.
Few blades of green survive among Stefan Bengt Edberg’s hair, 50 years old next January 19th, fierce rival of Boris Becker (yesterday we celebrated the thirtieth anniversary since the 17 year old German wunderkind’s thriumph in 1985) whom he beat in two memorable editions of Wimbledon ('88 and ‘90), that were so beautiful, intense and noble that looking back at them hurts a little.
He was at home with Annette, his two teen-age children and some memories of desserts and volleys that combed Church Road’s grasscourts when, in December 2013, the phone rang. "Hello, Roger Federer here: do you want to coach me?”.
And here is, Stefan, to explain in front of a tea cup (in London it’s five o’clock) why the best player of all time will win his eighth Wimbledon title this year, making his legend even stronger (if possible). And why, probably, there's more to come.
Sunday, 05 July 2015 14:25
from ATP World Tour.com
With a four-set win over Sam Groth in the third round, Roger Federer is well-positioned to challenge for his eighth Wimbledon title. Going all the way at the All England Club this year would lift him out of a tie with friend and role model Pete Sampras, the man whom Federer has been compared to ever since the Swiss first announced himself to the world with a dramatic 7-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 victory over the American in the fourth round of the 2001 tournament.
Sampras, with seven Wimbledon crowns to his name, casts a long shadow at the All England Club, but Federer could find himself in uncharted territory with four more wins this fortnight. For the World No. 2, the thrill of chasing down a legend has been superseded by the love of competition and the feeling of privilege for being able to set foot on tennis’ grandest stage.
“It used to be more about trying to equal Pete,” Federer replied when asked about his motivations for the title. “[In the past] there was a lot more focus about equaling those records. It’s something to talk about for a couple weeks. Then you have to wait a year if you don't do it.
Friday, 03 July 2015 10:21
Stefan Edberg gave one of his rare interviews in "Sport lounge" - alternating a little joke to a serious analysis.
Stefan Edberg during the SRF "Sport Lounge" interview
Stefan Edberg is a quiet, reserved person. That's why it was even more surprising that he just flashed his irony on television, on SRF, in one of his very rare interviews.
He spoke for almost ten minutes in the show "Sport Lounge" about his cooperation with Roger Federer.
The Swede laughs briefly, when interviewer Olivier Borer reminds him once more that Federer has always called him one of his greatest idols. "That's pretty amazing when you think that I once had Björn Borg as idol," he says. "And now I'm Federer's idol. That speaks for his taste."
Both laugh because the last remark was obviously not meant very seriously.