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.
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 16:14
On the eve of Wimbledon, we had the opportunity to hear the opinion of two-time champion Stefan Edberg, in collaboration with Sky Sports. According to the former number 1, it could be a good year for Roger Federer's eighth title.
Stefan Edberg with Roger Federer during one of their hitting sessions at Wimbledon
Wimbledon is coming up. Rafael Nadal is no longer frightening, Novak Djokovic was downsized by Stan Wawrinka at Roland Garros, Andy Murray is playing well but is an eternal unknown.
Can it be the year of an eighth title for Roger Federer? We addressed the question to his coach Stefan Edberg, another man who was pretty familiar with the Church Road grass courts. We had the opportunity to hear him, in collaboration with Sky Sports, during the launch of the new Sony Smart Sensor.
Federer is back to better shape thanks to the change of racket. Do you think he should have done it before? Would he have won more?
It is not an easy question, and especially it changes from player to player. The top players do not like changes, it's hard to believe that with a different tool you can achieve better results. And then there are so many aspects that have an impact, among which the presence of the right people in the entourage.
In fact, since he started training with you, Roger is more aggressive. Is it only something related to age or is there really your influence?
You have to remember that in 2013 Roger has had some serious back issues, which have forced him to change his tennis. He thought of how he could do to put less effort on his back, and the solution has been to change his game. It's the right way, Roger is more creative and unpredictable. In tennis you can always improve, you can always introduce something different in your game, although we are talking of Roger Federer.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 17:14
Like last year, Roger Federer and his coach Stefan Edberg arrived in London very early to start the preparation for the Championships, where the Swiss defends the 2014 final and is chasing his record 8th crown.
Already today, they were spotted hitting on a side court at Wimbledon along with fellow former champion Lleyton Hewitt.
Here are some pictures and a short video from the official Wimbledon Youtube account, featuring a special guest... Lleyton Hewitt's son.
Sunday, 07 June 2015 13:19
After Roger Federer's defeat against his countryman Stan Wawrinka in the French Open quarter final, coach Stefan Edberg analyzed the match for CNN.com.
Stefan noticed a difference of conditions between the two main courts at the Roland Garros that, in his opinion, didn't help the Swiss in the end.
Friday, 29 May 2015 14:13
by Mauro Cappiello
Yesterday's issue of L'Équipe dedicated a focus to the disappearing of serve and volley in today's game.
"Volleyeur solitaire" (Lonely volley player) was the headline of page 14, with a huge picture of Roger Federer, the only man on the Tour still leaving a space for volley in his game, especially since the start of his partnership with Stefan Edberg.
"His ball touch and control are extraordinary. He can win the point from impossible positions. His backhand volley is super clean. Like all his shots, that deserve a 9.5/10," said former world number 4 from France Guy Forget to reporter Vincent Cognet.
Nothing comparable to Edberg's, though, in Forget's opinion. "Sometimes he is too frontal when he plays his forehand volley, opening his shoulder line. For me, Stefan has the most beautiful volley in the history of the game. On the forehand volley, Roger should imitate his coach a little more!"