Thursday, 23 April 2015 15:31
from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Almost 34-year-old tennis star Roger Federer thinks he is far from quitting. In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Swiss talks about the secret of his self confidence, the advice to his four children and the gulls of Monaco.
Mr Federer, your two younger twins are now one year old. Is travelling for tournaments more exhausting for the parents or for the four children?
For the parents. Through the many bags you are not as flexible, but like a storm on the go. Although it is funny that we are many people and you can hide in the group. But we always prepare for the worst case. Just like for a tennis match we pack up ten t-shirts, three pairs of shorts, three pairs of shoes and extra shoelaces. You have to make sure you have got enough clothes on the court, if it starts to rain four times, and so you do not have to wear sweaty pants again at the end. That's all already happened.
But the stress doesn't seem to affect you...
I think it's an absolute privilege for Mirka and me to experience something like that as parents. We even know it so well enough. The first time I was travelling to tournaments I was 13 years old. Twenty years later, I am still in the process, so I can have a bit of what is called travel experience.
To show a child how to behave on the road, how different cultures and cities are, where you have to mind the cars especially, this is an incredible school of life. It's surprising to me saying that I have such a big family and still play.
Thursday, 16 April 2015 20:57
Defeated by Gael Monfils in the third round of the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, Federer was upset again in a claycourt tournament.
The Swiss who has never won in the Principality answered our questions after this new setback. Calm and serene, the world No. 2 will quickly start to work again.
This is the fourth time that you are beaten by Gael Monfils. Is he a player who gives you problems?
The matches have always been difficult facing Monfils. In the past I've always had great problems with him. He is a player who has an incredible potential. No matter where he plays and who he faces, he will always have a card to play.
Friday, 10 April 2015 15:03
A couple of pictures from a training session are the first evidence of Stefan Edberg's presence at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, where he joined Roger Federer for the first time since this year's Australian Open.
Stefan appeared yesterday on the Centre Court, where he played the tournament for the last time in 1996 losing in three sets to Richard Krajicek in the second round. He hit with the Swiss, met Novak Djokovic (his coach Boris Becker has also been spotted there) and took selfies with some lucky fans.
This year, Edberg has changed his always secret schedule of coaching appearances, replacing North America with Europe. Being in the French Riviera, traditionally one of his favorite places for vacations and where he used to own a villa back in his days on the Tour, he will maybe also have the time to greet old friends like his former sparring partner Arnaud Deleval.
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 14:17
by Mauro Cappiello
Two pictures taken by a fan with Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer, and shared on the Twitter account @camerlengo73 yesterday, seem to prove that the duo are currently together in Zurich, preparing the claycourt swing.
As we are well beyond the start of April, this also means that the partnership has gone past the ten week mark set by Roger Federer at the beginning of the year in Australia and will probably reach the end of 2015, on the lines of what happened last year.
Saturday, 21 March 2015 17:40
In a Tennis Channel interview by Justin Gimelstob following a third round straight-set win against Jack Sock, Roger Federer explained why he wasn't joined either by Stefan Edberg or Severin Lüthi for the first Masters 1,000 event of the season in Indian Wells.
Edberg didn't take part in the Kings of Tennis in Stockholm for the first time since the tournament was established in 2012, still he preferred not to fly to California, unlike last year, when he spent a week with the Swiss before going back to Sweden for the Champions event.
Also Lüthi needed rest after a busy schedule between the end of last year and the beginning of 2015, so Roger was left alone.
But he didn't seem to bother, as he advanced to the semifinals without dropping a single set and will be playing Milos Raonic to challenge the winner of Djokovic vs Murray in the title match. (mc)
Saturday, 21 March 2015 14:49
Roger Federer, who easily beat Tomas Berdych in the Indian Wells quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-0, says he is not surprised that he is still going strong at 33 years of age. While the No. 2-ranked Federer has not won a major title since 2012 at Wimbledon, the 17-time Grand Slam champion has won eight tournaments over the past three years.
Thursday, 12 March 2015 16:57
In a video for The Telegraph from last year, Greg Rusedski gives three reasons why, in his opinion, Roger Federer is the best player who ever played the game.
1. He's the last all-rounder: his game has no weakness and he can play all styles;
2. He always shows great sportsmanship and accepts defeats with class;
3. He's always trying to improve, looking for new inputs, as also his partnership with Stefan Edberg in the latest stage of his career is proving.
Saturday, 28 February 2015 18:04
by Mauro Cappiello
Beating world number 1 Novak Djokovic in the final, Roger Federer has just won his 7th Dubai Duty Free Championships title, the 84th tournament in his career. It is also the 7th ATP event Roger wins since the start of his agreement with Stefan Edberg.
Without ever dropping his serve, the Swiss took the match in straight sets 6-3, 7-5, converting both his opportunities on Novak's serve, one in each set.
Most of all, he saved all the seven break points his opponent had, serving majestically, especially in the second set, when Djokovic put enormous pressure to get back in the final.
Thursday, 26 February 2015 17:11
by Mauro Cappiello
In an interview with German magazine "Sport Bild" Andy Murray said he didn't see any meaningful improvement in Novak Djokovic's tennis since the Serb started his partnership with Boris Becker.
"To be honest, I see no difference compared to the time when Boris was not his coach," said the current world number 4, who lost to Djokovic for the third time in the final of the Australian Open last February 1st.
Since Djokovic hired Becker in his team, he won two Grand Slam titles and an ATP Year-End Championship and came back to the top of the world ranking again after last year's Wimbledon.
Even though he called these results "fantastic", the Scot was quite clear in stating that the former world number 1 from Germany didn't succeed in having a substantial impact on Nole's style, while he said himself convinced that his new coach, Amelie Mauresmo, contributed in making him "a better player".
Saturday, 21 February 2015 19:13
At last year's Kings of Tennis senior event held in Stockholm, Stefan Edberg was interviewed by Henric Larsson for Eurosport.se about his cooperation with Roger Federer that, back then, had started three months before with an Australian Open semifinal and a title in Dubai.
We have translated and subtitled this interview that, even one year later, says a lot about Edberg's credo in coaching the Swiss.
In 2015, with Federer's game developed into a more offensive style and a second place in the world ranking to defend, Roger's target remains the same: one more Major title. And the keys to get to it are all in what Stefan says here.
English translation by Ulf Bohman, subtitles by Mauro Cappiello for STE...fans.