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.
Monday, 26 January 2015 12:26
Jim Courier and Martina Navratilova have different views on Roger Federer's shock defeat in the third round of the Australian Open against Italian Andreas Seppi.
While tennis legend Martina, who now coaches WTA number 6 Agnieszka Radwanska, blames Roger's too short off-season and lack of preparation, the men's tennis former world number 1 from United States said in a Tennis Channel debate with Brett Haber and Jon Wertheim that the Swiss' game strategy during his last match in Australia was wrong.
Courier is convinced that Seppi is not the kind of opponent you can attack all the time, like Federer did, only winning 29 out of his 50 points played at the net. «He should have been reading the tea leaves. If you’re not having success, when the facts change, you have to change with them and he didn’t do it. You give Seppi a target and he can beat you. I don’t think Federer realized what was happening out there...»
Friday, 23 January 2015 17:50
Sadly Stefan Edberg's and Roger Federer's Australian adventure came to an end much earlier than expected, as the Swiss was surprisingly stopped in the third round of the Australian Open by Italian Andreas Seppi failing to reach the event's second week for the first time since 2001.
While Roger will now take a break, as announced before the start of the tournament, going for a vacation with his family before the start of the North American hardcourt swing, Stefan will have to remain in Australia until February 1st, when he will present the trophy at the men's final ceremony.
Thursday, 22 January 2015 17:32
Six Grand Slam titles won between 1985 and 1992 (two in each of the major tournaments except Roland Garros, the only one he never won), Swede Stefan Edberg gave an offensive attitude to the game style of Roger Federer, who is living a successful stage of his career under Edberg's technical guidance. On the Rod Laver Arena, Stefan Edberg spoke exclusively to AS on the hottest topics of the great Australian event, Roger Federer himself ... and Rafa Nadal's dramatic triumph against the American Smyczek.
In spite of his good form, Roger Federer went through a series of troubles against Simone Bolelli and dropped a set. The problems were Bolelli himself and a sudden swelling in Roger's right hand...
We do not know what happened to Roger's hand being treated and, in any case, it's a medical question. It's not my competence, but it doesn't seem anything serious. Technically, Bolelli's good tennis, especially in the first set, forced us to complete a great match to move forward. I think Roger's third set was brilliant. We would have had problems had Bolelli been able to maintain his initial pace: but that is difficult in a five-set match and against a player with Federer's skills. It was a great, great match. Good show.
Thursday, 22 January 2015 16:10
Australian fan Joanne Cox sent in another precious contribution from Melbourne where she's attended some of the hitting sessions held by Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer on the side courts of the Australian Open.
Below you can see another set of pictures and an HD video focused on Stefan practicing his baseline shots and serve.