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.
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 19:48
Our correspondent from Down Under Joanne Cox, who has been lucky enough to watch Team Fedberg closely at the Australian Open in the last two years, is providing us with some wonderful high definition pictures of Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer practicing on the outside courts of Melbourne Park.
The set you can see below is from last Wednesday's session, the day after Roger's first round win against Yen-hsun Lu.
Stay tuned on STE...fans for more exclusive close ups in the upcoming days of the event.
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 16:39
by Mauro Cappiello
Roger Federer won his opening round match at the Australian Open against Yen-Hsun Lu and, apparently, this was his only present for his coach Stefan Edberg, who turned 49 yesterday.
In the Center court interview that followed the Swiss' straight set win, Todd Woodbridge announced Stefan Edberg's birthday, urging a round of applause from the crowd. Federer looked a little embarassed at Woodbridge's question about a gift, while Stefan was smiling from his corner, where he was sitting next to Roger's wife Mirka and father Rob.
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 08:46
by Joanne Cox (from Melbourne, Australia)
On January 17th Stefan Edberg returned to where it all began for Team Fedberg in 2014. His very successful partnership with World number two Roger Federer started at Melbourne Park on the first day of the Australian Open last year. Until now speculation had been rife as to whether the duo would continue their working relationship.
Interest in the Super coach/Super Pupil pairing was keen when it was announced in December 2013, particularly among fans of the long retired Swede. Federer went on to have a remarkably strong 2014 season featuring five titles in Dubai, Halle, Cincinnati, Shanghai, and Basel and six runner-up finishes, including Wimbledon. At the ATP Finals year end championships Federer had to withdraw with a back injury from the title match against Novak Djokovic. Federer finished the year as the oldest player to rank number two (at age 33) while also having the best win/loss record of any player in 2014 (73-12).
Saturday, 17 January 2015 16:43
The question on everyone's lips at the Australian Open is: "Can Roger Federer win an 18th Grand Slam title, two and a half years after his last consecration at Wimbledon?" The main interested, who owns a record of eleven (11!) semifinals in Melbourne, strongly believes he can.
Roger Federer talking to the media at the Australian Open
Wearing a bright yellow cap, Federer looked casual and relaxed Saturday before the media. Federer has addressed various topics with the calmness we have been used to.
Number 1 rank... why not
His goals in 2015: "If the World No. 1 spot is within my reach, I will try to reach it. But it's not something I really need. After the Australian Open we'll know more about my chances of achieving it. My priorities will be more accurately defined after the break I'll take in February. In the first 6 months, my 3 main targets are the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Wimbledon."
Saturday, 17 January 2015 14:39
by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg watches Roger Federer practice at the Australian Open
Stefan Edberg arrived yesterday in Melbourne to follow Roger Federer in the first Grand Slam event of the year at the Australian Open. He appeared in Roger's corner, along with Mirka and the baby twins, during yesterday's Kids Day, a charity exhibition event, featuring among the others Roger himself, Azarenka, Kyrgios and Bouchard.
But the great news is that, in his first media conference at the Open, Federer talked about an extension of the contract between him and Edberg, that will go on at least for the first three months of 2015.
Here's the excerpt of the interview about the partnership.
Friday, 16 January 2015 19:30
Many thought of a repeat of last year's Australian Open when the draw was made up on Friday night. Novak Djokovic singled out as favourite, but authoritative expert Nick Bollettieri votes for Roger Federer. - God, thanks Stefan Edberg for his improvements, says Bollettieri.
Stanislas Wawrinka gets a tough task to defend last year's title. In order to succeed, the world number 4 needs to go through a similar path as last year: on Friday night, the Swisss was placed in the same half as top seed Novak Djokovic, the player he beat in a thriller quarter-final last year.
According to plans, they should meet in the semifinal this time. In the other half, just like last edition, there are Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.