Wednesday, 14 January 2015 17:11
by Aditya Ramani
It seems only yesterday that we were furiously speculating about the Federer - Wawrinka dustup and debating the spectacle that was the IPTL. Injuries, comebacks, coaching changes and season montages – all are history now. We could only just about wish everyone for the New Year when the 2015 season was already underway. And we are just a week away from the first major of the year. Yikes!
The 2015 Australian Open promises to be intriguing. And while this may sound like a clichéd thing to say, there are reasons that back it up. Last week was a delight for tennis fans. With tournaments running in parallel in Brisbane, Perth, Chennai and Doha, there was non-stop tennis from morning to night. All the top players were in action as they tried to accumulate match practice heading in to the Australian Open. So there was plenty to watch and observe.
The Swiss have started 2015 like they finished 2014 – with victories. Stanislas Wawrinka successfully defended his title in Chennai without breaking a sweat (metaphorically speaking; it is practically impossible to not sweat in Chennai). Roger Federer went one better in Brisbane, in comparison to last year, by defeating Milos Raonic in a 3 set final.
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 18:17
from OK Tennis
Roger Federer's thousand win milestone gave the ATP and his fans the opportunity to celebrate a champion who seems to be ageless: but the Swiss has not won a Major since 2012 and his main goal for 2015 is clearly to get his 18th. Then, number one. Through the technical changes Stefan Edberg has made... but will the Swede be there?
Those who had the opportunity to watch Federer play in Brisbane could not only admire the speed of his tennis, but also those small technical details that a player of such completeness continues to add to his repertoire: a slightly accelerated service action from the left, an earlier backhand swing, while the sliced backhand return, too conservative for a currently confident player like him, has almost vanished from his game.
Roger reached 1000 wins, a figure that perfectly proves his longevity and the quantity and quality of what Federer has done: interestingly, 737 of these thousand matches were won in straight sets. The umpteenth confirmation, in short, that the Swiss was born and established himself as a front-runner, a dominator, who has learned how to fight and carry off battles, but still prefers to win his own way: quick and safe.
Monday, 12 January 2015 16:28
Roger Federer won the Brisbane International on Sunday, defeating Milos Raonic 6-4 6-7 6-4 in the final.The victory was significant for the Swiss for another reason, that was the 1000th victory of his career, and he joined two more players- Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl in the 1000 wins club.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony after the historic win, the 17-time Grand Slam champion said that it was an unforgettable moment for him and to achieve it in front of legends like Rod Laver made it even more special.
"To get to 1,000 wins in front of you two greats means a lot to me. I'll never forget this moment," Federer said.
Friday, 02 January 2015 19:49
by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer shake hands in Wimbledon last year
Roger Federer had a conversation with Simon Häring of Swiss newspaper Blick on the New Year's eve. In his last interview of 2014 he also talked about Stefan Edberg.
The interviewer asked him what Stefan added to his tennis. "Stefan has been able to tell me some things clearer," Roger replied. "For example, how to look for my way to the net. When he speaks, I know someone is speaking who has achieved a lot himself as a player."
Federer also said that Stefan perfectly matched with Lüthi, the former number one's first coach.
"Severin is a friend of mine and has been here for years. We combine very well and that's great."
Thursday, 01 January 2015 12:31
by Mauro Cappiello
This year, we want to wish you a Happy New Year in a special way: sharing again 10 of our most popular posts on the partnership between Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer that is now exactly one year old.
We have re-posted all these articles on our Facebook page in the last few days, as a sort of countdown to 2015. Now you can see them all in one article, just while Stefan Edberg has been spotted in Dubai training with Roger Federer.
So we can prepare to another exciting season of... Fedberg!
Friday, 19 December 2014 15:46
It has been a terrific year for the tennis coaching industry. It isn’t just that so many coaches found gainful employment; it's also because the dignity of the profession -- never a guaranteed thing -- was greatly enhanced by the dramatic increase in what is now being called the “supercoach” category.
The presence of former greats -- among others, Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Goran Ivanisevic, Amelie Mauresmo and newest addition Martina Navratilova -- in the player guest boxes of the world has brought increased attention not just to the profession but to the game itself. Supercoaches have created a thousand new storylines because their names are so resonant -- and irresistible.
With that in mind, and with this being the holiday season, let’s imagine what the celebrity coaches and their players might produce when it comes time to exchange gifts.
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:41
from Tennis Head
Stefan Edberg and Tim Henman after their 2007 exhibition at the Royal Albert Hall in London
Tim Henman described Roger Federer as the best player he ever faced in his career and paid tribute to Stefan Edberg for helping to evolve Federer’s game.
"When you reflect on the early part of his career the courts were a little bit faster and certainly on grass he was serving and volleying a lot more," said Henman, who was speaking at a Give it Your Max coaching masterclass as part of Statoil’s ‘Heroes of Tomorrow’ programme, which supports young people in sport, education and culture. "However, on the baseline he used to play a little more consistently and not quite as aggressive. I think now the courts have got slower he serves and volleys less but has got a lot more aggressive from the baseline."
Despite the baseline prominence, Federer was more attacking this year and Henman argues Edberg has made his net game better now than it was when he was still on tour.
"I think Edberg’s had a positive effect, he’s looking to finish the points earlier at the net and it looks like his net game has improved. Before he never volleyed particularly well and now he’s understanding the net a little bit more and volleying a little bit better and that’s a good sign for him."
Friday, 12 December 2014 14:36
from Tennis Head (issue of January 2015)
With the Davis Cup added to the list of honours won by Roger Federer, Paul Newman reflects on a remarkable come back year for the Swiss and assesses the impact Stefan Edberg has had on the latest chapter of a unique career.
As Roger Federer reflects on a memorable 2014 he will surely regard a phone call that he made just over 12 months ago as one of the major turning points in his career. When Federer parted company with Paul Annacone, his coach of the previous three years, in October 2013, you would have got long odds on the Swiss replacing him with Stefan Edberg, who had never previously coached a top player and had spent 12 years out of the sport following his retirement.
One phone conversation, however, was enough to ignite Edberg's interest in coaching the seven-times Wimbledon champion - and the two men have not looked back. A campaign which began with many wondering whether Federer could ever scale the peaks again ended with the 33-year-old Swiss back at No.2 in the world rankings and securing one of the jewels that had been missing from his crown as he led his country to victory in the Davis Cup.
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 20:56
from The New York Times
PARIS — The last point of the official 2014 season was fitting. Not only because Roger Federer won it to cap a resurgent year by securing the Davis Cup for Switzerland but also because Federer won it on his way to the net.
His wickedly sliced backhand drop-shot winner left the Frenchman Richard Gasquet no chance and was the last and one of the best reminders of the big impact that the new wave of stars-turned-coaches had on the year.
After a downbeat 2013, Federer brought in Stefan Edberg, who rushed the net all the way to No. 1, in order to hear a fresh voice and hone his attacking game. Though Paul Annacone, Federer’s former coach, also knew plenty about net play, Federer took his skills and confidence to a new level in the forecourt with Edberg in his camp.
Monday, 24 November 2014 18:55
In his analysis for L'Équipe this morning, Mats Wilander wrote about the transformations in Roger Federer's game style after the start of his partnership with Stefan Edberg that allowed him to get back to his top and take, at the age of 33, his first Davis Cup title.
Yesterday, Roger Federer was amazing. It's hard to say that he is a better player than between 2004 and 2007 because he is thirty-three. But in terms of technical options and tactical understanding, he never played tennis this well.
He always plays the right shot at the right time. He goes to the net exactly when he needs it, he plays drop shots with the perfect timing during the rally, etc. You can feel a systematic will to move forward and not to be dragged into a long exchange.