Friday, 21 November 2014 20:28
by Mauro Cappiello
Roger Federer lost his first match in a Davis Cup final in straight sets against Gael Monfils. The Swiss was clearly struggling on court, limited by the back injury he suffered in his ATP World Tour Finals semifinal against team mate Stan Wawrinka.
Today's images brought many to compare Federer's bad luck to the one happened to his coach Stefan Edberg in 1996, when he played his last official match in the Davis Cup final in Malmö right against France. Serving on 2-3 in the first set of the opening rubber, Stefan twisted his right ankle at the net.
He took a long injury time-out and had his foot treated and taped, but that wasn't enough to allow him to get back to the court at his top. He lost that match in straight sets, too, and was unable to compete again in the following two days of the final, that Sweden eventually lost in a dramatic decisive match.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 14:29
Stefan Edberg was the coach behind Federer's renaissance. If the back injury allows him, he can complete his record of trophies with a Davis Cup title.
When the relationship between you and Roger began, almost a year ago, did you expect these results?
For me, almost everything was a surprise from the first call I received from Roger, yes, almost exactly one year ago. During the first few months I tried to get used to the idea that I was his coach or technical advisor, in the sense that I became part of his team. We had to find the right feeling. During practice, Federer has also surprised me with the amount of things that he can assimilate and execute. He can actually grasp and do anything you say.
Have you been able to develop the technical ideas that you had since the beginning of this 2014 season?
Yes I had a clear idea that he could no longer try to win matches from the baseline. He had to attack more. We started from the basis that he has all the potential shots for an offensive game: his shots are actually perfect. We changed his mentality in some aspects of the game and then he even changed his racquet. We get along quite well. So we just had to expect these results that have arrived.
Sunday, 16 November 2014 12:16
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic reached the final at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, both winning in three sets against Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori.
It will be a re-match of the Wimbledon final (today at 6.00 pm, London time) and another act of the classic rivalry between super coaches Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker, who played their only final against each other at the Masters in New York 25 years ago.
After the Serb had dominated Nishikori in the afternoon semifinal, losing his first set of the tournament mainly due to a drop of concentration, Federer managed to escape defeat in the all Swiss semifinal against Wawrinka, saving four match points in what has been by far the most thrilling and technically enjoyable match of the event.
In the video below, you can relive the four match points saved by the world number two and the one that gave him the chance to play his ninth final (chasing his seventh title) at the year-end Championship. With Stefan Edberg's final standing ovation. (mc)
Saturday, 15 November 2014 16:06
After Roger Federer's last Round Robin match at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, a 6-0 6-1 demolition of local favourite Andy Murray, Stefan Edberg was interviewed by BBC's broadcast Sunday's 5 live sport.
The Swede talked about his pupil's performance that he described as "the best tennis he has seen all year by far". "I don't think he can play much better than that, to be honest. He's playing some of his best tennis after the US Open and, if he can maintain what he has at the moment, he has got a big chance for next year as well".
Hear the complete interview below.
Friday, 14 November 2014 17:57
from La Gazzetta dello Sport
The Swede from his rivalry with Becker to his relationship with his "pupil". «We had stronger personalities. Federer goes beyond. And he'll win more.»
Stefan Edberg is expecting an interview on his famous pupil, Roger Federer. That's why, knowing his famous understatement, that he refined during his long stay in London as a player and during his relationship with coach Tony Pickard, we started from the past that rolls back. Which means from Boris Becker, yesterday his rival on court - also 6 times at the Masters, now played in London, - today as coach of Novak Djokovic.
Last July, in the Wimbledon final, Becker beat Edberg.
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 21:13
Stefan Edberg arrived in London last Fiday. Since then, he has been regularly hitting with Roger Federer, for the joy of fans that seem to appreciate their practice sessions almost as much as the Swiss' official matches.
One of these fans is Scarlett Li, who has the privilege to be following the ATP World Tour Finals live in London. She thought to share part of her fortune, uploading wonderful pictures of Roger Federer and Stefan Edberg at practice via Twitter.
While we warmly invite you to follow her account, here are the best photos of Team Fedberg during their London hitting sessions published so far.
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 15:22
The ATP released a feature video on the night of the Awards with some exclusive images of the ceremony held at the O2 Arena.
In a backstage interview by Justin Gimelstob, Roger Federer reveals his meaning of sportsmanship and his feelings after receiving his 10th Stefan Edberg Award right from the hands of the former player who was his idol and inspiration and now is his mentor.
A special clip celebrates the Swiss, who has proved once again to be, even at 33 and possibly more than before, the most popular player in the world among fans and peers.
Monday, 10 November 2014 21:26
"Stefan has paved the way for me. He's been my hero. It was a big surprise that he actually decided to come work with me and travel the world. He's been a great inspiration both on and off the court."
"This Award means a lot to me. I try to play as fairly as I can. This is a classy sport and I try to represent it as well as I can."
These were Roger Federer's words to Justin Gimelstob in his acceptance speech, after receiving the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award from the hands of his coach Stefan Edberg.
Monday, 10 November 2014 20:43
Just before Roger Federer's first match at the ATP World Tour Finals in London against Milos Raonic, a studio by the ATP analysed the contribution Stefan Edberg has brought to the Swiss' gameand resurgence after a troubled 2013.
In the video below, Andy Murray's former coach Miles Maclagan, doubles player Colin Fleming and former player and tv analyst Justin Gimelstob discuss the importance of Stefan's advise. Federer himself gives his view: "He's been very motivating and inspiring," says the world number 2. (mc)
Monday, 10 November 2014 14:08
from ATP World Tour.com
Roger Federer was honoured in a special ceremony on opening night at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, receiving his two trophies in the 2014 ATP World Tour Awards Presented By Moët & Chandon.
Following his straight-set win over Canada’s Milos Raonic, Federer’s coach and childhood idol Stefan Edberg stepped onto the court at The O2 to present the Swiss with the trophy named in his honour, the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award. Federer had been voted by fellow players as the winner for a 10th year, but received the trophy from Edberg himself for the first time.
“This award means a lot to me. I try to play as fairly as I can. This is a classy sport and I try to represent it as well as I can,” said Federer. "Stefan has paved the way for me. He's been my hero. It was a big surprise that he actually decided to come work with me and travel the world. He's been a great inspiration both on and off the court."