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"I'm lost here! I came back this morning, and many things have changed since the last time I was here in 1996. I do not really recognize any of the stadiums. But I'm glad to be here" - Stefan Edberg about coming back to Melbourne, 18 years after his last appearance at the Australian Open as a player. Read the interview

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Dream Final: Edberg vs Becker

from Sveriges Radio.se
by Martin Sundelius
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello


Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker at the Swedish Tennis Museum in Båstad in July 2012

Stefan Edberg can meet Boris Becker in the Australian Open final

Stefan Edberg and his old tennis rival Boris Becker, now starring as coaches of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, could meet again in the Australian Open final.

World number two Novak Djokovic, who is now coached by German former world number one Boris Becker, has won the Australian Open the last three years. On Friday the draw of the 2014 edition was made up.

Roger Federer, who slipped down to sixth place in the world rankings, chose to pick out the Swedish former big star and world number one Stefan Edberg to face the new tennis season.

Edberg and Becker, who among other things met in the 1988 Wimbledon final won by the Swede 3 sets to 1, can face each other as coaches in the Australian Open final.

But this requires that Federer and Edberg, among the others, get past the quarter-finals where the former world number one Ivan Lendl is probably waiting. For several years Lendl has been training Scot and world number four Andy Murray.

 

"I was surprised when Federer got in"

from Expressen.se
by Pontus Weinemo
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello


Stefan Edberg at the ATP World Tour Finals in London last November

Roger Federer reached out a hand. Stefan Edberg received it. Now the Swede will pull Federer back to the top. - Nothing says he can not come back, says Edberg to SportExpressen.se.

The call came from nowhere. On the other side of the line there was an opportunity Stefan Edberg could have never imagined.

Had it been someone other than Roger Federer he would have declined.

- It was him who made the call. Being the coach was not exactly something I myself had thought of as relevant. But he's a special player, there is much reason. Otherwise it wouldn't have been appropriate, said Stefan Edberg.

- I was surprised, definitely. I had not expected. It took some time before I could suck the candy.

Did you know each other before?

- We have met sporadically before. But I have followed him throughout his career. He is a fantastic player, both on and off the court. He is a wonderful ambassador for tennis. In this way, this is fun, being able to be with him. Roger Federer has a tough year behind him. He had a shining career, and now he is only sixth in the world rankings.

In December Stefan Edberg was in Federer's team for a week - and the cooperation will continue in 2014. The year when the Swiss will return to the top.

 

Nadal prefers continuity to celebrity

from Super Sport.com


Stefan Edberg with Rafael Nadal at the Necker Cup last November

World No 1 Rafael Nadal approves the latest trend of top players using legends as coaches, but says he won't seek such high profile help himself.

While Nadal's rivals have employed Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Ivan Lendl, and Michael Chang - Grand Slam winners all - tennis' leading player prefers to work with his uncle Toni.

That's not only because family is special for the islander from Majorca, but also because of Nadal's self-description as a "long-term boy". Continuity is more important for him than a celebrity whose experience may nevertheless help other players gain an extra edge at the top.

"My idea of life and teamwork is to have continuation on all the work for so many years. I never fired anyone in my team since I started my career," said Nadal, whose start to the 2014 ATP World Tour continues by seeking a place in the final of the Qatar Open here on Friday.

 

Back to old for something new

by Mauro Cappiello


Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer at the 2006 French Open ceremony, their first public meeting

I wanted to write a year-end post, with the wishes for the best 2014 for all of you, as I've always done in recent years, but this time I came too late. Each and every fan had already received the best season greatings by... Stefan Edberg himself. We all know that you have spent a super Christmas time with the news of the last days that Edberg will be Roger Federer's coach (or advisor, mentor, source of inspiration, whatever you may call it....) for the start of this new year.

Isn't it a huge present for all of us, for the dedication we have been following Stefan with in the last twelve years, through this website and all the social networks linked to it?

In the latest days, as the news of the technical partnership took confirmation, I was wondering how many times in the past we had wished for a deeper involvement by Stefan into current tennis. I remember that a poll was published in 2006 on STE...fans, asking the fans which option would be the best for another tennis-related career after his retirement from tennis. Well, "coach of a top-ten player" was the most voted. And now, suddenly, we discover that he has entered the technical staff of the most successful player in the Open Era...

 

Federer & Edberg: the meaning of a challenge

from Live Tennis and Spazio Tennis
by Marco Mazzoni
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

At the end the agreement was done. Just the time to unwrap the Christmas presents and Roger Federer gives his millions of fans the most awaited confirmation tweet that Stefan Edberg will be part of his team. For "at least 10 weeks" - those of the season start - the former number 1 from Sweden will follow Roger trying to give a different angle to his game.

These are a few of Federer's words, just pronounced in Brisbane, waiting to be on court for the first match of  2014: "I ended the season with Severin Luthi and we asked ourselves a question, whether our team was in need of a new presence... Edberg was my idol as a kid, but having been out of the game for over 15 years, I did not think he would accept to return. I tried to contact him personally, he said he was surprised and flattered at my request.  After a period of reflection he has agreed to meet me in Dubai, where we spent a good week of training together. Even in the following days we met and we talked a lot. I've been trying to figure out if he was actually happy about this opportunity to work together, and we found an agreement that satisfies both of us... We do not know how it will end, but I'm sure Stefan will bring an important contribution to my game, a different angle. He is not only a coach, he is a legend of tennis, so he will be a source of inspiration for me with which to explore all the aspects of my game."

 
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