A few hours after this interview Roger Federer in person confirmed Stefan Edberg as part of his coaching staff for 2014. Congratulations, Stefan!
from Basler Zeitung
by Andreas W. Schmid
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
Roger Federer talks about the collaboration with Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker's career and Mirka's pregnancy.
Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer at the gala night of celebration for the world number ones of last August in New York
It's eight o'clock in the morning Swiss time. As agreed, the phone rings. At the other end of the line: Roger Federer. "Hello, how are you?," the world tennis star opens up a good half-hour conversation, as usual - and then clears his throat a number of times. A common cold? "Yes, but it's already going away," he explains. No need to worry then.
Federer is fit and well prepared for the new season, as he believes. Today he flies to Brisbane, where, on Sunday, the ATP 250 hard-court tournament begins. There, the player from Basel is seeded n.1, the clear favorite - a role that he no longer held in the past, rather difficult months.
Roger Federer, in the last few weeks you surprised the fans with some news. Especially with the announcement on Christmas Eve, that you will be a father for the third time in 2014. When will the baby be born?
I don't like to talk about the details, even if everybody asks. In the end, this is something very personal. What matters now is that Mirka is alright and she will experience a good pregnancy again. Just as the last time. Back in 2009, she stood at Wimbledon with no problem during the dramatic five setter against Andy Roddick and she was at the eighth month. This was not obvious, I think. So far she is doing well. Let's hope she stays that way.