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"I felt like I was twenty years old again. Certainly I would have preferred to have won in '89, but I went back to that time and it was fantastic. I played like then. Only this way I could beat someone like Chang on clay..." - Stefan Edberg on his revenge against Michael Chang at the 1996 French Open. Read the article

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Edberg to coach Federer in 2014

With these short Facebook post and press release on his website, Roger Federer announced the official start of his technical partnership with Stefan Edberg.

 

Federer: «I will never be able to volley like Stefan Edberg»

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


Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer at the gala night of celebration for the world number ones of last August in New York
Roger Federer talks about the collaboration with Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker's career and Mirka's pregnancy.

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.

 

Courier: Becker and Edberg fresh air for Nole and Roger

by Mauro Cappiello


Stefan Edberg and Jim Courier at the 2008 Dubai Champions event

US Davis Cup Team captain Jim Courier was interviewed by Andy Zodin during the radio broadcast Sunday Night Sports Zone and gave his opinion about the many moves of coaches that have characterized the tennis off-season.

"Stefan Edberg hasn't spent any time coaching at high level, neither has Boris Becker, - said the former world number one - but that's interesting. Ivan Lendl hadn't coached either before, but we've seen how great Ivan's partnership with Andy Murray has been for both of them".

According to the four time Grand Slam champion, if so many of the current top players are asking for help from past champions it's not for a technical reason, but there are three different ways to look at the fact.

 

You have got to be kidding me?

from Aftonbladet Tennisbloggen
by Henrik Ståhl 
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

Who has ever said that the tennis off-season is boring?

Within a few days, two of the sport's biggest stars, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, shook the lives of sleepy experts and lazy bloggers:

• The legendary Boris Becker becomes Djokovic's new coach.

• His equally legendary rival Stefan Edberg begins cooperation with Federer.

What?

Or, to quote John McEnroe: You've got to be kidding me?

Yes, Andy Murray's partnership with Ivan Lendl was a success. No doubt about that, after two Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal.

But Djokovic and Federer have already got what Murray lacked when he hired the Czech - Grand Slam titles and other sporting monumental success that made ​​them the undisputed biggest stars of today's tennis, along with Rafael Nadal.

 

Djokovic-Becker, Federer-Edberg… Will They Work?

from Tennis-x.com
by Sean Randall

They say it’s the off season but if you’re a coach it’s really the “on season”. This is the time when players makes changes to their roster in hope of bettering themselves for the new season which begins just around the corner.

Kei Nishikori snared Michael Chang in a promising move. Richard Gasquet recently added Sergi Bruguera in a curious hire. And there have been some others.

But the big news is that of Novak Djokovic signing up Boris Becker. And also the hint that Roger Federer and Stefan Edberg could also have a future.

First, I have to applaud both guys for at least trying to improve. Neither Becker nor Edberg have much if any past coaching experience. But they know what it takes to win and they understand the game. And therein lies the value. Novak and Roger know how to hit the ball, how to move, how to serve, but adding a Becker/Edberg might (and should) offer a different viewpoint in terms of strategy. And that advice could be a huge pay off.

So handicapping both moves…

 
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