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"I knew that I could lose my place of n.1, it's a shame because this could have been a great final" - Stefan Edberg after Boris Becker's retirement in the 1990 Bercy final. Read the article


Federer takes Edberg's help

from SvD.se
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer during the 2006 French Open final ceremony

Roger Federer wants to get back to the top with Stefan Edberg's help. SvD can reveal today that the 17 -time Grand Slam champion requested Edberg's services for next season. 
- There is mutual interest in cooperation, says Edberg who has just returned from a six-day training camp with Federer in Dubai.

"It's been a great time with one of my childhood idols," writes the 32-year-old Swiss on his website.

This year Federer has dropped from second to sixth place in the ranking and had a shaky season by one with his dimensions.

Therefore, it came as no surprise when, in September, the Swiss announced that he had split up with American coach Paul Annacone, after over three years of cooperation.


Edberg keen to coach Federer - if asked

from AAP

Roger Federer's childhood tennis idol, Stefan Edberg, says he'd be happy to work with the 17-time grand slam champion if asked.

Former tennis great Stefan Edberg has left open a possible coaching role with Roger Federer, with the Swede telling local media that he is ready to work with the 17-time grand slam champion if asked.

"It's a matter for us to find time to fit it in," the 47-year-old told Stockholm's Svenska Dagbladets on Thursday.

"If we can, I would be more than happy."

The six-time grand slam winner, who retired in 1996, has always been the childhood idol of Federer, who invited the Swede to work with him for a few days this month at his base in Dubai.


Stefan and Roger: what might be, what might not be

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

A big surprise and curiosity spread among tennis fans, as Roger Federer annouced yesterday on the social networks that he had just completed a week of training with his childhood idol Stefan Edberg.

The Swiss superstar, who usually attaches a picture or a video to each of his posts on Facebook and Twitter, this time left tennis lovers with no more than a few words, wondering what there might be behind this meeting, likely held in Dubai, where the 17-time Grand Slam champion usually spends his off-season, preparing for the Australian Open. Will it be just an occasional happening, a sort of continuation of that famous training session they already had in Stockholm in October 2010, or is there something more, like the project of a future partnership?

Since Roger split with his former coach Paul Annacone last October, several names have been mentioned for his future bench, Stefan's being one of the most sponsored. In the last few years, the lack of style variety and the great nostalgy that Stefan still inspires in nowadays tennis fans has increased more and more the hope for a deeper involvement in the sport by the former serve and volley artist. Could he change something, if he started coaching a top player, urging him to use a more aggressive strategy and proving that getting good results with a reasonable use of serve and volley is still possible?


Edberg and Federer, the Twitter dream

by Mauro Cappiello

After Roger Federer's separation from his coach Paul Annacone, Stefan Edberg has been indicated by many as a candidate to become the Swiss' coach.

With this unlikely photo-editing, we tried to travel through space and time to turn into reality what has become one of the most popular tennis dreams on the social networks: Edberg on Federer's bench.

Could Stefan be able to help Roger get back from today's physical problems and drop of results to fight against Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal again, in the last stage of his outstanding career?