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?