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"I think he should adopt a more attacking game strategy because now everybody knows how he plays and everyone wants to beat him. If he goes 5 times out of 10 to the net, it will destabilize his opponent" - Stefan Edberg about how Roger Federer should play against Rafael Nadal. Read the interview

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Edberg & Federer, end of the partnership

by Mauro Cappiello


With this beautiful picture of them together, yesterday Roger Federer paid tribute to Stefan Edberg, his coach for the last two years

Stefan Edberg will no longer be Roger Federer’s coach. With a message on his social channels the Swiss communicated to his fans a decision he and Stefan must have already agreed since long. The original deal was for at least 10 weeks in 2014, it became a successful partnership that saw the Swedish legend travel the main events of the Tour again for two years, almost like in the old days.

Although the media emphasized Roger’s role in the decision, it is clear that such an effort in terms of time and energy must have been a huge stress for the quite and reserved Stefan, who would have never imagined to get back on the stage until only a minute before receiving the Swiss’ call. So we can reasonably suppose that celebrating his 50th birthday in Australia was not in Edberg’s plans and that even if Federer had asked for a further extension of the agreement, this time Stefan would have said no.

 

London Finals, night of awards for Federer and Edberg

In a packed O2 Arena, Roger Federer started his run at the ATP World Tour Finals yesterday night, defeating Czech Tomas Berdych in straight sets with the score of 6-4, 6-2.

Right after the match, his coach Stefan Edberg was called to join him at the centre of the court for a short ceremony at the presence of ATP World Tour CEO Chris Kermode, in which the Swiss was delivered the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the 11th time and the Fans' Favourite Award for his 13th successive time.

In case you missed the event, we have a complete photo-gallery for you and an early video available on Youtube!

 

Federer celebrates 11th Sportsmanship Award with... Edberg

Today the ATP World Tour announced the winners of the Year End Awards. Roger Federer clinched his 13th straight Fans' Favourite Award and was also voted by fellow players as the Sportsman of the season, as he picked his 11th Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award (the 5th in a row).

We know he could celebrate this trophies with Stefan Edberg himself. The Swede is already in London, where he will follow his pupil during the ATP World Championships next week at the O2 Arena.

Yesterday the first video of the duo together was shared on Youtube. You can see it below.

 

What if Roger had chosen Edberg before...

from Tennis.it
by Orazio Rotunno
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

Roger Federer and Stefan Edberg: a decisive association, maybe come too late to enrich the King's Major record. Maybe...

3 Major finals (he hadn't played two in the same year since 2009), 9 finals in the 1000 events, including the one not played in London last year, of which three won. A Davis Cup and 12 titles won, bringing to 88 the overall number of trophies. All this with Stefan Edberg, at the venerable age of 34. And a growing regret...

What has changed with the Swedish coach is obvious, the results achieved by the Swiss in recent seasons can not be attributed to a mere change of racket, as much as a wider oval has undoubtedly helped him in missing fewer shots. The evidence has come in Basel, in the match against Nadal: it's true, the Spaniard is no longer the same as a couple of seasons ago, but for Federer he remains like the kryptonite to Superman.

It had been three and a half years since Roger last beat Rafa, in the Indian Wells quarter finals in 2012: in the following 5 meetings only defeats and only one set won. With Edberg on the "bench" only once they had clashed, but it was just the beginning of the partnership with the Swedish coach, at the Austrialian Open in 2014, with an easy victory for the Spaniard.

 

Edberg: Federer is aging like fine wine

from Sport Klub.rs
by Svetozar Janičić
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

The Asian swing and then the final Masters in London. Novak Djokovic is by far the first in the rankings, has won three Grand Slam tournaments this season, was only defeated in the final of the Roland Garros. Many believe that Djokovic will pass Federer and Nadal and will reign on the tennis world for long. International media already analyzed how much Nole, who has won ten Grand Slam titles, will need to reach Federer who has got 17.

Some even more malicious expected Roger to announce his retirement after the US Open, as Flavia Panetta did after winning the women's singles.

 
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