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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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U.S. Open: Flawless Federer through

from CNN
by Ravi Ubha

Roger Federer's coach, Stefan Edberg, was known as an attacking player during his day.

Serving and volleying, as well as chipping and charging the net, helped the Swede amass six grand slam titles in the 1980s and '90s. But not even Edberg employed some of the audacious tactics Federer has used in the past month.

The Swiss approached the net at the Cincinnati Masters after half-volleying second-serve returns, and the unconventional ploy contributed to Federer ousting both top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, then the No. 2, en route to a seventh title.

All eyes were on Federer -- well, they usually are -- to see if the men's record 17-time grand slam winner would stick with it at the U.S. Open.

 

Edberg and Federer already together in New York

Like at Wimbledon, Roger Federer decided to start his US Open tuneup very early, so he was seen training at Flushing Meadows already yeasterday, five days before the start of the last Major event of the year.

Along with him, Severin Lüthi and Stefan Edberg, who is also already in New York!

Again, Team Fedberg had the first hitting session with Australian Lleyton Hewitt, who will play his last Grand Slam tournament next year at the Australian Open, before stepping away from the Tour. Federer also practiced with David Goffin on Friday and Stan Wawrinka on Saturday.

Here are some pictures of Federer's training sessions and of Stefan and Roger having a chillout walk around New York last Wednesday.

Below, you can also watch a couple of hd videos of the entire practice with Hewitt, under Stefan's eyes, that were filmed live and posted on Youtube by user Hugo Legend. (mc)

 

Cincinnati, Twitter users pay homage to Fedberg duo

During the final days of the Cincinnati Western and Southern Open, many Twitter users dedicated their posts to Stefan Edberg, appreciating his influence on the new aggressive style of play Federer has been showing since the start of their partnership and that has been earning the Swiss great success in spite of the fact he is now one of the old guys of the Tour.

Below you can find a collection of the best Fedberg tweets posted in the last few days, that also prove how Stefan Edberg's status as coach is growing more and more. Let's hope this can help keep Stefan on the Tour, even beyond Federer, to start a revival of attacking tennis in the new generations of players. (mc).

 

Federer's words of praise for Edberg after Cincinnati title

In the media conference following his seventh title at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, Roger Federer paid homage to coach Stefan Edberg for the wonderful results of the last year and a half, but refused to relate his improvements on the backhand side to the  Swede's advise.

"Honestly, I think I would like to give Stefan a lot of credit and he has helped me in a big way, - said the Swiss. - But I think the backhand is better since I also have a bigger racquet head. I really think that was the change."

No doubt, instead, about Edberg's influence on his new offensive attitude: "Of course Stefan wants me to play up in the court and move in as much as possible but in a clever way," added the Swiss.

In Federer's words, Stefan Edberg will arrive in New York "in the next few days", which lets imagine the duo will have an early preparation to the last Major of the season, like in Wimbledon, where Edberg arrived on the Wednesday before the start of the tournament. (mc)

 

How Stefan Edberg used his forehand to take the net

At the Cincinnati Masters, many fans were amazed seing Roger Federer return against hard servers like Kevin Anderson with his feet placed well inside the court.

Even though he clearly preferred the sliced backhand, his coach Stefan Edberg, whose forehand was not as good as Federer's, used the same strategy at times more than twenty years ago to anticipate the return and take control of the net. His position was not as advanced and his swing was more complete than Federer's, but the aim was the same: surprise the opponent in key situations of the match and close the rally quickly at the net.

In this short clip you can admire two examples of net rush following the forehand return, in two finals played by Stefan against Jim Courier, the first won at the 1991 US Open and the second lost at the 1993 Australian Open.(mc)

 
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