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"There are little things. Technically Roger is strong. It's more about how he moves on the court, how he hits the ball. And I think it would also be good if he would vary his game a bit more than he does at the moment" - Stefan Edberg about what Roger Federer could improve in his game. Read the interview

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Stefan in Federer's box at Wimbledon

For the sixth year in a row, Stefan Edberg has appeared at Wimbledon yesterday, when he was hosted in Roger Federer's box to watch the Swiss' first round match against Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Unfortunately, there was not so much to see for Stefan. He entered the Centre Court at the end of the first set, sitting behind Roger's wife Mirka and next to his mother Lynette, and only three games later Dolgopolov retired injured, handing the 7-time champion his 85th singles match win at the Championships and an easy pass for the second round.

 

Edberg: "It was like the script for a movie"


Stefan Edberg in Roger Federer's box at the 2015 US Open, his last Grand Slam event as coach of the Swiss

Stefan Edberg is no longer Roger Federer’s coach, but last Sunday morning nothing in the world could prevent him from watching the Australian Open final between the Swiss and Rafael Nadal from the sofa of his home in Sweden. At the end, his former protégé took his beloved 18th Grand Slam title, something he had been working so hard for, without ever reaching, with the Swede in his team.

Stefan was contacted on the phone by Sveriges Radio yesterday and told some of his feelings about the final. We have an early rough translation of his main statements.

 

“If there’s anyone who can do it, it's Roger”


Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer at Wimbledon 2015 (© ubitennis.com)

Roger Federer beat Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 in the first semifinal of the Australian Open and will compete for a fifth title in Melbourne.

The Swiss, coming back to the Tour in 2017 after a six month break from tennis, will make his first appearance in an Australian Open final since 2010 and will be seeking his 18th Grand Slam crown, a goal in which his former coach Stefan Edberg has never stopped believing.

Interviewed last October by Linus Sunnervik in Stockholm, Stefan had remained still on the motto he had been repeating several times in his two years as Roger’s mentor. Never count Federer out, he still has a chance.

 

Federer has no more doubts on his real tennis idol

by Mauro Cappiello

Do you remember when Roger Federer talked about the Edberg vs Becker rivalry as an inspiration for him growing up and approaching professional tennis?

In the early years of his career and up to the start of his partnership with Stefan Edberg, the Swiss stated in several interviews that he had shifted from the German to the Swede to finally like and support both. But that doesn't seem the case anymore.

A couple of interviews in the last two weeks suggest he has no more doubts about who his real tennis idol is.

 

When Federer and Edberg talked about retirement from tennis...

by Mauro Cappiello

With a message to his fans on his Facebook page, two days ago Roger Federer put an early end to his season, announcing he won’t compete at the Rio Olympics and in any other event before 2017. The Swiss was suggested this long break by his doctors, in order to give his left knee a proper time to fully recover from the injury of last February.

The news has left the tennis world stunned. During their idol’s career, the Maestro’s fans have not been used to long injury stops, but this year, for the first time since 2000, Roger will end the season without a tournament win and with just six singles events played.

Even though the 7-time Wimbledon champion has stated several times that he still wants to be on the Tour for more years, what his supporters fear the most is that this could be an early sign that Federer’s time to call it a career is quickly approaching.

 
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