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"I'm still having fun playing. But it's not my job. I don't miss competition" - Stefan Edberg on his life after tennis. Read the article

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"Federer needs to play more aggressively"

At last year's Kings of Tennis senior event held in Stockholm, Stefan Edberg was interviewed by Henric Larsson for Eurosport.se about his cooperation with Roger Federer that, back then, had started three months before with an Australian Open semifinal and a title in Dubai.

We have translated and subtitled this interview that, even one year later, says a lot about Edberg's credo in coaching the Swiss.

In 2015, with Federer's game developed into a more offensive style and a second place in the world ranking to defend, Roger's target remains the same: one more Major title. And the keys to get to it are all in what Stefan says here.

English translation by Ulf Bohman, subtitles by Mauro Cappiello for STE...fans.

 

Navratilova vs Courier on why Federer lost

Jim Courier and Martina Navratilova have different views on Roger Federer's shock defeat in the third round of the Australian Open against Italian Andreas Seppi.

While tennis legend Martina, who now coaches WTA number 6 Agnieszka Radwanska, blames Roger's too short off-season and lack of preparation, the men's tennis former world number 1 from United States said in a Tennis Channel debate with Brett Haber and Jon Wertheim that the Swiss' game strategy during his last match in Australia was wrong.

Courier is convinced that Seppi is not the kind of opponent you can attack all the time, like Federer did, only winning 29 out of his 50 points played at the net. «He should have been reading the tea leaves. If you’re not having success, when the facts change, you have to change with them and he didn’t do it. You give Seppi a target and he can beat you. I don’t think Federer realized what was happening out there...»

 

HD pictures and video from Fedberg's last hitting

Sadly Stefan Edberg's and Roger Federer's Australian adventure came to an end much earlier than expected, as the Swiss was surprisingly stopped in the third round of the Australian Open by Italian Andreas Seppi failing to reach the event's second week for the first time since 2001.

While Roger will now take a break, as announced before the start of the tournament, going for a vacation with his family before the start of the North American hardcourt swing, Stefan will have to remain in Australia until February 1st, when he will present the trophy at the men's final ceremony.

 

"A brilliant third set against Bolelli"

from AS
by Alejandro Delmás
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

Six Grand Slam titles won between 1985 and 1992 (two in each of the major tournaments except Roland Garros, the only one he never won), Swede Stefan Edberg gave an offensive attitude to the game style of Roger Federer, who is living a successful stage of his career under Edberg's technical guidance. On the Rod Laver Arena, Stefan Edberg spoke exclusively to AS on the hottest topics of the great Australian event, Roger Federer himself ... and Rafa Nadal's dramatic triumph against the American Smyczek.

In spite of his good form, Roger Federer went through a series of troubles against Simone Bolelli and dropped a set. The problems were Bolelli himself and a sudden swelling in Roger's right hand...

We do not know what happened to Roger's hand being treated and, in any case, it's a medical question. It's not my competence, but it doesn't seem anything serious. Technically, Bolelli's good tennis, especially in the first set, forced us to complete a great match to move forward. I think Roger's third set was brilliant. We would have had problems had Bolelli been able to maintain his initial pace: but that is difficult in a five-set match and against a player with Federer's skills. It was a great, great match. Good show.

 

Team Fedberg: more pictures and an HD video

Australian fan Joanne Cox sent in another precious contribution from Melbourne where she's attended some of the hitting sessions held by Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer on the side courts of the Australian Open.

Below you can see another set of pictures and an HD video focused on Stefan practicing his baseline shots and serve.

Watch the first set of pictures here»

 
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