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"I will not have any primary responsibility, I'll be part of the team and try to influence him in a positive direction" - Stefan Edberg about coaching Roger Federer. Read the interview


Exclusive images of Edberg and Federer hitting

Our correspondent from Down Under Joanne Cox, who has been lucky enough to watch Team Fedberg closely at the Australian Open in the last two years, is providing us with some wonderful high definition pictures of Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer practicing on the outside courts of Melbourne Park.

The set you can see below is from last Wednesday's session, the day after Roger's first round win against Yen-hsun Lu.

Stay tuned on STE...fans for more exclusive close ups in the upcoming days of the event.


Federer's birthday gift to Edberg

by Mauro Cappiello

Roger Federer won his opening round match at the Australian Open against Yen-Hsun Lu and, apparently, this was his only present for his coach Stefan Edberg, who turned 49 yesterday.

In the Center court interview that followed the Swiss' straight set win, Todd Woodbridge announced Stefan Edberg's birthday, urging a round of applause from the crowd. Federer looked a little embarassed at Woodbridge's question about a gift, while Stefan was smiling from his corner, where he was sitting next to Roger's wife Mirka and father Rob.


Stefan Edberg returns to Melbourne

by Joanne Cox (from Melbourne, Australia)

On January 17th Stefan Edberg returned to where it all began for Team Fedberg in 2014.  His very successful partnership with World number two Roger Federer started at Melbourne Park on the first day of the Australian Open last year.  Until now speculation had been rife as to whether the duo would continue their working relationship.

Interest in the Super coach/Super Pupil pairing was keen when it was announced in December 2013, particularly among fans of the long retired Swede.  Federer went on to have a remarkably strong 2014 season featuring five titles in Dubai, Halle, Cincinnati, Shanghai, and Basel and six runner-up finishes, including Wimbledon. At the ATP Finals year end championships Federer had to withdraw with a back injury from the title match against Novak Djokovic. Federer finished the year as the oldest player to rank number two (at age 33) while also having the best win/loss record of any player in 2014 (73-12).


Federer: "I arrived in Melbourne with confidence"

from RTS.ch
by Stéphane Altyzer 
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

The question on everyone's lips at the Australian Open is: "Can Roger Federer win an 18th Grand Slam title, two and a half years after his last consecration at Wimbledon?" The main interested, who owns a record of eleven (11!) semifinals in Melbourne, strongly believes he can.

Roger Federer talking to the media at the Australian Open

Wearing a bright yellow cap, Federer looked casual and relaxed Saturday before the media. Federer has addressed various topics with the calmness we have been used to.

Number 1 rank... why not

His goals in 2015: "If the World No. 1 spot is within my reach, I will try to reach it. But it's not something I really need. After the Australian Open we'll know more about my chances of achieving it. My priorities will be more accurately defined after the break I'll take in February. In the first 6 months, my 3 main targets are the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Wimbledon."


Edberg & Federer: at least 10 weeks in 2015

by Mauro Cappiello

Stefan Edberg watches Roger Federer practice at the Australian Open

Stefan Edberg arrived yesterday in Melbourne to follow Roger Federer in the first Grand Slam event of the year at the Australian Open. He appeared in Roger's corner, along with Mirka and the baby twins, during yesterday's Kids Day, a charity exhibition event, featuring among the others Roger himself, Azarenka, Kyrgios and Bouchard.

But the great news is that, in his first media conference at the Open, Federer talked about an extension of the contract between him and Edberg, that will go on at least for the first three months of 2015.

Here's the excerpt of the interview about the partnership.

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