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"I've never really thought about coaching and if it had not been Federer doing the asking, honestly, I would not have been interested" - Stefan Edberg about Roger Federer's proposal to be part of his team. Read the interview

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"God, thanks Stefan Edberg for that..."

from Expressen.se
by Linus Sunnervik
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

Many thought of a repeat of last year's Australian Open when the draw was made up on Friday night. Novak Djokovic singled out as favourite, but authoritative expert Nick Bollettieri votes for Roger Federer. - God, thanks Stefan Edberg for his improvements, says Bollettieri.

Stanislas Wawrinka gets a tough task to defend last year's title. In order to succeed, the world number 4 needs to go through a similar path as last year: on Friday night, the Swisss was placed in the same half as top seed Novak Djokovic, the player he beat in a thriller quarter-final last year.

According to plans, they should meet in the semifinal this time. In the other half, just like last edition, there are Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

 

Will it be an open Australian Open?

from Sportskeeda.com
by Aditya Ramani

It seems only yesterday that we were furiously speculating about the Federer - Wawrinka dustup and debating the spectacle that was the IPTL. Injuries, comebacks, coaching changes and season montages – all are history now. We could only just about wish everyone for the New Year when the 2015 season was already underway. And we are just a week away from the first major of the year. Yikes!

The 2015 Australian Open promises to be intriguing. And while this may sound like a clichéd thing to say, there are reasons that back it up. Last week was a delight for tennis fans. With tournaments running in parallel in Brisbane, Perth, Chennai and Doha, there was non-stop tennis from morning to night. All the top players were in action as they tried to accumulate match practice heading in to the Australian Open. So there was plenty to watch and observe.

The Swiss have started 2015 like they finished 2014 – with victories. Stanislas Wawrinka successfully defended his title in Chennai without breaking a sweat (metaphorically speaking; it is practically impossible to not sweat in Chennai). Roger Federer went one better in Brisbane, in comparison to last year, by defeating Milos Raonic in a 3 set final.

 

Federer, 1000 and more: a Major, Edberg, changes, n.1

from OK Tennis
by Rossana Capobianco
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

Roger Federer's thousand win milestone gave the ATP and his fans the opportunity to celebrate a champion who seems to be ageless: but the Swiss has not won a Major since 2012 and his main goal for 2015 is clearly to get his 18th. Then, number one. Through the technical changes Stefan Edberg has made... but will the Swede be there?

Those who had the opportunity to watch Federer play in Brisbane could not only admire the speed of his tennis, but also those small technical details that a player of such completeness continues to add to his repertoire: a slightly accelerated service action from the left, an earlier backhand swing, while the sliced backhand return, too conservative for a currently confident player like him, has almost vanished from his game.

Roger reached 1000 wins, a figure that perfectly proves his longevity and the quantity and quality of what Federer has done: interestingly, 737 of these thousand matches were won in straight sets. The umpteenth confirmation, in short, that the Swiss was born and established himself as a front-runner, a dominator, who has learned how to fight and carry off battles, but still prefers to win his own way: quick and safe.

 

Federer reaches 1000th win milestone

from Sportskeeda.com
by Shankar Narayan

Roger Federer won the Brisbane International on Sunday, defeating Milos Raonic 6-4 6-7 6-4 in the final.The victory was significant for the Swiss for another reason, that was the 1000th victory of his career, and he joined two more players- Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl in the 1000 wins club.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony after the historic win, the 17-time Grand Slam champion said that it was an unforgettable moment for him and to achieve it in front of legends like Rod Laver made it even more special.

"To get to 1,000 wins in front of you two greats means a lot to me. I'll never forget this moment," Federer said.

 

"Stefan told me things clearer"

by Mauro Cappiello


Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer shake hands in Wimbledon last year

Roger Federer had a conversation with Simon Häring of Swiss newspaper Blick on the New Year's eve. In his last interview of 2014 he also talked about Stefan Edberg.

The interviewer asked him what Stefan added to his tennis. "Stefan has been able to tell me some things clearer," Roger replied. "For example, how to look for my way to the net. When he speaks, I know someone is speaking who has achieved a lot himself as a player."

Federer also said that Stefan perfectly matched with Lüthi, the former number one's first coach.

"Severin is a friend of mine and has been here for years. We combine very well and that's great."

 
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