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"It has been my choice, I just felt I should do it. And do you know why? I didn't want to stay all day on a court to hit balls" - Stefan Edberg on how he started playing serve and volley. Read the interview

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One year of Fedberg

by Mauro Cappiello

This year, we want to wish you a Happy New Year in a special way: sharing again 10 of our most popular posts on the partnership between Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer that is now exactly one year old.

We have re-posted all these articles on our Facebook page in the last few days, as a sort of countdown to 2015. Now you can see them all in one article, just while Stefan Edberg has been spotted in Dubai training with Roger Federer.

So we can prepare to another exciting season of... Fedberg!

Happy New Year!

 

Tennis' version of Santas and superstars

from ESPN.com
by Peter Bodo

It has been a terrific year for the tennis coaching industry. It isn’t just that so many coaches found gainful employment; it's also because the dignity of the profession -- never a guaranteed thing -- was greatly enhanced by the dramatic increase in what is now being called the “supercoach” category.

The presence of former greats -- among others, Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Goran Ivanisevic, Amelie Mauresmo and newest addition Martina Navratilova -- in the player guest boxes of the world has brought increased attention not just to the profession but to the game itself. Supercoaches have created a thousand new storylines because their names are so resonant -- and irresistible.

With that in mind, and with this being the holiday season, let’s imagine what the celebrity coaches and their players might produce when it comes time to exchange gifts.

 

Henman: "Federer's volley improved with Edberg"

from Tennis Head


Stefan Edberg and Tim Henman after their 2007 exhibition at the Royal Albert Hall in London

Tim Henman described Roger Federer as the best player he ever faced in his career and paid tribute to Stefan Edberg for helping to evolve Federer’s game.

"When you reflect on the early part of his career the courts were a little bit faster and certainly on grass he was serving and volleying a lot more," said Henman, who was speaking at a Give it Your Max coaching masterclass as part of Statoil’s ‘Heroes of Tomorrow’ programme, which supports young people in sport, education and culture. "However, on the baseline he used to play a little more consistently and not quite as aggressive. I think now the courts have got slower he serves and volleys less but has got a lot more aggressive from the baseline."

Despite the baseline prominence, Federer was more attacking this year and Henman argues Edberg has made his net game better now than it was when he was still on tour.

"I think Edberg’s had a positive effect, he’s looking to finish the points earlier at the net and it looks like his net game has improved. Before he never volleyed particularly well and now he’s understanding the net a little bit more and volleying a little bit better and that’s a good sign for him."

 

The Swede and the Swiss

from Tennis Head (issue of January 2015)
by Paul Newman
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With the Davis Cup added to the list of honours won by Roger Federer, Paul Newman reflects on a remarkable come back year for the Swiss and assesses the impact Stefan Edberg has had on the latest chapter of a unique career.

As Roger Federer reflects on a memorable 2014 he will surely regard a phone call that he made just over 12 months ago as one of the major turning points in his career. When Federer parted company with Paul Annacone, his coach of the previous three years, in October 2013, you would have got long odds on the Swiss replacing him with Stefan Edberg, who had never previously coached a top player and had spent 12 years out of the sport following his retirement.

One phone conversation, however, was enough to ignite Edberg's interest in coaching the seven-times Wimbledon champion - and the two men have not looked back. A campaign which began with many wondering whether Federer could ever scale the peaks again ended with the 33-year-old Swiss back at No.2 in the world rankings and securing one of the jewels that had been missing from his crown as he led his country to victory in the Davis Cup.

 

Top Ex-Players as Coaches Appear to Pay Off

from The New York Times
by Christopher Clarey

PARIS — The last point of the official 2014 season was fitting. Not only because Roger Federer won it to cap a resurgent year by securing the Davis Cup for Switzerland but also because Federer won it on his way to the net.

His wickedly sliced backhand drop-shot winner left the Frenchman Richard Gasquet no chance and was the last and one of the best reminders of the big impact that the new wave of stars-turned-coaches had on the year.

After a downbeat 2013, Federer brought in Stefan Edberg, who rushed the net all the way to No. 1, in order to hear a fresh voice and hone his attacking game. Though Paul Annacone, Federer’s former coach, also knew plenty about net play, Federer took his skills and confidence to a new level in the forecourt with Edberg in his camp.

 
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