Wednesday, 09 December 2015 17:14
by Mauro Cappiello
With this beautiful picture of them together, yesterday Roger Federer paid tribute to Stefan Edberg, his coach for the last two years
Stefan Edberg will no longer be Roger Federer’s coach. With a message on his social channels the Swiss communicated to his fans a decision he and Stefan must have already agreed since long. The original deal was for at least 10 weeks in 2014, it became a successful partnership that saw the Swedish legend travel the main events of the Tour again for two years, almost like in the old days.
Although the media emphasized Roger’s role in the decision, it is clear that such an effort in terms of time and energy must have been a huge stress for the quite and reserved Stefan, who would have never imagined to get back on the stage until only a minute before receiving the Swiss’ call. So we can reasonably suppose that celebrating his 50th birthday in Australia was not in Edberg’s plans and that even if Federer had asked for a further extension of the agreement, this time Stefan would have said no.
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 20:34
from ATP World Tour.com
The ceremony underlined the Swede’s illustrious playing career, during which he recorded 806 wins, won 41 titles and attained number one in the Emirates ATP Rankings in both singles and doubles. The serve-and-volleyer reached the final of all four Grand Slam events, winning six in total. He defeated nemesis Boris Becker to capture the 1989 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and finished runner-up to Andre Agassi the following year.
The London resident is now in the midst of a successful second career in tennis, coaching World No. 3 Roger Federer, who has already qualified for the semi-finals of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals by winning his first two round-robin matches in straight sets.
Monday, 16 November 2015 09:23
In a packed O2 Arena, Roger Federer started his run at the ATP World Tour Finals yesterday night, defeating Czech Tomas Berdych in straight sets with the score of 6-4, 6-2.
Right after the match, his coach Stefan Edberg was called to join him at the centre of the court for a short ceremony at the presence of ATP World Tour CEO Chris Kermode, in which the Swiss was delivered the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the 11th time and the Fans' Favourite Award for his 13th successive time.
In case you missed the event, we have a complete photo-gallery for you and an early video available on Youtube!
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 21:21
Today the ATP World Tour announced the winners of the Year End Awards. Roger Federer clinched his 13th straight Fans' Favourite Award and was also voted by fellow players as the Sportsman of the season, as he picked his 11th Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award (the 5th in a row).
We know he could celebrate this trophies with Stefan Edberg himself. The Swede is already in London, where he will follow his pupil during the ATP World Championships next week at the O2 Arena.
Yesterday the first video of the duo together was shared on Youtube. You can see it below.
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 17:47
Roger Federer and Stefan Edberg: a decisive association, maybe come too late to enrich the King's Major record. Maybe...
3 Major finals (he hadn't played two in the same year since 2009), 9 finals in the 1000 events, including the one not played in London last year, of which three won. A Davis Cup and 12 titles won, bringing to 88 the overall number of trophies. All this with Stefan Edberg, at the venerable age of 34. And a growing regret...
What has changed with the Swedish coach is obvious, the results achieved by the Swiss in recent seasons can not be attributed to a mere change of racket, as much as a wider oval has undoubtedly helped him in missing fewer shots. The evidence has come in Basel, in the match against Nadal: it's true, the Spaniard is no longer the same as a couple of seasons ago, but for Federer he remains like the kryptonite to Superman.
It had been three and a half years since Roger last beat Rafa, in the Indian Wells quarter finals in 2012: in the following 5 meetings only defeats and only one set won. With Edberg on the "bench" only once they had clashed, but it was just the beginning of the partnership with the Swedish coach, at the Austrialian Open in 2014, with an easy victory for the Spaniard.
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 15:45
Some pictures from last October 28th, when the staff of the Israeli start-up Playsight was hosted by Stefan Edberg and Magnus Larsson at the Södra Climate Arena in Växiö for a demonstration with some members of the Ready Play Tennis Academy.
Back in 2013, the Climate Arena was one of the first facilities in the world to install the Smart Court technology for the analysis ot tennis data, an application that is becoming more and more helpful for coaches and players.
Thursday, 08 October 2015 18:34
Invited to a literature festival at Cheltenham, England, to promote his new book, Boris Becker met the media and, twelve years after the first time, talked once more about his assumption of sleeping pills in the early '90s.
As vintage tennis fans and long time readers of this website will know, the German revealed this hard moment of his life in his 2003 autobiography "Boris Becker - The player". To stand the pressure of the expectations of an entire nation, Becker abused sleeping pills for five years in his professional career and this addiction, in his words, influenced the result of his 1990 Wimbledon final against Stefan Edberg.
At the Times Forum in Cheltenham last Monday, the former world number one recalled that period of his life.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:04
from Sport Klub.rs
The Asian swing and then the final Masters in London. Novak Djokovic is by far the first in the rankings, has won three Grand Slam tournaments this season, was only defeated in the final of the Roland Garros. Many believe that Djokovic will pass Federer and Nadal and will reign on the tennis world for long. International media already analyzed how much Nole, who has won ten Grand Slam titles, will need to reach Federer who has got 17.
Some even more malicious expected Roger to announce his retirement after the US Open, as Flavia Panetta did after winning the women's singles.
Thursday, 24 September 2015 17:27
[...] In recent times, Federer’s innate ability of remaining relevant to the sport has been analyzed and eulogized. In my opinion, his game is where he wants it to be technically and tactically, but not mentally. Yes, that seems very unfair a comment when he has won 17 Grand Slam titles and is currently World No. 2 at the age of 34. But I’m talking about something very specific.
The larger racquet, the Edbergian School of Coaching, the smart scheduling and the SABR (Sneak Attack by Roger) have definitely added layers to Federer’s supreme game. However, certain mental aspects of his game seem to be untapped so far.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion showed a few chinks in his mental armor even in his prime. Federer’s arch-rival and nemesis, Rafael Nadal, has always given him a rough time as evidenced by a lop-sided head to head of 23-10 in Nadal’s favour. 13 of those 23 victories for Nadal have come on clay, his favourite surface, but on quick surfaces like those in Wimbledon and the O2 arena at London Federer has dominated their clashes.
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 16:32
Swiss website Le Matin.ch reported Stefan Edberg’s and Severin Luthi’s impressions after the US Open final that their protégé Roger Federer lost in four sets to Novak Djokovic.
In spite of two losses in as many straight Major finals over the last two months against the Serb, the team remains confident on the Swiss’ chances to add an 18th title to his Grand Slam record.
«The final was decided by two points,» said Stefan Edberg indicating the 147 points won by Djokovic in the end against Federer’s 145. «But Roger played his best tennis for a very long time, he will not give up and this will end up paying,» added the Swede.