Stefan Edberg has told Swedish press that he’d love to coach Roger Federer. The Swiss invited the 6-time Grand Slam champion Edberg for an unexpected training session last week in Dubai.
Edberg, who has never coached on the tour, admitted he was surprised to get the call from Federer, but speaking to Svenska Dagbladets, said he’s now open to giving Federer more help and continuing their relationship.
“It’s a matter for us to find time to fit it in,” Edberg said via AAP translation.
“If we can, I would be more than happy.”
“The idea of the camp was that I would give my views and come up with some feedback. He wants to try some new things,” he said.
“I was very surprised (that Federer asked) because it’s so long since I left tennis,” he added.
“But I was also very flattered. I’ve never really thought about coaching and if it had not been Federer doing the asking, honestly, I would not have been interested.”
Federer agreed that a “FedBerg” partnership might work.
“It was rewarding,” Federer told Le Matin via Google translation. “Given all the success he has had during his career, I know whereof he speaks. It is a bit the same level and we understand. And having Seve also there in the middle, it was really interesting. It discusses things with freshness and if he came here because he wanted to.
“So who knows … there may be something to learn from it for next year. Maybe he can join us somewhere.
“Seve is my coach and is super good job. He spent 35 weeks with me. Almost a full-time coach. I am very pleased with himself. But if you can add a little something. Why not?”
Could Edberg, a true serve-and-volley artist, add a little zest to Federer’s game in this era of baseline tennis?
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