It’s Official: Fedberg is a Team

I am happy to announce that beginning in Melbourne, Stefan Edberg will join Severin Lüthi on my coaching team. Severin, who has been part of my team for the last 7 years, will do most of the weeks and Stefan has agreed to work with us for at least 10 weeks starting at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Stefan was my childhood hero, and I am really looking forward to spending time and learning from him.

“I’m really excited to be part of Roger’s team and I hope together we can bring out his best tennis,” Stefan Edberg commented.

Severin Lüthi added: “Roger will play a full schedule next year so we both wanted to make sure we had a solid team in place. I want to continue to improve and innovate Roger’s game and I really look forward to be working with Stefan. Like Roger, I have a tremendous amount of respect for Stefan and I am sure he will bring a lot to our team as Roger continues to chase titles in 2014.”

http://www.rogerfederer.com/en/esp/news-detail/news/4604-stefan-edberg-neu-im-team.html

It’s on

Well there it is guys. Not too surprising as the signs were there that they were trying to become a team, but good to see nonetheless. The arrangement is pretty much as I expected too, with Severin still doing the bulk of the work but Edberg doing a minimum of 10 weeks. So this is now pretty exciting with Lendl already coaching Murray and Becker coaching Djokovic. Fedberg and Djocker already have catching up to with Ivandy. Ivandy clearly has great chemistry and it is already hard to see Fedberg or Djocker surpassing their achievements. Lendl and Murray are just very similar personalities and now their slam careers are following a similar trajectory as well. Both lost their first 4 slam finals and since Lendl became Murray’s coach at the beginning of 2012 he made 4 slam finals and won 2.

Murray also became the first Brit in 77 years to win Wimbledon. It really has been a dream partnership. In all likelihood Lendl will win the coaching dual with Edberg and Becker, just like he won it with them as a player. He already has the 2 slams head start with Murray and I can see those two win many more slams in the future. They are just warming up. Lendl won 8 slams while Becker and Edberg both won 6. Each player had one slam they could not win. Lendl could never win Wimbledon even though he made the final there twice, while Edberg and Becker could never win the French Open. Edberg did come very close once when he lost in 5 sets to Chang in the final, while Becker could only manage 3 semi-finals. As far as the head-to-heads go Becker leads Edberg 25-10 which sounds like a Fedal-type rivalry, but it is not the case since Edberg leads Becker 3-1 in slams(2-1 in Wimbledon finals and 1-0 in a French Open semi).

Clearly a big difference between the very one-sided 8-2 slam head-to-head in favor of Nadal. As far as Becker and Lendl goes Lendl lead the head-to-head 11-10 but Becker lead 5-1 in slams. Edberg had a very close rivalry with Lendl as well leading 14-13 and 5-4 in slams. As far as Masters Cups goes Lendl won 5, Becker 3, and Edberg 1. Finally Lendl also spent by far the most weeks at #1, so he was the better of the three players by quite a margin. He was the most dominant #1 after Roger and Sampras. You can see that all three these greats had intense rivalries with each other in their playing days and the fact that they are all coaches of other greats now makes for a very interesting dynamic. I think Fedberg will have similar chemistry than Ivandy and probably Djocker too. I find it all very exciting and I think it is fantastic for the game.

Fed 4.0?

Nadal is now the odd one out and one wonders if he will consider any changes to his coaching team. John Mcenroe? Now that would be something. But I doubt it and things are exciting enough as it is. In the mean time the Brisbane draw has been made and Roger will have a good chance to start the year in the best way possible with a title. Roger’s draw is Duckworth/Nieminen, Matosevic/Benneteau/Querrey/Tursonov, Chardy/Anderson, Lopez/Simon/Dimitrov/Nishikori. I’ve heard that Brisbane and Melbourne will be faster this year but I’ll only believe it when I see it. Either way if Roger continues where he left off in London he should win this title. And I think it is important that he does so to set the tone for 2014. It is also official that Roger will play with a new racquet which is great to see.

This time he did it the right way by changing racquets in the off season so he has enough time to get used to it. Roger is making all kinds of changes to stay relevant which is smart. New child, new coach, new racquet, new tournaments, and a new year has everyone talking. It does look like 2014 is shaping up to be another good year for Roger. I’m sure you are all excited to see the ‘new’ Roger in action in Brisbane after a long wait. Lets see what he can do.

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27 Comments

  1. Well, for once I am truly impressed with Roger! You gotta give it to him – the guy is not AFRAID of change!

    Starting the year with a new Racquet, New Coach and a lead-up tournament to Melbourne!

    If he wins the title with the new racquet – watch out!

    He is intriguing me again which is testament to his unrelenting self-confidence and willingness to change! Something to admire about the Great Roger Federer! :-) )

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  2. Does this man ever stop?! There hasn’t exactly been a shortage of things to blog about eh? Just the way you like it I’m sure :-)
    Another little bit of news is that Roger will also play doubles with Mahut, (surprising choice of partner?) they open against Rojer and Tecau…
    With the court speed, it is noticeable but more of it is being made than it should. It’s only a slight difference. Becker, Edberg and Lendl would all chuckle, it’s still snail-like compared to what they used to play on!
    I don’t know what I’ll be looking for the most, what difference the racquet makes or how he’s moving out on the court! It’s impossible to call his chances till we see him, but he’s got to be feeling good, baby news puts a guy on top of the world. The mission for title 78 has begun!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right I missed out on the doubles. Playing the #1 seeds so pretty tough draw. Should be good practice anyway.

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  3. Is this an ego boost for uncle Toni or what. All the other players have grand slam winners as coaches and his guy is going to …. Well, let’s hope that won’t happen but if it does it will make you think what a coach is good for. It seems to have helped Andy and now everybody that can afford it is upping the ante. 2014 is going to be a crazy year and I’m sure there are a few surprises waiting down the road for us.

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  4. I’m as excited as you are, Ruan, by this new evolution.
    Edberg, Becker and Lendl will add some special flavor to the current rivalries between the top players, no question about that.
    And I agree with you, Ruan, that Lendl deserves a lot of credit for helping Andy winning his first two slam titles, because it was a difficult hurdle for Andy to take.
    But adding a couple more slam titles to Andy’s tally can’t be of the same order as adding one slam when you already won 17 of them and are past your prime, because the marginal effort needed to bag that 18th slam is of a totally different order, nothing less than gigantic to me.
    Paul Annacone did already a tremendous job by helping Roger bagging his 7th Wimbledon title.
    With Djokovic and Murray having grading up their teams, it will only get harder for Roger to add one more title to his actual tally.
    Succeeding to do this under Edberg’s guidance would mean a lot more to me, apart from being Roger’s fan, than Lendl adding four or five slams to Andy’s slam title tally.
    So the number of slams you win under the coaching of a certain coach, can’t by itself be a right criteria to judge the work of a coach.
    As for Nadal, he doesn’t need anybody else at this point I think. His uncle is doing a great job. And if Nadal were to need some outside help in the future, it will have to be a Spanish speaking guy that he can trust.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Wilfried, great comment. Especially about the one that it is kind of more difficult for Edberg to try and add one more GS for Roger than for Lendl to help Andy win some more slams.
    That is true.
    Rafa says he will stick with his uncle, but he might just hire a second coach?? 2014 will be indeed interesting…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Not so sure about that Katyani. When Lendl joined Murray’s team he was 0-3 in slam finals, and he went on to lose another slam final with Lendl already on board. He was written off as a choker. Roger has already won 17 slam finals. He knows he can do it. I think what Lendl has been able to do with Murray is pretty special. He helped Murray to finally win that illusive first slam and then Wimbledon too which was obviously huge. A slam is a slam anyway. They are all difficult to win.

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    Wilfried Reply:

    You’re not so sure, Ruan, that “it is more difficult for Federer (and Edberg) to add one more slam to his total than for Murray to add a couple more slams in his prime”.
    Fine with me, you’re entitled to your opinion.
    I stick to mine.
    First of all I’m convinced that slam titles don’t add up like 1 + 1 = 2, but have different marginal costs for each of them. It is not a coincidence I think that tennis experts refer to a career of a professional player in terms of ‘pre-prime’, ‘prime’ and ‘post- prime’. These very notions suggest and imply that a player is physically and mentally stronger in the middle of his career, and that, with the training efforts remaining equal, he’ll have a better chance to have good results and win titles in his prime. In other words winning an additional title is easier during his or hers prime than during the pre-prime and post-prime periods. Saying this is the same as saying – with a notion of economical theory – that the marginal costs (efforts) for a desired benefit (in this case winning a title) are higher in the pre- and post-prime periods.
    Second Andy Murray is now clearly in his prime. He’s not a choker any more either, but is the new Andy Murray who’s got more confidence and is a better player than a few years ago. It should therefore be easier for him to win more slam titles than it used to be in his pre-prime.
    Third my comparison between Federer winning 1 more slam title and Andy winning 4 more slam titles was perhaps a bit provocative, but in the end probably not so unrealistic. In his prime Roger won 3 slams a year whilst now it almost takes him 2 years to win 1 slam title, which means the rate of winning slam titles has decreased for Roger Federer by approximately 1 to 6. Adding one more slam title now for Roger could therefore be compared with winning 5 à 6 titles in his prime. Assuming that Andy Murray is only a little bit less talented than Roger, I can compare it with 4 à 5 slam titles for Andy’s prime. This assumption needs still to be confirmed though by his results.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I understand what you are saying Wilfried. I just want people to appreciate what a great partnership Ivandy has been and they will be hard to top for Fedberg and Djocker. I also think it is unnecessary to set up equations like 1 slam for Roger equals 4 or 5 slams for Murray. This sounds like bias to me. A slam is a slam. They are very difficult to win and these players take them any way they can get them. They also deserve all the credit they get for winning them.

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    Wilfried Reply:

    I hope I’m not biased and I don’t think I am. I appreciate Lendl’s and Andy’s results.
    Just saying we need to be realistic, and that another slam title for Roger is not as evident as some people seem to think on this blog.
    On another note, I think the AO and RG will have the same winner this year, either DJokovic or Nadal. If Nadal weres to win the AO this year by beating Djokovic in the final, he’ll beat him at RG again I think.
    Thta’s why the AO is critical this year. It will have a bearing far beyond the slam itself.
    Just my view of course.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Decent observation Wilfried. I think the AO and FO may have the same winner as well, and I think it will be Djokovic. Yes if Nadal wins the AO he will win the FO too but I don’t think he is. Nadal’s form already started slipping in the indoor season, and I think that will continue. He could already have trouble with Rosol or Gulbis in the early rounds of Doha. And if he makes the final he may have to deal with a resurgent Murray. I just think Djokovic looks like the man right now. Not because of the exho but because of how he ended 2013. He is in unbelievable form.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Ru-an, just wanting to say something about your last reply. I think Novak or Roger will win AO, but not Rafa. Maybe not even Roger, but maybe Andy. He is looking good. And it is not wishfull thinking about Roger, he himself says he will be in full form like in March or April, but there is just something. I think because no one thinks he will win, he can get really far. Final and even win it. But even if I really believe that Novak will fall in 2014, he seems to be playing his best at AO. Last year, after his match with Stan, I really thought he deserved the title. This year, Novak will win AO again or someone else, but I really don’t think Rafa will.
    And to be honest, even if Novak wins AO, somehow I cannot see him winning RG in 2014. He wants it too bad, that is why he makes mistakes (like the net this year). In my mind he will win RG if he does not make it more imporant than other slams. Do you know what I mean??
    Would be nice Ru-an, to look back in July and to see whose prediction came out, yours, mine or Wilfried’s….

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Ru-an, I agree about Lendl. What he did for Andy was unbelievable. I never saw him play, but my older collegue says that Lendl was extremely good in his time. I like Lendl. Especially that he does not smile or react when he is in Andy’s box. So different than Andy’s mother. A slam is indeed a slam. I see your point, but also Wilfried’s.
    Just hope Roger can win atleast one in 2014, preferably Wimby !!!

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  5. Hey Ru-an, how are you? When are you exactly going to move? It was the beginning of January or sooner or later? I am so happy Roger hired Edberg. I think he did it because the name sounds so right, Fedberg !!! Hope they will have a great run in which Roger will win some big and important titles and hope that they will stay together for a long time.
    By the way, did you happen to see the Abu Dhabi Final? If this is Novak in 2014, then My God, they ALL need to be worried, not only Roger. Man, he came after every point to the net. He looked almost invincible and made almost no mistakes.

    BUT, I am still predicting that in 2014 Roger and Andy will rise and Novak and especially Rafa will fall. I also see Janowics doing some great things….

    Finally, Roger will be playing….

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I’m great Katyani, how are you? I’m moving on the 17th of January. Fedberg does sound right, and I am the first person I know who made that name up! So I went ahead and made Djocker and Ivandy up too :-)
    I didn’t see the Abu Dhabi final. Exhos don’t interest me much but I’m not very surprised to hear about Djoker’s form. I’m also glad to hear it. He must stop Nadal from winning the AO. He is the favorite in my book anyway. I also think 2014 will be another good year for him. Last year was not what he wanted, and I predict he will win 2 slams in 2014, including the FO.
    I agree that Roger and Murray will rise, and that Nadal will fall. But I have said that about Roger and Nadal many times already. It is the time of Nolandy now. I just hope Roger can pick up one more slam.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Ru-an, I am fine, thank you for asking. Just enjoying my vacation. I still have two more weeks and then it is back to business.
    Really loved the name you gave, Fedberg. But is it not strange that there is no livestream of the Brisbane matches for the men. We all waited so long and impatiently for Roger, now we cannot even see him play !!! What’s up with that. I know you don’t watch exho’s, but maybe you can watch the Abu Dhabi Final highlights. Novak was really scary good.
    And about the time for Novak and Andy, to be honest, they also said before 2013 that the Novak and Andy rivalry would be for a couple of years to come, because Roger would be too old and Rafa would be too injured. Well, we know how that worked out. But that is the fun, we will all have to see.
    My point is very clear, I want Roger to win it all, if he cannot, than anyone BUT Rafa.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    How sure are you there are no live stream matches for Brisbane?

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  6. Off topic. Nadal will play Lukas Rosol in the first round at Doha.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Wilfried, did you see their match?? Rosol could have won or atleast make it to a third set, but he didn’t. To be honest, he played great. But this has to be said too, kudos for Rafa for playing also great and winning….

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  7. Hey guys, just wanting to wish everyone here a very happy new year. May all your lovely wishes and dreams come true in 2014.
    And may the Goat, who brings us all together, have a great year with a lot of winnings…..

    Ps: Dear Veronica, what’s up girl?? What Ronnie, now that MY Roger is in your country for almost a month, you forget us all??? Hmm…. (Did you get why I wrote MY in capitals !!!)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Lol. Veronica is on holiday. I’m sure she’s blissfully unaware of this blog at the moment.

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  8. Hi Ru-an and followers Happy New Year…just to let you know I watched Roger’s match on Livescorehunter.com the Streamhunter link (free) hope this helps someone. All the best from Scotland, Roger looked good !!!!

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