“Roger and I had a wonderful two years together. When he originally approached me at the end of 2013, I committed to work with him for only a year.Hi, folks. It’s been a while since my last post and I hope you have all enjoyed the break from all the tennis. Today there was an interesting development when the news broke that Federer and Edberg decided to end their partnership. It’s disappointing because you would have thought that the Fedberg partnership would have been good enough to win at least one slam together. That was certainly what Federer had in mind when he decided to bring Edberg on board. When I first heard they would work together I thought here was the perfect partnership and Federer’s tennis improved almost immediately. They started working together after Federer’s disappointing 2013 season and Federer quickly found himself in a slam final at Wimbledon again. But there he faced Djokovic who started a partnership with Becker at the start of 2014 as well.
“It became very clear from the start that this was going to be a special partnership, working with the greatest ambassador tennis has ever seen. It was exciting for me to be back out on tour and to see that the sport has made so much progress.
“The quality of tennis today is stronger than it has ever been. After an amazing 2014, I decided to continue on for another year, but with a clear understanding that it would be my last year given the time commitment.
“I believe Roger still has a lot left to give to the sport of tennis and is capable of winning the big events. Roger and I will remain close friends and I will always feel part of the Federer team. I hope to try and come watch Roger play some tournaments in 2016.”
It’s been a good runAs opposed to Federer and Edberg, Djokovic and Becker had a rocky start. It was only in that Wimbledon final that the Djokovic/Becker partnership started paying off after I expected much of them. They defeated Federer and Edberg in a very close final and since then defeated Fedberg in two more slam finals this year. So although I expected much of the Fedberg partnership no one could really foresee how dominant the Djocker partnership would be. They dominated Fedberg in almost all the most important matches. So it’s not all that surprising that Fedberg decided to call it a day. I think there was much hope among Fedfans that Fedberg would end the slam drought for Federer but like I said no one knew how good Djocker would be. Especially in 2015. They have gone from strength to strength and left only scraps for the rest. The three slam final losses for Fedberg must have taken its toll and you wonder if Federer made a desperate move now.
- Federer Hires Old Friend Ljubicic
After 2 very successful years, I would like to thank Stefan Edberg, my childhood idol, for agreeing to join my team. It was a dream come true. Although it was supposed to only be for 2014, Stefan was great and agreed to extend the partnership through this year which I really appreciated. He taught me so much and his influence on my game will remain. He will always be a part of my team. Severin Luthi, who I have been working with since 2008, will continue to be my main coach and he will be joined by Ivan Ljubicic. Both Daniel Troxler, my physiotherapist and Pierre Paganini, my longtime fitness trainer, will remain part of my technical team.It was quite a surprise to hear that Ivan Ljubicic would be Federer’s new coach, who had recently parted ways with Raonic. Federer and Ljubicic have always been good friends, but I have to wonder what the Croatian can add to Federer’s game. Is this the beginning of the end for Federer? This hiring seems almost desperate. Edberg did a good job with Federer even though they didn’t ultimately achieve what they wanted to achieve. He made Federer a better net and offensive player and gave him a certain calm on court. I don’t see what Ljubicic can add other than being an extra fan in the box. But what is Federer supposed to do anyway? Edberg is as good as it could get for him as far as a coach goes and it didn’t pay off. So I don’t think he actually expects much from a coach at this point. Ljubicic is just someone to fill up the spot.
Sound like a fan much? LolIn the last couple of years, Federer made three slam finals which is actually great at his age. He played especially well in 2015 but unfortunately for him, Djokovic did the same. In many other eras, he would have won a slam if not multiple slams but Djokovic denied him every single time. You just have to say to good and you can’t feel bad about it at his age. He still made a great resurrection of his career in 2014 and 2015 of which he can be very proud. From here on it is difficult to see Federer winning a slam and I think he will start winding down towards the end of his career. But he is still playing very well and I’m sure he still has plenty of good tennis left in him.