Now Federer gets a star coach
“I am happy to announce that beginning in Melbourne, Stefan Edberg will join Severin Luthi on my coaching team,” said Federer, the former world No 1 whose ranking is now down at six after failing to make a major final for the first time since 2002.
“Severin, who has been part of my team for the last seven 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.”
Edberg, 47, won the Australian Open in 1985 and 1987, Wimbledon in 1988 and 1990 and back-to-back US Opens in 1991 and 1992.
“I’m really excited to be part of Roger’s team and I hope together we can bring out his best tennis,” said Edberg.
Federer, who announced on Christmas Eve that he and wife Mirka are to become parents for a third time, split with longtime coach Paul Annacone in October.
Murray tweeted he was delighted to see so many famous faces back in the sport.
“How great is it to have all these legends of the game coaching?! Absolutely loving it..# mycoachis betterthanyoursnanananana,” he wrote.
World No 2 Djokovic, who will be defending his Australian Open in January, brought Becker on board in his search for a crucial mental edge to help him boost his Grand Slam record which has seen six wins but also six heart-breaking defeats.
“We thought about different names. It had to be a person who has been in the particular situation I have been in,” Djokovic explained to reporters in Abu Dhabi this week where he has been playing in an exhibition tournament.
“We’re not going to make any major changes -- I already feel like I’m a complete player.”
The only man not interested in changing is world No 1 Rafael Nadal who has been coached by his uncle Toni since childhood.
“I will stick to my team. I always feel when I play bad, it is my fault and when I’m winning I’m doing the right things. I had success in my career with the same team,” said Nadal.
Great pairing: Roger Federer (left) and his new, short-term coach, Stefan Edberg, who won six Grand Slam titles.