Now Fed­erer gets a star coach

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SUNDAY SPORTS -

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“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.

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