Fed­erer can still be a threat: Ed­berg

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Roger Fed­erer has fallen out­side the world’s top 10 for the first time since 2002 but he could still win an­other grand slam ti­tle, ac­cord­ing to for­mer great Stefan Ed­berg. While Andy Mur­ray’s rise to world num­ber one was the main talk­ing point of yes­ter­day’s new ATP rank­ings, 17-times ma­jor cham­pion Fed­erer’s slide to 16th was largely over­looked. The Swiss ended his sea­son in July in a bid to re­cover fully from knee surgery, although he is aim­ing to be fit for the Aus­tralian Open in Jan­uary. At 35, how­ever, logic sug­gests Fed­erer’s days of chal­leng­ing for sil­ver­ware may be num­bered. His last grand slam ti­tle came at Wim­ble­don in 2012. But for­mer world num­ber one Ed­berg, who has coached Fed­erer, dis­agrees. “I thought in the past years he would have won one, he was so close,” six-times ma­jor cham­pion Ed­berg told Ten­nis World. “It be­comes even tougher, he is not young any more but there is still hope. If there’s one who can do it, it’s Roger,” the 50-year-old Swede added.

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