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Stefan Edberg: ”Roger Federer a Great Man! With Djokovic and Nadal We Live a Golden Era”

Speaking to a Swedish TV, Stefan Edberg talked about Roger Federer, praising the Swiss for his human side. The tennis legend also spoke about Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and their contribution to the game.

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Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer ended their working relationship on good terms at the end of last year. After working together for 2 years with the Swiss and bringing him back to World No.2, Stefan decided to end his commitment to the 17-time Grand Slam champion in order to have more time to spend with his family in 2015. Recently speaking to a Swedish television channel, the 6-time Grand Slam champion praised once again his former protege, but this time speaking more in detail about Roger’s human side and personality.

 

”I can surely say that those two years spent working with Roger have been amazing. I wasn’t part of the tennis world for a while back then, before deciding to work with Federer. I was surprised to see how things have changed. Above all I was very impressed by Roger Federer as a man. Inside and outside a tennis court, I can confirm that he is truly the best possible ambassador this sport could have hoped for. He has passion and charisma. Roger has followed a great path in his career, and I am sure he is going to continue in doing so” affirmed Edberg.

Speaking of the actual state of tennis, Edberg put Roger Federer together with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as some of the best tennis players of all time.

This generation, with Federer, Djokovic and Nadal, has conquered altogether more than 40 Slams in 10 years or so. We are in a golden era for tennis. These players took the game to a level never witnessed before; they have dominated for over a decade now. Something like this had never happened before, and it shows how unique this generation is”

Stefan also told an anecdote of when he met Federer for the first time.

‘I met him for the first time ever at the Stockholm Open in 2012. He told me I was a childhood idol for him. We had a very nice and pleasant conversation. We talked like we had known each other for ever, he was very spontaneous. When he asked me to work together I questioned myself trying to decide what I could have done to help him and his game. If any other player had asked me to collaborate I would have said no’‘ revealed Edberg.

After undertaking surgery for a knee injury he procured himself while bathing his sons, Roger Federer hasn’t played a tournament since falling in the semis of the Australian Open to Djokovic. The Swiss was supposed to comeback to tennis two weeks ago in Miami, but he caught a virus and the flu and had to pull out of the Florida Masters last minute.

Currently in Monte Carlo, Federer his preparing his clay court debut, which will be next week.

Ivan Ljubicic has replaced Stefan Edberg in Federer’s team, joining as co-coach with Severin Luthi at the start of 2016.

 

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Australia fights back from losing the first match to reach the Davis Cup final

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Australia fought back from losing the first singles match to beat Croatia 2-1 reaching its first Davis Cup in 19 years. 

 

Alex De Minaur cruised past Marin Cilic 6-2 6-2 in just 44 minutes to send the semifinal to decisive doubles match. Cilic made 10 double faults, as De Minaur broke four times to draw level to 2-2 in his head-to-head matches. De Minaur has improved his Davis Cup hard-court singles record to 10-1 in the Davis Cup. 

“This is what this team is about, that never say-die attitude. I have had a couple of instances when I have been in this position and I feel like my back is against the wall, and there is only a wall to break through, and that’s going forward steam ahead and just going after every single point. My job was to keep us alive, and I am happy to do anything I can do for my country”, said De Minaur. 

Jordan Thompson and Max Purcell came back from one set down to beat Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic 6-7 (3-7) 7-5 6-4. Thompson and Purcell broke twice and never dropped a service game to come back from losing the first-set tie-break. 

The first set went on serve with no breaks of serve en route to the tie-break. Mektic and Pavic earned three mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-3. 

Thompson and Purcell broke serve in the 11th game to take a 6-5 lead and held serve in the 12th game to force the match to the decider. The Australian team broke again in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and held their next two service games to close out the third set 6-4. 

Australia won its 28th and last title in 2003. 

“I am so proud. Australia has a rich history in this competition. We have been fortunate to win it all on a number of occasions. I know what it meant to me as a player to play a final, and I am glad these guys can play it”, said Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt. 

Australia will face either Italy or Canada in the final. 

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Borna Coric beats Thanasi Kokkinakis to give Croatia a 1-0 lead against Australia in Davis Cup semifinal in Malaga

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Borna Coric beat Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4 6-3 after 1 hour and 32 minutes with a break in each set to give Croatia a 1-0 lead over Australia in the first match of the semifinal of the Davis Cup by Rakuten in Malaga. 

 

Coric hit 19 winners to just 9 unforced errors. 

Kokkinakis saved a break point in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. The Croatian player converted his third break point at deuce in the 10th game to close out the first set 6-4. 

Coric faced the only break point at the second set and earned the only break in the sixth game to seal the win 6-4 6-3. 

“This means a lot to me. I was watching the guys playing Davis Cup when I was injured and doing my rehab. To play for Croatia is an amazing feeling for me. I was turning to my coach in the first set and saying: ‘I don’t know what to do against his serve’, but I started to read it later on, and thankfully I was serving well myself. When I was younger, I did not serve so well and I needed to improve it. After my shoulder injury I did not know whether I would be able to serve again at all, but I did so much work on it that I serve even better now then I used to”, said Coric.

Alex De Minaur will face 2018 Davis Cup champion Marin Cilic. In their previous head-to-head matches Cilic leads 2-1 over De Minaur and beat the Australian player 6-1 5-7 6-4 in the Group Stage of the Davis Cup finals. 

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Bianca Andreescu Reunites With Former Coach Ahead Of New Season 

How will the Grand Slam champion fair on the Tour with her latest mentor?

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BIANCA ANDREESCU OF CANADA - PHOTO: ALBERTO NEVADO / MMO

Former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu has brought a familiar face back into her team as she bids to return to her best form in 2023. 

 

Andreescu, who is currently ranked 45th in the WTA rankings, has appointed Christophe Lambert as her latest coach. Lambert had been working as the performance director at Tennis New Zealand and resigned from that position to work with the former US Open champion. He had also previously worked for Tennis Canada and during that time he was a private coach for Andreescu in 2016. 

“Bianca asked me to coach her and I accepted the job. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse,” Lambert told sport.co.nz. 

Lambert, who has also spent time working with the Chinese Davis Cup team and for the British LTA, has stayed in contact with Andreescu ever since coaching her six years ago. 

“It wasn’t like every week or every month. It’s always good to have people calling you when you are up, but when she was down I was checking on her and giving her my opinion.” He said. 

Andreescu had been working with Dutch coach Sven Groeneveld for over a year before they decided to end their collaboration in October. Groeneveld has a wealth of experience in the sport after working with a series of top names, including Maria Sharapova. 

This season the former world No.4 has won 20 out of 33 matches played with her best performance being a run to the final of the Bad Homburg Open in Germany. However, her record against top 10 opposition was 2-5.

“I’m just taking it day by day, and it’s a great way to end off the year as well, just bringing back all the emotions that fire a lot in me,” Andreescu recently told reporters in Glasgow at the Billie Jean King Cup. “I think I’m going to have a great preseason. Next year I really think I can crack the top 10 again.”

Andreescu, who has been hampered by injury issues in recent years, hasn’t won a singles title of any sort since 2019. 

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