'I think Roger Federer needed to be more aggressive', says former World No. 1

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'I think Roger Federer needed to be more aggressive', says former World No. 1

In his worst season since 2001, Roger Federer in 2012 was unable to find remedies to counter the strength of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. The Swiss felt ready to make radical changes to his tennis, he used a different frame and called new faces for his box, one above all, that of the former Swedish legend and one of his idols, Stefan Edberg.

The former World number 1 immediately joined Roger in Dubai for a week, the two got to know each other better and a great understanding was born immediately. With Stefan at his side Roger got the Australian Open semifinals in 2014 and won the first title together with the new technician in Dubai.

It was a particular year for Roger who was a finalist in Indian Wells and Monte Carlo, defended title in Halle and advanced in the Wimbledon final. At the end of the season Federer had conquered the tournaments of Cincinnati, Shanghai and Basel, reached the semifinals at the Us Open and was stopped at the Finals only by a back injury.

For the first time in three years, Roger won six ATP titles, won Brisbane, Dubai, Instanbul, Halle, Cincinnati and Basel. During that season Roger showed a very sharp and aggressive tennis, he often came to the net and often tried to take stock.

At the end of the year, after a partnership that lasted even longer than expected (initially there was talk of a maximum of 12 months), Roger Federer and Stefan Edberg officially closed their partnership, while still remaining in excellent relationships.

Edberg on Roger Federer

“Obviously, it was an honour to be asked to coach Roger Federer,” Stefan Edberg told Mats Wilander on the vodcast. “It took me some time to decide. We actually spent a week in Dubai just to get to know each other before going on the tour, but to summarise things: it was great to be around Roger, he’s such an ambassador for tennis – and obviously, yes, we talked about tennis, about strategy," Edberg recalled.

“He wanted to change his game and that was maybe part of the reason why he took me in to get a few ideas. I think the great thing, looking back, was he switched racket to more of a modern racket – that was really key.

He changed his game a little bit. His movement got a little bit more aggressive, which I think he needed to do," Stefan Edberg expressed. Roger Federer's love for Stefan Edberg goes back years to when the Swiss was just a kid, sitting wide-eyed with his eyes hooked to the television, watching Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg battle it out on the grass courts of Wimbledon.