In his worst season since 2001, Roger Federer only managed one title in 2013. The Swiss was unable to contend with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray who left him behind. Willing to make radical changes, Roger started playing with the most oversized racket frame and claimed new faces, contacting one of his idols, Stefan Edberg.
The Swede went to Dubai with Roger for a week, where they met and chemistry was born. With Stefan at his side, Federer reached the semifinal of the Australian Open in 2014 before winning their first title together in Dubai.
The Swiss was a finalist in Indian Wells and Monte Carlo before defending his Halle title and moving on to the Wimbledon final. He lost it to Novak Djokovic in five exciting sets and missed the chance to add another Major trophy to his case.
Federer conquered Cincinnati, Shanghai and Basel at the end of the season, backed by the semifinal at the US Open and the title match at the ATP Finals. For the first time in three years, Federer won six ATP titles in 2015, including Brisbane, Dubai, Istanbul, Halle, Cincinnati and Basel.
As in the previous season, Roger was incisive and aggressive, rushing the net and keeping the points on his racket as much as possible. At the end of the year, Roger and Stefan decided to end the partnership that was supposed to last only one year, saying great things about each other.
Edberg declared that it was an honor to coach Roger Federer, praising the Swiss and his knowledge of tennis. In addition, the Swede highlighted the changes they made to his game, which helped Roger remain competitive for years to come.
“It was an honor to be asked to train Roger Federer. It took me some time to decide.
King Roger is a former No.1
Former world No 1 John McEnroe hopes to see Roger Federer back but wants him to play at 100% rather than 80%.
“Anytime we are at an event and Roger is not playing, we miss him. He’s the classiest player and the most beautiful player I have ever seen on a court. As a fan I would love to see Roger around,” McEnroe told Eurosport.
The seven-times Grand Slam winner wants to see Federer fully fit rather than making a return in a similar position to Andy Murray who has struggled to reach his peak following a career-saving hip operation in 2019. “If he wants to play, we will be happy he is playing but I don’t want to see Roger at 80%.
We have seen that with (Andy) Murray and it’s not easy. You want to see the top guys play at their best,” said McEnroe.
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