In his worst season since 2001, Roger Federer claimed only one title in 2013. The Swiss failed to fight against Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, who left him behind. Ready to make radical changes, Roger started to play with the more oversized racquet frame and called for new faces in his box, contacting one of his idols Stefan Edberg.
The Swede went to Dubai with Roger for a week, where they got to know each other, and the chemistry was born. With Stefan by his side, Federer reached the semi-final at the Australian Open in 2014 before winning the first title together in Dubai.
The Swiss was the finalist in Indian Wells and Monte Carlo before defending his Halle title and advancing into the Wimbledon final. He lost it to Novak Djokovic in five thrilling sets and missed a chance to add another Major trophy to his cabinet.
Roger Federer and Stefan Edberg worked together for two years.
Federer conquered Cincinnati, Shanghai and Basel by the end of the season, backed by the semi-final 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.
Like in the previous season, Roger was sharp and aggressive, rushing to the net and keeping the points on his racquet as much as possible. At the end of the year, Roger and Stefan decided to end the partnership that was supposed to last only for a year, saying great things about each other.
Edberg stated it was an honor to coach Roger Federer, praising the Swiss and his tennis knowledge. Also, the Swede highlighted the changes they made in his game, which helped Roger stay competitive in the years to come. “It was an honor to be asked to coach Roger Federer.
It took me some time to decide. We spent a week in Dubai to get to know each other before going on the Tour. To summarise things, it was great to be around Roger. We talked about tennis and strategy, and he is such an ambassador for our sport.
He wanted to change his game, which may be part of why he took me in to get a few ideas. He knows so much about tennis, and there’s not much you can teach him; he understands everything on the court. It was nice to get somebody else who has been in the same position, being in the finals and trying to change the game.
Once you get older, you maybe need to change your game, which we worked a lot on. I think the great thing was that he switched racquet to more of a modern one – that was the key. He changed his game slightly; his movement got a bit more aggressive, which I think he needed to do. It worked out very well, and it was good to be around,” Stefan Edberg said.