Bern (Switzerland), Dec 9 (IANS) Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer on Wednesday parted ways with coach Stefan Edberg after being together for two years. Edberg who as a player had bagged six Grand Slams had a huge influence on the World No.3’s game, Federer said. Federer, a record 17-time Grand Slam winner, also released a statement on his Facebook page saying: “After 2 very successful years, I would like to thank Stefan Edberg, my childhood idol, for agreeing to join my team. It was a dream come true. Although it was supposed to only be for 2014, Stefan was great and agreed to extend the partnership through this year, which I really appreciated.”
“He taught me so much and his influence on my game will remain. He will always be a part of my team. Severin Luthi, who I have been working with since 2008, will continue to be my main coach and he will be joined by Ivan Ljubicic. Both Daniel Troxler, my physiotherapist and Pierre Paganini, my longtime fitness trainer, will remain part of my technical team.” Federer expressed gratitude to Edbarg for his services in fine-tuning his game.
“Roger and I had a wonderful two years together. When he originally approached me at the end of 2013, I committed to work with him for only a year. It became very clear from the start that this was going to be a special partnership, working with the greatest ambassador tennis has ever seen. It was exciting for me to be back out on tour and to see that the sport has made so much progress.” Edbarg said the sport has evolved into a stronger entity and believes Federer, 34, still is capable of winning major tournaments. “The quality of tennis today is stronger than it has ever been. After an amazing 2014, I decided to continue on for another year, but with a clear understanding that it would be my last year given the time commitment,” Edberg said in a statement on Wednesday. “I believe Roger still has a lot left to give to the sport of tennis and is capable of winning the big events. Roger and I will remain close friends and I will always feel part of the Federer team. I hope to try and come watch Roger play some tournaments in 2016.”
Federer will make his 2016 season debut at the Brisbane International, which begins January 3. The seven-time Wimbledon champion made it to the Wimbledon and US Open finals this season but could not win against World No.1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia.