Roger Federer will be remembered as one of the greatest tennis players to have ever played the game.
And some would even argue that he is the greatest player of the all-time, after he eclipsed Pete Sampras' Grand Slam total in 2012.
For years, Federer dominated the tennis, claiming single titles and major championships dropping a minimum number of sets without dropping a bead of sweat. Gradually, success in Grand Slams and on the ATP tour has become limited.
The 2013 season statically the worse since 2001 saw Federer: plunge five places in the world ranking, only win one ATP singles title in Halle, Sergiy Stakhovsky end his record of 36 consecutive appearances at a grand slam quarter final at the second round of Wimbledon and only reach a grand slam semi final once that being the Australian Open.
A combination of an ageing body and the continuing development of the world top ten players such as Novak Djorkovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Juan Martin Del Potro and even fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka have hindered his progression.
This period of mortality has contributed in Federer realising that he has a limited window for extending his total of grand slam titles against the onslaught of Rafa Nadal.
A change had to be implemented.
Previous seasons had seen Pete Sampras’s former coach Paul Annacone and Severin Luthi occupy the coach’s box but the start of the 2014 season resulted in Luthi remaining with former world number 1 Stefan Edberg inheriting the coaching position from Annacone
A similar strategy to rivals Andy Murry and Novak Djorkovic, who have former world number 1’s and grand slam winners Ivan Lendl and Boris Becker as part of their teams.
Unlike Annacone, Edberg has tasted success in grand slams as a player winning the Australian open twice, US Open twice and the Wimbledon title twice.
The influence of Edberg on Federer during training will increase the likelihood of Federer winning.
Recent evidence in the Australian Open suggests that Edberg’s priority has been to edit Federers style to shorter points, through serve and volley. Federer’s serve has also improved under the Edberg since the 2013 season.
If Federer continues to deploy Edberg’s strategy, his chances of grand slam glory will be enhanced, Wimbledon more likely.
Just like Jimmy Connors, Federer may not win anymore Grand Slam titles later in his career but as long as he still has the hunger, Federer will continue to play until his feels like retiring.
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