Roger Federer is planning to tap coach Stefan Edberg’s deep well of experience to try some new things in his quarter-final showdown with Andy Murray at the Australian Open
Melbourne: Roger Federer is planning to tap coach Stefan Edberg’s deep well of experience to try some new things in his quarter-final showdown with Andy Murray at the Australian Open.
Roger Federer. Pic/AFP
The record 17-time Grand Slam champion cruised into the Last Eight at the year’s opening Slam with a consummate straight-sets victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga yesterday.
The Swiss great, seeded six, rolled back the years as he swept past the French 10th seed 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in one hour 52 minutes in an evening match on Rod Laver Arena.
Federer, who is working with the six-time Grand Slam champion Edberg for 10 weeks, said he will draw on the Swede’s knowledge to devise tactics for the match with Wimbledon champion Murray.
“It’s not going to hurt. Yeah, it could be very helpful. We’ll talk about it a little bit about the Murray match,” he said.
“It’s just a different perspective. He did things his way back in the day and you can take so many things from his experience. I want to maybe try out a few things that worked for him and try out a few things that he thinks would work out for me this time around.
“Sure, we’ll discuss it, assess it, but he’s here now more for just support, making me feel comfortable, giving me right advice, pre-match, post-match, discussing it with Severin Luthi my coach.”