Roger Federer is back in action at this year’s 2014 Australian Open, and the #fedexpress is on the move.
Coming off a fairly rough 2013 season with only one title to his name, Roger has made some significant changes since the 2013 year-ending ATP World Tour Finals.
For starters, he’s hired a new coach, former world #1 Stephen Edenberg, who has 6 Grand Slam singles titles to his name. Edenberg, well known for his serve and volley as well as his sportsmanship, was one of Roger Federer’s idols growing up.
Beyond that, Roger has a new stick. For years he’s played with a 90 square inch tennis racquet, which has served him well, however with a stealthy looking black 98 square inch Wilson tennis racquet, he has a positive outlook for 2014.
So far, at this year’s 2014 Australian Open, the stars are aligning for the Swiss countryman. In his first-round match, he ran straight through Australian James Duckworth, moved on to round two and beat Blaz Kavcic with a third set tiebreak as the high point of the match, and then made quick work of Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili.
Now on to the round of 16, Federer hasn’t dropped a set and is set to face 10th seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, which will be an exciting match.
All in all, there’s no doubt it’s been a positive start to the tournament. In Roger Federer’s interview yesterday with Chris McKendry and Brad Gilbert, he’s all smiles and talks about his new coach, fresh racquet, and what’s in store for 2014.
Here’s our favorite quote from the interview, where he reminisces giving Stephan Edenberg a call to bring him on as a coach – even the superstars get a bit star-struck and nervous too :)
“And that’s when I thought of Stephan. Let me give him a call and see what he says, I think it’s going to be a no for sure, but let me give him a call. And he thought about it for a long time, like a month or something, and he’s like maybe I can come to Dubai or something. I just wanted him to be comfortable and see what it’s like, and he said I can do a few weeks this year. And so it’s just cool hearing him say things before the match, analyze my game after the match, and he’s just a very positive thinker out there, and he wants me to do well, which is great.”
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