22 Dec 2013

Edberg backs Federer come-back

2:51 pm on 22 December 2013

The Former tennis great Stefan Edberg has left open a possible coaching role with Roger Federer, saying he is ready to work with the 17-time grand slam champion if asked.

The 47-year-old six-time grand slam winner, who retired in 1996, has always been the childhood idol of Federer, who invited the Swede to work with him for a few days this month at his base in Dubai.

Edberg says he advised the 32-year-old Swiss to play a more attacking game in hope of avoiding long rallies with elite baseliners Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

He says he was flattered to be asked for help from Federer and added that if it had not been Federer doing the asking, he would not have been interested in doing any coaching.

While admitting there might be room for a meeting of the minds, Edberg displayed his traditional, discreet nature, refusing to go into details about what arrangements the tennis pair might have discussed.

Edberg says he thinks Federer can definitely win some more grand slam titles.