Edberg hopes to inspire Federer to more grand slams

Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:20am EST
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By Simon Cambers

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Stefan Edberg believes his return to the Tour as a coach of Roger Federer can help the Swiss add to his record tally of 17 grand slam titles.

The Swede will be a part of Federer's team for 10 weeks in 2014, including all four grand slam events.

"I am doing it because I really think I can make a little difference," Edberg told a small group of reporters at Melbourne Park on Monday.

"If I can make a little difference, maybe that will take him back where he was.

"Roger has to do the work on the court but it's maybe just a different voice, different opinions and obviously I've been in this situation before, in the big tournaments.

"Tennis-wise he's such a great player but there are always many things you can work on, maybe minor things in his game.

"It's going to be a tough road but I still believe he's good enough on a given day to beat anybody.

"If he could win a slam here this year, it would be great but it's a tough task, a lot of good players."   Continued...

Sweden's Stefan Edberg attends a news conference for the upcoming Hong Kong Tennis Classic in Hong Kong January 3, 2011. REUTERS/Bobby Yip