Heavyweight coaches ready to lock horns in semis

Fri Sep 5, 2014 9:02am EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Michael Chang versus Boris Becker and Goran Ivanisevic up against Stefan Edberg would have made an intriguing U.S. Open semi-final line-up when they were in their prime.

On Saturday they will go head-to-head as the respective coaches of the four men to reach this year's semi-finals.

While Ivanisevic will not be able to deliver any of his booming aces, Chang chase around like a hyper-active terrier, Edberg swish away effortless backhands or Becker launch himself through the air to pick off volleys - their mere presence will add another dimension to the drama.

Becker will be masterminding world No.1 Novak Djokovic's attempt to reach a fifth consecutive U.S. Open final by beating Japan's Kei Nishikori, who since adding former French Open champion Chang to his team has emerged as genuine major threat.

Towering Marin Cilic will have fellow Croat Ivanisevic in his corner as he attempts to reach his first grand slam final by beating Swiss maestro Roger Federer who has been rejuvenated since tapping into Edberg's serve-and-volley skills.

So what effect have the four greats had on their charges?


There is little in common with the way German powerhouse Becker served-and-volleyed his way to six grand slam titles and how Djokovic has managed seven with clinical baseline precision.   Continued...

Roger Federer of Switzerland (L) speaks with his coach Stefan Edberg during a practice session at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London July 5, 2014.         REUTERS/Toby Melville