Federer parts ways with Edberg, brings Ljubicic on board

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(Reuters) - Roger Federer has rejigged his coaching team for next year by parting company with Stefan Edberg and bringing Ivan Ljubicic on board, the 17-times grand slam champion said on Wednesday.

Former world number one Edberg had worked as part of a team led by Federer's long-term coach Severin Luthi since January 2014, a period in which the 34-year-old revived his career without adding to his tally of grand slam titles.

"After two very successful years, I would like to thank Stefan Edberg, my childhood idol, for agreeing to join my team," Federer said in Facebook post.

"It was a dream come true. Although it was supposed to only be for 2014, Stefan was great and agreed to extend the partnership through this year which I really appreciated.

"He taught me so much and his influence on my game will remain. He will always be a part of my team.

"Severin Luthi, who I have been working with since 2008, will continue to be my main coach and he will be joined by Ivan Ljubicic," Federer added.

Croatian Ljubicic, who retired in 2012 after a long career which peaked when he reached number three in the world, coached Canadian Milos Raonic for two years until last month.

Swede Edberg released a statement to the ATP thanking Federer for what he described as a "wonderful two years".

"It became very clear from the start that this was going to be a special partnership, working with the greatest ambassador tennis has ever seen," the six-times grand slam champion said.   Continued...

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