Some interesting news for the off season as Federer has just added Ivan Ljubicic onto his 2016 coaching team. The appointment also means the end of Fedberg as Stefan's 2 year stint comes to an end and he'll no longer be travelling with Team RF.
After two very successful years, I would like to thank Stefan Edberg, my childhood idol, for agreeing to join my team, 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.
Federer's statement on his website.
Severin Luthi will of course remain part of the setup as head coach with Ljubicic coming in as a like for like replacement for Edberg. There's no info on how many weeks he'll be on tour but I imagine it will be more than Edberg who was only ever really part time. Ljubicic has just packed in coaching Raonic who he helped to a career high ranking of number 4, 2 Masters 1000 finals, a slam semi final and 3 ATP titles.
As for the appointment I like it, at 34 it's important Fed keeps mixing it up and keeping things fresh. He started that trend with Edberg and now he's done it again by bringing in a guy who played in this era and has just spent 2 years improving the Raonic game substantially.
As for whether it will be fruitful partnership that's of course up in the air; I've always liked Ljubicic when he's done punditry work in the past and he comes across as a thinker with a lot of knowledge of the game. If he can match what Edberg did at the net for Federer at the back of the court then 2016 could be an interesting one. And anyone who takes out prime Nadal in a third set tie break surely has something to offer:
And finally do you guys think Fedberg was a success? IMO only Fed & Stefan can really determine that as we don't know the goals they set. If it was to win slams – they fell short but if it was to win titles, be in contention at virtually every event played and improve his net game then it was definitely a good partnership.
Let me know what you think of the appointment in the comments.