Federer calls on Edberg for Murray advice
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 00:11
  
Federer calls on Edberg for Murray advice
Melbourne: Roger Federer is planning to tap coach Stefan Edberg`s deep well of experience to try some new things in his quarter-final showdown with Andy Murray at the Australian Open.

The record 17-time Grand Slam champion cruised into the last eight at the year`s opening Slam with a consummate straight-sets victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Monday.

The Swiss great, seeded six, rolled back the years as he swept past the French 10th seed 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in one hour 52 minutes in an evening match on Rod Laver Arena.

Federer has now reached his 11th consecutive quarter-final in Melbourne and equalled the record of 41 Slam quarters with American Jimmy Connors as he set up a rematch of last year`s semi-final which Murray won in five sets.

Federer, who is working with the six-time Grand Slam champion Edberg for 10 weeks, said he will draw on the Swede`s knowledge to devise tactics for the match with Wimbledon champion Murray.

"It`s not going to hurt. Yeah, it could be very helpful. We`ll talk about it a little bit about the Murray match," he said.

"It`s just a different perspective. He did things his way back in the day and you can take so many things from his experience.

"I want to maybe try out a few things that worked for him and try out a few things that he thinks would work out for me this time around.

"Sure, we`ll discuss it, assess it, but he`s here now more for just support, making me feel comfortable, giving me right advice, pre-match, post-match, discussing it with Severin Luthi my coach."

Federer`s quarter-final with Tsonga went to five sets in last year`s Australian Open but the Swiss sixth seed was always in command with his aggressive display, dominating the net exchanges.

Federer broke Tsonga`s service three times, and only had one break point against his own serve.

He won 88 percent of his first-serve points and more than twice the number of winners (43) than errors (21), in a clinical performance.

Federer also won 34 of the 41 net points, illustrating his plan to take the game to Tsonga.

"I thought I played really well tonight and clearly against Jo-Willy you have to bring your best game because he dictates play and I thought I did well dictating a lot of the plays," Federer said.

"Jo makes you play an aggressive game because if you don`t he`ll come and it`s tough to pass him.

"Tactics worked well and we spoke about it before the match. I don`t go unprepared into matches like I used to."
AFP

First Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 00:11


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