Tomas Berdych lead 6-3 3-2 and a break up, but as often couldn’t finish the job.

It is the first title of the year for Roger Federer, his 78th overall. It is also Stefan Edberg first title as a coach.

Next for Berdych: the World Tennis Day Showdown in Hong Kong with Li Na, Sam Stosur and Lleyton Hewitt.
Next for Federer: Indian Wells.

Roger Federer will head to Indian Wells looking to continue his good start of the season. He will wear the Spring Premier RF Polo and Spring Gladiator Premier 9″ Shorts. Roger’s shoe for Indian Wells will be the atomic orange Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour.

Roger Federer Indian Wells 2014 Nike outfit

Roger Federer Indian Wells 2014 Nike outfit

Roger Federer Indian Wells 2014 Nike outfit

Source: Tennis Express

Rafael Nadal will battle to retain his Indian Wells title wearing a new colorway of his Spring Premier Rafa Crew, Spring Gladiator 7″ Shorts and his new atomic orange Nike Lunar Ballistec.

Nadal Indian Wells 2014 outift

Nadal Indian Wells 2014 outift

Nadal Indian Wells 2014 outift

Source: Tennis Express

Lleyton Hewitt, 32, beat his fellow former world number one Roger Federer 6-1 4-6 6-3 to win his first title since Halle 2010.

Hewitt will move back into the top 50 in the ATP rankings.

Hewitt, finalist at the Australian Open in 2005, said: “If I play like I did this week I have a chance of doing damage to some serious players. It gives me a lot more confidence going out there believing in how well I’m hitting the ball at the moment and that I can match up with the best guys.”

Roger Federer interview by Arthur Pralon for L’Equipe, translated by Tennis Buzz

Q: How the idea of an association with Stefan Edberg was born?
After my split with Paul Annacone (in October), I finished the season with Severin (Lüthi), then he and I, we discussed. We asked ourselves if we needed someone else in the team. Who? Why? How many weeks a year? I only had a few names in mind , and Stefan was one of them.
I really did not think he would be available, because he’s been off the circuit for 15 years. But he is one of my childhood hero so I said: Why not try to contact him. He needed a lot of time to make his decision, he really was not sure of himself! (Laughs.) But he was very flattered and he finally agreed .
He came to Dubai and spent a week all three (with Severin), so that he get an idea of my daily life, because all the top players have their own arrangement. I wanted him to meet my family, my team, so that he feels the most comfortable possible. After that, I asked him again whether he wanted to work with me and he agreed.

Q: How will you organize?
Severin keeps travelling with me most of the time, and Stefan has agreed to accompany me at least ten weeks a year, slightly less than what my former coaches used to do. I’m really glad he could find time for it. I am very excited, and he also, even if he had never imagined to coach someone.

Q: What will he bring to you?
A: I’m sure he can bring a new perspective to my game. I see him more as a source of inspiration, a legend of the game who joined my team, than a full time coach. We’ll talk a lot. In fact, neither he nor I really know how it will happen. But we’re both excited to be back together in Melbourne (next week).
There is no real expectation, we just want to spend quality time together. I have always have former players by my side: Lundgren, Higueras, Roche, Annacone, Luthi. But I’ve never had someone as successful as Edberg. His generation is the one that impressed me most as a junior, so the priority was to find someone of his generation to help me.

Q: So, we guess you followed with interest the announcement of the collaboration between Novak Djokovic and Boris Becker…
A: Yes, I never thought Boris would embark into this, he would coach. But it’s great for them and great for tennis. I am pleased to see former legends try to help the next generation.

Q: To work with Edberg means that you will play a more attacking tennis?
A: You think if will resign if I don’t play serve and volley (laughs)?
It will be interesting to see if he thinks it is still possible to do many serves and volleys on today’s slower courts, or if there are other ways for me to go to the net. In any case, all Edberg will tell me will mean a lot to me.

Q: Let’s talk about your offseason. What about your back problems?
A: I have done more than what I expected, and it’s really encouraging. This year I haven’t played any exhibition, which allowed me to train extremely hard, and for a longer period of time.
For the first time for more than a year, I’ve been able to train three or four weeks in a row without any problems.
In 2013, every time I had small problems, pains, including back, and it cost me confidence.
For a few months now I can move again without problems and I can give myself fully, especially mentally. I completely recharged my batteries.

Q: Many people speculate on your chances of capturing another Grand Slam title? Where do you have your best chance?
A: If I play my best tennis, probably Wimbledon, then the US Open, the Australian Open and Roland Garros.

Q: We’ve seen you with a new racquet at the practice here
A: Yes, this racquet is different from the one I’ve tried last summer (in Hamburg and Gstaad).
Wilson worked over details that I notify them. They sent me the first batch of racquets after the US Open, and a second one after the Masters.
I chose a frame and I trained with it for two and a half weeks in Dubai. I feel very comfortable, more comfortable than with the racquet of last summer. This one is more like an extension of the one I used previously, with a futuristic look. I can not wait to see how it will happen in matches.

Q: Has the weight of the racquet changed?
A: In fact I don’t even know! Only my stringers and Wilson know that. I’m not controlling every detail.

Roger Federer

After announcing Mirka’s pregnancy and his incoming partnership with Stefan Edberg, Roger Federer has just released his 2014 schedule:

Brisbane (30 Dec ’13 – 05 Jan ’14)
Australian Open (13 – 26 Jan)
Dubai (24 Feb – 02 Mar)
Indian Wells (03 – 16 Mar)
Miami (17 – 30 Mar)
Madrid (05 – 11 May)
Rome (12 – 18 May)
Roland Garros (26 May – 08 Jun)
Halle (09 Jun – 15 Jun)
Wimbledon (23 Jun – 06 Jul)
Toronto (04 – 10 Aug)
Cincinnati (11 – 17 Aug)
US Open (25 Aug – 07 Sep)
Shanghai (6 – 12 Oct)
Basel (18 – 26 Oct)
Paris (27 Oct – 02 Nov)

Unlike this year no Rotterdam but he’ll play in Brisbane and Miami.

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