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Federer beats Nadal to win 18th Grand Slam

Roger Federer defeated his great rival, Rafael Nadal, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in the Australian Open final to win his 18th Grand Slam championship.

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Federer hopes to play '2 to 3 more years'

Roger Federer says he hopes to play for at least another two to three years and that his "mindset is for the long term" in assessing his tennis future.

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Federer and Nadal to team up in Laver Cup

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who have faced each other in eight major finals, plan to team up as doubles partners next year during the inaugural Laver Cup.

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Swiss street named in Roger Federer's honour

Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer has inaugurated a street bearing his name before 1,500 admirers in Biel, canton Bern.

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Roger Federer attends Oscars in Hollywood

Roger Federer stepped out onto the red carpet at the 88th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Federer's new coaching collaboration not a surprise, says Annacone

As Roger Federer's coach at Wimbledon in 2012, Paul Annacone remains the last man to have guided the Swiss to a Grand Slam singles title, and he has as good an understanding as anyone as to how the player thinks and operates.

The Californian has told Wimbledon.com how Federer's long-standing friendship with his new coach Ivan Ljubicic will allow them to have a "successful partnership", which could mean adding to his 17 majors. "Roger and Ivan know each other really well and have spent a lot of time together as fellow competitors and as friends, and that's only going to help them. I expect any changes that Ivan makes to Roger's game are going to be subtle stuff. But those small, subtle changes can have the biggest impact at the right moments," said Annacone, who disclosed that he was not all surprised that Federer's collaboration with Stefan Edberg came to an end this month after two years together.

"I don't think that Roger and Stefan ever planned on a long relationship. I think they always knew that they had a fairly finite amount of time together," Annacone said of Federer's association with his childhood idol from Sweden, which brought appearances in the 2014 and 2015 Wimbledon finals.

"They had a really successful run, with Roger reaching three slam finals, at Wimbledon in 2014 and at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2015, and in all three of those matches he ran into a guy, Novak Djokovic, who was playing some phenomenal tennis. I think Stefan had a great impact, and I think he just didn't want to travel so much any more. These are two of the nicest guys on the tennis tour, if not two of the nicest guys on the planet, and I would think that the reason that they didn't continue was about the travel and also the finite amount of time they were dealing with."

Annacone's analysis is that Severin Luthi, who has long been part of Federer's team, will be instrumental in enabling Ljubicic and Federer to prosper. "Severin is still there, and he is going to be the glue that holds things together. I think Severin will play a really important role in helping speed up the learning curve, and in making sure that Roger and Ivan are going to be just fine," said Annacone, who has also coached Pete Sampras and Tim Henman.

"An underrated force in the game," is how Annacone described Luthi. "Probably people should be talking about Severin a bit more, I would say so. It's easier for people to gravitate towards big, prominent coaching names, and to talk about them. Severin doesn't have a huge name but he plays a huge role. I know that without Severin there I would have really struggled at the beginning. He really helped to make the transition easy for me and also easy for Roger. Severin is a wealth of information. He does a great job, and he'll have as much impact as he has in the past," Annacone said.

"First of all, he knows Roger better than anyone else. He's been with him for a long time, and that helps. And also he knows the game really well. A lot of the value that he brings is the combination of those two things - that he knows the game and the person. Because he knows both very well, he is able to give Roger very clear instruction and a clear evaluation of what's going on. He does that really easily. And then Roger is able to digest that information and instruction really quickly and adjust as needed, and that's really helpful."

Naturally, Federer is fuelled by an ambition to win another major. But Annacone disclosed that a pure love of the sport is also propelling Federer to great things in his mid-thirties. "You prioritise your goals, and I would imagine that winning another major is right at the top of Roger's list. But Roger enjoys the process and journey so much that he enjoys winning any title, and he enjoys playing and competing around the world. So I think that's probably the main reason why he's so successful, that he still enjoys the game."

Date: 22nd December 2015, Source: Wimbledon

Federer talks about new coach Ljubicic

World number three Roger Federer said Saturday he is looking forward to working with his new-generation coaching team, after parting with 1980s champion Stefan Edberg.

Federer announced this week he was shaking up his coaching team for 2016, with "childhood idol" Edberg leaving after two years of working as assistant coach to the 17-time Grand Slam winner.

"The idea was only to do one year. I couldn't believe it when Edberg said yes in the first place," Federer said in New Delhi, after taking part in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL).

"We had a great split in the sense that we've known for 10 months that it was going to end at the end of the year."

Federer said Edberg's replacement, Croatian Ivan Ljubicic, a former world number three, would offer a new perspective as part of the current generation of players.

"It's the first time that I've had someone within my team whose actually played on tour against the players that I've played against," he said.

"My coaches in the past have all been players from a different generation. I think Ivan can bring something very exciting to my team, including motivation."

Sweden's Edberg, a former world number one, won his six Grand Slam titles in the 1980s and early 1990s.

The change constitutes another throw of the dice for Federer, 34, as he bids to prolong his stay at the top of men's tennis and add to his all-time record haul of Grand Slam titles.

The Swiss champion has said Severin Luthi will continue to be his main coach, continuing a partnership that began in 2008.

"Edberg obviously was amazing, nicest guy, gave me great advice and I will appreciate that forever."

Federer said he was excited about teaming up with fellow Grand Slam star Martina Hingis for Switzerland in the mixed doubles at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

"We are a little bit rusty after 15 years of not playing together but hopefully we have some time."

He said it was likely he would also partner with countryman and world number four Stan Wawrinka in the men's doubles, saying they would discuss it early next year.

Federer and Wawrinka partnered to win gold at the 2008 Olympics.

Date: 13th December 2015, Source: AFP

Luthi: Federer asked me to be his only coach but I couldn't accept

Roger Federer's main coach Severin Luthi spoke about the partition between the Swiss champion and Stefan Edberg and analyzed the new relationship with Ivan Ljubicic.

"We already knew on summer that Stefan would have abandoned us at the end of the year due to the travels and the fact we extended the contact for one more year. The two seasons with him went very well, Roger was satisfied." - Luthi said to Blick.

In these two seasons Federer played more aggressive, is this thanks to Edberg? "It's impossible to say it, mainly it was about confidence in yourself. As tennis player Edberg was playing aggressive, he encouraged Roger to do like him. It was a great relationship, Edberg was his chilhood idol".

And what if he was Federer's only coach? "We spoke so much time about it but it wouldn't be ideal for me. This year I was with Roger for 200 days and if I was his only coach, I would have stayed with him for 40 weeks. With Davis Cup it's not possible. Also Roger listens to different people and it makes him remaining young and alert. Here is why I don't want to be the only coach. Edberg travelled with him in the tournaments only 10 weeks this year, with Ivan we still have to speak about it".

"Ivan has ended his career three years ago, played against many of Roger's rivals. He is different than his last coaches like Stefan Edberg, Paul Annacone, José Higueras and Tony Roche. He lives in Monte Carlo. If he wants, he can come in Switzerland two or three days per week, has a good relationship with Roger. The goal is to develop his game, but it's about details. I don't think he'll play two-handed backhand in 2016 (laughs)."

Date: 11th December 2015, Source: TennisWorldUSA

Federer hires Ljubicic as assistant coach

Roger Federer will head into the 2016 ATP World Tour season with a new-look coaching team after announcing that Stefan Edberg would not be traveling with him next year. While countryman Severin Luthi will remain Federer’s head coach, joining the team in 2016 will be Croatian former World No. 3 player Ivan Ljubicic.

Federer revealed Tuesday that Edberg originally signed on to the coaching team for one season only in 2014, but agreed to stay on in 2015.

Federer released a statement on his Facebook page and RogerFederer.com, saying: “After 2 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. 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. Both Daniel Troxler, my physiotherapist and Pierre Paganini, my longtime fitness trainer, will remain part of my technical team.”

Edberg released a statement to ATPWorldTour.com, saying: “Roger and I had a wonderful two years together. When he originally approached me at the end of 2013, I committed to work with him for only a year. 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. It was exciting for me to be back out on tour and to see that the sport has made so much progress.

“The quality of tennis today is stronger than it has ever been. After an amazing 2014, I decided to continue on for another year, but with a clear understanding that it would be my last year given the time commitment. I believe Roger still has a lot left to give to the sport of tennis and is capable of winning the big events. Roger and I will remain close friends and I will always feel part of the Federer team. I hope to try and come watch Roger play some tournaments in 2016.”

Federer will make his 2016 debut at the Brisbane International, which begins January 3. Federer reached 1,000 career match wins in Brisbane last year en route to the title.

Date: 9th December 2015, Source: ATP

Federer set to play mixed doubles with Hingis at Rio Olympics

Roger Federer is expected to play mixed doubles with fellow Swiss national Martina Hingis at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio, Le Matin Dimanche newspaper reported, revealing what the paper called a "Dream Team".

There had been widespread speculation that the two Swiss stars would team up.

Hingis had reportedly made the offer to play with Federer and was waiting for a response from the winner of 17 Grand Slam titles.

"Federer will play with Hingis. It's decided," Le Matin Dimanche said in a report that listed the composition of the Swiss "probable teams" for Rio.

Federer had reportedly promised to declare his openness to the prospective Hingis pairing by the end of the year.

Federer is also set to play men's doubles with Stan Wawrinka, the current world number four, with 11 ATP titles to his name, the paper reported.

Swiss Davis Cup captain Severin Luethi, who will also lead the tennis squad in Rio, was quoted by the paper saying the goal for the 2016 summer games was "to win all the gold medals".

"Why not?... We can always dream," he said.

Hingis will play women's doubles with Belinda Bencic, a rising star who cracked the women's tour in 2011 and has already claimed more than $2 million in career earnings.

Bencic will also play mixed doubles with Wawrinka, according to the report.

Date: 6th December 2015, Source: AFP