Stefan Edberg has helped Roger Federer regain the mental strength that can guide him to a record eighth Wimbledon title, according to Goran Ivanisevic.
Ivanisevic coached Croatian compatriot Marin Cilic to the Wimbledon quarter-finals this year, while Federer is under the tutelage of his own childhood idol Edberg.
Swiss grass master Federer will face Novak Djokovic in today’s Wimbledon final, where victory would see him eclipse Pete Sampras’s seven All England Club titles.
Djokovic has six-time grand slam champion Boris Becker in his corner, but Ivanisevic does not view the final as “super-Boris” versus “super-Stefan”.
“I’m not super-Goran, and they are not super-Boris and super-Stefan,” the 2001 Wimbledon champion said.
“I don’t think there are super coaches, but hopefully we can offer good advice about how to deal with the little things, and certainly the pressure.
“Even the great Roger Federer needs help controlling the mental pressure. That’s the one thing that no man ever masters, whatever they tell you.
“He has managed to do that though, he’s over his back problems, and he looks as good as ever. That’s what Stefan is there for really... to help him keep that steel of focus that you need to win grand slams.”
Resurgent Federer has swept into his ninth Wimbledon final, dropping just one set and one solitary service game all tournament.
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