Federer's coach Edberg one of the greats

Former Grand Slam winner Stefan Edberg has been coaching Roger Federer since January. (Toby...

Former Grand Slam winner Stefan Edberg has been coaching Roger Federer since January. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

IAN SHANTZ, QMI Agency

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TORONTO - Michael Jordan had Phil Jackson.

Wayne Gretzky had Glen Sather.

Roger Federer?

Since January, he has had Stefan Edberg.

While Edberg’s former success as a professional athlete puts him in a situation somewhat unlike that of Jackson and Sather — who coached two of the world’s greatest athletes with the NBA’s Bulls and NHL’s Oilers, respectively — the million-dollar question remains the same.

How on earth do you coach an athlete who seemingly already knows it all, has certainly done it all and could very well forever be considered the best in his sport?

“Maybe not the ordinary coach role,” said Edberg, a six-time Grand Slam winner and former world No. 1, who will be inducted into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame during a centre-court ceremony on Aug. 4 at the Rexall Centre.


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