Wimbledon 2014: Andy Murray has experience to defend title, says former champion Stefan Edberg

Roger Federer's coach believes Murray has what it takes to win his second Wimbledon title this year, but he could face a challenge from the player he works with most closely


Two-time Wimbledon champion Stefan Edberg believes Andy Murray is in a better place to defend his Wimbledon title than he would have been had the Scot won it earlier in his career.

Murray has returned to SW19 this year as the first defending British champion since 1936. So far the Olympic gold medallist has breezed through the tournament, winning his opening two games without dropping a set.

Explaining the differences returning to Wimbledon as champion, Edberg explained: "It's great to be back the next year, you've got the Monday 2pm match as is tradition. Usually you feel pretty good coming back to a place where you played some great tennis the previous year. He feels at home here."

Edberg, who reached the final three years in a row between 1988 and 1990 in which he played Boris Becker every time and won two of them, said Murray has the know-how to handle the pressure.

"I can understand from his point of view it's a lot of pressure, a lot of things to deal with here which I think was probably more difficult when you're younger. But he's got the experience now, he knows how to deal with it."

Stefan Edberg with Roger Federer Stefan Edberg with Roger Federer  

Edberg has been coaching seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer since the turn of the year and says that if the Swiss "plays at his best" and with "a bit of luck" can win a record eighth title here.

Edberg said from what he's seen from a player he describes as "one of the best to ever play the game", Federer is someone still keen to improve and ready to adapt his game in a bid to win an 18th Grand Slam title.

"Even though he's 32 now, you still need to make improvements in your game and that's what he's trying to do and that's what he's tried to do all of this year. To be a little more aggressive on the court and I think it's doing him well. I think that's the way forward and it's also nice to watch him play when you have a little variation on the court, somebody who does things a little bit different."


Edberg revealed on his move into coaching that it was "never something I thought I would do on the tour", yet the Swede seems to be enjoying it.

"It's been interesting just to be around the game, to see how it's played today, see what players are doing. It's a different thing to do as well. As a player it's about doing what is best for you, now as a coach you have to look out for what is best for Rodger. It's great to be around a person like Roger, he's a great ambassador on and off the court."

Stefan Edberg was speaking at the Hertz suite at Wimbledon.

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