Coaches of Men's Finalists Share Their Emotions, If Not Playing Styles

As Roger Federer gets set to battle Novak Djokovic for the Wimbledon crown, their coaches - Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker respectively - will also renew their epic rivalry from yesteryears.

updated: July 06, 2014 13:12 IST
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Stefan Edberg (L) and Boris Becker were fierce rivals during their playing days.


Wimbledon, England: The best of two generations of men’s tennis will collide Sunday when Roger Federer plays Novak Djokovic for the Wimbledon title with Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker looking on as coaches of the finalists.

The top-seeded Djokovic, at 27, is in his prime, while Federer is weeks shy of his 33rd birthday. He is already the record-holder in career Grand Slam titles, with 17, but he is without one since he won here two years ago. Djokovic, a 2011 Wimbledon champion, has not won a Grand Slam event since the 2013 Australian Open.

One thing is certain: Whatever stylistic influence Edberg has had on Federer and Becker on Djokovic in the brief times they have been partnered, a celebration of the serve-and-volley tennis played by the retired Wimbledon champions (Becker in 1985, 1986 and 1989; Edberg in 1988 and 1990) is unlikely.

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