Stefan Edberg says he had a better backhand than Roger Federer does--and the man's just being honest. Federer fans with short memories will be surprised by the statement, but Roger himself might not be. Hey, the 17-time grand slam champion hired Edberg as his coach last year for a reason--and things have been looking up for Federer ever since. Edberg sees the game pretty clearly. On a conference call this week Edberg said ""A lot of the other strokes I think he does a lot better than I did but I'll give myself a bit of favor with my backhand."
Federer's graceful one-handed backhand (especially in our age of savage two-handed hammers) has drawn comparisons to Picasso's line drawings, Stradivari's violins and Edith Piaf's voice. But Edberg may be right. He was a marvelous, stylish player who defeated the likes of Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Boris Becker in his heyday. Edberg was #1 in the world for 72 straight weeks and won six slams, including two Wimbledons and two US Opens. The backhand was his chief weapon.
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