Australian Open 2014: Roger Federer can get back to his best

Roger Federer & Stefan Edberg

Australian Open 2014

Venue:
Melbourne Park
Dates:
13-26 January
Coverage:
Daily live radio and text coverage on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Sport website, mobiles and BBC Sport app; Watch the finals live on BBC TV

Stefan Edberg believes he can help get Roger Federer back to his best.

The Swedish six-time Grand Slam winner will be a part of Federer's coaching team for 10 weeks in 2014, starting with the Australian Open.

Swiss Federer, 32, won the last of his 17 Grand Slams at Wimbledon in 2012.

"I am doing it because I really think I can make a little difference," said Edberg, 47. "If I can make a little difference, maybe that will take him back where he was."

Former world number one Federer is seeded sixth at Melbourne Park and begins his campaign against Australian wildcard James Duckworth on Tuesday.

"Roger has to do the work on the court but it's maybe just a different voice, different opinions and obviously I've been in this situation before, in the big tournaments," added Edberg.

"Tennis-wise, he's such a great player but there are always many things you can work on, maybe minor things in his game.

"It's going to be a tough road but I still believe he's good enough on a given day to beat anybody.

"If he could win a slam here this year, it would be great, but it's a tough task; (there are) a lot of good players."

Edberg quit the ATP Tour in 1996, six years after winning his second Wimbledon title.

He is the latest high-profile former player to join the coaching circuit after Ivan Lendl teamed up with Andy Murray and Boris Becker began working with Novak Djokovic.

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