By Mike McIntyre
Roger Federer released his 2014 ATP World Tour schedule on Saturday which reveals the world number-six plans on entering sixteen tournaments this season. The total is the same as what he played a year ago, though with a couple of location changes.
Added to his travel itinerary in 2014 are Brisbane, Miami and Toronto while he has ditched the events in Rotterdam, Hamburg and Gstaad.
Federer has made a few adjustments in the off-season in the hopes of climbing back towards the top-four in the rankings, thus giving himself a better chance to add at least one more Grand Slam to his incredible total which currently stands at seventeen majors.
Former world number-one and six-time Grand Slam champion Stefan Edberg is now a part of Federer's coaching team. Edberg will join Federer for the Australian Open which begins January 13th as well as at least eight other weeks of tennis on the ATP circuit this year.
What will Edberg be able to bring to Federer's game that we haven't seen before? Perhaps nothing tactical but rather a fresh mental perspective and a calmness that the Sweded carried with him throughout his fifteen years on the professional tour.
In the following clip, Federer talks about the process of uniting with Stefan Edberg for the 2014 season and is clearly excited to work with his self-professed childhood idol.
Federer also reveals some of the problems he experienced in 2013 and shares his positive outlook on the year ahead.
Another change for Federer is going to be a renewed attempt at using a 98 square-inch frame from Wilson as he briefly dabbled with last summer before switching back to his old faithful one of 90 square-inches. Federer says he has felt confident after two and a half weeks using the larger frame and only time will tell if this is a permanent change or just another experiment to jump-start his once invincible game.
Federer kicks-off his season in Brisbane where he is appearing for the very first time in his professional career.