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• Swiss player posts heartfelt tribute to Stefan Edberg on Instagram • Swiss veteran goes out in consecutive matches for the first time since 2003
Roger Federer has posted a poignant Instagram tribute to his late coach, Stefan Edberg, who died last month aged 60 after a long battle with cancer.
Not only was the Swede an eminent tennis player but he was also one of the most respected figures in the game with a Hall of Fame career that spanned 20 years.
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“After many sleepless nights & days of uncertainty, you found your peace and it lifted us all. RIP Stefan Edberg,” the 37-year-old Swiss wrote.
Edberg played 67 times in grand slam finals during his long career including victories at Wimbledon in 1981 and 1985. He also won 41 titles in his career, including victories in six grand slam events.
Federer also missed out in the opening two rounds of the Australian Open on Monday. He beat Mischa Zverev 6-3, 6-4 to get into the third round but suffered a shock defeat to unheralded American Tennys Sandgren 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.
Federer will now face the Argentinian Guido Pella in the third round after the world No 44 beat his countryman Maximilian Marterer 6-3, 6-3.