Hello im pretty new here but long time Söderling fan. I did a little quick translation of an interview with Söderlings new coach Fredrik "Fidde" Rosengren since its only available in swedish.
Q: Why do you take the job as Soderlings new coach?
I've asked that myself. First of all i got the time. It's good timing right now. Then i still like the matches, the adrenaline, the tension. At the same time I don't like the lifestyle that comes with it, the traveling, loneliness in hotel rooms. That's something I do not want. It was a big reason I quit.
Q: How well do you know each other?
I've been following Robin since he came out on tour as a junior. We know each other that way but not on a really close level.
Q: When did you get the question?
Got it first time last year when Magnus Norman stepped down. We had a meeting but at the time i wasn't ready for the traveling. I said no.
Now not long ago he called me again. We talked for an hour or so. I mostly listened. Then he wrote a fantastic mail and I think it's awesome that he himself took contact and not anyone else and then I also know he really wants me. Still I have criticized Robin many times in my job as tennis commentator both to him and about him. I have said some "truths" and still he wants to work with me and then I feel like he might know I was right about some things.
Q: How long did you think about the offer?
Well it's been moving fast, but sure it's been a few sleepness nights. The family is important to me and i needed their support. Also my job here in Växjö TS (town where he works with tennis in Sweden) that has to work as well.
Q: His former coach, Pistolesi, has sometimes been described as somewhat defensive in his way to think about tennis, what about you?
Others should answer that. I just really love tennis no matter what i do, coaching, commentating, teaching the kids in Växsjö and so on. What matters most do me as a coach is that my player(s) believe in me and think i can make them elevate their game. That's what's most important.
Q: What do you think Robin needs to find his top claycourt game?
Tennis on Robin's level is mostly "north of the shoulders". Its about the mental game. Everyone knows how to hit a forehand/backhand. What he needs is harmony and joy, and most importantly to stay healthy. If you are not healthy you don't train well. If you don't train well then you don't play well. The training always mirror your results in matches. The most important part is that we will have fun, talk a lot, and from that we will pull in the same direction otherwise it wont work.
Q: Is it about strength or technique?
No it's not about technique and he already has the strength. It's about being healthy and having fun. At Soderling's level there is immense daily pressure to do well, of course that steals a lot of energy. Then it's important to devote your energy to the right things. It's important to be able to relax. Hey just look...he is number 5 in the world. Then you shouldn't walk around troubled, you should think your life is damn good.
Q: Right now he is playing in Madrid, you are here in Växsjö, when will you meet?
Hopefully on monday in Rome after he has won Madrid (*smiling*). But yeah in Rome and I will be there a week then go back home for some things. Then Paris of course. I will not be full time. I have given Robin a schedule that I think will work well, about 80-90 days until the seasons end. He was happy with that. It feels good, really good.
Q: Robin has been around for quite a while now, had many coaches etc, will you push him or mostly a go-to guy for discussions?
Both. You kinda asked me before what kind of style I have as a trainer. I'm very straight with my players. I say what I think. That doesn't mean I'm always right but my aim will always be to help Robin improve. I never go to sleep at night not having said something because I'm afraid to lose my job or such things. I don't care about that at all and then he can fire me. I have to say what i think and believe and Robin can sort it out or say he disagree. Then it wont be any problem. You don't have to agree with each other on everything but just pull in the same direction and if we decide on something go for it and make it work.
The original interview (swedish) http://svtplay.se/v/2414940/tennis/_...att_vi_har_kul