• Federer sheds little light on Annacone coach experiment

    8/20/10 6:06 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Federer sheds little light on Annacone coach experiment Roger Federer is making no promises as he continues what has this week become a remote-control test period with American coach Paul Annacone.

    The former mentor to Tim Henman and Pete Sampras is not present at the Cincinnati Masters as Federer works with longtime advisor Severin Luthi, the Swiss Davis Cup coach.

    Federer hinted that Annacone still had duties to wrap up in London as his contract with Britain's Lawn Tennis Association draws to a close.

    Under the guidance of the veteran coach a week ago, Federer got to the final of the Toronto Masters, losing to Andy Murray.

    "It's definitely gonna take some time," Federer said of his trial run with Annacone, which is expected to go through the US Open, "It's nice hearing a fresh voice but Severin is still part of the game, and he's doing a great job himself.

    "He's been there the last three years. We use everybody's experience here to make this the best team possible and the best success possible."

    Federer is leaving all options open after hardly ever having a coach throughout the bulk of his glittering career. "I haven't decided yet if I will continue with Paul, so that's still hanging around. He's not here this week, so we're in contact by phone. We'll see how it goes."

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Wow! I really hope Roger will continue with coach Annacone. I can't imagine him not giving this opportunity more emphasis.

sky , 8/21/10 5:47 AM

It seems Federer is playing hard to get, but I sincerely hope Annacone does end up being a part of Rog's team permanently, not only on trial basis. There are "novelties" or resurrections in Fed's game his fans are delighted to see during these last couple of weeks, and it would be great to see them implemented in his game even more. I just wish Fed won't start thinking: "Ok, I have things under control again." and that he doesn't need an extra pair of eyes besides Severin's (and Mirka's) anymore. That would be a mistake imo.

Sanela , 8/21/10 2:42 PM

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