Will this loss to Djokovic make Federer re-think about getting a new coach?

tennis elbow
01-25-2008, 12:54 PM
After Peter Lundgren was dumped as Roger Federer's coach in December 2003, there were wild speculations that the reason behind Roger's going coachless for so long was partly in due to his admiration and wish Darren Cahill could fulfill the position... Cahill was busy at the time coaching Andre Agassi, and Federer was content in hiring Tony Roche as a part-time guidance in January 2005, and stuck with him until May 2007...

There might have been feelings in the Federer camp that he is just too good, no matter who his coach is, but now the ascension of Djokovic when Federer is close to break the all-time record for Slam titles, pose a very real threat... and Cahill is apparently available, as it seems... Will this recent loss to Djokovic make Roger think of hiring a new coach? Would Darren Cahill accept the offer if invited and would he bring anything new to Roger's game?

01-25-2008, 01:01 PM
He should at least consider it. I just wish Cahill were available. Don't see anyone else having a big enough of an impact on Roger.

01-25-2008, 01:29 PM
It should, but it won't. He's pretty hard headed I think about not having a coach.

01-25-2008, 07:09 PM
i wouldnt mind seeing borg work with federer. atferall, federer admires borg and borg admires federer. and who better to help him win the FO than a man who did it many times, and then went on to win wimbledon a few weeks later

01-25-2008, 07:16 PM
A coach isn't necessary, what he needs is to take his opponents more seriously ang come up with a gameplan, playing his game and hoping it will suffice just won't cut him against the opposition he's up against anymore.

01-25-2008, 07:19 PM
I'd like to think Federer will at least consider it. He's hitting a crucial point in his career and while he seems to know what he needs to do most of the time, it wouldn't hurt to get an outsider's perspective on the situation. It doesn't even have to be a "coach" in the imposing sense of it, just someone who's willing to spend a few weeks discussing strategy/tactics/etc... In other words, someone like Roche but who would stay awake during Federer's matches.

World Beater
01-25-2008, 07:23 PM
federer knows exactly what the problem is. 10 minutes after the match, federer already knew his movement, defense and passing shots were not his best assets.

What federer needs though is to realize that the passive BP play against players of the calibre of nadal/djoker isnt going to work? They are too skilled and to tough mentally to just choke due to the pressure.

01-25-2008, 11:02 PM
It would be nice. I put my lot in for Cahill.

01-25-2008, 11:04 PM

World Beater
01-25-2008, 11:18 PM
cahill has been available for a while. If roger offers him a job, you can bet that Cahill will drop ESPN like a rock.

I dont think federer wants to work with Cahill.

Federer is a very stubborn individual. Will he actually listen to a coach if he gets one?