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Is there any possible way that Roger Federer could get any better? Well if there was the Swiss star is going the best way about it by getting the man that helped Pete Sampras dominant behind him.

Federer has had a disappointing few months but still holds the record for Grand Slam victories with 16, although he has not won a title since lifting the Australian Open in January.

He lost his record of reaching 23 consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals when losing to Robin Soderling at the French Open, failed to reach the Wimbledon final for the first time since 2002 and has also slipped to third in the world rankings.

To combat this slump and look to take back his place at the top of the world rankings, Federer has now turned to Paul Annacone.

He was the long-term coach of Sampras and helped him win nine Grand Slam titles before going on to work with the United States Tennis Association, having a brief stint with Tim Henman and then working as the head coach of the Lawn Tennis Association.

Annacone is cutting down his time with the LTA before leaving completely in November, but now Federer has announced the two will work together on a trial basis. It remains to be seen if the move will have any impact on the US Open odds.

Federer has not had a full-time coach since 2003 and the Swiss star has said it will be a "test period" to see how Annacone could help develop his game.

"Paul will work alongside my existing team and I am excited to learn from his experiences," the 28-year-old said.

Federer will get back on the court in August but you have to wonder what he expects Annacone to add to his game. He is arguably one of the greatest tennis players in history and surely this recent disappointment is just a blip more than him losing his edge. The tennis betting odds still reflect how much of a danger he is.

If Federer rediscovers his top form and Annacone can even help him improve then he looks likely to be dominant once more over men's professional tennis - the proof could come when he goes for his sixth US Open title later this year.
 
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