Is world No. 2 (and falling) Roger Federer getting ready to take on a much-needed coach?
ESPN broadcaster Darren Cahill, the former coach of Lleyton Hewitt, has long been tagged as the next best fit for Federer since the Swiss broke off his part-time coaching arrangement with Tony Roche. Now it has been announced that Cahill has stepped down from his coaching position for Australia’s Davis Cup team, citing “business and personal reasons.”
If his business is to be Roger Federer, then that is good luck for the Swiss.
Cahill, a ‘let’s move forward’ coach, is just the aggressive mentor that Federer needs. In his recent five-set loss to rival Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final, the Swiss frequently found himself trapped roaming the baseline while Nadal dictated play, or simply playing passively, seemingly without a plan against the Spaniard.
Federer will have plenty of time to make his decision after this week announcing he would skip the ATP event in Dubai, and the U.S. vs. Switzerland Davis Cup meeting in early March to attend to a back injury.
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