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Breaking News: Cahill Out 03/11/2009 - 2:34 PM

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by Pete Bodo

Well, it seems like it's official - Chris Clarey is reporting that the coaching relationship between Roger Federer and Darren Cahill is dead in the water. Apparently, Cahill had second thoughts about the degree-of-commitment involved, especially in terms of international travel for at least 20 weeks of the year. This is a fairly strange development and I have to wonder if there isn't more to this story than meets the eye.

For one thing, I have to assume the Cahill had a pretty good idea of where Roger Federer lived and trained long before Roger agreed to work with him (in Dubai) on a trial basis. Wouldn't this have been discussed in the first stages of this potential partnership, and certainly before Cahill actually went to an audition in Dubai?

I suppose there's an outside chance that Cahill found life in Dubai a flat-out nightmare. This wouldn't surprise me, although the immediate reaction to this observation might be:  You'd think a guy living in Las Vegas would have no problem with that kind of environment.

Sure, but. . . When i last visited Andre Agassi in Vegas(about a year ago), he went out of his way to impress on my the degree to which Vegas, as a city, has totally outgrown but still must live with the "Sin City" stereotype. Many consider it a great place to raise a family, and I'm not sure comparisons with Dubai are in any substantial way accurate.

Still, how much time would Cahill have been required to spend in Dubai?

There's also the possibility that Federer and Cahill just didn't get comfortable with each other, on court. Perhaps they didn't see eye-to-eye when it comes to strategic issues, especially Cahill's notions about what The Mighty Fed might need to do about turning around his record against Nadal. That's not necessarily the kind of discussion either man wants to get into.

And here's another thing, and one I touched on in my Gilded Cage post of yesterday: Federer is thought by many to be a control-freak. Perhaps Cahill decided that he would have to sacrifice too much of his independence and autonomy in order to be taken into the Federer cabal - said by some to be  clutch of "yes" men.  And let's face it - the omni-present Mirka, valuable as she may be to TMF, could be a formidable hurdle. Perhaps it was a mistake to have the audition in Dubai, and a part of me things Federer and Cahill should have gone off to a different location to get a feeling for each other.  A caveat: I don't know how many of Federer's inner circle were around in Dubai during the tryout.

Beyond that, I don't care how many amazing meals Cahill enjoyed in Dubai, or how great the valet-service was at the hotel. Cahill never struck me as a particularly impressionable guy (in terms of aspirations to the high life), and what opulence he experienced (and with which he found himself surrounded) might have been more off-putting than attractive. I can imagine a pretty uncomplicated Aussie dude waking up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night, 700-thread count cotton sheets sopping wet, and feeling as if I were being absorbed into some alternate reality that threatened to suck away my very identity.

When you're a guy with as much going on as Cahill, you have to ask yourself: Do I really want to sacrifice so many of my options (including my ability and desire to speak to whoever the hail I want, any time I want, about anything I want) just to be associated with some other guy's quest to become the GOAT?

This, I think, is a very serious and legitimate concern. Legions of people couldn't imagine anything better than carrying Federer's water, but Cahill probably isn't one of them. He has a life of his own. The degree to which that life would be compromised by working with Federer may have gnawed at him - regardless of how he feels about Federer as a person or player. But why that wouldn't have occurred to Cahill much sooner in the process is mystifying - unless he embarked on the tryout thinking, What the hail, it's an experiment. Maybe Roger will be so impressed with my skills that he's bend a little on the requirements. Or I'll be so impressed by him that I'll bend on mine.  At any rate, this visit could be valuable to me in terms of my reputation and my work as a commentator. . .

One thing is for sure: coach-player relationships have to succeed on a number of practical levels in order to be sustainable and effective. When Paul Annacone hired on with Pete Sampras, he was a married dad who had to think about his financial future. But Pete was a fellow American (living, as Annacone did, on the east coast) and, significantly, something of a lone wolf. There were none of the kinds of complications cited above. Plus, the two men had been friends through Pete's previous coach, Tim Gullikson (whom Annacone replaced when Gullikson was diagnosed with brain cancer). Bob Brett coached Boris Becker under similar terms, and the same is true for the Brad Gilbert-Andre Agassi relationship. Those partnerships made sense in a variety of ways, and didn't pull either party far out of his comfort zone.

To some degree, the decisions Federer made about where to live and train may present more formidable obstacles than we might expect, and demand of a potential coach the kinds of sacrifices and adjustments that candidates who have known significant success, and have options, may not be disposed to make. When you think about it, Federer's coaches have been either obscure (and perhaps right-guy, right-place( types, or grizzled war dogs who had done a lot of their career heavy lifting (Tony Roche and Jose Higueras). Cahill doesn't fall into either category.

Now I have another theory here, and I'm advancing it as just that:

Perhaps Roger Federer was not entirely content with either what Cahill brought to the table, or the terms under which he wanted to work (the reasons might have been anything from those cited above to a disagreement over salary, or Cahill's insistence that he not have to go through Mirka to get to Roger). Federer's inner sanctum then recognized that while being the one to pull the plug would make Federer appear to be in one in control, it would also raise potentially uncomfortable questions: Why is Federer being so stubborn? Is the guy too picky? Is he afraid to change his game, or give the highly-regarded Cahill enough control to make a difference?

Wouldn't it make far more sense to let Cahill be the one to scotch the deal?  In so doing, it takes significant pressure - and attention - off Federer's shoulders. The story now becomes, Poor Roger, Cahill turned him down! The theme generates more sympathy and no second-guessing of Federer's motives or state of mind. Spin it this way and you also save Cahill potential embarrassment, and protect him from insinuations that he somehow didn't make the grade.

In other words, everybody wins.

That narrative might not be honest, but it's painless. I'm curious to hear what Roger has to say about all this at Indian Wells.


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Posted by Annie 03/12/2009 at 08:17 AM

'morning peeps! I see we're still at it. amazing.

Rosangel: Thank you for your 12:05am post. That said it all. Rafa has charisma in spades and your numbers certainly support that. Again, you would never find a rafa fan saying federer doesn't have charisma because he does but the self-effacing down to earth charm of rafa? not even close. And the poster who started all this said rafa's pressers aren't interesting. Obviously, since they're not a big fan of his they haven't seen the ones we've seen. Youtube is chock full of them under "nadal funny press conferences." You can tell the press loves to interview him because he's so charming and funny (inadvertently sometimes).

Anyway, I maintain that the reason for all the hubbub about federer is not because he's more charismatic (and yes of course he matters, he matters very much) but the nature of his fans. They are terriers that just won't quit.

Posted by Rosangel 03/12/2009 at 08:22 AM

*and rosangel would see it as confirmation of the 'crazies', as she called some of the posters above*

I love it when anonymous mindreaders visit the site.

Corrie - it doesn't matter (to me) what Federer's positive reasons for being in Dubai are - and by the way, they seem to include privacy, and I think it's fair to assume that the press doesn't have the same freedoms there as it does elsewhere, and on balance that's not good, though it may benefit him. If I were him, I'd have found somewhere else to train on principle.

Posted by Spacenoxx (El Stupido aka The Moron From Majorca) 03/12/2009 at 08:27 AM

marie j vamos rafa en 2009 ! @ 7:43 AM

"fed is one of the most difficults guys to coach right now because of his tremendous succes with or without coaching advisory during the last 6 years.
from my point of view, maybe some coaches are a bit prententious when it comes to strategies to solve the rafa problem on clay, or or just the bh problem from fed on clay.
you just need to hear commentaries along the tv repporters from one country to another and they all know how, and no one of them has been practicing with rafa on clay, just to get the feeling of his ball... and those guys are full of themselves, too... without any gran slams in their pockets."

Very well said.

But then the other side is that someone eventually has to and will come to break the Rafa puzzle on clay. And that needs a PLAN and EXECUTION. At this point there is no one better than Roger to EXECUTE a plan as just about anyone else cannot even contemplate the thought of beating Rafa on Clay. May be you can add Nole too as possible candidates.

So it boils down to a whole lot of Experts and their PLANS and just 2 guys so far good enough to 'try' to EXECUTE them and none of the combinations have worked yet, but they have to try and eventually someone will succeed.

Posted by Master Ace 03/12/2009 at 08:27 AM

Master Ace: I hope you are still around posting or reading because I have to thank you for the detailed "brief" recapping of the DC matches of last week. That was so useful and more than I had hoped to get! So nice of you to take the time!

Gabriela Valentina,
Thanks. I am catching up what I missed while sleeping.

Posted by Rosangel 03/12/2009 at 08:32 AM

Anne: Thankyou, though please recall that I confessed that I have said in the past that IMO Federer isn't charismatic, but on studying him I changed my mind - he does have his own brand of "presence".

I was, therefore, caught in the past saying that Federer doesn't have charisma. Though not any time recently.

Posted by Naydal 03/12/2009 at 08:35 AM

I just don't see what coach is going to help him get over his usual 2/34 break point conversion ratio....he has a mental fart against Nadal and I don't see it changing at this stage in the game.

Posted by marie j vamos rafa en 2009 ! 03/12/2009 at 08:47 AM

hi rosia :)

glad to see you posting at the same time as i, i allways come either too late or too early to bump into you ! hope your doing well !

spancenoxx tks, but as far i remember, the only commentator daring to hit balls with rafa was jmac this year at wimby before his semi, and he said he hits the ball huger than you expect.

as for fed, execute the plan it's easy 90% of the times on tour, the 10% remaining against top players like rafa, nole or murray have become harder and harder withing the past year. those guys are improving their execution too, they are not waiting to see if fed is doing better, because in the end they all focus on themselves.
it's a catch up thing all the time, which makes things harder for the rest of the tour, they aren't doing as much catching up on their games as murray, or rafa have done in 2008. for me they are the most improved players of 2008.

ok, i need to lunch and get ready for my rendez vous ;)
see you all later.

Posted by gabriela valentina 03/12/2009 at 08:54 AM

Granted, a post confirming the obvious simple facts would not have elicited such a fierce debate and therefore not so many blog hits. @ ANTOINETTE 7:45AM
...........................................

then perhaps from this we may deduce that Pete knows how to run a successful BLOG


Antoinnette: thanks for reducing "all the fuss" into the proverbial nutshell...

Posted by gabriela valentina 03/12/2009 at 09:03 AM

Annie: are you still on out there(wherever "there" is).

Just wanted to say that I read on some thread that you wanted Fed to take his 14th at this year's Wimbledon. I am so absolutely with you on that one even though this may seem like heresy to other Rafaelites. What I would like to see happen is:
a.) Fed to get that that 14th GS title ( yeah,it's absurd and not getting it won't make his present achievements any less great)..he still is and will be for the time being the GOAT
b.) Rafa to be undefeatable at RG (so I don't want it to happen there)
c. Rafa to make Wimbly final( but I won't care if he loses it to Federer. On no account should he lose it to anyone else.)

Posted by Annie 03/12/2009 at 09:10 AM

Hi GV: yes, that's exactly what i want but i'd like rafa to win USopen so he gets a career golden slam. I mean we all know he will do it eventually but he's on such a roll that it would be nice to see it this year. But I'd love to see Fed get #14 and even 15. What tennis fan wouldn't? And i don't care who he beats to do it, but beating rafa would be the ultimate. As far as i'm concerned these two can duke it out for years. I love the both of them TOGETHER (but my true fav is the spaniard for sure).

good to see you, gv!

Posted by Annie 03/12/2009 at 09:13 AM

gv: of course this is just a fantasy. there are other tennis players out there. I'd love to see gilles simon win a major. Most people don't think he can but there are always those strange years when surprises happen. Now if Fedal is the IW final that would be another edge of your seat situation, no? it'll feel like the final of a major!

Posted by gabriela valentina 03/12/2009 at 09:13 AM

ANNIE. the portrayal of Fed's fans as dogged terriers brought a wry grin to my face. ( am having a hard time imagining some of them as bewhiskered little animals with furiously wagging stubby tails and an acute case of "lockjaw") (some notable Fed fan posters are floating across my brain screen in this guise and it is cracking me up)

No,but seriously....Why should they let go until the man himself throws in the towel? Unless it is to generate endless debate,I don't see the reason for counting out Fed now or for the foreseeable future.

Posted by gabriela valentina 03/12/2009 at 09:14 AM

Annie: have just seen your last two posts and you and I are completely on the same page re Fed,Nadal and the Fed/Nadal dichotomy!!!

Posted by gabriela valentina 03/12/2009 at 09:17 AM

Annie: oh what a wonderful IW final that would be but I think I might be glad to see Fed win (not because I think he "needs" to but because it would quiet a lot of the doubters and scoffers.)

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. Jelena J for Indian Wells 2009!!! 03/12/2009 at 09:19 AM

Hey people.

*makes tea*

Morning thought number one: the idea that Fed wants to control the message so that there is perhaps less speculation and he can concentrate on the tennis doesn't seem to me to be a criticism or mean that Fed is dishonest. However, it does strike me as being more likely to increase speculation than decrease it.

About Mirka - my wild feverish speculation is that Fed kind of relies on her for emotional support - so a full-time coach is not necessarily going to ever have the emotional commitment from Roger that the coach might need or see as desirable in the relationship. And perhaps Mirka is over-protective of Fed, but I am sure that all she wants is for him to be happy.

On Cahill - if it didn't work out, it didn't work out. At least they found out now rather than eight months down the line. And maybe Roger doesn't need a coach anyway (I have still to be convinced of this).

About journalists - maybe I'm being stupid or have got my information from Dan Brown, but I thought it was wrong to reveal sources? I'll happily take it on trust that when Pete speculates or refers to remarks, he's doing so from an informed position.

*off to read marie j's and Gabriela's bound-to-be-excellent-posts*

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. Jelena J for Indian Wells 2009!!! 03/12/2009 at 09:24 AM

Don't think I could root against Rafa in the final, if he got there, but I'd be happy to see Feddy win.

Posted by Vie 03/12/2009 at 09:26 AM

Good morning everyone!

Continuing the train of Gabriela's post:
I am afraid of making wishes, but basically, Rafa to continue with success, sportsmanship and leadership. He is a great example and hopefully forerunner for the new generation of tennis greats. In there somewhere, Roger to get over the 14-hump and be be considered one among the stellar tennis giants.

Posted by gabriela valentina 03/12/2009 at 09:29 AM

Sweet Jewell to presuppose excellence in any rant of mine ! Just one of the many reasons we all love this poster (not to mention that she brews a wickedly good cup of tea and dispenses goodies at the most scrumptious tea-trolley in the western hemisphere!).

The only bone I have to pick with her is that Tor has become accustoed to diamond studded tiaras doubling as frisbees and now will not molest himself to get up and fetch just any old rubber ball. He rather fancies- after all of jewell's mollycoddling and fawning- that he's a princeling in disguise and above it all.


Posted by gabriela valentina 03/12/2009 at 09:30 AM

Sweet Jewell to presuppose excellence in any rant of mine ! Just one of the many reasons we all love this poster (not to mention that she brews a wickedly good cup of tea and dispenses goodies at the most scrumptious tea-trolley in the western hemisphere!).

The only bone I have to pick with her is that Tor has become accustoed to diamond studded tiaras doubling as frisbees and now will not molest himself to get up and fetch just any old rubber ball. He rather fancies- after all of jewell's mollycoddling and fawning- that he's a princeling in disguise and above it all.


Posted by 03/12/2009 at 09:30 AM

Hmm… As for Roger winning Wimbledon this year, I must say I want to see someone win a calendar grand slam!
I happen to think Rafa is the best shot we’ve had in a long time and I think this is the year to do it.
Roger can have any slam he wants next year (if it were within my power of course) :)

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. Jelena J for Indian Wells 2009!!! 03/12/2009 at 09:32 AM

Quick note: I haven't noticed an American bias against Federer at all!

Sometimes pieces that locate Fed in a European culture edge towards contrasting young, innocent, vigorous and manly America with old, difficult, Europe, which I find a little bit difficult given the use Bush put Old Europe to.

But then I have been known to throw my beloved Henry James favourites across the room when he does the same thing. So perhaps I'm a little too sensitive to these things. ;)

Posted by gabriela valentina 03/12/2009 at 09:32 AM

jewell: I didn't say that I'd actually root for rafa to lose but that I wouldn't mind it so much if he lost (to federer). I think you and I and Vie and actually quite a few more(Annie of course) feel the same way.

Posted by gabriela valentina 03/12/2009 at 09:33 AM

oops,sorry for stupidly double posting....

Posted by 03/12/2009 at 09:33 AM

Quick note: I haven't noticed an American bias against Federer at all!"

Second that wholeheartedly!

Posted by Annie 03/12/2009 at 09:33 AM

GV: thanks for your replies. Being a 'terrier' where i come from is not a bad thing! My family calls me that because when i get something in my mind or a desire to do 'get my way' i can be a terrier for sure!

And I think it makes perfect sense for Mirka to be Roger's gatekeeper. He is so big and in such demand from fans and press and all the rest that he couldn't possibly concentrate on his job if he didn't have someone close to him to take care of all that for him.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. Jelena J for Indian Wells 2009!!! 03/12/2009 at 09:34 AM

*adores Gabriela and Princeling Tor*

ooh - The Adventures of Princeling Tor sounds just like a Beatrix Potter, with added knowingness for the post-modern age. I would so read that.

Posted by 03/12/2009 at 09:35 AM

Actually, I will revise my last wish.
Will strike out "one among stellar tennis giants." Doesn't sound like a real goal. GOAT is what he wants.

Posted by gabriela valentina 03/12/2009 at 09:38 AM

jewell: the poster I as replying to thought that that was the reason behind Pete's supposed(alleged?) anti Fed bias. I admitted that in the past I sloppily and hastily thought to myself "sour grapes" if the origen of Fed's critics was the U.S. However,I quickly saw the error of my ways. I actually think there is very little ,if any,of this going on.

Posted by Spacenoxx (El Stupido aka The Moron From Majorca) 03/12/2009 at 09:39 AM

I am with you GV. As long as Rafa keeps a tight hold on FO and either win Wimby or lose to him in finals I am OK with teh rest of the world.

US and AO have always been the 'other' GSlams. For me its always been Wimby and FO for as long as I can remember and thats since '84.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. Jelena J for Indian Wells 2009!!! 03/12/2009 at 09:39 AM

I flove Mirka, btw. But that doesn't mean she can't make mistakes from time to time. *shrugs*

She has one hell of a hard task, I think.

Posted by gabriela valentina 03/12/2009 at 09:40 AM

ANNIE: I adore terriers and love their stubborness!

Posted by thebigapple 03/12/2009 at 09:42 AM

You guys makes it hard for a lurker. 8 pages!

I must say although I disapprove to the long discussion of Fed, I nearly fell off my chair laughing when the cardigan made its reappearance and again later when PSpace (or some-one else) suggested Mirka be diverted to bearing babies.

Nadal is great flag carrier for the sport. He fits more into the mold of Leyton Hewitt and other such "regular athlete" number 1s. Fed is a different matter - he undoubtedly has real presence. The first time I saw him in person, I was struck by his persona/charisma. Restrained and refined. And that has never changed, every time I see him, same impact. Nadal is very refreshing as he does take the tone back to a more normal jock kind of guy. Good all-round.

Posted by gabriela valentina 03/12/2009 at 09:44 AM

spacenoxx: that makes more of us. It is actually amazing how easy going Rafa's fans are about all this. We can serenely contemplate his not taking every single GS title without being tempted into hara.kiri! I think it is Rafa himself who inspires us with this philosophical attitude towards his achievements..

and like you,much as I like and enjoy all the other slams and tournaments,the REAL thing is RG and Wimbly!!!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. Jelena J for Indian Wells 2009!!! 03/12/2009 at 09:45 AM

I also wonder how much of the talk about Federer is part of that universal narrative, the great champion fading out. And that's always fascinating and sometimes painful to watch, KAD or not KAD.

Kind of like "Happy families are all alike; unhappy families are all unhappy in their own way." - or whatever the quote is.

That is NOT to write him off - *heading off criticism in advance* - just to say that the years of heady, magical dominance of everything look to be over. Could easily be wrong; this is Fed who won USO, after all. :)

Have to go. Bye all!

Posted by rafadoc 03/12/2009 at 09:47 AM

Good morning/afternoon/evening!

headless @9:30: If Rafa wins FO again, my calendar slam wishes will go into overdrive. I do want Federer to win 14, 15, etc. next year! :)

Posted by gabriela valentina 03/12/2009 at 09:47 AM

Bye jewell! thanks for your posts. I love the Tolstoy quote.

Posted by Vie 03/12/2009 at 09:48 AM

My rooting order for the Slams now is Rafa, slamless Murray, one-with-one Djoko, did-not-know-he-is-good Verdasco, hope-he-can-have-two Roddick, please-#14-Feddy, and probably later on a new teenager on the scene who will challenge Rafa at FO.

Posted by rafadoc 03/12/2009 at 09:49 AM

Bye Jewell! Sorry to have missed you.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. Jelena J for Indian Wells 2009!!! 03/12/2009 at 09:50 AM

quick note (again) - Gabriela - I always love reading your posts and think they're excellent and wonderful, so there. ;)

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. Jelena J for Indian Wells 2009!!! 03/12/2009 at 09:50 AM

*waves at Rafadoc*

Ok, I really am going now.

Posted by rafadoc 03/12/2009 at 09:50 AM

Vie: I think Verdasco may make a good run at IW (if his ankle is all better). I could see him winning the whole thing.

Posted by Moderator 03/12/2009 at 09:54 AM

It's tempting to veer off-topic at this time but please could you all keep general tennis chat on the Your Call post below this, until today's YC appears. Thanks.

Posted by Annie 03/12/2009 at 09:55 AM

Spacenoxx: interesting that you don't rate the USO as highly as wimby and french. I've always thought the USopen was a very tough major to win. I guess I rank them all pretty equally. i love wimby obviously but don't think it's the be all and end all of the majors.

But i am one of the die hards that thinks to be considered a goat you have to win on clay! *ducks*

Posted by Annie 03/12/2009 at 09:56 AM

Sorry Mod, wasn't thinking!

Posted by rafadoc 03/12/2009 at 09:58 AM

Sorry mod! *returns to yc*

Posted by Marian...wtg Rafa! 03/12/2009 at 10:28 AM

Good morning,

Like Sophie and Annie (with Yoko Ono), I had my own suspicions, even before Peter posted at 4:17 what he heard about Mirka...

After all, what's so hard to believe that a Yoko Ono wannabe, former top 100 woman and a gatekeeper(to Roger's tennis career and sex life) , would look at let's say uncle Tony and think "I can do the same, if not better"? "All Roger need is my input/support, since behind each strong man there is a strong woman"

And it doesn't surprise me a bit that top pros would not agree that the women's game is on a par with their...

Cahill might have found both Roger and Mirka (the combo) inflexible and knowing it all, what's so hard to believe?

Also, yeah, Cahill has family, so yeah, that might have needed some rethinking (especially after an...interview).

Finally, maybe they've just tried one thing: like the 2h BH; after all it's not uncommon at all for players to hire a speciality coach (maybe even Roger didn't admit it as such)?

As for Nole's camp not being yes man; you're kidding right? One look at some of those guys sends you running for the hills (regardless of how much they might be paid now)...

Posted by Pete 03/12/2009 at 10:35 AM

Gabriela - an excellent, nuanced bit of reasoning. It's a pleasure to have you as a reader.

And Antoinette, I care far less about blog hits than taking care of and stimulating my readers. My philosophy always has been that if you do your job well and honestly, the rest takes care of itself.

Posted by Vie 03/12/2009 at 10:41 AM

On-topic. Well, a thought occurred to me. Was Fed controlling the message when he opposed Murray as favorite for the AO overriding the pundits? Nobody need answer. Just am intrigued.

Posted by Or 03/12/2009 at 10:42 AM

**Cahill might have found both Roger and Mirka (the combo) inflexible and knowing it all, what's so hard to believe?**

I would think that a seasoned coach would know how to work with a different set of characters and situations, Mirka and Roger are a package deal, and he's been aware of it for years. Her position in Roger's life isn't something someone could 'miss' - if he thought he couldn't handle that (and I assume that whatever it was Pete heard, Cahill must have heard as well), or couldn't add anything to that dynamic - why offer himself for the job at all?

I mean, some people manage just fine to find their own role in the Federer camp. Pierre, Luthi, Godsick - why not Cahill?

Posted by 03/12/2009 at 10:49 AM

"the problem is that no one wants to wag their tongue anywhere near Mirka. Brooklyn sure. Mirka not so much."

:-))

Posted by Rosangel 03/12/2009 at 10:52 AM

Here's a 2007 article that Cahill wrote about Federer:
http://tinyurl.com/djbg8p

The photo is hilarious.

Posted by Rosangel 03/12/2009 at 10:56 AM

...or maybe it's more of a "column" ghostwritten in the Pat Cash mould.

Posted by 03/12/2009 at 11:03 AM

"Tennis player wins EU right to carry rackets on plane" (http://austriantimes.at/index.php?id=11738)

I hope they'll make an exemption for Safin and take his racket away anyway :-)

Posted by 03/12/2009 at 11:05 AM

Interesting Roger's hair is curly and dark brown in that picture. Who was it again that said Roger's hair was not naturally curly or brown?

Posted by Marian...wtg Rafa! 03/12/2009 at 11:06 AM

Or
" Mirka and Roger are a package deal, and he's been aware of it for years. Her position in Roger's life isn't something someone could 'miss' - if he thought he couldn't handle that (and I assume that whatever it was Pete heard, Cahill must have heard as well), or couldn't add anything to that dynamic - why offer himself for the job at all?"

Well, maybe he tried to set up some rules, conditions and get a first hand impression/test run?
He tried to reason with Roger, etc?

"I mean, some people manage just fine to find their own role in the Federer camp. Pierre, Luthi, Godsick - why not Cahill?"

Maybe, he's not a "yes" man? And that's actually the main impediment, I kept posting about, when it comes to finding a coach:

What good coach would be available to sacrifice his time for money?(Presuming that the money were good)

Someone mentioned Ion Tiriac? Well Ion Tiriac might have done for his partners (Ilie Nastase) and pupils like Becker and Villas, but now he's a very rich man, why would he go through the trouble?

Posted by Rosangel 03/12/2009 at 11:11 AM

I haven't ever suggested that his hair isn't brown - I think it's just a slightly different shade now. As for the curls, I was never sure - hair looks straight in some other old pictures.

Posted by joji 03/12/2009 at 11:12 AM

Roddick on the other hand has in the past been linked with Paris Hilton at the clubs.. hmmmm

Cosi; i do not normally post but i can not resist replying; why are you dragging Roddicks name to make your point?

Posted by Marian...wtg Rafa! 03/12/2009 at 11:16 AM

"Cosi; i do not normally post but i can not resist replying; why are you dragging Roddicks name to make your point?"

Could it be b/c Hollywood distorts our perception and we only like beautiful people? Like one in a 100000 persons type of beauty?

Truth is, most women dislike bambies (sp), exactly for that reason.

And even in the case of bambies; take this specific one- I was disappointed to notice sagging in that swim suit edition of SI :)

Posted by Or 03/12/2009 at 11:20 AM

If I said "I knew it" you wouldn't believe it, right?

I just knew Roger and Yves will get the Bryan brothers, which they did.

God only help Roger if he and Yve win this now, I suppose everyone would be even madder he missed DC.

Gosh, it's going to be PACKED in this double match. He always get those exciting match-ups when he's playing doubles, if it's not Rafa, it's the Bryans.

Posted by Moderator 03/12/2009 at 11:22 AM

General tennis chat belongs on on the new YC post, please.

Posted by CL 03/12/2009 at 11:25 AM

I am baffled by 2 things:


-WHY is this thread still alive? We have abused this dead horse long enough, IMO.

- WHY do we not believe what Darren Cahill or Roger Federer had to say about they way things did not work out? do we really think both or either are spin doctors worthy of Karl Rove. Neither has show any evidence of it before.

I do find myself in agreement with Rosangel about the Dubai situation. I have been one of the people raising this issue for a couple of years now. For a lot of reasons, Fed should get out of Dubai Dodge.

Posted by Suresh R 03/12/2009 at 11:32 AM

Pete - Here's some breaking news. I just understand that Fed's left little finger is 0.001 mm smaller than the counterpart on the right. I am surprised you missed that though you seem to be able to get into Fed's brain, know his thoughts inside out. Do you have a chip there which informs you all that you write ? Can we all please lay off Fed for sometime? He is still no.2, loses only to the no.1 player in the world, is only 27 and has atleast 2 years of good tennis left. Yet you pick on him as if he has bottomed out. Remember your favourite Pete Sampras kept winning only Wimby for a few years but was never so analysed. Fed is human too and please do not dig too much for worms. It is not expected of a statesman writer like you to keep speculating too much. Lets enjoy the Fed down years too as much as we did on the up. There are still some beautiful moments that he can bring. Nadal is undoubtedly the man now but Fed is the only one close to him and capable of putting a fight. He may lose most but still win a few.

Posted by bubba 03/12/2009 at 11:35 AM

You hit the nail on the head Pete .

Sampras was stubborn too - most GOAT sorts are - and most have paid for it.

Its hard to call what happened - we all know Rogers response to the idea of changing his racquet size after falling of his high horse last year - what about the rest of his game ?

I think Fed will have hard time now finding any one else to help me , and Nadal will make him pay for it again .

Posted by Marian...wtg Rafa! 03/12/2009 at 11:35 AM

CL:

Gossipping/speculating seems to be fun, why do you want to impose your will and cut it short?

Like, if it wasn't for posters pesking Peter Bodo about it, who would have never relieved those things about Mirka...

You are free to believe Cahill and Roger though.

As for getting out of Dubai: yeah, I personally didn't agree with Roger living there, it's in bad taste, to say the least. Especially when I heard his reasoning "Oh, Mirka and me, needed a place to put our things/hang our hat"...

Posted by SlamFan 03/12/2009 at 11:57 AM

Interesting theroies. You gotta wonder what the real reason(s) is/are. I imagine the proposed 'coaching arrangements' didn't quite suit either. When Cahill split with Hewitt, it was apparently mutual and they 'just needed to go their separate ways'. One small obscure report cited personality issues (I head the grumblings about Lleyton's isues already).

I thought it would be more difficult to coach Roger while he was no. 1 and that it might be slightly, only slightly easier when he's no. 2. Well, it wasn't meant to be. Whatever it is, I'm confident Rafa's plan remains unchanged - to keep improving as a student of the game. Thank god uncle and nephew get on so well.

Posted by sic (Roland Garros, Wimbledon and AO) 03/12/2009 at 12:16 PM

To me none of the reasons that Pete suggested for the split between Federer and Cahill sounded remotely insulting to any of the parties involved, not even Mirka.

Regardless of the real reason for the split, the end result is the same. Federer, and more importantly Rafa, are in exactly the same places they were before the Cahill episode and after the AO final. Rafa is number 1 with a realistic (though admittedly very slim) chance of completing a calendar slam and Roger has to overcome a disappointing loss that caused him to have an embarrassing public break down.

Posted by Marian...wtg Rafa! 03/12/2009 at 12:23 PM

Sic:

Well at least Roger is reconsidering getting a coach!

I surely hope he finds a good one and it's not one picked my Mirka, or herself.

Posted by Crazy-for-Rog 03/12/2009 at 12:57 PM

When the breakout news first came out, I too thought there could be more to it than meets the eye. Could be Mirka, could be Federer himself, could be a combination of things. Then, I read Cahill's comments, and it was his statements that convinced me that there was nothing more to it than what he said. He didn't release a two-line terse statement, he went into greater detail. And he was emphatic, in one press article I read, that he was the one to approach Federer, that his decision was based only on the fact that he could not be on the road with Federer for as much time as Fed wanted. He emphatically stated "It was 100 percent that!". Cahill would not have said what he did, in the way that he did, if this was not the absolute truth.

Here's one more press report on the topic:
http://tinyurl.com/ddgf8h
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DARREN Cahill said yesterday the chance to coach Roger Federer had been "incredibly luring and enticing" but he had to turn down one of the most coveted jobs in tennis.

Cahill, 43, shocked the tennis world by rejecting Federer's invitation to become his full-time coach, but the South Australian said his family - wife Victoria and children Benjamin, 7, and Tahlia, 4 -- came first.

"I really can't spend the amount of time on the road that Roger would have wanted," Cahill said.

"We spent nine days working in Dubai and it was very enjoyable. Roger's a class act, but I need to spend as much time as I can with my kids.

"When I was working with Lleyton (Hewitt), I'd just got married and we didn't have children so it was easier to travel.

"When I was working with Andre (Agassi), he had a young family too, so we'd just grab the kids and take them with us.

"Our kids are now four and seven and I need to be around them."
-------------------------------------

Posted by Marian...wtg Rafa! 03/12/2009 at 01:23 PM

Crazy-for-Rog : Like someone said, he would have expected that, before going to Dubai...

Either the deal, or the situation wasn't appealing enough to him, that's all.

Posted by Crazy-for-Rog 03/12/2009 at 01:29 PM

One more thing. Regarding why Federer has chosen Dubai as his base and not somewhere in the U.S. ... well, here are the reasons he himself gave, way back in 2005:

- Dubai was mid-way for both him, travelling from Switzerland, and his coach, Tony Roche, travelling from Australia.

- The United States was too far from both Switzerland and from Australia.

- Federer wanted to practice training in a place that had a hot, hot climate, that would help him with his conditioning and endurance. Florida would be equally suitable, but for reasons stated above, not feasible geographically speaking.

- He really liked the training facilities in Dubai ... he said they were the "best" he had seen anywhere in the world. He said Switzerland did not offer training facilities close to it.

- Federer used to play tournaments in both Doha and Dubai in previous years. So, from that standpoint, Dubai was an ideal choice ... because he didn't need to travel far to play these tournaments, right after his off-season training.

- Lastly, he like the anonymity afforded to him by Dubai. He could walk around without being bothered - no paparazzi or anybody else intruding on his privacy.

I think all these reasons show that Dubai was the perfect choice from a very practical standpoint, if Federer was thinking purely about what would suit him and his training needs, as well as work out for his coach at the time - Tony Roche. Now, I'd love for him to settle here in the U.S. But, for all the reasons stated above, I can't argue against the reasoning for why Dubai is more ideal. Now that he is no longer with Roche, that does present an issue for potential future coaches - but, that all depends on where the potential coach is based - whether in Europe or the United States.

Posted by vetmama (Fed's uncoachable!! And he cries too much!!) 03/12/2009 at 01:34 PM

CfR:

It makes sense to me that things really happened in the uncomplicated way that the interested parties say it did.

Do you have a link to the other Cahill comments?

Posted by KMM 03/12/2009 at 01:44 PM

Making this thing too complicated. It may be correct that Cahill didn't want to be Fed's waterboy; he didn't have room in his "baggage" for all the extra tissues he would have to carry to the majors.

Posted by Crazy-for-Rog 03/12/2009 at 01:55 PM

Marian @1:23 PM ... I thought the same thing initially. But it was Cahill's statements that convinced me otherwise. Yes, he knew where Federer was based, he knew the situation with his family. But, I think he was hoping that they two of them could compromise to make it work. For instance, maybe if Federer would agree to spend a few weeks training in Las Vegas instead of Dubai, ... or maybe Federer would agree to no more than 12 weeks on the road, like he did with Roche. Maybe all this was not discussed in detail on the phone before Cahill headed there as both men decided to meet in person and spend time together first before finalizing the details. When Cahill realized that Federer wouldn't compromise on a) the training location and b) the length of travel time needed, then, the deal was off. If Cahill says the offer was "enticing", then, it makes sense that he would go to Dubai in hopes of making it work. Neither man considered it to be a "waste of time". It's sort of like going for a job interview and waiting for the offer letter before signing on the dotted line. Could be that Cahill was really "torn" about it, and was unable to make up his mind. That's what he told the reporter. Finally, he made the decision that was best for his family.

Posted by Crazy-for-Rog 03/12/2009 at 02:16 PM

vetmama ... here you go:
http://tinyurl.com/aezcn5

Quote from Cahill:
"With Roger being European and all those away weeks and the kids entrenched in school here in Las Vegas — the reality really hit in Dubai," Cahill said in a telephone interview. "It was 100 percent that. We couldn't get past that practical hurdle. Roger is an absolutely class act. I told him on Sunday, and it was a difficult decision, but I just couldn't do it. It's getting tougher and tougher for me pack the bags and leave the kids at this stage."

Posted by Lefty server 03/12/2009 at 02:39 PM

Wow. I wish I had a job where I could just imagine what is going on, post it on a website, and get paid.

Posted by Crazy-for-Rog 03/12/2009 at 02:52 PM

More Breaking News:
--------------------------------------------------------------
Dear Fans

I arrived in Indian Wells earlier this week and I am eager to get back out on court. My back is feeling much better and I am ready to go.

I also have some really awesome news to share with all of you: Mirka and I are excited to let you know that we will be parents this summer! Mirka is pregnant and we are so happy to be starting a family together. This is a dream come true for us. We love children and we are looking forward to being parents for the first time. Mirka is feeling great and everything is going well.

Speak soon and thanks for all your continued support!

Roger
-----------------------------------------------------

This summer ! That means Mirka has to be 5 or 6 months pregnant at least ! Well, well ! Baby out of the wedlock? Cluck, cluck ... naughty boy Rogi !

I'm wondering what this will do to his focus. It's going to be another distraction, and I don't see it helping him in his quest for grand slam # 14.

Posted by MOLA 03/12/2009 at 03:27 PM

Wow! What a piece of news, but it doesn't surprise me. As Crazy-for-Rog said, the new baby will be another distraction at least for Mirka. And if Roger is sooo dependent on her as it seems, that will affect him negatively, because he will no longer be her no.1 priority. I also think he should marry her now and give her some security (swiss laws are odd in this respect).

Posted by md 03/12/2009 at 03:53 PM

well now we know why Federer has a bad back lol (see press release about Mirka being pregnant)

Posted by 03/12/2009 at 04:52 PM

http://www.tennistalk.com/en/blog/Cheryl_Murray/20090312/Federer_won%E2%80%99t_have_the_Cahill_magic_after_all

Posted by kelechi 03/12/2009 at 05:53 PM

First of all I think it is difficult for any coach to tell a player of federer's caliber and grand champ standing what to and what not to do on the court. Cahill might have been overwhelmed by the task cos with all respect to Agassi... he's not the Federer as Safin loves to say. Let me point out that i'm not sure if that was the case. However if it is i'd also like to say that Federer probably needs to think seriously about hiring a coach. In the years he was dominant, a lot of success came about under Tony Roche and even though he feels his game is nearly perfect he has lost the mental battle against nadal.

Posted by kelechi 03/12/2009 at 06:00 PM

And we all know that in tennis if there is a brick wall between you and your opponent, you just might lose regardless of your talent. Personally, I believe Federer is better than Nadal, talent wise. I also think he should go back to that match against Sampras in 2001. Even though Nadal and Sampras have contrasting styles they both still play very aggressive tennis. In matches against nadal, when Federer has lost he has had a poor break point conversion and he almost seems hesitant to make the move or go in for the kill. He has him on the ropes and lets him back in (apart from last years french open lol). If he can find that "i'm not daunted by you" mentally like in 01, I think he'll be fine

Posted by Veruska 03/12/2009 at 06:23 PM

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20265269,00.html

Posted by Jeremy 03/12/2009 at 06:31 PM

Wow, your articles in recent weeks regarding Fed have gone from playing devils advocate for the sake of conversation, to a full blown witch hunt. What's the deal Mr. Bodo? Is there so little going on in the tennis world right now that you feel the need to sacrifice journalistic integrity for the sake of generating more hits on your column? It's bad enough that you and your cronies at ESPN have thrown Fed under the bus for his struggles against Nadal, but now you've taken it a step further, calling his character into question, painting him as some diabolical wizard. It's ironic, you bring us these supposed "astute" looks inside the mind and world of Fed, and yet your fiction will never allow you to get close enough to Fed to bring your readers anything of value or insight.

Posted by Tennis Fan 03/12/2009 at 06:59 PM

I guess Mirka was the problem/catalyst.

Posted by a tennis fan 03/12/2009 at 07:01 PM

When I read that Cahill indicated he couldn't handle the distance/time away from family, I wondered, like so many others, why he hadn't figured that out before. Well, maybe now we know; I wouldn't be surprised if he was informed of the baby news when in Dubai, slightly in front of Fed making it public. Cahill could have been thinking about loss of practice or play time this summer, most of which would have occurred closer to Cahill's home. Or given the feeling and multiple examples that fatherhood is the one life event that most marks a change in the great ones' careers, he had no desire to be in place during what he might feel would be a decided down turn. No one needs that on resume.

Oh and Pete, you think maybe Mirka has a rightfully large role in Roger's life???

Posted by MOLA 03/12/2009 at 07:22 PM

Now i get it why he stepped down of Motecarlo, he already knew when his baby was due.

a tennis fan, i believe is very clear that Mirka is a huge part of Roger's life, as any other spouse/long time girlfriend of any other player. Hewitt and Davydenko are married, yet you never hear of their wives having anything to do with tennis decisions. One thing is having a large role emotionally and another having a large role careerwise.
Personally, i believe love and business should never mix, because motivations are complex, expectations are high and the potential problems infinite.
That is why i mentioned that i hope the change of priorities for Mirka won't cause too much damage to Roger's career, because she has such an important role. She won't be able to travel for a while and maybe she will not want to travel as much, and she will no longer be able to handle all the things she used to handle for Roger before, nor give him as much attention. Everybody knows how a child changes a relationship, and is pretty clear that Roger is co-dependent, so who knows what will happen if indeed Mirka is his sole support.

Posted by slice 03/12/2009 at 07:24 PM

How delightful to see Pete Bodo taken to task for his rumour-ridden speculation which he pathetically labels "journalism." Give me a break Pete. Mirka wouldn't know you from Adam but you climb on your soap box and trash her without pause. (Oh, but people [who shall remain unnamed] have told me this over dinner.)You piece provides absolutely nothing concrete on the Cahill/Federer issue. Only more of what you've become known for.

Posted by Matt 03/12/2009 at 07:37 PM

I don't think Roger particularly cares what the tennis literati think of his motives. Honestly, the dude's busy and who cares about perceptions when you've got as many majors as he does?

Posted by bandit04 03/12/2009 at 08:00 PM

I find the whole Mirka debate quite ridiculous. Everyone is just speculating about her "role" and the scope of her influence. Obviously, being his long time companion and soon to be mother of his child, she is an important part of his life. Roger has also stated that she helps manage his career. Now whether she helps manage his career financially or on the tennis court...or both...very few people truly know. I personally don't know if Cahill would have helped Roger as much as people think. Roger needs someone to not baby him and instead light a fire underneath him...push him hard mentally and physically. But the big problem is that Roger is just too proud and stubborn. I guess one can't quite fault him for this...he after all is one of the most dominating players in history. BUT..at this stage of his career he needs to make certain changes. He needs to get into TREMENDOUS shape. Yes, he is in very good shape...but very good will not cut it against guys like Nadal...especially at this stage of Federer's career. He needs to strengthen his body much like Agassi did later in his career. I truly believe if he gets into fantastic shape, it will also help his mental game. So he has to be willing to work extremely hard. But he just seems content with thinking "Hey...i am barely losing to Nadal...so i don't need to change...it's jsut that i played some bad points here and there". He can't have that mindset. He no longer can just depend on his technically beautiful tennis or the intimidation factor. He has to elevate himself physically and mentally...by training harder. This wont neccessarily mean he will then be able to beat Nadal...but at least he is being proactive instead of being stagnant. But i just think he is too proud and stubborn to recommit himself that intensely.

Posted by bandit04 03/12/2009 at 08:04 PM

I find the whole Mirka debate quite ridiculous. Everyone is just speculating about her "role" and the scope of her influence. Obviously, being his long time companion and soon to be mother of his child, she is an important part of his life. Roger has also stated that she helps manage his career. Now whether she helps manage his career financially or on the tennis court...or both...very few people truly know. I personally don't know if Cahill would have helped Roger as much as people think. Roger needs someone to not baby him and instead light a fire underneath him...push him hard mentally and physically. But the big problem is that Roger is just too proud and stubborn. I guess one can't quite fault him for this...he after all is one of the most dominating players in history. BUT..at this stage of his career he needs to make certain changes. He needs to get into TREMENDOUS shape. Yes, he is in very good shape...but very good will not cut it against guys like Nadal...especially at this stage of Federer's career. He needs to strengthen his body much like Agassi did later in his career. I truly believe if he gets into fantastic shape, it will also help his mental game. So he has to be willing to work extremely hard. But he just seems content with thinking "Hey...i am barely losing to Nadal...so i don't need to change...it's jsut that i played some bad points here and there". He can't have that mindset. He no longer can just depend on his technically beautiful tennis or the intimidation factor. He has to elevate himself physically and mentally...by training harder. This wont neccessarily mean he will then be able to beat Nadal...but at least he is being proactive instead of being stagnant. But i just think he is too proud and stubborn to recommit himself that intensely.

Posted by Amused 03/12/2009 at 10:35 PM

For all of you above who thinks Fed should move of of Dubai, please look into mirror at yourself and say this loudly:

We are in the 21st century already! Surprise!

While I'm an American engineer and don't even like Dubai the city, I do aware that Arabic culture is as old and rich as christian and other big cultures. To simply put down Dubai as classless just illustrates your own narrow mindness -- maybe a bit jealous? There's a Arabic culture festival in Whashington DC, fyi. Like it or not, we're in 21st century.

It's perfectly fine you want to trash cultures you're not familiar with as classless. Freedom of speech. But please, let Fed be the open minded person he is.

Posted by real 03/12/2009 at 11:01 PM

It doesn't matter what the Fed freak fans say.
You can criticize Federer's attitude problems without
my fake disloyal attitude.
It's sad if a fan is so conceited and blind that they're so greedy for huge talent that's not there.
Fed's an overachiever with mental midgets and unathletic
opponents. When the luck ended, he could only manage to
get by Murray at the US Open. Murray's head-to-head records mean
nothing, does it? I don't believe Roddick should cry in the
future, when he gives Federer the serious losses he deserves.

Posted by Marian...wtg Rafa! 03/12/2009 at 11:09 PM

bandit04 right on!

Amused: What I don't like about Fed choosing Dubai, was him snubbing Switzerland and the whole Europe for a seven stars hotel or something...I prefer rich people who live more discreetly.

Posted by Amused 03/13/2009 at 12:37 AM

Marian,

From what I read a guy's blog of his experience being hitting partner for Fed at Dubai: Fed told him that he himself not staying that 7-star hotel either -- it's too expensive.

I travelled to Afria, India, middle east, and Asia on business. I personally know that in Europe and North America (barring Mexico), you get decent bedings and hot showers from a $50/nite motel. But in middle east and Africa, you ONLY get that in 5-star hotels. So, I perfectly understood that Fed's hitting partner saying that Fed put him and his coach in a 5-star hotel in Dubai -- just a stingy motel by USA standard, but it could cost like >$200/nite.

This said. I'm not saying I'm sure Fed does not like luxury things -- I don't know, and I don't care. I just find it's hard to see people put Dubai as classless a bit too narrow minded. I voted for McCain, but I accept Obama as president. And even Hillary Clinton let easy on accusing China's human rights issues. China owns most of USA's government bond.

Posted by Amused 03/13/2009 at 12:38 AM

Marian,

From what I read a guy's blog of his experience being hitting partner for Fed at Dubai: Fed told him that he himself not staying that 7-star hotel either -- it's too expensive.

I travelled to Afria, India, middle east, and Asia on business. I personally know that in Europe and North America (barring Mexico), you get decent bedings and hot showers from a $50/nite motel. But in middle east and Africa, you ONLY get that in 5-star hotels. So, I perfectly understood that Fed's hitting partner saying that Fed put him and his coach in a 5-star hotel in Dubai -- just a stingy motel by USA standard, but it could cost like >$200/nite.

This said. I'm not saying I'm sure Fed does not like luxury things -- I don't know, and I don't care. I just find it's hard to see people put Dubai as classless a bit too narrow minded. I voted for McCain, but I accept Obama as president. And even Hillary Clinton let easy on accusing China's human rights issues. China owns most of USA's government bond.

Posted by Amused 03/13/2009 at 06:07 AM

"I just find it's hard to see people put Dubai as classless a bit too narrow minded. "

corrected to:

I just find it's hard not to see people put Dubai as classless a bit too narrow minded.

Posted by Danielle 03/13/2009 at 08:57 AM

Unless you have some sort of a direct leak from Darren or his camp I honestly don’t know how you can imply or assume that Mirka might have been a hurdle (particularly since the initial arrangement was for a part-time basis only). The reality is Darren would only have need to be in contact with Roger 20 weeks or so in a year!

Posted by Slice-n-Dice 03/13/2009 at 10:00 PM

I don't know who the poster named "slice" is (03/12/2009 @ 7:24 PM) but it's not me.

Here's something even freakier, though.

I posted a comment about Mirka and her relationship and duties on Wednesday evening late (like 1:22 AM Thursday morning), before the news about Mirka expecting had broken, and in my comment I mentioned that Roger would be better off asking her to take a break, maybe bear a child, and find himself a tough old bird to coach him, someone like Ion Tiriac.

Boy was I shocked when I checked out Tennis.com this morning and saw the headline about Roger and Mirka expecting a baby. Spooky.

Posted by dh 03/14/2009 at 02:05 AM

Interesting.....Cahill is great and has a terrific track record. Isn't this at least the 2nd time we've heard a Federer coach or potential coach could not commit to the travel time/weeks. There is more to this story, b/c Cahill does a ton of travel in his commentary role w/ESPN. He is definitely at all the big tournaments. Perhaps TMF (Bodo's acroynm not mine) does not want anyone to get any credit for any changes that bring about tying/breaking pete's record. Frankly GOAT belongs to Laver, winning the true GS 4years apart. That is an impossible feat today.

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