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RalphNYC
03-10-2009, 12:19 PM
Indian Wells, California (dpa) - Roger Federer and Darren Cahill
will debut a ``dream team'' lineup as the Australian takes the
coaching reins with the Swiss at the Indian Wells Masters which begins
on Wednesday.
Federer's management confirmed that Cahill, former mentor to
Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi, will work together for an unspecified
time.
The 43-year-old Australian and the world number 2 have a
psychological bond going back more than a decade.
Cahill was an Adelaide childhood mate of the late Peter Carter,
Federer's first coach in Basel who died in a South African car smash
in August, 2002.
The basis of Federer's mighty game was forged in the classic
Australian style, with guru Tony Roche putting on the polishing
touches a few seasons ago when Federer ruled the sport, accumulating
six of his 13 major titles.
Federer has been out of tennis for six weeks with a back problem;
he has also taken the time to work on his form as he bids to win his
first title of the season and continues his quest for the record 14
Grand Slam trophies held by Pete Sampras.

``The two have met in Dubai and played a few balls together,''
Federer's agent Tony Godsick told German magazine Blick. ``It's a test
for both.
``We can't yet say whether it will be long-term. They'll work
together now and see it works out. It's a trial. Now that Roger's had
a break, anyway, because of his back, the timing was perfect for the
test.''
Cahill guided Hewitt to the youngest-ever teenaged world number 1
while Agassi at 33 became the oldest to top the table.
Federer is seeded second in the Californian desert behind Rafael
Nadal, who charged back into action as he led Spain in Davis Cup
weekend play.
The Swiss won Indian Wells three years in a row, the last in 2006.
Nadal is defending the honours at the Tennis Garden. dpa bs sc

-0- Mar/10/2009 15:45 GMT

Puma
03-10-2009, 12:41 PM
Well, we will see won't we? Funny, against most all players it would be hard to tell if Fed benifits from Cahill or not. It surely can't hurt.

Be my luck Fed goes out second round to a qualifier or something wierd like that......