Jose Higueras coaching Federer for clay season

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  1. Fee

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    Assorted fan reports from Estoril and a report in the Portuguese press have Jose Higueras working with Federer this week, and apparently through the clay season.

    http://www.record.pt/noticia.asp?id=782824&idCanal=1744 (in Portuguese).

    There is nothing posted on Federer's website yet.
     
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    Great stuff Fee, way to break the news, can you provide us with any details or anything, like how this came to be, why him, etc?
     
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    holy crap, this is pretty big!
     
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    I'm not breaking anything, to be honest. I got this from MTF and was surprised it wasn't posted here already.

    Jose Higueras is one of the best coaches out there, in my opinion. Should be good for Fed. :)

    Curious how Ginepri fits into all of this though, since Jose has been coaching this year.
     
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    Again lady!!!

    You leave me speechless as usual, great find.

    I wonder how good this Higueras chap is as a coach...lol * I am being facetious everybody*
     
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-iWEJhw2UY

    Clip posted on youtube of practice today, with Higueras on court watching.

    I'm just bringing this stuff over from MTF, credit the fans over there not me. It's such a huge forum, there's always at least one person at every tournament (or it seems like it anyway).
     
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    From tennis.com...

    http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2008/04/ccdc-saturday.html

    Posted by Miguel Seabra 04/12/2008 @ 11:49 AM Hi guys, long time no see!
    Just a quick note here from the Estoril Open

    Roger Federer just got here and he's practicing right now with young portuguese João Sousa -- but the news is... José Higueras is here in Portugal with him!

    This is usually the busiest week of the year for me, but I'll try to do some kind of wrap-up after the tournament; I'll discuss it with Pete.

    By the way, Roger's opponent in the first round will be the extremely talented Olivier Rochus, the nano-belgian that used to beat him in the juniors and who actually won the Wimbledon junior doubles crown alongside him... besides, in that undefeated sequence Roger has going on on grass, Olivier Rochus was the player who came closest to end it -- having had 4 match-points a couple of years ago in Halle.

    Take care, and.. sorry Ed, for posting this in here.


    -- Miguel Seabra is the press coordinator for the Estoril tournament (I think that's his title). He has 'guest blogged' for Peter Bodo in the past (I remember him from when Justin made the QF at Estoril in 2006 - yes, that really happened).



    Here as well, with a photo: http://www.tennis.com/features/general/features.aspx?id=125208
     
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    I'm so glad Federer hired himself a worthy coach. As talented as Fed is, he desperately needed one. Good signs for the clay season.
    BTW, didn't Jose Higueras coach Sampras to his 2002 US Open championship??
    Could anyone tell me who else he has coached and his experience on the clay.
     
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    I remember he coached Jim Courier during his stint to # 1, Michael Chang, Todd Martin, Moya, Coria and a whole bunch more. He also coahed Brugera, but I am not sure. :?

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    i donno, but i know annacone was def pete's main coach during the 2002 usopen.
     
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    Higueras coached Pete during the Spring/Clay of 2002, but I'm pretty sure they had split by about August of that year. :)
     
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    didn't he coach chang, or is that someone else?

    Anyways, hopefully this will help Federer get his mojo. And please don't let this be a joke.
     
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    Nice Federer, he really needs someone to get advice from. Hopefully he can make the best out of the clay court season. Tiger Woods is far from first place at Augusta.
     
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    Yes it's true, Jose Higueras is coaching Fereder at Estoril. Roger trained from 2 hours with João Sousa and Rui Machado as sparring partners. It seemed that Higueras insisted a lot on Federer's crosscourt backhand.
     
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    Hopefully Roger will get some good advice and win the French Open!!
     
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    I think he also coached Capriati.
     
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    Jose has coached Michael Chang, Pete Sampras, Todd Martin, Carlos Moya, Sergi Bruguera, Dmitry Tursunov, and Guillermo Coria. Most recently, he had been coaching Robby Ginepri and Shahar Pe'er (according to Wikipedia).
     
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    Go get em' Rog.
     
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    He was Courier's coach when he won the French Open.
     
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    This is Nothing big at all. I already said Roger should hook up with Higueras for the clay season or even beyond. He is just doing what is best. Anyone that really knows tennis knows that Jose is one of the best tacticians when it comes to clay courts. ONLY problem is it won't be enough to beat RAFA.:)
     
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    Maybe Higueras can teach Federer a 2 hand backhand. :D
     
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    Haven't the clay courts changed a bit though? How effective will the new coach be with the recent changes making the courts similar? Or is clay still similar enough to the older clay courts for Jose to teach Fed?
     
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    the fact that he's getting a coach and also playing in a non-masters clay tournie shows that he's a smart guy and willing to work his arse off to become super dominant again.
     
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    I do not think this new coach thing will do anything. To be honest when Pete hired Jose nothing positive came of it. It was not all jose fault. Bu I remember after wimbledon pete went back to paul annacone and ended up winning the open. Pete said that jose wanted to have pete be more patient. I just think you can not really change someones game at that level. Annacone just reminded Pete who he was and that he was a great athlete and to use his athletic ability.
    I hope to see Roger back on track, but I just think its more his mono than anything. His movement is clearly not the same.
     
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    Pistol Pete, I agree whole-heartedly with your opinion. Sampras hired Higueras in the spring of 2002, I believe right before Indian Wells or Key Biscayne. He prompted Sampras to hit groundstrokes for 30-45 minutes after every match. (a strategy that was very foreign to Sampras) His last match with Higueras as coach was the Court 2 Wimbledon "nightmare" of a match he played against George Bastl. I have never seen Sampras play such passive, defensive tennis. Another thing worth mentioning, the 2002 Davis Cup tie between Spain and the U.S. was held on grass courts in Houston. This was in April, within 1 month of hiring Higueras. Pete got beat by...wait for it...Alex Corretja! Pete's results at Roland Garros: 1st round loss to Andrea Gaudenzi (who Pete smoked on clay in Palermo at a Davis Cup match in 1995). So, before I digress any further...I am not so sure Higueras is "the" model coach for an all-court player such as Federer. His most notable success was with Chang and Courier, two players who played a style of tennis that parallels Higueras' style. We shall see...One thing that is clear though is Federer's best bet is to hope for conditions like Roma in 2006 and attacking Nadal's forehand (yes, his forehand) with a strong cross-court backhand early in rallies.
     
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    Mabe Higueras will finally convince Fed to switch to a bigger frame.
     
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    Yep that and a 2 hand backhand are the keys for him winning the French Open. :)
     
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    You mean like the way he conviced Courier to switch to a bigger frame when he won his two straight French Opens and made the final of a third the following year? :-?
     
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    Yeah, and the other keys are to slow down his first serves and spin them in and to pick his butt before every point. :-?
     
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    wiki: Higueras retired from the professional tour in 1986. After retiring as a player, he became a successful, world renowned tennis coach. He coached Jim Courier to reaching the World No. 1 singles ranking in 1992 as well as Michael Chang, Pete Sampras, Todd Martin, Carlos Moyà, Sergi Bruguera, Dmitry Tursunov, and Guillermo Coria. He currently coaches Robby Ginepri and Shahar Pe'er and resides in Palm Springs, California where he runs José Higueras Tennis (www.higuerastennis.com).


    He has recently been hired as a coach for Roger Federer during the clay season. [1]
     
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    yes this is fantastic, finally what he needs!
     
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    i'm so sick of this switch to a bigger frame crap! i see 4.0 everyday tennis players playing with the k-factor 90 that have no problem using it at all, this is roger federer for godsake, he knows how to use a racquet like this, there is no need for him to change to a bigger frame and the suggestion is ridiculous
     
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    Courier never needed to increase his racquet size during his career. He just improved. But Mabe Courier could have prolonged his career if he has switched to a bigger racquet too?

    Fed has already increased his racquet size once to keep the ball in play longer and hit less shanks(his words), he just needs to do it again and get an even bigger racquet.

     
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    Did you see Nadal shanking at Miami ? And its a 100" rack, right ?
     
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    lol the racquet discussion again
     
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    That's some very good news,I hope Federer has a good claycourt season so he can defend the number one spot.
     
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    I am sure Roger picked his coach for reasons he saw fit... mainly I would think that he saw in Higueras strengths in coaching areas which he (Roger) felt was lacking in his claycourt game. We will see how effective it is as the clay season progresses. But it is heartening to see Roger trying out new strategies for the season.
     
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    very true.


    The best part, whether Fed benefits or not, is that we won't have to see those silly "Fed needs a coach" threads amd posts for a while :-D
    But I am sure he will benefit.

    edit: oh, beautiful avatar, shooter !
     
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    Your post is contradictory. If he will benefit from a coach he should have hired one a long time before, thus the threads on the issue were not pointless and people starting them were correct to do so.
     
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    Don't be so specific, we all get the point from his post.
     
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    No prob. 10 chars
     
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    Finally..........

    I have been saying Fed should get Higueras ever since the French last year. Forget about racquets and playing style, Fed has that under control. What Higueras is a master at is clay court tactics. He made clay court masters out of Courier and Bruguera and I think he can give Fed the mental tactical edge to add to an already impressive game. I don't know if this move is in time for this years FO, but I think it will add to Fed abilities.

    TennezSport :cool:
     
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    That's okay, Daddy. I put a smiley there, btw.

    Today most of us are tired with the Fed needs an bigger racquet threads also. Let's say he goes to a 95" and benefits, then those threads were not pointless, but we were still irritated, weren't we ?
     
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    I got it along the way. ;) Anyways I was wondering why were these things poping up when he was rolling and winning almost everything he entered. These days it is understandable to write that he needs a coach or frame or whatever, not that he would oblige and do as we say. But why in the world would you write about his needs in '06 or '07 is beyond my knowledge.
     
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    this is the best news i've heard all day
     
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    WOW! Is all I can say...would have never guessed it. And its a shame at this point I can"t remember who Jose was working with before.
     
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    You don't have to remember, it's mentioned 2 or 3 times in this thread. :)


    Ginepri and Pe'er.
     
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