McEnroe offers to help struggling Federer

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    PARIS, April 4 (Reuters) - Former great John McEnroe has offered to help Roger Federer rediscover his form after the Swiss suffered a series of uncharacteristic defeats this year.

    Since the start of the season, Federer has failed to win a tournament or beat any of his rivals ranked in the world's top four.

    After the world number two's latest loss to Serbia's Novak Djokovic on Friday, when he was knocked out of the Sony Ericsson Open in the semi-finals, McEnroe said he was willing to lend a helping hand.

    "I would really like to help Roger. Especially as he needs to change his strategy if he wants to beat Nadal. And I have an idea about that," the American was quoted as saying in the French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche on Saturday.

    "I can't see myself accompanying a player all year long but it could be really interesting to help out from time to time."


    "I think (Federer) will beat Pete Sampras's record of 14 grand slam wins. But it will not be easy at all for him to become world number one again," McEnroe, a former world number one himself, said.

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/tennisNews/idUKL460330220090404
     
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  2. VivalaVida

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    Federer should accept and have mcenroe help on his volleys. Feds baseline game is turning into pure garbage.
     
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    Federer, accept or I'll give you a kick up the bum :twisted:
     
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    :)

    I think he likes Mac, so this could happen.
     
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  5. lordmanji

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    mac knows a thing or two about dethroning kings. i think even if its a "coach consultant" fed would do well to heed mac.
     
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    I hope this happens but would it really benefit Roger?


    I think that Federer could win Roland Garros IF he :

    1) Hired Mac

    2) Listened to Mac.

    There's a difference between having a coach and listening to one.

    Also, hit baseline came is garbage at the moment because he's not right mentally and he's serverly lacking confidence. If he got back to the confidence level he was at in 2006 his baseline came would return.
     
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    I wouldnt care if Nadal obliterated Sampras' slam record by 10-15 slams . I would be there. Nadal has shown so much more professionalism and seems just like a better human being.

    but like I mentioned before.. The only reason guys are coming to the rescue for Pete is to keep their name in the headlines and say it was them who got Roger over the hump. They are doing it more for self absorbed reasons than to actually help Fed
     
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    But we're not talking about Nadal here :p
     
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    Why would Mac want to help Fed? Hes trashed him tons of times over the years
     
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    Lol McEnroe is probably dreaming about Federer breaking the slam record with him coaching Fed so he gets all the praise,Mac and Fed are both ego maniacs there made to be together.
     
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    Where do u get your information.. Not everyone thinks Fed is a great guy on tour. Ive heard more positive feedback about Nadal than Fed
     
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    And all the players report to you personally about how good Nadal is? :shock:
     
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    Jankovic? Yess yess her
     
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    Ok fine you can go ahead and base your conclusions on Jankovic's interview...All I see is a lot of pro's voting for him and praising him in the media too...but you can go ahead and ignore all of that too to make your point...

    You obviously hate Fed...maybe because he is getting close to Sampras or maybe because some people put him over Sampras in the "GOAT discussions" I don't know...I really don't care about the GOAT title...It's stupid to begin with as each fan will have their own GOAT based on different criterion's

    There is really nothing I can add so I'm not going to bother replying to you anymore...
     
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    Mac was scammed in that art thing in NYC and now needs some buckaroos.. LOL
     
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  16. Serve_Ace

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    McEnroe sees himself in Roger
     
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    But he never had the career of Federer.
     
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    Must have been the racquet smash that did it.

    I don't know if Roger sees himself in Mac, though. I think Roger would accept help from Edberg if he offered.

    But I wonder why people aren't talking more about him accepting help from this guy, Larri Passos, who coached Guga. Especially with clay season coming up.

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=253168

    Especially since

    1) Passos said he'd be willing to travel with Roger, thereby dodging the (alleged) Cahill problem issue; and

    2) it was Guga himself, coached by Passos, who took Roger out of RG in 2004.
     
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  19. Bhagi Katbamna

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    I think Mac really likes Federer and wants to help. I remember around the beginning of 1983, Mac was losing every match to Lendl and Don Budge just said one thing to him and he went on a tear for the next 2 years.
     
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    I agree, I think Federer would be a lot more open to listen to one of his childhood idols, didn't Roger try to model his game after Edberg? I think that Roger might get touched and fired up again seeing so many champions just pulling for him and wanting him to achieve true greatness.
     
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    I was thinking more along the talent in the game and the passion.
     
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    Mcenroe+Federer=Murray
     
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    He already said that in another article recently(before this week)

    The commentators are always picking apart Fed's sloppy volleying technique and indecisiveness in his net game so I guess that's one area Mac could help a bit
     
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    wouldn't it be better for edberg to offer instead for that particular area
     
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    a bbc blogger put the interesting suggestion that federer's unbeatable status in 04-06 benefitted him, rather than especially hindering his opponents. in other words, win after win gave him the confidence to play his game, more than it put others off playing theirs.

    it's possible. his mental game is certainly shot.
     
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    lol. Selfish jerk roger federer also gave nadal a ride on his jet when nadal had problems getting a flight, I forgot when though. He also visited nadal when he was injured in 2005. Boy he such a horrible person.
     
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    Basel.
     
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    thanks.

    10 char
     
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    Didn't I just say that a couple of posts ago?

     
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    It sounds like it would be a good idea. It can't hurt and like you said Passos would be willing to travel with him full time.
     
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    Mac is a self-serving egomaniac. Granted he knows the game but his coaching record is, well, practically non-existent. Fed appears to be incapable of listening and changing his ways to date, so he undoubtedly has similar issues to Mac. I don't see this working out. Could be wrong, but I just don't see it.
     
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    Mcenroe to me represents the smartest player ever to play the game. This sounds like a great idea.
     
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    OWNED X 4 Good Job!

    And this is what I said before too...the guy thinks he knows more than the pros who play Fed regularly throughout the year...all he sees is the pressers where players tend to be very moody
     
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  34. Cesc Fabregas

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    Well everyone knows McEnroe is a jerk people are just sick of hearing 'Federer is a class act' 365 days a year
     
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    Sure he did all the time when he was younger and he also lost his rag in the Wimbledon 2007 final when Nadal was handling him unfortantly Rafa got injured and lost.
     
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    :confused: Not sure what that means
    He only threw the bottles and refused to shake the umps hand after one match because a five year old girl couldve beaten him that day. its not right but lets not judge him on one match
     
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    Nevermind, probably lost in translation.

    Sure, sure, 5 years old girl would have beat him :roll: Well he better get used to 5 year old girls beat him regularly then, since this is closer his real level now than 2006 Federer you guys still dream about.
     
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    How wrong you are my boy. I would be a big fan of Federer even if he was ranked #1000 in the world. I really don't care if he wins every tournament. I just enjoy watching him play his beautiful game.
     
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    Borg stopped when he was a 14 year old, Federer was a brat on court till about 21 big difference.
     
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    exactly..I think the jet ride was to Cincy .About the visit-yes,Nadal was in Switzerland I think.Roger himself was injured and wasnt going to play any tournament till TMC.People just want to pick the guy apart.Every great player has an ego and Nadal is no angel on the court...off it..well..I prefer Roger's outspoken nature anytime and everytime.But thats my choice.Nadal neverthless is a nice guy.

    And like someone else mentioned..Roger was the only guy on tour to send James Blake that get well card and nobody knew about it till James Blake himself spoke out .No player is perfect.Their nature is made of faults just like anyone elses.These keyboard experts would be utter disasters in Federer's place,thats for sure.They're humans and they all go through their highs and lows like everyone else.
     
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    Yes, this is his real level now,the past 4 years and 12 GS were a fluke, he was playing above his true level the whole time. :-?
     
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    same here. I love watching him play and that's why I'm a fan. First people here act like they know federer on a personal level and now they are so sure of the reason fans support roger.
     
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    Fed could get Mac to help with his volleys,
    Borg to help with his groundstrokes,
    Edberg to help with his backhand,
    Laver to help with winning strategy,
    Sampras to help with serves.

    Seriously, I think there are already too many voices in his head.
     
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    he wasnt a brat..his anger was directed at himself.. being unable to control your emotions dosent equate to being bratty.
     
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    same here...I dont give a damn about bandwagon hoppers.I'm a Federer fan and that will not change.
     
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    Beautiful post!
     
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    agree with most of that:)
     
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    We all know you are special BP and I have no doubt that this is true for you, but most of the people are not like that.
     
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    I am talking about level he is capable of playing now, not 2 and more years ago.
     
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  50. Serve_Ace

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    Same here, I will always be a Federer fan no matter win or lose. His strokes are just beautiful and just amazing, even when he makes those unforced errors his strokes still looks good. Sometimes when I'm watching Roger play I wonder if I'm watching to see him win or just too see that beautiful forehand.
     
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