Here’s the scoop from Eurosport (click here for original):
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, when he was knocked out of the Miami Masters 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 (Rafael Nadal). And I have an idea about that,” the American was quoted as saying in the French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche.
“I can’t see myself accompanying a player all year long but it could be really interesting to help out from time to time.”
Federer has failed to beat his greatest rival Nadal for almost 18 months and has emerged second best in their last five meetings, including five-set final thrillers at last July’s Wimbledon and at the Australian Open in February.
McEnroe said the Spaniard could cause Federer, who is one shy of Pete Sampras’s all time Grand Slam title record of 14, even more problems in the future.
“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,” said McEnroe, a former world number one himself.
“Even though Roger is a fantastic player, I think that Nadal will play at a higher level this year than last year provided he stays in a good shape. It could be hard for Roger to keep up.”
Hear that Roger? John McEnroe, the guy who pushed the great Bjorn Borg into retirement by breaking his win streak at Wimbledon, wants to help you beat Nadal – (and why not Djokovic and Murray, while he’s at it?) I suggest you take a meeting.
And wouldn’t it be cool if Edberg and Becker joined McEnroe to form some kind of super-duper Fed-coaching triumvirate? How intimidating would it be to see those guys lined up in the player’s box? Yeah, I know, keep dreaming!