May 22, 2013; Paris, FRANCE; Tennis coach Paul Annacone (left) talks with Roger Federer (SUI) during a practice session in advance of the 2013 French Open at Roland Garros. Mandatory Credit: Pierre Lahalle/Presse Sports via USA TODAY Sports

Roger Federer parts ways with coach Paul Annacone

After three and a half season, Roger Federer will no longer b coached by Paul Annacone. The decision to part ways was made a few days ago.

His recent struggles this year may have been the primary reason behind the two splitting.

According to Sports Illustrated,

The move comes only two days after Federer’s latest surprising loss in a year filled with them: He was beaten 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 in the third round of the Shanghai Masters by Gael Monfils, a former top-10 player now ranked 42nd and recently back from injury.

The defeat hurt the 32-year-old Federer’s chances of qualifying for the season-ending ATP Tour Finals, a tournament that gathers the top eight singles players.

Federer used to be a lock for the field, year-in and year-out – he spent more weeks at No. 1 in the ATP rankings than any other man. But Federer was ranked only No. 7 last Monday and is no longer nearly the dominant presence he was for a decade.

Federer has struggled at times in 2013 with a bad back. He’s also experimented off and on with a larger racket head. He failed to reach at least one final at any of the four Grand Slam tournaments, something that last happened to him in 2002. That year also marked the last time he was ranked lower than he is now.

I know there are a lot of people who are anxious to see Roger Federer get back to his winning ways, including me. I understand he’s aging, but I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Federer winning Grand Slams.

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