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Does recent Aussie loss amplify Federer's need for a coach?

Since a semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semifinals, Roger Federer has been the face of scrutiny. And the perpetual pressure the world No. 1 endures is unlikely to subside. Perhaps a full-time, devoted coach is in order.

Updated: January 30, 2008, 6:44 PM ET
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

Does Roger Federer need a coach? Or is even asking this question a form of heresy? Federer has dominated tennis so regally and comprehensively over the past four years that he has come to be regarded as an avatar of tennis' code of self-reliance. Goes the thinking: He's so good, he doesn't need a coach. Federer, so many note, is a throwback to the days when the great Australian champions such as Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall autonomously traveled the world without entourages.

But maybe ...

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