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Longtime friend a source of advice for Federer

For all his accomplishments and accolades after four-plus years of dominance, the one discernible inconsistency in Roger Federer's game has been a full-time coach. However, there has been one under-the-radar figure who has been invaluable to the world No. 1.

Originally Published: February 12, 2008
By James Martin | Tennis.com

In the third set of the 2004 Wimbledon final, Roger Federer found himself tied at one set all, but down 2-4 to an in-the-zone Andy Roddick. That's when rain forced the players off the court. Roddick huddled with his coach, Brad Gilbert. Who did Federer seek out? A proprietary trader at Credit Suisse named Reto Staubli, a good friend who, as the world No. 1 put it after the match, "also used to play tennis a bit."

Staubli's advice: Start charging the net.

It was a turning ...

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