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Boris Becker believes former world number one Roger Federer has made a positive decision in splitting with coach Paul Annacone as he bids to rediscover his best form.
Federer has had a disappointing season and is not yet guaranteed a place in the year-ending ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London.
The 17-time grand slam champion will hope to do well enough in upcoming tournaments in his home town of Basle in Switzerland and then in Paris in order to secure his place at the O2.
He has taken the decision to part with coach Annacone and former Wimbledon champion-turned-pundit Becker believes it is a good move.
“He could have walked off into the sunset with Paul but this move tells me that Roger still has the fire and the motivation,” Becker told the Daily Mail.
“I am one of Roger’s biggest fans and I don’t like seeing him lose in the second or third round of the Slams, but as long as he wants to play it is up to him, he deserves that respect.”
Becker believes Federer can rediscover his previous outstanding form and even thinks he could triumph at the ATP World Tour Finals – provided he makes it.
The German commentator added: “He will know better than anyone that he was a better tennis player at 25 than now. I don’t see him as a contender for No 1 but he is still very good on faster surfaces. I would not rule out him winning at the O2.”
Federer could benefit from current Wimbledon champ Andy Murray’s decision to miss the London showdown next month as he recovers from a back injury, where the world’s best players will assemble for the coveted overall prize.