Melbourne:World Number 1 tennis player Roger Federer of Switzerland admits that splitting with coaching guru Tony Roche was a tough blow and that the legendry coach is an asset for Llyeton Hewitt, the Australian media reported on Tuesday.
"Lleyton's a pretty good player already. He's been Number 1 in the world and he's won his fair share of grand slams, the most important ones basically. I'm sure Tony can teach him some stuff. I think you never know enough, so it's good to have a guy like Tony on his side, for sure," Federer was quoted as saying by The Age.
Federer split with Roche before last year's French Open after a two-and-a-half year association that yielded six grand slam tournament trophies for the Swiss superstar.
The World Number 1 and defending champion at the Australian Open accepted that calling off the association with Roche was a difficult decision for him.
"Of course it's a pity that we're not together any more. It was a tough blow in some ways, the way it didn't work out. But sometimes that's the way it goes. It's been a bit of a change obviously. It was hard - just before the French Open - and I've had to definitely adjust my practice sessions accordingly, you know, getting really well organised with practice partners, sparring partners," he added.