“After a terrific 3 ½ years working together, Paul and I have decided to move on to the next chapter in our professional lives. When we started together we had a vision of a 3 year plan to win another Grand Slam title and get back to the number #1 ranking. Along with many other goals and great memories, these 2 main goals were achieved. After numerous conversations culminating at the end of our most recent training block, we felt like this was the best time and path for both of us. Paul remains a dear friend, and we both look forward to continuing our friendship. I want to thank Paul for his help and the value he has added to me and my team.”
The once No. 1 Federer has had a challenging season seeing his ranking fall currently to No. 7. His last major title win was the Wimbledon title back in July of 2012. The Swiss is battling to qualify for his 12th straight appearance at the Year-End Championships – the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
On Thursday Federer lost to No. 42 Gael Monfils in the third round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters.
Federer was asked about his quest to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals after his loss to Monfils.: “I’m just going to focus on trying to play well. I’m not too focused on what’s the points system. I have no idea actually to be honest if I’m seven, eight, six, nine, or ten right now, what it takes. I’m just going to try to have a good tournament in Basel and Paris. In the end, if I get the invite, I’ll be there. If I don’t, I’ll prepare for next year.”
Federer is in 8th place in the ATP Race to London. Only the top 8 singles players will participate in the event.
Federer’s only title of the year came at Halle back in June.