Federer coaching appointment the latest in a new trend

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Roger Federer has announced that Stefan Edberg will be joining his coaching team and will be helping prepare for the Australian Open on January 13.

The first major tournament of the year is upon us and three of the top six players in the world now have past champions in their corner to show them how to get it done.

Andy Murray can possibly be credited with starting the modern trend when he appointed eight-time grand slam champion Ivan Lendl at the end of 2011.

The relationship has blossomed over the years with Lendl having a calm influence on Murray and being credited with telling the tennis ace the old cliche that the best way to end a match is by winning the last point.

The Scot has always displayed his immense talent for the sport and since Lendl's arrival he has looked far more composed whilst playing the game he loves.

Murray has famously gone on to win Olympic gold, his first grand slam with the US Open title at the end of 2012 and this was then followed by his brilliant Wimbledon triumph last summer.

Novak Djokovic followed suit by employing Boris Becker in an attempt to gain the mental strength to be able to see off his opponents in a more clinical fashion.

The Serbian tennis star matches up with a six-time grand slam champion in Becker which is exactly the same amount that he has currently.

Finally, another six-time grand slam champion in Edberg will try and use his tactical nous to guide Federer back to glory in Australia next week.

It's just Rafael Nadal that's left without a previous champion to coach him out of the once dubbed 'big four' in the tennis world. 

Uncle Tony, however, is more than proving that he knows what it takes to guide his nephew to numerous world titles. 

Perhaps this will lead to other names swapping the commentary box for the coaching scene as more and more elite tennis players crave that mental edge over their rivals.

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