Federer hoping Higueras' wisdom rubs off in time for French Open

There's much more than meets the eye when it comes to assessing Jose Higueras. Roger Federer's newest coach has an understanding of the game that goes much deeper than merely striking tennis balls. And as the French Open approaches, it appears to be exactly what the doctor ordered.

Updated: April 23, 2008, 11:16 AM ET
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

When it comes to assessing the new relationship between Jose Higueras and Roger Federer, let's first clear up one major misperception. Yes, Higueras is from Spain, where he learned to play the game in Barcelona on red clay. Yes, Higueras had his best results as a player on clay, reaching two French Open semis and twice winning in the exceptionally thick conditions of Hamburg on his way to a career-high ranking of No. 6 in the world. And yes, two of Higueras' most notable charges, Michael Chang ...

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