Federer has not found a new coach

Updated: January 20, 2004, 2:51 AM ET
Reuters

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Wimbledon champion Roger Federer has blasted former player Pat Cash for criticizing his decision to split from coach Peter Lundgren.

Federer, who fired Lundgren last month, said it was unfair of Cash to write a newspaper article accusing the Swiss world No. 2 of being ill-prepared for the Australian Open.

"I cannot believe what he says," Federer said after cruising through his first-round match in Melbourne 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 against American Alex Bogomolov Jr.

"Everything he said is not true. What he is saying is definitely not right. It's not fair."

Former Wimbledon champion Cash, writing in the Sunday Times, called it "inexplicable" for Federer to part company with Lundgren before the season's first Grand Slam tournament.

"Why Lundgren actually got fired is a mystery to me. With a Grand Slam so close, the timing was not very clever," said the Australian, who suggested Federer's girlfriend, former player Miroslav Vavrinec, had too much influence on him.

"Apparently, Federer flew straight off with Vavrinec for a holiday in Mauritius," Cash said.

"Clearly a few decisions were made as the couple sat on a beach with the Indian Ocean lapping at their toes."

But Federer, who won an ATP tour-high seven titles in 2003, capped by a victory at the prestigious Masters Cup, told Cash to mind his own business.

"I don't even know Pat Cash. As long as I don't know him, I can't take it seriously," he said.

"I know what is true and what is not true, so what Pat Cash says, you know, I don't really care."

Federer said he was still looking for a new coach but did not want to rush into a decision.

"I'm trying to make the right decisions," the 22-year-old added.

"I don't want to stress into something. It's going to take probably ... another few weeks and months.

"I know it's difficult to start the season without a coach. But that was my decision."

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