"You can't teach the natural talent of a Federer, but you can teach the habits." (Getty Images)

"You better believe in what you're trying to do and the way that you’re trying to deliver it. Time and time again that philosophy has rung true in my mind because I’ve seen the greats do it. You can't teach the natural talent of a Federer, but you can teach the habits that he has around himself that have allowed that talent to blossom."

Paul Annacone joins the TENNIS.com Podcast this week with Nina Pantic to try to help everyone understand what it is that separates the greats from everyone else. (Irina Falconi had to miss the episode while on tour).  

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Annacone wears a lot of hats in the game, but he's best known as the former coach of Pete Sampras and Roger Federer. He coached Sampras from 1995 until the end of his career in 2002, winning nine Grand Slams together. In 2010, he started working with Federer, helping him return to No. 1 and win the 2012 Wimbledon title. 

The 56-year-old has also worked with Tim Henman, Sloane Stephens and now, Taylor Fritz. He started commentating for Tennis Channel five years ago, has been a part of the USTA, LTA and Tennis Australia, and wrote a book, Coaching for Life, in 2017. 

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