Roger Federer's coach praises improving Lincolnshire tennis pro Dan Cox
Dan Cox's red-hot form has caught the eye of the coach of tennis legend Roger Federer.
Lincolnshire professional Cox had lifted three trophies in the past five weeks following tournament wins in Manchester, Ireland and, most recently, in Nottingham.
And the 22-year-old almost made it four when he reached the final of another Futures tournament in Chiswick last Saturday, writes Dave Marshall.
Although losing in the final to number one seed Boy Westerhof, who is ranked 270 in the world, the superb form of Cox has been noticed by those at the very top of the game.
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Cox received a text message from Paul Annacone, the man who coaches arguably the best player the world has ever seen, Federer.
"I had won 14 matches in a row before I lost in last Saturday's final," said Cox.
"I received a message from Paul Annacone saying well done on my recent results, so it's nice to know people like that are sitting up and taking notice at what I am doing.
"He was at the LTA and now coaches Roger Federer so he is at the top of the game.
"It was really nice to get the message and made me very happy."
Cox has come to the end of a busy period of matches which has seen him surge up the world rankings.
In the past six weeks, Cox has moved from 517 to 332 in the world and from 18 to number six in the UK.
He is now taking a week off before getting back into training for another tournament in Wrexham on August 25.
"It has been a very productive period for me and I would have taken this if I had been offered it six weeks ago," Cox added.
"I was going through a tough period, but then I was eventually getting the rewards for a lot of hard work and managed to win a few tournaments.
"It's difficult to put my finger on what changed, but I think it was down to just relaxing a bit more and letting my game do the talking."