Roger Federer has long been followed by signs reading, "Shh...genius at work." He may want to start replacing those signs with ones simply stating, "Shh..."
For Federer, getting out of his own way may be the step he needs to make something of this year.
A disappointing 2013 season saw the Swiss star look uncertain. He still sought to be the same old champion throughout the campaign, relying on his own methods to make up for each failed week. Nothing worked, and he continued foundering.
And he still insisted nothing was really wrong.
Although the tried-and-true strategy is the prerogative of a 17-time Grand Slam champion, it clearly wasn't cutting it anymore. He had to be open to change. For Federer, that meant a renaissance of sorts.
Here are five ways in which his reinvention will help him find success in 2014.