Tabilo reveals he split from long-term coach before best-ever Masters run in Rome

The Chilean ended his nearly 10-year partnership with Guillermo Gomez after Madrid

Alejandro Tabilo Imago/Panoramic

Alejandro Tabilo revealed on Wednesday that his sensational run to the semi-finals of the Rome Masters has come without a coach.

The Chilean has enjoyed the week of his life after beating world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the third round, following it with wins over Karen Khachanov and Zhang Zhizhen to reach the semi-finals of a Masters 1000 for the first time.

And the 26-year-old has done it all without he help of his long-time coach, Guillermo Gomez, with whom he had been together for 10 years before their split a couple of weeks ago.

“These last two weeks, three weeks, I’ve been with no coach,” Tabilo said. “We split up after Madrid. There is just a few problems with kind of logistics with the coaches because we have, like, a pretty big team. We just couldn’t see eye-to-eye (on) some things.

It w”as a good split. We both decided it was best for us. I mean, with my coaches and everything, we’re still okay. Just we decided to split.”

Tabilo: “I’ve been playing loose”

Tabilo thanked family and friends for helping him through the split and said he had surprised himself by playing so well on such a big stage, so soon.

“It was extremely tough,” he said. “That’s why I’ve been so thankful for the people that have been around me these past few weeks. Mentally was crazy because we were together for almost 10 years now. It was pretty sad. I had a lot of phone calls, a lot of talks with my family, with my friends. They helped a lot.

“It’s been pretty crazy that I was able to keep my mental still pretty stable. I’ve been playing loose. We’ve been trying to not even think about too much tactics or anything. We’ve just been playing the game. I’ve been swinging. Lately it’s been working.

“After this whole swing, after Roland Garros, I’m going to determine what I’m going to do. After that, try and regroup better.”

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