"And he probably says that a lot at the moment and I am using him a lot."
Hutchins believes his friend has all the attributes to become "a great champion" as he begins his bid next week to become Britain's first Wimbledon men's winner since Fred Perry in 1936.
"You dream about being able to time the ball that sweetly and to have the precision that he has," says Hutchins.
"Mentally he's so strong, he's able to rise to occasions and serve aces on break points, he's able to capitalize when he senses his opponent is struggling with a certain tactic.
"He is a superstar, he's a master tactician, and he's as feisty and competitive as they come."