There are very few days until Roger Federer’s return to tennis. The 39-year-old Swiss player, absent from the circuit for more than a year – he last played in the semifinals of the Australian Open 2020 – will reappear at the ATP 250 in Doha, which will begin next Monday, March 8. But after that long period without playing professionally, his physical condition seems to leave some doubts in his environment.
In an interview with the Swiss daily Tages-Anzeiger, Pierre Paganini, Federer’s physical trainer for more than two decades, spoke about his preparation and warned: “Roger’s muscles deteriorated considerably.”
This 63-year-old coach, who met His Majesty at the Swiss Federation’s National Tennis Center when he was a teenager and is one of the pillars of his team, explained that his right knee surgeries were what greatly complicated his implementation. ready.
“This knee (his right) had been causing him problems for several years. But you could have them under control, with adapted planning and specific exercises. He and the whole team had been working on it for a long time, ”Paganini explained.
His knee problems began in 2016 – he missed the second half of that season on the left – and last year Roger had to undergo surgery twice for problems with his other leg. When in 2017 he did not play for half a year, he returned to become champion of the Australian Open and later in Wimbledon. Although now, according to Pierre Paganini, the process is more difficult.
“The big difference from 2016 is that when he took a break after Wimbledon, his muscles were always there. Now we had a total rupture where the muscles deteriorated considerably. A long time passed between the first operation and the time of July (when she had the second one). His muscles were no longer in the same condition, the imbalances were extreme. He needed more recovery time. Towards the beginning of October, we started training at the lowest level. We tried from the beginning to incorporate coordination aspects into the structure ”, explained the physical trainer.
But regardless of the increasing demands, Federer, who will turn 40 in August, works with great optimism and is focused on making a great return in Doha, a tournament that he has already won three times: 2005, 2006 and 2011.
“Roger always sees things in a positive light. He trains practically normally. If you could see him you would say ‘he’s not injured, everything is fine’. But we must not forget that only when all the stages are finished does reactivity begin to work. This is very important in tennis. We have been working on that for a long time and that is where you can see if the puzzle works, in all its variations. That is where we are now. This is good for him because it took an incredible amount of patience to get to this point, ”concluded Paganini about the Swiss player, who is currently fifth in the world rankings. (Infobae) (GG)