‘Roger Federer made one decisive contribution to it’, says trainer

Roger Federer’s return to the field is increasingly imminent. The Swiss phenomenon will be the great protagonist of the ATP 250 in Doha, scheduled for the second week of March according to the new calendar (influenced by the global pandemic). The former world number 1 has not set foot on the pitch for over a year, considering that his last official appearance was in the semi-final of the Australian Open 2020 against Novak Djokovic. Many are wondering if King Roger will be able to return to competition at the age of 40 and after two surgeries on his right knee, which forced him to skip most of last season. It was thought that the 39-year-old from Basel would have chosen the Australian Open 2021 as the venue for his return, but the less than perfect physical condition and the strict local government measures have caused him to take more time. The Rossocross legend will aim to be ready for Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, postponed by twelve months due to the Coronavirus emergency. In a recent interview with Rene Stauffer, his historic athletic trainer Pierre Paganini praised the mental attitude of the Maestro.

Paganini on Roger Federer

“When you decide to stop, you will stop. Because you can’t or don’t want to. Of course there is a limit,” Pierre Paganini stated. “You are training very hard right now because you want to know: where is this limit? And where am I in relation to that? And it is Roger Federer who says that. We are talking about someone incredible. What is often underestimated with him is the patience he has. Without this patience, retirement would have come a long time ago. You have to have incredible personal qualities in order to continue having this passion in training. Mentally too, and then also in games.” He added: “It’s a bit early to answer this question. He’s also the fifth generation he’s playing against. The opponents are strong, tennis is getting stronger. And he made one decisive contribution to it. So it is almost his fault that it is so. But I would like to emphasise that he also knows that the road will be a little longer. I cannot imagine him not asking questions about the withdrawal. But when he decided to have surgery and said: ‘I want to know if I can again’, it was logical that he did not want to think about the end of his career. He had chosen a route that would take several months and would aim to return, not to say goodbye.”

Federer is currently recovering well after his second surgery

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