‘I just try to do everything in my power to help Roger Federer’, says top coach

After an absence of around fourteen months, caused by double knee surgery and the pandemic, Roger Federer returned to the field this year at the ATP tournament in Doha. In this tournament he won his first match by defeating the fearsome and in any case difficult British Daniel Evans and was defeated in the quarterfinals by the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, later the winner of the tournament. Federer was in pretty good condition and was one step away from the semi-finals with the opponent also canceling a match point. However, the question everyone is asking now is when will Federer return? The reality is that the Swiss recently canceled his participation in the Masters 1000 tournament in Madrid (where he initially entered) and in his place will participate in the ATP 250 in Geneva, a tournament that he will use in preparation for Roland Garros. While Federer will not be a huge favorite in clay tournaments, the Swiss champion has done everything and will be skilled and ready for the second Grand Slam tournament of the season. However, Roger Federer’s declared objectives in this 2021 are two and they are clear to all: the Swiss is aiming decisively for the Wimbledon tournament, a tournament in which he has won several times and where he dreams of the last big shot and especially the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, a tournament that will see Federer fight for his first Olympic gold medal in an individual tournament. In a recent conversation with SRF Sport, Severin Luthi claimed that Roger Federer still has some catching up to do before he can get into peak shape.

Severin Luthi speaks about Roger Federer

“In terms of fitness, Roger Federer is still lagging behind, which is a priority,” Severin Luthi said. “Tennis practice sessions are very intense and good, but are not taking place that often yet like it would be in a tournament environment.” Federer’s coach explained that he generally tries to convey a sense of calm to the player, but that when the situation arises, he can show his emotions and celebrate points. “I just try to do everything in my power to help him,” Luthi continued. “I try to exude a certain calm. If I have the feeling that it is appropriate to show emotions or to get up, then I’ll do it.” Former world number one Roger Federer, who is gearing up for the clay-court season to take place in Geneva, announced earlier today that he will be auctioning off some personal items that he secured over the course of two decades. The auction will have two sales, in June and July this year, where fans will get the opportunity to own and cherish Federer’s great moments at Grand Slams. 

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