‘In the end, Roger Federer decides on…’, says top coach

Roger Federer’s goal is precisely to participate in the two aforementioned tournaments and achieve the best physical shape for the season on grass and, above all, Wimbledon. “After the operation, he had in mind when he would return. He was aiming for the Australian Open, but when I realized that progress was low, I realized that he had to be careful, change something. At that moment I felt that my season would start on grass ”, explained the Swiss at the end of his experience in Qatar. “Together with my team, we should have a good understanding of how much effort my body can take to better plan the next commitments. For me, the most important thing is to be at your best during the season on the grass ” In recent weeks, Federer has decided to train intensively and not play official matches. Ivan Ljubicic spoke about his current state in an exclusive interview with Gazzetta dello Sport. “How is Roger Federer? Very well, Roger is training for his return, expected in Geneva in mid-May. When he returned to Doha, it seems to me that he has shown that with the racket in hand he is fine, he is still capable of do it, so there is confidence.” Roger Federer’s long-time coach and friend Severin Luthi recently provided an update on the Swiss maestro’s fitness and training schedule. Luthi claimed that Federer is yet to reach the desired fitness levels, and that practice sessions are not as frequent as they generally would be during tournaments.

Luthi on 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.” Luthi claimed that Federer is a good student who heeds his coach’s advice, but added that the decision-making rests solely on the 39-year-old when he is on the court. “Roger is a very good listener, that’s important,” Luthi said. “But I see us coaches more as consultants. In the end, he decides on the court. Roger gives you a lot back,” Luthi said. “I’ve learned a lot on the human side.” Federer’s personal archive to be auctioned includes the outfit and racquet from his victory against Robin Soderling in the 2009 French Open final. The shoes he used in the final are also up for sale as it is still coated in the red clay dust. The items for sale also include Federer’s kit for the 2007 Wimbledon Championships, where he won in the final against his good friend and rival, Rafael Nadal. 

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