“He Is Not Hurt”: Physical Trainer Gives Update on Roger Federer’s Condition Ahead of His Comeback at Qatar Open 2021


Roger Federer
Roger Federer

Former World No.1 Roger Federer will return to the circuit through Qatar Open 2021 next month after nearly more than a year hiatus. Meanwhile, Pierre Paganini, the Swiss Maestro’s physical trainer, admits that the 20-time Grand Slam champion’s muscles have deteriorated considerably.  

Federer has not played a single match since the Australian Open 2020 due to his right knee injury and two surgeries and rehabilitation.

There was an expectation that the 39-years-old from Basel returned to tour via the recently concluded Melbourne Park major event. However, he skipped owing to his recovery from injury and strict COVID-19 quarantine measures in Down Under. 

Anyhow, World No.5 will be in the ATP Tour in March when he is scheduled to compete at the Qatar Open in Doha.  

“The big difference with 2016 is that it was ultimately a long break between Australia and Wimbledon, so his muscles were actually still there. This time, we are not really in the same situation, we had a total interruption, and I must admit that the muscles have deteriorated considerably,” Pierre Paganini said in a recent interview with daily Tagesanzeiger.

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A physical trainer continued, “The right knee had been causing him problems for several years. But he had them under control, with adapted planning and specific exercises. He and the whole team had been working on it for a long time.”

“Roger Won’t Overdo Anything If It Doesn’t Make Sense”, says Pierre Paganini

Federer was back to training in November 2020. Since then, Roger has spent many hours keeping his body in good shape and resharpening his skills. The legend, who has won 103 tour-level titles, is now preparing himself ahead of his comeback in the Arabian sea shoreline. 

Paganini added, “He actually trains almost normally. If you were to watch, you would say: he is not hurt. Everything is fine. But one must not forget: Only when all the stages are over, you begin to work on reactivity in pre-exhaustion.”

“In the strength area, back to where it was before the injury. But it’s not just about the volume of the muscles but also polyvalence. One must not forget: tennis is not a strength sport,” the Fitness coach confessed.

When asked about Roger’s recovery and training, Paganini explained, “There is absolutely nothing to hide here: We are working hard on his speed because we know very well that this will be an important point. The first time he jumped over the hurdle again, he was almost euphoric. Hey! Now it’s not the crutches anymore. Now it’s the hurdles.”

“He will never risk his health. He needs to be healthy in the second phase of his life. He has this cleverness. He won’t overdo anything if it doesn’t make sense. He’s very strategic and farsighted,” Pierre on Roger’s health.

In conclusion, speaking about RF’s presence at Dubai tennis championships 2021, the Physical trainer said, “At the moment, it is only clear that he is playing Doha, then we’ll see.”

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