Roger Federer Says He’s Not In A Slump; Admits Back, Racquet Are Issues Right Now
by Tom Gainey | July 23rd, 2013, 9:26 am
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Roger Federer is back in Switzerland this week for his home Gstaad event. Federer hasn’t played the tournament since 2004 when he took the title. This weekend, after losing to the 114th-ranked Federico Delbonis in the Hamburg semifinals, the pressure is mounting for the former No. 1 and his new racquet to come through.

“I feel okay,” Federer said. “It’s been a tricky season, to say the least.

“Clearly I’ve been asking myself questions of how can I get out of, I wouldn’t call it a slump because I did win Halle in between, and I know that the game’s just around the corner,” Federer added. “It’s just important that I take the right decisions, how to move forward from here and then how I bounce back, because usually when things don’t go so well I find a way, and that’s what I’m looking for right now.”

Federer is ranked No. 5 this week but with 1,000 Cincinnati championship points to defend next month, he could slide further down the list.

“Right now it’s important for me to maintain my ranking, and eventually hopefully when I win big tournaments again or more tournaments, then I can move up again. Right now, I just need to first make sure that I’m healthy, that I do all the right things in practice and then that I can attack again in the matches.”

Federer also said that his back wasn’t in perfect shape in Hamburg and he’s still uncertain about his recent switch to the new, 98 square inch racquet which he’ll use for a second time this week. The 31-year-old made it clear that based on results he may even go back to the old frame for the US Open hardcourts.

“So far, I’m happy with this change, but I need many hours on the court to see if this is a good decision,” Federer told ESPN. “I haven’t yet taken the decision on whether to use it in the US. I still need to think it over.”

Today is also the birthday of Federer’s twin girls, Charlene Riva and Myla Rose, who turned four on Tuesday.

Federer will play the winner of the Daniel Brands-Marco Chiudinelli in the second round at Gtaad on Thursday.


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48 Comments for Roger Federer Says He’s Not In A Slump; Admits Back, Racquet Are Issues Right Now

El Flaco Says:

Anyone that has watched Federer for many years can see he is walking a little funny. It reminds me of this lady at my office who broke her pelvis.

He is defending poorly on his forehand side because of the back issues. You have to bend over and swing up at the same time to defend on the forehand side and you can see Fed trying to maintain an upright posture while hitting forehands on the run which reduces your range.

Defending off the backhand side is still pretty good. It is easier on the back because you just turn your shoulders and let the racquet come down to slice it.


RZ Says:

Will be a tough match for Fed in light of his back problems. Brands isn’t a pushover, and I remember a recent interview with Fed where he said he has a hard time playing against Marco Chiudinelli because they’re friends and go way back.


TennisZod Says:

Good, Fed’s on the first stage now. First denial, next anger. Remember the 5 stages:

Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.


hawkeye Says:

^^^TZ, I see you are at stage 2 then.

#AjdeTempKing
#RIP2011


ted echols Says:

Advice to Fed
Take your own advice-If you’re sick, don’t play. If you’re injured, don’t play.


Brando Says:

He seems set on the idea to continue: so I say good luck Fed!


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Best of luck Roger with whatever you decide to do.


Rogerisclass Says:

wim or lose, no matter. Roger is greatest player ever.

I love you, Roger.


NachoF Says:

Please correct the title.
“Says He’s not I’m in a slump” cant be correct.


Tom Gainey Says:

@NachoF: Thanks. Fixed!


Humble Rafa Says:

I know that the game’s just around the corner

Clearly delusional. He is not sure which corner.


skeezer Says:

“Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.”

These words are for the players chasing Feds 17, not Fed. There is no depression when your better than the rest.


Humble Rafa Says:

Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.

I am in stage 5 thankfully. I have accepted that I am a goat owner who will be GOAT.


TennisZod Says:

NOT in a SLUMP but can’t beat top 10 players and some 100+ ranked players.

Denial?


TennisZod Says:

He probably won’t lift the trophy but has won a cow.

http://tennis.si.com/2013/07/23/roger-federer-cow-swiss-open/


queen Says:

When I win big tournaments again…did he really say that???


skeezer Says:

Well its multiple moniker HR,TZ littering the blog again with his/hers attention deficit disorder issues. All for attention. No wonder posters have gone away. Who wants to read mockers of the fans and the game?

out.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Skeezer exactly its boring.


malher Says:

yes skeezer – agree!!


Giles Says:

http://alturl.com/gppvp
Fed presented with a cow named Desiree in Gstaad!
Farm coming along nicely, a goat and a cow. What next? Lol


Giles Says:

http://alturl.com/gdnw7
Twitter reaction to the Goat’s new cow!!


Giles Says:

http://alturl.com/ymtxv
Meet Desiree. Fed’s new pet? Lol


madmax Says:

Oh dear. Giles is back with more cow stories. Now Goat, I don’t mind!

Here is what Fed said a couple of days ago about his back: and please let’s get this right, Fed was asked a question about his back. He doesn’t make excuses, like some others….Giles!

Federer nudged aside more queries about the state of his back, which occasionally bothers him and which appeared to be taped in Hamburg. He said: “Honestly, last week was not optimal, I couldn’t play as free as I would have liked to do.

“But I just want to make a good preparation and am doing everything to be ready for my first match.”

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/110957/federer-a-man-on-a-mission-at-his-home-gstaad-event#ixzz2Zxce0wsn

and now having signed for Brisbane, the Fed is not even thinking of retiring, so I wish those stories would just be locked away, for at least another 2-3 years.

Enjoy him while we can.


Bad Knee Rules Says:

I would rather have that civillized Swiss custom than this barbaric Spanish custom in the middle of Europe…

http://youtu.be/g9x3c9Q77fo


TennisZod Says:

Excuses excuses


Humble Rafa Says:

and now having signed for Brisbane, the Fed is not even thinking of retiring, so I wish those stories would just be locked away, for at least another 2-3 years.

Arrogant One is about to bring his big bag to take the $$$ at these tournaments. Won’t last long. Rake it in while you can.


NK Says:

“Excuses excuses”
TZ: Wonder if you have ever heard of a guy who has a permanent “injury” label attached to him everytime he loses, but not when he wins.

Hmmm…the name rhymes with halal.

Compared to him, Fed is a novice in the excuses game.


TennisZod Says:

NK, Roger is becoming that guy whose name rhymes with halal, albeit with much less success. At least that guy got some clay titles this year.

How Nadal of him to play clay tournaments in a hardcourt season and then talk of backache after a loss.
Kneedal and Backderer!

#Ajde


Hawkeye Says:

When did IW switch to clay? #Rhetorical

Rafa has more titles this year than Nole, Fed and Muzz combined lol.

#Humb1eGOAT


Kimberly Says:

Indian Wells, Australia and Miami are the hardcourts most favorable to Rafas game. But they are still that—hard courts.


TennisZod Says:

^but No1e owns those tournaments :D
AO for sure.


Hawkeye Says:

“There’s a moment when the rankings aren’t that important anymore. Honestly, I don’t even know what my current ranking is. Fourth? Fifth? Third? Today, my ranking isn’t that important to me anymore.”

http://tennis.si.com/2013/07/24/roger-federer-rankings/

Federer added, “Right now it’s important for me to maintain my ranking, and eventually hopefully when I win big tournaments again or more tournaments, then I can move up again.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2013/07/30/Gstaad-Monday-Federer-Returns.aspx

#Confused


Hawkeye Says:

TZ, such low criteria for “owning” a tournament.

Only made it past the semis once in the last five years.

Maybe Nole can buy it from Larry Ellison. About the only way Nole can own IW, no?

#AjdeTempKing
#RIP2011Jan-Sep


TennisZod Says:

great post, Hawkeye at 8:11 pm
silly post, Hawkeye at 8:32 pm

#No1e
#NumbersDontLie


Hawkeye Says:

Rafa has more majors, Masters 1000, career titles and winning H2H vs. Nole. Since Rafa’s return, Rafa has 7 titlles to Nole’s two.

#Ouch
#NumbersDontLie


Kimberly Says:

Nadal haslayed one hard court event in the last year and a half, and won it! But as I said, Indian wells surface bouncy and slower, very favorable to nadal game. Watched some of the replays of IW nadal matches this year though and he looked really strong. It will be interesting to see if he plays as aggressive as e did at IW.


tennismonger Says:

Fed’s gotta know what he’s doing. Still, the back thing is making me nervous…

Clearly, he doesn’t seem concerned.

But it he takes many more early losses, he’ll start to resemble Lendl in his final days (on tour): New, nifty larger stick + bad back + early losses = The End?

Let’s hope for a quick turnaround in Cincy.


James Says:

Roger on his rivalry with Rafa:

“There will never be a rivalry like ours. Not even that between Borg and McEnroe, despite their different personalities and one being left-handed and the other right-handed. Murray and Djokovic are very similar. Rafa and I are
extreme opposites and that’s what the fans like so much. Our rivalry isn’t over, I’m sure it will be back, I miss it”.

http://www.marca.com/2013/07/25/en/more_sports/1374734398.html


madmax Says:

TennisZod Says:
NK, Roger is becoming that guy whose name rhymes with halal, albeit with much less success. At least that guy got some clay titles this year.

How Nadal of him to play clay tournaments in a hardcourt season and then talk of backache after a loss.
Kneedal and Backderer!

Oh dear!

Hawkeye,

why have you come over from tennistalk to cause trouble?


madmax Says:

James,

I just read the link you posted above – thank you – if you don’t mind, I will add to that by adding more information as it is a little bit poignant /
___________________________________________

In the spotlight due to the commotion surrounding his two recent defeats against Sergiy Stakhovsky and Federico Delbonis, Roger Federer speaks openly to MARCA. He is far from a grand slam favourite, but he is not giving up.

“For players like Rafa or me, being number 2 or number 5 isn’t life-changing. What is life-changing is being number 1, as both of us has in the past. Being among the favourites is not important, the important thing is to believe that you are ready to win”, says the Swiss tennis ace.

Federer goes to the U.S. Open as the number four seed. “Rafa was the number 5 for the Roland Garros and Wimbledon. If you play well, you play well, you have to beat everyone”.

With regard to the current rivalry between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, he looks back on his years of battling it out against Rafa Nadal. To sum it up, he says: “There will never be a rivalry like ours. Not even that between Borg and McEnroe, despite their different personalities and one being left-handed and the other right-handed. Murray and Djokovic are very similar. Rafa and I are extreme opposites and that’s what the fans like so much. Our rivalry isn’t over, I’m sure it will be back, I miss it”.

Choosing 2009 as his year, he explains, “In 2005, I won 81 games and lost four. In 2003, I won my first Wimbledon and the Masters. But I finally won the Roland Garros in 2009, I equalled Pete Sampras’s 14 Grand Slam record, and surpassed him at Wimbledon”.


hawkeye Says:

I agree with Fed regarding the Fedal rivalry/match up.

Actually any combo of the true “Top 4″ provides great clashes except for Muzz vs Nole as their styles are somewhat similar but nothing beats RaFed.

madmax, I don’t understand. Shouldn’t your question be directed towards TZ?

#Confused
#Respectfully


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Roger is right when it comes to Novak / Murray rivalry. They play similar tennis and may not be as exciting as Sampras / Agassi or Roger / Rafa. But for me Roger made it a less interesting rivalry by losing too much to Rafa on the big stages from 2008. For me both Wim 2008 and AO 2009 were great matches, but there was never a time in the match I could think Roger had control over Rafa. The matches always looked in Rafa’s racquet. Shotmaking wise, I felt AO 2009 was their best match in their career. If Roger has played well in the 5th set and made it competitive, this match could have gone as the best tennis match ever.


skeezer Says:

@RZ

Excellent article! A must read for any Tennis fan ( HR, TZ mockfest excluded )


SG1 Says:

Fed’s played in a lot of great 5 set matches. Interestingly, he seems to have lost a lot of them which I believe has taken its toll on him mentally. Think about it:

-Lost to Rafa ’08 Wimby Final
-Lost to Rafa ’09 AO Final
-Beat Roddick ’09 Wimbledon final (but just barely)
-Lost to DelPO ’09 USO Final after being up 2 sets to 1
-Lost to JWT at 2011 Wimbledon after being 2 sets up
-Lost to Novak in 5 sets at the 2011 US Open after being up two match points on his serve.
-Lost to Novak in 5 sets at the 2010 USO after having 2 match points on Novak’s serve.

Since ’08, he has definitely been vulnerable if you can get him to a fifth set. If Roddick had any kind of return game, Fed would have lost that match as well. That’s a lot of heart break. Becker always said the 5th set isn’t about tennis. I’m not sure what it is about but whatever it is, Fed can’t seem to find it.


SG1 Says:

Someone was saying that Federer plays a timing based game and that when he finally starts to slide, it may be a very rapid descent. I’m not sure about this one way or the other. However, it does seem that as the big matches drag on and the 5th set nerves kick in, he is more and more prone to the shanks. Not sure why. One other big 5 setter he lost that I can remember was against Safin at the AO though that was 6 or 7 years ago.


rafaeli Says:

Federer lost in straight sets!


madmax Says:

SG,

What about the recent Olympics win against delpo? – that was mammoth, and not even a year ago.

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