In an interview with the UK’s Daily Mail, Roger Federer spoke to Mike Dickson about the reasons for his recent resurgence.
The Swiss who plays today in Miami talks about his back bad, Stefan Edberg, the bigger racquet and the off season hours he put in to get back into top shape.
“What I don’t like is when people don’t understand why I’m not playing so well,” Federer told the Daily Mail. “So I come out like I did in Gstaad last summer and say I’m having problems with my back. It’s not an excuse and I don’t like talking about injuries anyway, people don’t need to know my problems.
“So they see you playing and see you struggling and they think this is your normal form. On any given day I always know I can play great tennis but last year I couldn’t even do that. I could do it for maybe a set and a half. That’s when the confidence gets lost and that’s when maybe people find it hard to understand.”
With the back better, Federer was able to put 100% into his off season training.
“December was crucial,” Federer said. “I don’t want to say this in a cocky way but I believe I worked the hardest from the top eight in the off-season. Many guys went off to play exhibitions, or were in the Davis Cup. I had time, I put my head down and worked and I did it without any setbacks.
“I played three straight weeks without any problems, ending at the O2 Arena. I thought if I could handle that and then all the December work and emerge in good shape with no problems that would be a great platform.”
Federer plays later today in Miami against Richard Gasquet. Federer is off to a 21-3 start this year with a Dubai title and four wins over Top 10 players.
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