Roger Federer: I’m Rested, Fresh And Ready To Test My Knee
by Tom Gainey | April 11th, 2016, 9:56 am
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After a virus in Miami delayed his comeback from knee surgery, Roger Federer is set to return this week in Monte Carlo against a tough field which includes the full Big 4.

Eyes will be on Federer who hasn’t hit a ball since the Australian Open because of that injured knee. And the Swiss also knows this will be the big test.

“My knee hasn’t bothered me, but the big test will be seeing how it reacts in match conditions,” Federer said. “There are no easy draws in a Masters 1000, so I am not underestimating anyone. At the same time, I hope no one is underestimating me just because I’ve been hurt.”

Federer, who opens against either Guillermo Garcia-Lopez or Thomaz Bellucci likely on Tuesday, said being off the tour for two months has left him rested and eager to play.

“I am rested mentally and physically,” Federer said. “I believe you can add everything to the back end of your career, in terms of being fresher mentally and being able to train harder. Whatever rest it is, it ends up in a canister you can draw from.”

Federer is also over that strange virus from Miami.

“I’m happy to say that I’ve recovered well from the virus in Miami,” Federer said. “At first, I was concerned that it might be something that would last a while, but I was feeling better three days later. I arrived in Monte Carlo nine or 10 days ago and I’ve been training on centre court for the past eight or nine days. Things are going well. I’m happy with how I move; how I’m hitting the ball. I’ve played a lot of practice sets.”

The 34-year-old Federer has never won Monte Carlo. He’s lost in the finals four times most recently two years ago to Stan Wawrinka.


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16 Comments for Roger Federer: I’m Rested, Fresh And Ready To Test My Knee

Vami Says:

Sorry for hijacking Roger’s thread but Thiem lost the first set? Is the anticipated Nadal rematch going to happen?


Margot Says:

I’ve read that Thiem has an angry, aggressive father in his box.
IMnotsoHO that’s very bad news for him.
“Parents, leave them kids alone.”


James Says:

Fed isn’t even a factor here any more.

Thiem really got creamed in the first set, but is back on track in the second.

What I am curious about in this tournament is whether any of the so-called young guns can step it up – Thiem, Kyrgios, Goffin. Also curious about Stan – which Stan shows up.


J-Kath Says:

James

Kyrgios isn’t in this tournament.


jalep Says:

Dominic Thiem ✔ ‎@ThiemDomi
New racket, new surface. Let’s fire it up! @MCROLEXMASTERS #ProjectOne7
10:51 AM – 7 Apr 2016
http://www.tennis.com/gear/2016/04/projectone7/58076/#.Vwu_lJwrLIU

Racquet change for Thiem right before MC – is why I didn’t pick him deep.

But Tennis Channel showed clips of him practicing this morning and getting his foot worked on — doing specific stretches for plantar fasciitis. Must not be terribly bad, otherwise he’d not be able to run on it.


chrisford1 Says:

I’ve read that Thiem has an angry, aggressive father in his box.
IMnotsoHO that’s very bad news for him.
“Parents, leave them kids alone.”

——————-
But sometimes it works, and makes their kids famous megamillionaires.
You’d have to ask Stefi and Andre if aggressive dads who made their lives miserable and made them hate tennis benefited their lives more than hurt their charges – in the long run. And there of course are the Tomic dads and the Capriati diva moms hat meddle and make things worse.

On the other hand, you have the less than mellow and easy going likes of Judy Murray, Srdjan Djokovic, and Uncle Toni. The core people behind 3 kids who became huge successes in the sport. Three guys that grew up to be both stars and great people. And Novak, Andy, and Rafa happen to love tennis as much as Roger does.

If Thiem’s dad is a demanding taskmaster, maybe he is of the “good” sort. Time will tell.


elina Says:

“Francesco, Valentino Rossi and I personify our sports. What they’ve done for football and motorcycle racing has no equal. They are examples, icons, modern history.”

What famous tennis player said this yesterday?

No googling!

Anyone?


Vami Says:

@elina
Tomic? :-)


Margot Says:

@jalep
PF is bad news for Thiem isn’t it? I had it a few years ago and it took a blinking long time to get better. Had to wear special insole.


elina Says:

Vami, excellent guess but incorrect.


Vami Says:

I had to google it. “Totti and I should be protected, like pandas…” http://goo.gl/xA8xSl
Also http://goo.gl/ue4eDz

What I take from the interview is that we may see “Tomic” longer around than what some people think. Totti is 39.

“Nobody can tell us when to stop, it’s such an intimate and personal decision.”


elina Says:

Vami lol you cheated!!!

I just loved his use of the word “they”.

Epic.


Wog Boy Says:

““Francesco, Valentino Rossi and I personify our sports. What they’ve done for football and motorcycle racing has no equal. They are examples, icons, modern history.”

“Has no equal…”?

If you are the fan of them than this statment is right. Francesco Totti is far from that, just because he is 39 and stll plays doesn’t make him “has no equal”(Dino Zoff comes to my mind) , Valentino Rossi arguably the greatest (I am his fan) but try to tell that to an Giacomo Agostini or Casey Stoner fan, as for Roger himself, well this statment about himself makes him very one modest person, no..?


elina Says:

Well English is not Rogers first language so, um yeah, there’s that. :)


Tazman1 Says:

We’ll see if Rog is a factor or not, won’t we?! He said that he has been resting and his practice has been very good! Hope that he comes through and makes everyone set up and take notice! Go Roger!


J-Kath Says:

Elina

There’s no Tower of Babel in Switzerland. Even 5 year olds speak 3 languages perfectly….I’ve often wonder if they’ve got a linguistic vaccine given to pregnant women…

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