In an extended sitdown interview with Steffi Buchli on SRF 2’s “SportLounge” earlier this week, Roger Federer expanded on his season and the state of his game.
Federer discusses the amicable end of his relationship with coach Paul Annacone. Now 32, Roger sounds content just going forward with Swiss Davis Cup coach Severin Luthi.
Federer also spoke candidly about his shock loss to Tommy Robredo at the US Open. Federer admitted that at match point he was relived it was over. But the real “horror” of the loss came with the handshake, packing his bags then the shower.
Roger says his bad year is to blame on inconsistent play, poor scheduling (he admits he shouldn’t have played Hamburg or Gstaad) and some injury issues that have hindered his ability to practice.
But, he says, he’s an optimist and he’s played good in some moments which is positive.
He went on to say that slower courts are not an issue for his game nor does his family commitments take away from his play.
Speaking of his family, Federer admits that his twin 4-year-old girls aren’t into tennis. He says they prefer swimming and he’ll of course support them in whatever sport they choose.
On the topic Davis Cup, Federer says he just cannot make it his top priority right now. Because if he does it would take away from his ranking goal of being No. 1.
On the court this week, Federer is bidding to reach London. He’s in 7th place at the moment and on Friday in quarterfinals Basel he’ll play the Grigor Dimitrov-Alexandr Dolgoplov winner.
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