Speaking during a special camp in Kolkata, India, Australian coaching legend Tony Roche offered a rosy future for the 33-year-old Roger Federer, suggesting the Swiss still has 4-5 good years left on the tour during which more Slam titles are very possible.
“I think he can play as long as he wants to on the mental side. Physically, I think he can play for another four-five years without any problem,” said Roche who has coached the likes of Federer, Ivan Lendl, Lleyton Hewitt and Patrick Rafter.
“Another Slam definitely,” he added. “Obviously, Wimbledon is his best chance but he’s knocking on the door in last few Slams. As long as the guys still respect Roger, he is always going to be a threat.
“Roger is the most talented player to ever play the game. Working with Roger was a little bit different. I introduced Roger to harder practice sessions to not only rely on his talent but to put in the hard work. We worked a lot on his second serves and volleys.
“It’s the way he hits the tennis ball so fluently it’s not so physical as a lot of the other guys…
“It’s just the way he plays, he does not take much out of him. He is lucky to not have any serious injury over the years. Injuries play an important role in tennis. Look at Rafa (Nadal). He’s got an unbelievable record but it could have been a lot better if he stayed healthy.”
Federer is scheduled to make his first ever appearance in India this weekend for IPTL matches Saturday, Sunday and Monday in New Delhi. He expected to be joined by Novak Djokovic, Pete Sampras and others during this leg of the IPTL’s 4-city tour.
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