Ailing Roger Federer Didn’t Think He Would Win A Set Today In Rome!
by Tom Gainey | May 11th, 2016, 11:56 am

Roger Federer surprised himself today Rome. The Swiss has been battling a back injury the last few weeks and speculation was strong that Federer would make it on the court for his match against 19-year-old Alexander Zverev. But the Swiss not only played, he won 63, 75 over the German. A surprise because afterward Federer admitted that he didn’t think he’d win a set.

“I was expecting to lose in straight sets today,” Federer said. “That was the mindset going in, so to win in straights is actually a really big surprise to me.”

Next for Federer is Dominic Thiem. But Federer isn’t sure if his back and body will allow.

“I don’t know how I’m going to feel tomorrow,” Federer said. “It’s baby steps right now, So to even think of tomorrow is already a big ask.”

Federer is hopeful the decision he made this week playing is the right one.

“Looking ahead for next few weeks, regardless if I’m going to play tomorrow or not, this was something I feel like I needed to do to get a sense of where I’m at,” Federer said. “It would have been easy not to play and then just be unsure how I was going to feel in Paris.

“So at some point, you have to go out there and see how it feels, and I’m happy I was able to play a full match without any setbacks.”

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10 Comments for Ailing Roger Federer Didn’t Think He Would Win A Set Today In Rome!

MMT Says:

Another arrow in the “belief” doctrine.

SG1 Says:

It’s also a clear statement that the sum of the parts must be greater than the whole. Dimitrov has an excellent serve, forehand and backhand and is 7 or 8 years younger than Federer. Despite this, a less than physically perfect 34 year old Federer effectively trounced Zverev. Dimitrov struggled to win games let alone sets.

Being a great player is more than the individual shots. It’s knowing how to use them. It’s sensing when an opponent is vulnerable and exploiting that vulnerability. It’s that innate ability to raise your game at the right moment. Federer possesses all of the intangibles. Yes…he’s lost a lot of big matches in recent years but he never gets blown out. He’s right there, playing his ‘A’ (or near ‘A’) game. He generally plays really well and when he loses it’s to a guy that is playing at a phenomenal level.

madmax Says:

Djokovic has got the analysis spot on.

“Djokovic, not entirely convincing in subduing Stéphane Robert 7-5, 7-5, said of the Federer conundrum: “He’s still in the tournament.”

And his back problem? Djokovic paused, and said: “The spine is a core, a foundation of every human’s body, and especially athletes. But also it’s vulnerable, especially if you are playing many matches, training, and, having to be adapting to different conditions.

“That’s why we have big teams of people, physiotherapists that are experts in their field. We spend a lot of time on the tables, trust me, before training, before the match, after the match, a lot of time, a lot of time stretching, doing different kinds of exercises for strengthening, prevention.

“If you really want to play at the top and if you want to be a candidate for a top spot in the world, you need to be healthy. In order to be healthy, you need to really be devoted for several hours a day to your body.”

We really have no idea what these professional athletes go through day in, day out, the commitment, resolve, sheer desire to put their body through strenuous training, with no let up.

Federer and his team know what they are doing. So does Djokovic.

Really admire his comments.

skeezer Says:

The way Fed is talking he is not going to get past Thiem..

Okiegal Says:

Maybe his back is just not feeling right after the match… there a WO brewing??? I sure hope not…

C’mon Vee!!

Humble Rafa Says:

Federer and his team know what they are doing. So does Djokovic.

Really admire his comments.

I don’t admire your comments. You don’t ask about other people’s spinal cords. That’s not a thing, you know.

Humble Rafa Says:

skeezer Says:
The way Fed is talking he is not going to get past Thiem..


Congratulations on the book. Really enjoyed it. It is almost like you poured your heart into that book.

BBB Says:

I posted this on another thread, but I thought Federer pulled out of Madrid because of a stomach issue. Am I misremembering?

Wog Boy Says:

Stomach issue was Miami, Madrid was back issue, Rome will be back issue again, before that was knee issue, Mirka kneecapped him in the hotel bathroom after SF at AO, for regularly embarrassing her in public by losing to Nole, she had enough of it. In Brisbane it was flue lost to Raonic.
Paris will be SARS and so on..

BBB Says:


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