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How much effort does Federer put into his preparation?

I always get the feeling that Federer trains less than any other player in the top 10. Recently I read that he was going to Ethiopia to visit and check the work of his foundation over there and then, apparently, he's going to Austria for the ceremony of the release of a new stamp that features him. In between he probably does many interviews (come to think of it, he's probably the player who gives the most interviews) and also reunites with his sponsors and such.Finally -I don't know when exactly though- he plans to go to Dubai to train for the tournament that starts on February 22.

Furthermore, when he trains he seems to do it so relaxed, almost like he doesn't care. Once I read that even when he was a kid he din't really take training sessions too seriously and that he considered himself to be more of a "match player". Even his parents back in the day used to reccommend him to take training sessions more seriously!
Anyway, has this tendency really changed? Once Nadal said "I've never ever seen him train as hard as I do" and tv commentators who have seen his work have basically made similar comments.

Anyhow, I just wanted to say that... I've always thought it was kind of strange how little effort Roger seems to put into his preparation and yet be so good at what he does.

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Re: How much effort does Federer put into his preparation?

Myabe it's the difference in how people swot for exams. Some have to slog it out for hours upon countless hours and review every little detail; others focus on the important concepts and spend less time.

In fact, we don't even have to go that far afield for an analogy - just look at the time in which Federeer can complete a service game, and contrast that with others.



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Re: How much effort does Federer put into his preparation?

During AO some of his practice sessions consisted of 30 minutes light hitting. Thats probably not enough to warm up for a warm-up for Nadal.
He also said in an interview he never practices serving, the amount he hits during matches is "enough".
Shrug, whatever works for him.
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Re: How much effort does Federer put into his preparation?

From numerous accounts, Roger usually trains like a maniac 4/5 times a year in Dubai (before AO, before Dubai, before Montreal/Toronto, after USO etc... depending on his schedule) with juniors. That's when he really works on his physical conditioning and tennis, his practice sessions during tourneys are a complete joke. I remember Mirka saying in an interview that he warmed up on a court without a net before one of his TMC final (03 I think)
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Less than you would imagine
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I saw him practice up close in Miami. He took up the whole hour. But I don't think he ever broke a sweat, seemed to be enjoying himself and fully relaxed (until he broke his racquet on court ). This is in contrast to Rafa, whom I also watched up close - he was training with Del Potro - they were working very hard, with uncle Tony watching every shot... a lot of the players I watched train up-close (murray, roddick, blake, safin, youzhny, & few more) seemed to take their practice a bit more seriously than him... but that could have just been my perception of his training, as he does tend to make tennis look very easy.

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Re: How much effort does Federer put into his preparation?

Federer before a tournament works very hard in his practice sessions, apparently. According to Roger Rasheed, Federer works through every shot in his arsenal for 20-30 minutes each, and does it all in a logical manner. He (Rasheed) had seen nothing like it before.

From what fans say, he's much more relaxed in practice sessions during the tournament.
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that in Dubai under an infernal sun...

He does not take hitting that seriously, but his physical preparation is very good, after all his trainer is a decathlon expert

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Myabe it's the difference in how people swot for exams. Some have to slog it out for hours upon countless hours and review every little detail; others focus on the important concepts and spend less time.

In fact, we don't even have to go that far afield for an analogy - just look at the time in which Federeer can complete a service game, and contrast that with others.


Anyway, Federer has made it clear on mayn occasions that he trains very hard during off season. you guys think he never sweats on chance?

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Federer before a tournament works very hard in his practice sessions, apparently. According to Roger Rasheed, Federer works through every shot in his arsenal for 20-30 minutes each, and does it all in a logical manner. He (Rasheed) had seen nothing like it before.

From what fans say, he's much more relaxed in practice sessions during the tournament.
But he has an infinite arsenal of shots
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He hasnt even had a coach for the longest time and its focus primarily is on slams these days. They seem to be his only motivation over the least year or two.. Slams and nothing else so he has plenty of time to prepare for slams since winning non slam even no doubt seem to be low on his "to do list" anymore.

I doubt he has to train much. The two main guys with the tools to take him out at a slam (Del Potro and Nadal) are always getting injured. He can beat the likes of DJoker and Murray and Davydenko and the rest at slams just by warming up through the earlier rounds. These guys dont have what it take to win slams. There may be some ability there but there isnt the desire to lay their foot down and win slams. Nadal was the only that came along and looked at Federer as an OPPONENT!!! Not as "Federer the Great I must bow down to him"
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he works extremely hard in the off-season and in various times mid-season, the OP is making it sound like he sits on the couch and go out to play GOAT tennis with GOAT stamina at will

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He hasnt even had a coach for the longest time and its focus primarily is on slams these days. They seem to be his only motivation over the least year or two.. Slams and nothing else so he has plenty of time to prepare for slams since winning non slam even no doubt seem to be low on his "to do list" anymore.

I doubt he has to train much. The two main guys with the tools to take him out at a slam (Del Potro and Nadal) are always getting injured. He can beat the likes of DJoker and Murray and Davydenko and the rest at slams just by warming up through the earlier rounds. These guys dont have what it take to win slams. There may be some ability there but there isnt the desire to lay their foot down and win slams. Nadal was the only that came along and looked at Federer as an OPPONENT!!! Not as "Federer the Great I must bow down to him"
Why don't you just post 'weak era' again, it would save you a lot of time.

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Why don't you just post 'weak era' again, it would save you a lot of time.
I just say it how it is
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Why don't you just post 'weak era' again, it would save you a lot of time.
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