Originally Posted by ExpectedWinner
It's not how I see this thread. He's been an a robot mode for 4 years. It's impossible to continue like that. He'll play less and win less in the future. I have no problem with his reduced schedule and I can accept that the youngsters will eventually overtake him. But practicing less is a risky thing. For sure, the body will enjoy the break, but it'll be reluctant to work hard again. Both overtraining, and undertraining can cause injures. That's why I said he should be careful. It'd be a pity if this run ended with injures, esp now when 14 is within the reach.
This is the bolded part of the OP:
“I don’t practise as hard as I used to,” he said. “There is not much point trying to improve your game after the US Open, it is about staying healthy and being ready for the new year to begin.”
English is not my native language, but what i understand is Federer talking about not practicing as hard as he used to until the USO, and this in the context of, as i mentioned in my previous post, his planification for the year. Probably he did exactly the same in the indoor season last year, but nobody worried because he didn't lose a match.