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Federer : "I have to move and serve all over the place"

I didn't notice that this interview was posted here but I think it's very interesting :

it was in the French newspaper "l'Equipe" in an article called "un moment d'intimite avec Roger Federer".

Here I translate a very interesting part of the interview about Federer's physical work in the beginning of the year.

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"Bon c'est sûr que j'ai moins mal au dos. Mais, quand j'ai réuni Pierre et Seve pour reprendre l'entraînement, je leur ai dit :"Je dois faire du jeu de jambes dans tous les sens, du service dans tous les sens, parce que mon mental doit savoir que je peux le faire. Je veux m'en persuader."

"En fait, j'ai eu un feeling à l'intérieur de moi : mon corps se retenait et me retenait. Mon corps avait peur de servir ou de s'arracher pour aller chercher une balle en bout de course..Inconsciemment, j'avais peur. J'ai donc décidé de travailler à fond les ballons. On a fait "exprès extrême". Pour mon mental, c'était un passage obligé. Si ça casse, au moins, je saurai. Sinon j'aurai accompli un grand pas sur le bon chemin."

"Il me manquait la possibilité de varier. Or, sans pouvoir varier, je suis mort. A cause de la douleur, mon geste avait intégré des parasites sans que je m'en rende compte. Me libérer de ça m'a pris du temps. Il y a eu des hauts et des bas, mais, au final, c'a été un grand déclic. Retrouver mon service et mes coups de défense a tout changé pour moi. Mon corps à oublié la peur."
Lololita's translation, far better than mine thanks

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"Well, without a doubt my back hurts less. But when I met up with Pierre and Seve to start training again I told them: I need to work on my footwork in every direction, same for my serve, because mentally I need to be able to know that I can do it. I want to convince myself of this."

"I actually had the feeling that my body was holding back and holding me back. My body was afraid to serve or to just give everything to get to a ball...Unconsciously, I was afraid. So I decided to work extremly hard. We made the training "extrem" on purpose. Mentally I had to go through it. If my body breaks down, at least I'll know and if not, I'll have taken a great step forward in the right direction."

"I lacked options. Without variations I'm dead. Because of the pain I changed my service motion without realising it. It took me time to get back to the right motion. There were some high and some lows but at the end there was a great turning point. To get my serve and my defensive game back changed everything for me. My body is no longer afraid."

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Re: Federer : "I have to move and serve all over the place"

Is that a recent interview? Post-RG, refering to the begining of the year.
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Re: Federer : "I have to move and serve all over the place"

Very interesting, and it gives an insight into where confidence comes from - which is to have all bases covered. So much of Nadal's mental strength comes from having the safety of his topspin and his incredible stamina. It makes sense that those at the top of the game have on the whole greater mental strength because the tools they have to rely on are usually better.
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Re: Federer : "I have to move and serve all over the place"

Very interesting and I would also like to know what time frame Roger is talking about.
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Is that a recent interview? Post-RG, refering to the begining of the year.

yes, on monday.

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Re: Federer : "I have to move and serve all over the place"

He's probably talking about the work he did before Rome mainly

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"Bon c'est sûr que j'ai moins mal au dos. Mais, quand j'ai réuni Pierre et Seve pour reprendre l'entraînement, je leur ai dit :"Je dois faire du jeu de jambes dans tous les sens, du service dans tous les sens, parce que mon mental doit savoir que je peux le faire. Je veux m'en persuader."
"Well, without a doubt my back hurts less. But when I met up with Pierre and Seve to start training again I told them: I need to work on my footwork in every direction, same for my serve, because mentally I need to be able to know that I can do it. I want to convince myself of this."


"En fait, j'ai eu un feeling à l'intérieur de moi : mon corps se retenait et me retenait. Mon corps avait peur de servir ou de s'arracher pour aller chercher une balle en bout de course..Inconsciemment, j'avais peur. J'ai donc décidé de travailler à fond les ballons. On a fait "exprès extrême". Pour mon mental, c'était un passage obligé. Si ça casse, au moins, je saurai. Sinon j'aurai accompli un grand pas sur le bon chemin."
"I actually had the feeling that my body was holding back and holding me back. My body was afraid to serve or to just give everything to get to a ball...Unconsciously, I was afraid. So I decided to work extremly hard. We made the training "extrem" on purpose. Mentally I had to go through it. If my body breaks down, at least I'll know and if not, I'll have taken a great step forward in the right direction."


"Il me manquait la possibilité de varier. Or, sans pouvoir varier, je suis mort. A cause de la douleur, mon geste avait intégré des parasites sans que je m'en rende compte. Me libérer de ça m'a pris du temps. Il y a eu des hauts et des bas, mais, au final, c'a été un grand déclic. Retrouver mon service et mes coups de défense a tout changé pour moi. Mon corps à oublié la peur."
"I lacked options. Without variations I'm dead. Because of the pain I changed my service motion without realising it. It took me time to get back to the right motion. There were some high and some lows but at the end there was a great turning point. To get my serve and my defensive game back changed everything for me. My body is no longer afraid."
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Very interesting and I would also like to know what time frame Roger is talking about.
I don't know either, after the Australian Open I guess.

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He's probably talking about the work he did before Rome mainly
I think it started before that because he also says that it was a good decision to take a break after the Australian Open.

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He's probably talking about the work he did before Rome mainly
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Re: Federer : "I have to move and serve all over the place"

Lololita I take your translation : it's far better, thanks

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Could you post the link to all interview (article) please.
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Re: Federer : "I have to move and serve all over the place"

Interesting read! thanks!!

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Could you post the link to all interview (article) please.
the whole article is not free : one part is here :

http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2...r-federer.html

somebody posted here the complement part I posted in this thread :

http://www.welovetennis.fr/federer/1...ite-de-rodgeur

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Thank you, duong!
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can someone translate the whole article?
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