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

duong
06-11-2009, 02:52 PM
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.

French version :

"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 :)

"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."

Or Levy
06-11-2009, 03:01 PM
Is that a recent interview? Post-RG, refering to the begining of the year.

MatchFederer
06-11-2009, 03:03 PM
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.

RonE
06-11-2009, 03:10 PM
Very interesting and I would also like to know what time frame Roger is talking about.

duong
06-11-2009, 03:29 PM
Is that a recent interview? Post-RG, refering to the begining of the year.


yes, on monday.

Lololita
06-11-2009, 03:29 PM
He's probably talking about the work he did before Rome mainly :)

"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."

duong
06-11-2009, 03:30 PM
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.

duong
06-11-2009, 03:31 PM
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.

tennizen
06-11-2009, 03:32 PM
He's probably talking about the work he did before Rome mainly :)

Love the picture of Nole in your avy:yeah:

duong
06-11-2009, 03:33 PM
Lololita I take your translation : it's far better, thanks :D

anutam
06-11-2009, 03:41 PM
Could you post the link to all interview (article) please. :worship:

Commander Data
06-11-2009, 03:43 PM
Interesting read! thanks!!

duong
06-11-2009, 03:59 PM
Could you post the link to all interview (article) please. :worship:

the whole article is not free : one part is here :

http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2009/20090608_233312_un-moment-d-intimite-avec-roger-federer.html

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

http://www.welovetennis.fr/federer/12509-dans-l-intimite-de-rodgeur

anutam
06-11-2009, 04:07 PM
Thank you, duong!

theprodigy
06-11-2009, 04:23 PM
can someone translate the whole article? :angel:

duong
06-11-2009, 05:01 PM
can someone translate the whole article? :angel:

the rest is not very interesting : he danced with his mother and had the cup copied in original size by the organization :D

Says he had lost against a great player in Wimbledon 2008 and didn't understand all the people who complained for him ... and so on.

habibko
06-11-2009, 05:39 PM
very interesting, great mentality and absolutely admirable how much work Fed puts on his game and his fitness :worship: that's what makes him the champion he is :)

Arkulari
06-11-2009, 05:44 PM
one cannot survive on talent alone, no matter how much you have
Roger :worship:

recessional
06-11-2009, 05:46 PM
the rest is not very interesting : he danced with his mother and had the cup copied in original size by the organization :D

Says he had lost against a great player in Wimbledon 2008 and didn't understand all the people who complained for him ... and so on.

Aww. :D :hearts:

pica_pica
06-11-2009, 05:57 PM
Oh...that explains a lot...the back pain and the serve

bokehlicious
06-11-2009, 06:04 PM
very interesting, great mentality and absolutely admirable how much work Fed puts on his game and his fitness :worship: that's what makes him the champion he is :)

Definitely the most underrated part in him. Haters keep insisting on his talent, that he was "born with it" (implying he's lucky and deosn't really deserve his success, compared to less talented players that work their ass off and still aren't that successful). Fed wouldn't be "Roger Federer - GOAT" without a true and smart dedication to every aspect of his game, and fitness is definitely a huge part of it, and Pierre Paganini and him have done wonders in the past and are still looking for improvements (despite their already amazing success).

habibko
06-11-2009, 06:19 PM
Definitely the most underrated part in him. Haters keep insisting on his talent, that he was "born with it" (implying he's lucky and deosn't really deserve his success, compared to less talented players that work their ass off and still aren't that successful). Fed wouldn't be "Roger Federer - GOAT" without a true and smart dedication to every aspect of his game, and fitness is definitely a huge part of it, and Pierre Paganini and him have done wonders in the past and are still looking for improvements (despite their already amazing success).

well said JM, Fed might be one of the most hard working players out there, this is very rare among "talented" players, just look at Gasquet (the party boy) or Nalbandian (more burgers please) and the like, for example after MC he had 4 hours of extensive training and practicing and physical conditioning EVERY DAY until Rome, not to mention the unbelievable work and preparations he puts in the off-season.

there is a reason why Federer is able to outlast his opponents and never be tired, and no it isn't genes.

Guy Haines
06-11-2009, 07:49 PM
well said JM, Fed might be one of the most hard working players out there, this is very rare among "talented" players, just look at Gasquet (the party boy) or Nalbandian (more burgers please) and the like, for example after MC he had 4 hours of extensive training and practicing and physical conditioning EVERY DAY until Rome, not to mention the unbelievable work and preparations he puts in the off-season.

there is a reason why Federer is able to outlast his opponents and never be tired, and no it isn't genes.

He needed that training though. Check page 43 of 'Male Player Bulges' in Non-Tennis for evidence. He had a serious spare tire going into clay season and wasn't as fit as he used to be in spring 2007 and throughout 08. It made sense that his back was bothering him.

Right now he looks the fittest he has in years. 2006 at least.

SUKTUEN
06-12-2009, 06:36 PM
Allez Roger!

FedFan_2007
06-12-2009, 11:38 PM
Well at least the Mirka beer gut is gone!