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Yesterday 11:40 PM
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Oh good, you managed to pick up the Tagesanzeiger one too. Thanks for the translation.

Originally Posted by Eden View Post
Just when you thought that the season was terrible enough already for Roger this shocking news is coming up

I feel totally numb.
That was my reaction when I found out, too

Originally Posted by Kat_YYZ View Post
I was at Rogers Cup all day -- didn't even know about this until I got home and opened MTF. I'm surprised I didn't somehow overhear it at Rogers Cup -- or like they should've stopped play and had a moment of silence or something.

I really hope he can recover and come back.
I was checking the scores on and off on the ATP website, and didn't realise until I got home, either

I do feel rather more positive having read Luthi's take on it, but it's still an awfully long time without Roger. Never mind, if he can come back fully fit and recovered maybe it'll be worth it.
Yesterday 07:37 PM
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Here is my translation of another interview by Severin for Swiss media:

Did Federer's knee got worse by the Wimbledon fall?

Coach Severin Lüthi explains in the interview what lead to Federer's season ending and what will happen in the next months.

For many people it was shocking news that Roger Federer ends his season before Rio. How was it for you?

As us in the team saw the process which lead into the decision and therefore we are already one step ahead. In his situation it was the best solution. After Wimbledon we hoped that he would be able to play soon again. But we haven't been on the practice court since then which was already a sign of the happening now. We discussed a lot and got advised. You just can't live from your reserves the whole time. One moment it will work but not permanently.

Did he burn the candles at both hands with his body?

Every tennis player has certain tournaments which he is focused on and for which he is willing to do a bit more. If Wimbledon wouldn't mean to much to him he would have probably already skipped it. But you see: You can't do it the whole time. When you use too much credit you can even shorten your career. And he is clearly saying that he wants to play longer on the tour.

Did he use his credit in Wimbledon?

Wimbledon has shown that it can't go on like that for the whole season. His goal is to get even more credit in the future.

Did his knee got worse after the fall in the 5th set of the SF against Milos Raonic?

No, it has nothing to do with the fall. He just had a moment of fear as he didn't knew what was going on and because he wasn't 100% fit. He doesn't have that much experiences with injuries so far.

It's obvious that he now talks about the knee as the main problem whilst before and after the withdrawal in Paris only the back was mentioned.

Yes, that's obvious indeed.... (laughs). But it is like that. I'm not a doctor and could be wrong but for me in hindsight the back has something to do with the knee. The knee was also the main problem during Paris. When you can't properly move and practice after a surgery – and here we are again at the credit – you strain your body maybe differently unnoticed. You are losing very fast muscle mass after a knee injury and that probably also affects your back.

So is the back alright now and primarily the knee impaired?

Fortunately he doesn't need surgery and that's already important. He wants to correct his imbalance with build-up on strength to be back at the point on which he can come back 100%. That wouldn't be possible now. He has to refill his reserves now.

Are there really 5 months rest necessary for this?

Such a big build-up can't be done in 2 weeks. But here are mainly Pierre (Paganini) as fitness coach and Daniel (Troxler) as physiotherapist the experts. After Wimbledon it was mainly all about recovering. The longer this takes the longer the build-up takes.

Is it alarming that he couldn't practice since Wimbledon?

No, that isn't alarming at all. He just hasn't played any tennis yet but is already working with the physio. And that doesn't mean he is only lying on the massage table or getting ultrasound treatment. That means that the whole musculature, the back and the leg is newly build up. If he had to play tennis today he would be able to do it. The question is though on which level and for which consequences.

Is there a timetable for the next weeks and months?

Certain things are already discussed and it's about getting into the details now. It's positive that he is working in the first stage of physio at deficits and can cure little injuries at the same time without any time pressure. In the second stage it's Pierre's job who normally doesn't get so much time during a season. In the third stage we are starting to play tennis again but the different stages will overlap then.

You are leader of the tennis delegation in Rio and interested in successful Olympic Games. Were there thoughts whether he would play the tournament before his break?

I'm his coach in the first place and what to have the best for him, just like in Davis Cup. That can sometimes mean to abandon to play. If we would have used him up he wouldn't most likely play anymore today and then we would have different problems. Of course we thought if he could still play the Olympics. But like I said: It's all about not using all the credit. At one point it's all too much. One of Roger's and Pierre's – who is already with him for a long time – strength is that the planning has always been long-term. The success proves them right. I guess there has never been an athlete going through a career – especially a one like Roger – without any injuries.

How much Rio would have attracted Roger?

The great thing with him is that he does everything with the whole heart. Of course he would have loved to be there, of course it hurts him. Also to miss the US Open. I guess there hasn't been one like him: He regrets every tournament he can't play. For me it is very impressive though how soon he can swich on, looking ahead and saying: The situation is like it is and now we are making the best of it. It's astonishing how motivated he already is to do this build-up. It's just incredible. I couldn't do this when I would be the player.

You don't seem to doubt that Federer will return in 2017.

Not at all. And I don't say this because I would have to say it – I'm totally convinced of it. It's crazy: Most of the time a coach has to cocker a player over weeks in such situations but with him it is different. He says how he can do a super build-up now. I don't doubt that he will be physically fit again.
How important is it that he most likely won't be able to fall out of the Top 20 until the end of the year?
Of course you wan't to be ranked high but for him with his career it isn't that deciding as for others. I'm convinced that once he is fully fit he can beat everyone. The goal is that he comes back physically stronger. He also plays to win tournaments and to achieve that you have to win against anyone anyway.

So a retirement was never in discussion?

That hasn't been a topic at all. It is incredible how positive and inspired he is. That's a phenomenon for me. How much he likes to practice, how much he likes to play tournaments, how much he likes to travel.

Haven't the many setbacks this season worn him down?

No and that's not naturally. Someone else might say: Now I don't want to continue anymore. But he is still up for it and it is a privilege to see it every day at practice. I'm with him for a long time now and it is just impressive. When you sometimes see younger players you have the feeling that they don't have any or less joy in tennis as him.

Will you have free weeks now?

Regarding Roger, yes. But with Rio, Davis Cup in Usbekistan and 10 days holidays I'm on the road a lot in the next 2 months. And then in October we can already concentrate on tennis practice. But I have to say I would have loved to go to the US Open.

Original source: «Hat der Wimbledon-Sturz Federers Knie verschlimmert?» - News Sport: Tennis -
Yesterday 06:36 PM
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I have been very upset and for the first time I will be sending Roger something for his birthday to his parents' address. To thank him for playing and inspiring and to make sure he knows we all believe in him.
Yesterday 03:28 PM
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So sad I may jump off a cliff

Yesterday 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Kat_YYZ View Post
Thanks, Doris.
hug to Kat too~~~
Yesterday 03:52 AM
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Thanks, Doris.
07-27-2016 07:54 PM
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Needing Time to Recover, Roger Federer Will Miss the Rest of the Season


Roger Federer announced Tuesday that he would miss the rest of the tennis season, including the Rio Olympics and the United States Open, to rehabilitate a knee injury.

Federer, who turns 35 next month, tore the meniscus in his left knee while running a bath for his twin daughters a day after losing in the semifinals of the Australian Open. In February, he had surgery, the first of his 18-year career.

“The doctors advised that if I want to play on the ATP World Tour injury free for another few years, as I intend to do, I must give both my knee and body the proper time to fully recover,” Federer said in a statement on his Facebook page. “It is tough to miss the rest of the year. However, the silver lining is that this experience has made me realize how lucky I have been throughout my career with very few injuries.”

Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam singles champion, has not played since losing in the Wimbledon semifinals about three weeks ago. Although he pulled out of this week’s Rogers Cup in Toronto, he was expected to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles for Switzerland at the Olympic tennis tournament, which begins Aug. 6. He will miss the United States Open, where he was a finalist last year.

Until this year, Federer had avoided the long-term injuries that have plagued his rival Rafael Nadal, who is sidelined with a wrist injury.

Federer returned from the knee surgery in April, but his injury problems continued. He withdrew from the Madrid Open in May, citing a back injury, and did not play the French Open, saying, “I am still not 100 percent.” That ended a record streak of 65 straight Grand Slam singles tournaments.

Federer’s back, an occasional problem in recent years, was the primary source of questions when he came back for the grass-court season. He reached the semifinals of Wimbledon while playing down his fitness and his expectations.

But late in his five-set loss to Milos Raonic, Federer slipped and fell awkwardly. He immediately called a trainer to look at his surgically repaired knee.

“I hope I didn’t hurt myself,” Federer said after the match. “Then, is it a three-day thing, is it a 24-hour thing or is it more? I don’t know at this point. I hope it’s not so bad. I walked it off. I was able to finish. But I don’t slip a lot. I don’t ever fall down. It was a different fall for me than I’ve ever had.”

Carlos Moya, one of Raonic’s coaches, said it was difficult to tell if Federer had reinjured the knee in his fall.

“Obviously, Roger has been having health issues this year more than he’s had in past years,” Moya said Tuesday in Toronto. “It’s unfortunate, but this is what starts to happen when the age creeps up. And with the injuries, the level of consistency can’t be what it used to be because you have to miss time.”

Tennis fans and his fellow players would prefer if he did not miss so much time.

“I mean, every tournament is better when Roger’s there,” Sam Querrey said. “It’s the little things in the locker room — he’s nice to all the guys. When his matches are on TV, everyone watches. He single-handedly draws thousands and thousands of fans and fills up stadiums. He’s totally a positive influence and I’m personally bummed he’s not going to be there the rest of the year. I like having him around.”

Told that Federer’s knee problem had recurred, Gaël Monfils shook his head and said, “I love Roger, so obviously I’m very sorry for him.”

Monfils has been sidelined with knee problems several times during his career and was forced to miss the 2012 London Olympics.

“For sure, we use our knees very much, every surface, every court,” Monfils said, adding that his rehabilitation involved daily treatment and a mentality not to rush back. “Sometimes it takes a long time to feel 100 percent.”

Before Wimbledon in June, nearly five months after his surgery, Federer was still emotional when talking about it.

“I was very, very sad, just because I thought I was going to be lucky not having to do surgery in my career,” he said.

“Going into surgery was difficult,” he added. “That’s when it hit me. I just got really disappointed and sad about it because that’s when I really understood what the road was going to look like.”

The third-ranked Federer will drop significantly in the rankings by missing several months. He played only seven tournaments this year, compiling a 21-7 record, and failed to win a title for the first time since 2000.

Federer reached the final in Brisbane and the semifinals of the Australian Open to begin the season, but after what he described in June as “one stupid move,” everything changed.

“The season’s been completely different than what I expected it to be,” he said.

Federer has dismissed talk of retirement and struck an optimistic tone in his statement Tuesday, closing by saying, “I am as motivated as ever and plan to put all my energy towards coming back strong, healthy and in shape to play attacking tennis in 2017.”

07-27-2016 05:37 PM
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There is an interview with Severin in Swiss media today which I translated:

Severin Lüthi compares his star with a credit card

On the morning after the Federer shock DC captain and Federer coach Severin Lüthi answers the most important questions. As leader of the Swiss tennis delegation for Rio Lüthi also has to find a new partner for Hingis.

Severin Lüthi, Roger Federer ends the season and misses the Olympic Games in Rio. How did you hear about this decision?

SL: Of course we were in contact the whole time and therefore I was always up to date. We have discussed the situation over and over. Already at the last tournaments in which Roger wasn't 100% fit this has always been a topic.

How bad is the knee?

It's only about rehabilation and reconstruction. Another surgery isn't necessary as there are no complications in the knee. It is Roger's goal to play on the tour on the highest level for more years to come. The long rest can be a chance now to as such a reconstruction isn't possible otherwise.

Why this long rest when the knee injury didn't got worse?

A surgery has always consequences. It isn't different for Roger. You lose muscle mass and are therefore more injury prone. The back problems from Paris are a result of this. You can compare it with a credit card. You can't always debit something and have to reload it sometimes. If you don't do it your body won't cope some day-

So he sacrificed the Olympic Games for more years on the tour?


Do you think Federer is capable of returning to the world's best after such a long rest?

Of course you ask yourself this question as you can continue to play tennis with worse injuries for a certain time. Certain players do this. Roger fortunately not because eventually the full credit is being used and you can't continue to play anymore at all. I think he is capable of returning to the world's best, absolutely.

What are the consequences of the withdrawal for the Swiss doubles in Rio?

That will be decided in the next days. If someone is going to play mixed with Martina Hingis it will be Stan Wawrinka. The other men aren't ranked high enough.That's why there won't be a men doubles.

How will the long break affect Federer's ranking?

Roger will most likely be ranked somewhere about #15 in January and continue to play with this ranking. The protected ranking won't help him in this case as he is still seeded. But that's not a disadvantage in my eyes. We are in the lucky position that a fully fit Federer can beat anyone. Then the ranking isn't such a big deal as for a player who can't win against a Top 10 player. Roger doesn't have to rely on luck of the draw.

Original source: Severin Lüthi vergleicht seinen Star mit einer Kreditkarte - Sport - az Aargauer Zeitung
07-27-2016 03:53 PM
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Hope Roger get well soon~~~
07-27-2016 04:44 AM
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I'm so sorry for Roger
he doesn't deserve this

Rest up & recover champ.
We'll be here to support you every step of the way
07-27-2016 01:27 AM
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man, this year sucks.

I was at Rogers Cup all day -- didn't even know about this until I got home and opened MTF. I'm surprised I didn't somehow overhear it at Rogers Cup -- or like they should've stopped play and had a moment of silence or something.

I really hope he can recover and come back.
07-27-2016 12:22 AM
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Why there is no doom and gloom for Roger Federer

Greg Garner, Senior Writer

If you are a genuine fan of Roger Federer, you should vigorously applaud his decision to bail on the rest of the 2016 tennis season.

No, you won't see Federer in a few weeks' time, feet falling along the baseline as softly as a cat's, stalking the elusive singles gold medal in a farewell Olympic performance in Rio. Or later in August, flicking sweet forehands at the National Tennis Center in Flushing in the quest for his sixth US Open title.

In his present, somewhat-less-than-his-best condition, you wouldn't have seen ultimate success anyway.

But -- assuming a few months of rest and rehabilitation can bring his dodgy left knee back to a sound level -- the inconvenience of missing out on those late-summer visuals has a massive upside for the athlete who turns 35 in 13 days:

It likely means a few more years of the less-than-vintage-but-still-stylish Federer we have come to know in recent years -- which isn't half-bad. In fact, it's still better than good.

Indeed, the mood at the Team8 offices in Pepper Pike, Ohio on Tuesday was upbeat.

"There is no gloom and doom in our camp," insisted Tony Godsick, Federer's longtime agent. "The decision was unfortunate, on the face, a bummer, but it was encouraging, too. It shows he still wants to get out there and give it a few more years."

Since winning Wimbledon in 2012, the final major in his portfolio that includes a record 17-Grand Slam singles titles, Federer has been essentially rolling through an extended, elevated victory lap. He made the final at Wimbledon in 2014 and 2015 and a year ago at the US Open.

Perhaps more telling, after reaching five ATP World Tour 1000 finals in 2014, winning two of them (Cincinnati and Shanghai), he made three master finals a year ago, winning only in Cincinnati.

This year? Only 28 matches and zero major or masters finals.

The season began typically enough. Federer got to the final in Brisbane and reached the semifinals at the Australian Open for the 12th time in 13 season. But in early February, he underwent surgery meniscus surgery, the first of his career. When he came back a few months later, he wasn't quite himself.

Although a cranky back was blamed for his pullout in Madrid, the knee was always the major issue. He lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarters of Monte Carlo and to 22-year-old Dominic Thiem at the Italian Open before opting to skip the French Open, his first major miss since the 1999 US Open, ending a record of 65 consecutive Grand Slam appearances.

The return to his favorite surface was not encouraging; Federer lost again to Thiem on the grass in the Stuttgart semifinals and, a week later, to teenager Alexander Zverev in the semis of Halle, an event the Swiss had won eight times. In retrospect, it approaches amazing that earlier this month Federer reached the semifinals at Wimbledon before losing to Milos Raonic -- in five sets.

"Actually," Godsick said, "he did quite well being where he would not like to be.

"In the end, I think he realized the competition, as tough as it is, you don't help yourself by playing less than your best. Now he can manage his schedule and take the steps necessary to get bigger, faster and stronger."

Godsick would not offer details, but said that by creating a window of four months without competitive tennis -- instead of the usual one -- Federer was giving himself more than enough cushion to come back completely healthy to start 2017.

"So if the doctor says he needs a certain number of weeks, now he can afford to give it even more time," Godsick said. "Everyone on this team is an optimist, and he's the chief optimist."

More than anything, Federer seems to love being Federer. Deep in his mind, he has to know another Grand Slam title is increasingly unlikely. Still, he enjoys being in the hunt, maybe more importantly, in the conversation. Clearly, it's fun, and there are still millions of more dollars to make. With four children, that's not a minor consideration.

"The love I have for tennis, the competition, tournaments and of course you, the fans remains intact," Federer wrote in a Facebook post. "I am as motivated as ever and plan to put all my energy towards coming back strong, healthy and in shape to play attacking tennis in 2017."

Not just tennis, attacking tennis. Federer is currently ranked No. 3 in the world behind Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Will the tennis world change appreciably when younger players like Raonic, Thiem, Zverev and Nick Kyrgios move past him? In a word, no.

"If the goal is to go and play as long as you can," Godsick said, "it's the right decision."

Let the Federer flowing, fluid victory lap continue.

Source: Tennis - Why there is no doom and gloom for Roger Federer[/QUOTE]
07-26-2016 11:22 PM
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Honestly it's not only for Roger, but 2016 has really sucked as a tennis year, the most since I've started watching tennis in every way. In 2013, I had other positives to look at, like Dimitrov's, Ferrer, Del Potro, Wawrinka good form and great tennis not a season dominated solely by one players, etc. And I rather Federer in 2013 so much more than this, because there he could actually play, you had hopes that he could do better the next year, which he did. Here it's looks really hopeless. I have no hopes for Federer in 2017, apart from one: Please be healthy and fit, to at least play tennis. I just want to see him play in a healthy shape.
07-26-2016 10:13 PM
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I was puzzled about the Hopman Cup decision, but in light of the latest development, it suddenly starts to make sense.

If he knew already that he would likely be very short on match practice in january, going to a tournament where matches are guaranteed sounds reasonable.
07-26-2016 10:00 PM
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Best choice for sure
Niggling injuries are sure to drive you out of the sport sooner than later
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