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Old 10-15-2011, 05:22 PM   #1531
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I wonder how many women are regretting it now that they didn't paid attention to Roger when he was 16
Doris, as always, you write something interesting.
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I agree..that was a very good article....(thanks, Fed_Ds)

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Really, I think it’s a combination of all this. That’s why I love this sport so much, why it’s so telegenic. And also why it’s so exciting live, because the stadiums aren’t huge; there is atmosphere, with lots of people, but it’s still intimate. The spectators see the players well, their expressions, we hear all the little noises, there is this dimension of a battle man to man like in boxing, but with the distance, and in the end, like in boxing, there is this respectful “shake hands”. A way of saying: “It was a good match, I appreciate that you made me play well. Thanks to you, I was able to express myself in a magical way”.
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...also, I love your avatar.....Wonder which girlie
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I wonder if Roger will ever reveal who is who of the twins.

It's so sweet to see him with the kids even though it feels a bit bad that those pictures were taken during his privacy.

Life will be perfect in 2 weeks when I go to Basel to see Roger Can't wait to go back to Switzerland and see Roger play

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I wonder if Roger will ever reveal who is who of the twins.

It's so sweet to see him with the kids even though it feels a bit bad that those pictures were taken during his privacy.

Life will be perfect in 2 weeks when I go to Basel to see Roger Can't wait to go back to Switzerland and see Roger play

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Thanks a lot for posting this article

It's always interesting to read what Roger has to say. I'm surprised to hear that he thought about retiring 4 years ago. It would have made sense if he would meant 2009 after finally winning RG and breaking Pete's GS record a few weeks later.
I think this quote has been misinterpreted. Roger doesn't mean that he was thinking about retiring already four years ago, but rather, started thinking four years ago about how his life after retirement would be. At least that's how I read it.
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The Musician's Son Who Tunes Roger Federer's Body

Marco Falbo, Journalist


27.10.2011 Even at the age of 30 Roger Federer remains in peak physical condition and capable of outstanding performance. A large part of the credit for this must go to 53-year-old Pierre Paganini who has known Federer since he was 13 and whose role goes far beyond that of fitness coach.

He's the man with the bald head and baseball cap. The one whose large glasses conceal an alert mind that follows everything that goes on. Pierre Paganini is not one to grab the spotlight. In the eleven-plus years in which he has become a key figure for Roger Federer, playing a key role in keeping Federer in top physical condition, this fitness guru has seldom been seen courtside – and when he has been there, he is mostly in a slight crouch, as if the last thing he wants to do is to draw attention to himself. He's also very selective about giving interviews. But when he does speak, he reveals himself as a fascinating personality with an infectious enthusiasm and a wealth of knowledge that is unsurpassed in the world of tennis.


Hates Show-Offs

"I don't want people to focus on me instead of the player," emphasizes Pierre Paganini again and again. He's well aware of his position: "I've got the Federer name stuck on my forehead. But I don't want to exploit this relationship commercially." Coaches who parade their successes and adopt a self-important manner – and there are quite a few of them – are an abomination to him. "I want the player to respect the coach, but in the end it's player who goes out onto the court. Just look at soccer. Sometimes the only name you hear is the coach's, and I think that's wrong."


"I didn't even see the ball when I played against Roger"

Although he turns 54 in November, Pierre Paganini is exactly how you would imagine a fitness coach to be. His body is toned, strong, and wiry, and he doesn't carry a gram of fat. Nevertheless, he was never an elite athlete himself, and certainly not a world-class tennis player. While studying for his degree, Pierre played a little soccer, in Switzerland's divisions 2 and 3. But his real background is in athletics. He competed in several disciplines for Lausanne-Sports in the club championships. He has only played tennis with Roger Federer once in all the years that they have been together, and that was for just ten minutes. He's happy to admit that it wasn't the most fun he's ever had. "I ran around for about ten minutes and never even saw the ball!"


Pierre's Father: Also a Pioneer in His Field

"Paga," as his friends call him, is a cosmopolitan who has been on the move since childhood and now lives in Zermatt and Dubai. He trains regularly with Roger in the United Arab Emirates. He plans to use that as a base from which to do some serious traveling with his wife, Isabelle, who is also a fitness coach. Pierre Paganini was born in Zurich and spent his first few years in Glattbrugg. However, he emphasizes in perfect Swiss German, "I'm no Zuricher. My family comes from the French-speaking part of Switzerland, and I went to school for a while in Canton Valais." His late father Rõé was a musician, a pianist in fact. He too was a pioneer in his field and opened music schools in German-speaking Switzerland. His mother, Maria, was a professor for some 30 years at Yale and the University of Minnesota.


Swapping the Violin for the Medicine Ball

In his youth, Pierre Paganini was himself a musician. "From the age of four to the age of twenty I played violin, but then I traded it in for a medicine ball," he jokes. He was always extremely attracted by sports. "I remember watching the 1970 World Cup final between Brazil and Italy on a color TV for the first time. My co-workers were only interested in what was happening on the pitch. I was the only one who wondered before the match: What do the players actually do before a match? What exactly goes on there?" While learning to be a coach in Magglingen, he focused on the subjects of soccer and athletics. Soon he established some contacts in tennis and began to concentrate more and more on that sport. Among his first clients were Marc Rosset, the gold medal winner from the 1992 Olympics with whom he worked for 17 years, the Maleeva sisters Manuela and Magdalena, both of them world-class players, and later Ana Ivanovic. In 1991 he started working with the Swiss Davis Cup team, where he remained initially until 1995. He then spent a second period in this role from 2003 to 2008.


Roger Federer's Constant Companion Since 1994

As one of the leading fitness experts in the field of tennis, Pierre Paganini represents more than just a piece of good fortune for Swiss Tennis. He developed his own method, which is still used today at the intensive training center in Bienne. And he was one of the driving forces when Swiss Tennis set up a new development program for young players – under the name of "Tennis/études" – in Ecublens on the shores of Lake Geneva. It was here that he first met Roger Federer in 1994, when he qualified as a 13-year-old to go through this new system. Pierre Paganini, who remained an official advisor to Swiss Tennis up to the end of 2010, always had the idea of developing young talent in mind, and was directly involved during the 90s when the association pressed ahead with decentralization.


A Three-Year Plan with Consequences

Federer and Paganini have been working together on a private basis since August 2000. At the end of that year the fitness coach put together a far-sighted three-year plan for the 19-year-old Federer that would provide the foundation for his rise to tennis stardom. Right from the very start the chemistry between the two men was good. "Roger is a fantastic person, and that makes working with him so much easier," enthuses Pierre. "He decided at that time to put everything he had into making the most of his talent. He's an artist who knows the value of hard work." Pierre Paganini has been a member of Federer's innermost circle for ages now. He is a close advisor whose opinion is often sought and always respected. At the same time Pierre Paganini is well aware of how privileged he is to be experiencing Federer's extraordinary career at close range and to be able to work privately with him. "That's a real luxury. We can speak freely, nobody bothers us, and that helps boost the quality of the work."


Always There When the Boss Calls

Since 2003 Pierre Paganini has also worked as the private trainer of Stanislas Wawrinka, Federer's Davis Cup partner and fellow doubles gold medalist at the Beijing Olympics. His work with Federer takes up between 140 and 160 days each year and has priority over his work with Wawrinka, to whom he devotes about 70 days. But nothing is set in stone, and there's plenty of room for maneuver. The ingenious training programs, which are based on three or four basic blocks distributed throughout the year, are under permanent review and can be adjusted at short notice – for example, to cope with minor injuries. Pierre Paganini's work usually takes place far from the cut and thrust of tournament play. By the time that play gets under way, his job has usually been done and his services are no longer required. "It's important to do the right thing at the right time," is one of his training mottos. He is a detail-oriented coach who plans far in advance and, more than any other, takes full account of tennis-specific aspects. "The dosage is enormously important," he says. "And Roger is very good at listening to what his body is telling him. You have to do things when they produce the greatest benefit."


The Art of Finding the Right Balance

Paganini's work with Federer is also an ongoing voyage of discovery. Federer is now 30 years old and has to train differently than before; the focus has had to shift. "Anticipation and planning have become more important, especially now that he's the father of two young children. That's a real challenge," says Pierre. But the fact that Federer has passed the 30-year barrier doesn't impress him. "In tennis you're not old at 30. Someone who has played 1,000 matches may not have the stamina that he used to have but he certainly knows his way round the court. And in this sport it's often the small things that make the difference. The key thing is to adjust the planning and to find the right balance between preparation, tournament play, and recovery time. I'm absolutely certain that as long as Roger wants to play tennis and stays fit and healthy, he'll play extremely well."
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I translated the following interview with Roger:

„You never lose the connection to your home”

Even with 30 years Roger Federer doesn’t think about the end of his career

Swiss tennisplayer Roger Federer reacts relaxed to critics about his performances and still believes before the start of the Swiss Indoors in Basel (which starts on Saturday with the qualification) on big victories.

Interview: Daniel Germann

Roger Federer, you are coming from the christening of a locomotive which will carry your name through Switzerland from now on. Have you dreamed as a young boy like many others about becoming an engineer driver one day?

I don’t really know this anymore. I think I dreamed more about becoming a pilot. My main orientation has been on sport early though. But I have to confess that it was a lot of fun to sit in the driver’s cab of a locomotive.

Do you remember from which moment you felt that you could have a career as a tennis professional?

When I was about 12 years old I stopped playing football. That was a first signal. When I was 14 years old I went to the national training centre in Lausanne. From that moment it was clear that I would focus on tennis.

This week a new book with the title „Fascination Federer – the anatomy of success” was released. The American writer David Foster Wallace once wrote that it would be a religious experience to see you playing tennis. What do you feel when you read something like this about yourself?

When you do something good – as good like only few others have done it before – this obviously inspires people. That was never my aim. I just wanted to have fun at playing tennis. But then people started to have a focus on me. They are going meanwhile into every detail and discover things and tendencies which are interesting for me as well. I remember that discussion with Wallace really well. I asked myself afterwards: “Oops, what kind of interview do we get from this?” His angle was totally different as the ones I was used to. I knew that it would either become something really special or a total flop. In the end the result was really interesting. I meet remarkable people in my career, photographers and journalists who look for a new approach. Such encounters are also always interesting and inspiring for me.

Isn‘t such a religious comparision scary?

People are prone to look for a superman: He doesn’t have to be vulnerable; he doesn’t have to bleed, he doesn’t have to cry. I’m glad that there is a certain restraint for such idealization in Switzerland. I see myself as a totally normal person who just can play very good tennis. At the same time I’m happy that the Swiss people like me. Switzerland is still really close to me. Therefore the Swiss Indoors belong to my most important tournaments of the year. Even though I enjoy it a lot in Wimbledon or elsewhere but you never lose the connection to your home.

Suddenly Superman plays a season with just one tournament victory, a season which is substandard for Roger Federer. And then the image is starting to fall...

The year isn’t over yet. Basel, Paric-Bercy and the Masters in London are yet to come. So there’s still something to win, even though I know that it won’t be easy after the six weeks break to find the rhythm immediately, especially here in Basel where the players field is extremely strong this year. But one thing is for sure: I’m not contented with having only won one tournament myself. On the other hand I missed one or the other big victory by a narrow margin. Especially in Wimbledon I could have achieved more. I was convinced that I could be able to win again. If that would have been the case the season would look different now. But it is what it is. I have to work hard on myself so that I will be able to win the close matches again.

At the US Open you lead 2:0 against Novak Djokovic in the SF and had 2 MPs in the deciding set. How difficult is it for you after all your success to deal with these kinds of losses?

You forget it after two, three days. I’m usually a guy who rarely or never is out of temper. I can appreciate good performances of my opponents. It’s not that I always play bad when I lose. Sometimes the other player is just a bit better.

To win such close matches like the one at the US Open has been one of your qualities for a long time. Have you lost this quality?

Every loss scratches your self-confidence. You start to study. I know for example that I can play every ball longline. In moments when the self-confidence isn’t as huge as usually you play the ball cross-court more often as the margin is a bit bigger there. And suddenly an opponent as Novak Djokovic, who is full of self-confidence, plays back longline and has the little advantage which is often deciding in tennis. Then a tricky spiral starts: You ask yourself “What is too much risk? What is too less?” But my self-confidence is intact. I’m convinced that I’m still close to big victories.

How did you use the break since the Davis Cup?

I was on vacation for 2 weeks and started my preparation for Basel afterwards.

Was this break already an investment for the new season?

As a regeneration for sure. It will help me. I didn’t really worked on something particular. My game is good and I feel fit.

You accepted to lose points of the tournaments in Shanghai and Stockholm. Is the ranking not that important for you anymore?

Of course I would like to be at the top. It doesn’t really matter if I’m #3 or #4. Andy Murray has deserved #3. He has won more than me this season.

You only need one more week in order to reach the record of Pete Sampras who was ranked #1 for 286 week. Do you consider this aim as over and done?

Not necessarily. I want to get back to #1. But not in order to break the record of Pete Sampras but to be the best again. At the moment this is not realistic though as Novak Djokovic is so dominating. But it is known that the rankings can change soon. My aim for the next tournaments is to work on a good starting situation for the next season.

You are working with Paul Annacone for one year now. Has he fulfilled your expectations?

He has. But of course we had higher expectations. But as already said: One point at the US Open could have changed a lot. But I don’t feel I’m in a crisis.

How has Annacone helped you the most?

Especially tactically. But he has also worked on certain routines in practice and breathed new life into it. Also his communication with Severin Lüthi is really good. That has been the biggest question mark before we started to work together.

Apart from the usual tournaments and the Davis Cup in 2012 the Olympic Games are waiting. How do you set your priorities?

I’m in process of planning at the moment. I already confirmed to play the tournaments in Qatar and Rotterdam. I don’t know yet if I’m going to play the first round of Davis Cup but it is my aim to be there. That’s why I travelled to Australia after the US Open. But it is important for me to include enough breaks.

How important are the Olympic Games?

They have always been a big aim for me. It isn't possible to have a special preparation for it but also not really needed. After the block with the French Open, Halle and Wimbledon there is a 3 weeks break before the Olympics. Beside this we don’t need to switch the surface. Those are optimal conditions.

Is it an option for you to play together with Martina Hingis at the Mixed?

I basically wanted to know if she is interested in general. Everything else is still open. We will clarify it in the near future. There’s no need to push us though.

Lately one could hear the reproach more often that you missed the right moment to retire. What do you think about this?

I only hear this seldom but it usually appears when I lost. It often comes from people who don’t really know the tennis. Therefore I don’t attach too much importance to it. It won’t change something about my pleasure in playing tennis anyway. The body decides how long I’m going to play and I think I’m going to stay on the tour for a long time.

But all this talk has to be annoying.

On the day after I won the French Open I got asked for the first time: “When are you going to stop?” I guess this question is going to get asked more often from now on and I can’t prevent it. The only thing which is important for me is that I won’t let myself down. I work a lot with the media and have to answer many questions. To hear the same question all the time can become a bit like a brainwash. But as I don’t have any plans about my retirement I can talk relaxed about this topic.

Do you really have no plans? Or do you just avoid it to say something in order to save the fuss which would happen with such an announcement?

There is no plan of retirement. As soon as you have one the clock starts to tick. It is nearly as with a woman. Once she is pregnant the child will come inevitably.


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Another interview with Roger from the Swiss press, translated by Maria from RF.com this time:

"It will be my body that decides."

Roger Federer, you came in 9th place in the elections in Canton Schwyz. Do you hope to be elected in the 2nd round?

RF: Yes, of course, I'm confident that I'll do it - now that people know that I want to become a politician at all costs (laughs). No, seriously, I had no idea that it was called up on Facebook to vote for me.

Still 132 voters have written your name on the ballot paper.

But that's funny. On the election day I was at a baptism when the priest approached me on that. He should know the result now. In the beginning I didn't understand at all what it was all about. I thought: "Does the priest want to speak with me about FCB and football?" Then he explained it to me. It was about the Senate elections in Canton Schwyz. Of course this made me laugh.

Did you vote?

Mmmmmmm... (thinks) ...I wouldn't like to answer. It is very personal.

If you were elected, which topics would be the closest to your heart?

I am interested in many topics both globally and in Switzerland. In fact I am so often abroad that I can't always occupy myself with things that happen in politics here. This will change one day when I settle in Switzerland. That's why I don't want to say anything about that. It wouldn't be serious.

Have you ever been asked by politicians to participate in party campaigns?

No, never. I know almost no politicians personally. I met Adolf Ogi, also Ueli Muarer but only because they have something to do with sports. I have never been in the House of Parliament either.

You are seeded just 3rd at the Swiss Indoors your home tournament because of Andy Murray's participation. How much do you need to get used to this?

It is what it is. It doesn't really change much whether I'll be seeded #2 or 3. Either way I could meet Stanislas Wawrinka or another former top 10 player already in the first round. In any case it will be difficult especially because I come back from a six-week break. That's why I need to focus on myself first.

So is it all the same to you whether Murray plays in Basel?

It is great for the Swiss Indoors; his participation increases further the prestige of the tournament. The spectators who finally wanted to see Murray would be only too glad. Of course I'll have to defeat one more very good player. On the other hand that's nothing new - Murray and Djokovic are in more than 80% of the tournaments that I play.

Can you make it again on the tennis throne? Or this isn't your goal anymore?

It is a goal in the long term but it's not possible anymore in the short term. I have to accept this. Then it doesn't matter if I'm #3 or 4. It is crucial that I am in the top 4. This makes things a bit easier especially at GS tournaments. The four of us are equal because very quickly there might be changes in the hierarchy. What is clear is that in men's tennis you need to win almost 2 GS titles in order to be #1. To become a leader in the rankings without winning a major title which is the case in women's tennis is unthinkable to us. This shouldn't sound disrespectful to women, it is simply a fact.

Your big goal is a singles gold medal at the Olympics in 2012. But what about the mixed doubles? Will you play with Martina Hingis?

I don't know yet. It is too early to decide. We have decided to think about it till the end of the year and then we'll see. We are both in a comfortable state and fortunately we don't depend upon having to play together at the Olympics.

Actually who approached whom with this idea?

Once my team inquired her noncommittally. She blabbed it at a press conference and it turned into a big topic. However this was nothing more than a play of thoughts. We'll see what happens.

A suggestion: instead of playing with Martina Hingis could you play mixed doubles with your wife Mirka?

I don't know if Mirka would feel much like doing this. I've played tennis with 3 wonderful women - with Mirka, Martina Hingis and Martina Navratilova. You can't really ask for more.

From whom of these women have you learned the most on the tennis court?

I've always been a big fan of Martina Hingis. I found it enviable that she achieved so much and all that at an age at which such things were impossible for me. It was a big honour to play with Martina Navratilova. She is perhaps the best player of all times even men including. Finally with Mirka it was the most emotional. Back then she was in big pain and cried after each match. Then it was for me clear that it wasn't about winning but rather about being actually together on the court.

You showed great commitment to the DC by travelling to Australia. Will you play also against the USA?

There is a chance. Certainly I didn't fly to Australia for the birds. I'm planning the coming winter at the moment. I'll announce it as soon as I know. All this must be addressed carefully, there shouldn't be any rush.

At what point of your career do you envision winning the DC?

People think that when I am concerned everything must lead to winning. Now we are just happy that we reached the World Group at all. Our win against Australia shouldn't be taken for granted. What Stan achieved in the deciding match was sensational. If I was asked 3 months ago whether he'd win a match against Lleyton Hewitt on grass I'd have waved aside. I thought that it was impossible because Hewitt has won on grass more matches than me. It was an unforgettable experience to which everybody in the team contributed.

We notice that the DC has become more important to you.

I have said that I'll play more in the DC in the future. One thing is clear: if at some point the DC becomes a priority for, many things will change. It is possible that I'll have to skip more tournaments. Until now I didn't want to pack everything under one roof and have occasionally refrained from playing the DC.

It is speculated after each loss when you will retire. What is your answer?

We are still a long way from that. I'll stick around as long as I'm well-supported. I play everywhere on the centre courts and in full stadiums. If one day I have to play on an outside court in front of only 50 spectators, I'd retire. However I don't think that this would happen. I have achieved too much to get hidden on an outside court. Perhaps it will be my body that will decide when I am that far.

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Roger Federer- The Maestro of Tennis?
Written by: ApekshaHA on 1st November 2011



Is it just me or everyone else also thinks the same? I was left wondering after Federer’s easy win in his hometown event against Potito Starace. Federer didn’t even seem to break a sweat in his first round match at ATP Swiss Indoors in Basel.

Throughout the past few years, I have never seen Federer tired or stressed out during the match. His style of play looks so effortless. In the current game where power is the main factor in the shots of top players, here is a player who seemed to me the epitome of style and effortlessness.

Every now and then we hear of injuries to the players. Federer seems to be a class apart and rarely comes in the news for his injuries. Even his single handed backhand in the game full of double handed powerful backhands is a treat to watch. To me, Federer is the single link that remains in the game which has transitioned from the serve-volley era to the powerful down the line forehand/backhand winners.

Whenever I see Federer playing, he reminds me of the past era and the playing style prevalent during the 90’s. During his US Semifinal match against Djokovic, he never showed any signs of tiredness. Believe me, it’s a lot of hard work to show a 3-4 hour match look so effortless and elegant. In the finals- both Nadal and Djokovic were exhausted after the match which was an exhibition of power hitting contest with long rallies. Federer lost the match but he is the only person who has defeated and again came so close to defeating the player of the year- Djokovic.

I really don’t know how tennis will be in the absence of Federer, but one thing is for sure that we are really lucky to watch him play. The more he plays, better it is for tennis fans. With his goodbye, we can also unofficially call it an end of the single handed backhand shots in tennis. Even people who are not his fans will have to agree that with him out of the picture, who will they talk about, criticize and have long discussions on the forums. Tennis will lose its charm and elegance for a lot of tennis fans. No matter how harsh it may sound but he has majorly kept the interests of the 90’s fans still alive in the game.

All in all, Life will not be the same once Roger Federer says adieu to the game! Is it just me or everyone else also thinks the same?

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