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Federers Illness

According to Swiss news Media the Federer Clan deliberately downplayed Fderers illness.

http://www.blick.ch/sport/tennis/vergiftung-fieber-spital-81713

In an Interview to the Swiss Newspaper "le Matin" Federers Fitness Coach Pierre Paganini admitted that Federer suffered from heavy diarrhea for 6 days in the preparation for the AO loosing 7 pounds of weight!

After his impression this affected Federers power and movement on court

The media construed that the Fed Clan didn't talk about that as they didn't want to give the impression that Fed is not 100 % to the competition. Fed loosing early at the AO would have cost him the NO. 1 spot therefore the goal was to go as far a possible.

Fed will now go through a serious recovery traing in Dubai.

Take that Fed haters!
 

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Look, i know you guys are going to say i'm trying to find excuses etc. and i know i'm a fedtard. but this also came as a surprise for me. and if you don't believe it, it's up to you. no one is trying to undermine djoko's achievements. from what i'm seeing, djoko is winning the AO anyways.

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Von Marcel Hauck aus Australien | 00:27 | 27.01.2008

SonntagsBlick-Recherchen zeigen: Roger Federer war vor dem Australian Open weit stärker krank, als er es zugab. Er war im Spital, lag sechs Tage lang mit Fieber und Durchfall flach. Mit dieser Vorgeschichte ist sein Halbfinalvorstoss keine Enttäuschung, sondern eine herausragende Willensleistung.

Als Federer vor dem Start zum Australian Open vor zwei Wochen über seine Lebensmittelvergiftung sprach, klang das so: «Ich wachte am Samstag mit Fieber auf, und im Spital wurde eine leichte Lebensmittelvergiftung diagnostiziert. Es ging mir jedoch bald wieder besser, und jetzt fühle ich mich 100 Prozent fit.»

Auch nach der Halbfinalniederlage am Freitag gegen Novak Djokovic wollte er seine gestörte Vorbereitung nicht als Ausrede gelten lassen. «Vielleicht hat es eine Rolle gespielt, aber ich weiss es nicht.» Immerhin gab er zu, dass er sich auf dem Platz weniger schnell und spritzig als üblich gefühlt habe. Kein Wunder!

Es ehrt Roger Federer, dass er nicht nach Ausreden sucht, aber die Wahrheit ist eine andere. Mit einem kurzen Spitalbesuch war die Sache bei weitem nicht bereinigt. Gemäss zuverlässigen Quellen des SonntagsBlicks wurde Rogers Krankheit aus taktischen Gründen bewusst kleingeredet. Man wollte gegenüber den Gegnern keine Schwäche zeigen. Man sei sehr zufrieden, dass es gelungen sei, die wahren gesundheitlichen Probleme des Schweizers zu verbergen.

Dies erklärt auch, warum Federer nach dem Halbfinal von einem «ziemlich guten Resultat» sprach.

Diese Version wird weiter gestützt von Fitnesscoach Pierre Paganini. Gegenüber der Westschweizer Tageszeitung «Le Matin» erklärte er, Federer habe während sechs Tagen unter Fieber und Durchfall gelitten und dabei 3 Kilo Körpergewicht verloren. «Das hätte jeden Athleten flachgelegt.» Paganini bestätigte auch, dass die Weltnummer 1 in bester körperlicher Form nach Australien gereist sei.

Unter diesem Aspekt erhält Federers Halbfinalqualifikation einen viel höheren Wert. Hätte Roger nämlich wegen seiner Krankheit Forfait erklärt, könnte ihn Rafael Nadal bereits in den nächsten Wochen als Nummer 1 ablösen. Nun aber erhält der Baselbieter ausgiebig Gelegenheit, den Körper wieder in Form zu bringen.

Nach einer Pause ist Mitte Februar in Dubai nochmals eine intensive Trainingsphase mit Paganini und Davis-Cup-Captain Severin Lüthi geplant. Roger wird erst in der ersten Märzwoche bei seinem «Heimturnier» in der Wüstenstadt wieder ins Turniergeschehen eingreifen. Dann tatsächlich wieder 100 Prozent fit.

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It says, that Roger was far more ill than he said. He tried to keep it low, because of his competitors. He had to stay in bed for 6 days because of fever and a stomach illness. He lost 3 kilos. Under this circumstances his half final qualification gains value. After a break he will begin with the training in mid-february.

Google translation:

SonntagsBlick research show: Roger Federer was before the Australian Open far more ill than he admitted. He was in hospital, was six days with fever and diarrhea flat. With this history is his Halbfinalvorstoss no disappointment, but a willingness outstanding performance.

As Federer before the start to the Australian Open two weeks ago about his food poisoning said, which sounded like this: "I woke on Saturday with a fever, and the hospital was a slight food poisoning diagnosed. It was, however, I soon got better, and now I feel 100 percent fit. "

Even after the semi-final defeat on Friday against Novak Djokovic wanted disturbed his preparation as an excuse not apply. "Maybe it has played a role, but I do not know." However, he admitted that he is on the square quickly and less bubbly than usual felt. No wonder!

It pays tribute to Roger Federer that he is not looking after excuses, but the truth is another. A short hospital visit was the matter is far from fixed. According to reliable sources of Sunday gaze was Rogers disease deliberately kleingeredet tactical reasons. Man wanted over the opponents show no weakness. They were very pleased that it had succeeded, the real health problems of the Swiss to hide.

This also explains why Federer according to the semi-finals of a "pretty good" result said.

This version will be further supported by fitness coach Pierre Paganini. Compared with the western Swiss daily newspaper "Le Matin" he explained, while Federer had six days at fever and suffered diarrhea and 3 kilograms of body weight lost. "That would have flattened any athlete." Paganini also confirmed that the world number 1 in the best physical shape travelled to Australia.

Under this aspect receives Federer's semi-final qualification a much higher value. Had Roger namely because of his illness Forfait declared it could Rafael Nadal in the coming weeks as the number 1 to replace. Now, however, the Basel area of opportunity, the body back into shape.

After a break is mid-February in Dubai again an intensive training phase with Paganini and Davis Cup captain Severin Lüthi planned. Roger is only in the first week of March at his home "tournament" in the desert city back into the tournament events intervene. Then again actually 100 percent fit.
 

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Yeah I believe that. I actually suggested that to my mum while we were watching his match against Tipsarevic. There was something wrong with Roger. He wasn't his normal self, and he seemed like he could be beaten, which obviously happened. Federer's smart, he understands the importance of gaining a psychological advantage. Hopefully this bug or whatever he's got won't last a long time, and he'll be back winning everything shortly.
 

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That explains a lot. But I still think Djokovic would have beaten him at his best.
 

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I understand why he wanted to downplay this and play the AO but he's taking a big risk with his health to stress the body while suffering from a virus. Let's hope it doesn't cause any lasting damage. It's a good thing his schedule allows him to recuperate for a few weeks.
 

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Too much information, but OK.
 
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He certainly wasn't moving quite as well.

Mentally, he wasn't match fit, you could tell his preparation had been affected.

Although Djoko still would of had a good chance of beating him to be honest.
 

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we are yet to see about that. He was too easily driven to five sets against Tipsy and again too easily beaten by Djokovic. Something puts him off and I doubt it's only this illness
 

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Quite obvious he subdued his illness. Hope he gets back in full-force soon, as there's something, someone very missing in today's final. :sad:
 

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Quite obvious he subdued his illness. Hope he gets back in full-force soon, as there's something, someone very missing in today's final. :sad:
yeh i really miss him in the final:sad:
 

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hope he will regain his health soon and be back in his best form again
 

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I don´t find that hard to believe at all. Anyone who´s suffered from "liquid-shit" for that long, knows it takes time to gain back the lost weight and recover physically. Having to play best of 5-matches in those conditions doesn´t help at all. And I can´t imagine what the effect on mental preparation has been for him. Having said that, all credit to Djokovic, he seems to be on his way to winning the title and this doesn´t make his achievement any less valuable. It´s not like he gave the virus to Fed. Then again, what do I know about these guys´ activities off the court...:p
 

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I can fully understand that due to his illness he may not have been 100%, but before the tournament started he was reported to be ok and ready to play. Now that he's lost the reports that he may not have been healthy enough come out, and I find it rather annoying because had he won there wouldn't be any reports about how he wasn't physically ok. It comes across as excuses now
 

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he didnt take it as an excuse,and he gave credits to djokovic
 

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I can fully understand that due to his illness he may not have been 100%, but before the tournament started he was reported to be ok and ready to play. Now that he's lost the reports that he may not have been healthy enough come out, and I find it rather annoying because had he won there wouldn't be any reports about how he wasn't physically ok. It comes across as excuses now
The way I understood, Federer himself didn´t try to find any excuses. This information came from "reliable sources", whatever they may be. So it´s all speculation, not an excuse from Federer himself. I don´t think we´ll hear Federer claiming his loss to Djokovic was because of this.
 

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From what I understand indeed it's not an excuse from Federer himself, I'd be kinda dissapointed if Federer was using it as an excuse. But I'm still not a big fan of these type of reports, that all I guess.
 

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Expected. He looked weak throughout and his movement was very slow
 

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Anything who thinks Federer was 100% in that match is a moron.
 
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