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Roger Federer’s long-time fitness coach Pierre Paganini says the Swiss has proven he still has a huge passion for tennis by fighting back from injury. Federer will make his return to the ATP Tour in two weeks after undergoing double knee surgery.
“I can’t imagine the player not asking such questions at all,” Paganini told Tages Anzeiger. “But when he decided to have the operation, it was logical that he did not want to think about the end of his career. He had chosen a route that would take several months and aim at comeback – not unpacking the suitcase.”
When asked if that was evidence that Roger Federer still had a burning passion for tennis, Paganini replied: “Clearly! He depends on it, and so do we on his team. Otherwise he would no longer get involved in the training courses that we propose to him.
“When a player at almost 40 has to do exercises again that a 70-year-old can manage without problems, and is happy that Tuesday was better than Monday – is that not a passion!
“You have to be a positive thinking person and find the right mix between strategy and spontaneity. Sure, when I say something like that, people think: ‘Of course, he’s part of Federer’s team, and Federer is also a nice guy. But I can’t help it that it’s the truth. And that I am constantly surprised myself and sometimes ask myself: Why is he still doing all this?”