'Roger Federer was slightly more extroverted than...', says top coach



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'Roger Federer was slightly more extroverted than...', says top coach

Roger Federer's incredible longevity often makes us forget how his debut on the ATP tour dates back to 1998. The Swiss phenomenon has remained competitive for an enormous amount of time, even though the last two seasons have been very difficult for him.

Suffice it to say that the 40-year-old from Basel played only 13 official matches in 2021, collecting nine wins against four defeats. Wimbledon was his main target, where in 2019 he had collected one of the most heinous insults of his entire career.

The King's race was interrupted in the quarters at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz, able to even give him a bagel in the third set. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has had his right knee operated on for the third time in the past year and a half and there is no clear plan for his return to the tour.

The hope of the fans is to see him again in 2022 at least for a final catwalk. Interviewed in the latest edition of the 'Three - A Tennis Show' podcast, Paul Annacone revealed the main differences between Roger Federer and Pete Sampras (having coached both of these legends).

Annacone opens up on Federer

The 58-year-old stated, “I think personality-wise they’re very different but they got to their same place in their goal orientation with very different methods and what I mean by that is they both understood themselves very well as I said about Roger Federer.

Pete Sampras knew exactly what he needed to do to be successful”. One thing common between both of them was the fact they knew their strengths and abilities well and worked on them. During the preseason, they would train harder than usual.

Annacone added, “In terms of preparation, they’re pretty similar. They worked hardest in the preseason and luckily for them because they win so much, during the year, they’re playing so many matches. A lot of their fitness and training gets done because they win so much”.

The former coach said, “When there are breaks on the calendar they’re both pretty diligent about getting ready for the clay-court season, making sure they’re prepared for the differences than for the grass-court season.

The key is they know themselves really well”. The Federer vs Nadal rivalry is one of the most talked-about stories in the history of tennis. Nadal was the first player to mount a serious challenge to Federer's domination, and to this date has an upper hand in the head-to-head count.

The two have shared many epic battles over the course of their careers. The Federer-Nadal final at Wimbledon 2008 is widely regarded as the greatest match of all time, and there has even been a documentary titled 'Strokes of Genius' made on it.