In an interview with 20 Min, Mathieu Aeschmann, a SportCenter journalist, praised fitness trainer Pierre Paganini's job with Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, the Swiss players who are still competing at a high level in the late stage of their careers.
Aeschmann recalled when Paganini worked in Ecublens in the 90s and Federer was a kid. "Pierre was the facility head, the one who handled relationships with coaches," he said. "With his role, he necessarily had a different relationship with us than the one he needs to have today with his players, which is much closer.
We always went running on a court around a football pitch. You went running with him but you did not really know what you would have done. He wanted to make our mental toughness being at stake. You did not know if you ran for 800 or 1,500 meters or more.
You only needed to know that he would run with us. He was running with us, he was not sitting around. He was a great hard worker. I always thought he would do well." Paganini said: "With Stan and Roger, the training plans are coming from the body for the entire year.
If you want to be fit, you need to make good plans, it takes three weeks there and ten days there. We need to do what we can." Federer is training with Paganini in Switzerland. The Basel native will return to competition at the Cincinnati Open next month.
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