Fitness trainer funnily recalls when he played tennis with Roger Federer

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Fitness trainer funnily recalls when he played tennis with Roger Federer

In a recent interview the Roger Federer's longtime fitness trainer Pierre Paganini largely spoke about his relationship with the Swiss maestro who keeps being successful also after turning 38. 'I do not love to speak about my co-operation with Roger', said Paganini.

'We have been knowing each other for so many years and if I wanted, I could have given many interviews or make sayings on him, but it's a thing I don't like. It's the player who heads into the court, not his team, so the one who goes on court needs to be in the centre of attention.

I played tennis with Federer just once and it was one of the funniest moments in my life: I ran for ten minutes no stop but I coud not take the ball.' Commenting on his year schedule with Federer, Paganini added: 'My work with Federer goes from 140 to 160 days a year.

His fitness preparation is about three or four blocks that can change when he gets injured. It's important to do the right thing in the right moment. Roger learned to know his body very well and knows how to handle energies.

Over the years this aspect was even important, especially since when he became a father. It's a challenge and he was not afraid after that he turned 30, of course you do not have the same resistance as before, but you know how to handle yourself on court.

The most important thing is to find the right balance between preparation, tournaments to play and recovery time. I am sure that if Roger will be doing well physically he will keep playing the way he knows.'