Roger Federer is not mentally fresh, says Novak Djokovic's former fitness trainer



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Roger Federer is not mentally fresh, says Novak Djokovic's former fitness trainer

Novak Djokovic's former fitness trainer Gebhard Gritsch believes Roger Federer is not doing great mentally. The Swiss player turned 38 in August, and he has been not been getting the greatest results in recent times. Gritsch said: "You have to wait for (Rafael) Nadal, he always comes back strong.

With Roger Federer, I had the feeling that he is not mentally fresh and then there is a lack of rhythm and speed, which are not connected to the body. About Dominic Thiem, who reached back-to-back French Open finals in 2018-19, Gritsch added: "He is again the French Open favorite with Nadal.

It only takes time before he puts everything together in his game." Explaining the Serbian's drop of the level after winning his Wimbledon title, Gritsch said: "Novak had an extremely big amount of matches.

It was in part his fault. It was more a mental issue, he was not focused enough." Gritsch was one of the two people besides Marian Vajda. Gritsch admitted that they did not expect such a fast and successful comeback by Djokovic in 2018.

"In May, none of us in the team had thought this [end of the year] was possible," said Gritsch. "He was really in trouble. There was a lot missing in the fitness area, as he was not really trained tennis specific.

But above all, he also had mental problems because he did not know where he actually is. With so many years, so many weeks, days and hours together… We were all just stressed out and drained."