Swiss tennis expert Heinz Günthardt says Roger Federer is very fit for a 38 year old, although he lost in the semi-finals of the Australian Open in Melbourne to Novak Djokovic. Speaking to Blick, Gunthardt says, "Roger is ambitious, he certainly leaves nothing to chance.
It makes little difference whether he plays two or three matches every two days at the Hopman Cup. You cannot simulate the stress of the five-setters that Roger had to play - neither in training, nor in smaller tournaments.
With a lack of match practice, he might be vulnerable in the first two rounds of the Aussie Open. But he got through easily. Until John Millman came." Gunthardt says Federer's match against Australian John Millman was a key point for his performance in the latter rounds of the tournament.
"He hasn't had to cover that many meters in a long time, so I take my hat off to him. I tell you, the young man is very fit for 38! The strain in the body accumulates, especially at his age. And against Tennys Sandgren came the nervous strain of not being allowed to lose.
That costs even more strength." Günthardt added that Federer's injury problems had nothing to do with his lack of preparation. "How often has Rafael Nadal limped off the pitch? Or think of Juan Martin Del Potro!
For them it is easy to say: bad luck. For Federer it means: poorly prepared. This has nothing to do with a lack of preparation."