While many sportsmen from different disciplines are struggling with the Coronavirus, there are other concerns that torment Roger Federer. The Swiss tennis player is in fact recovering from the double operation on his right knee in February and then in June.
The news is good, the pain in the knee has disappeared, but the road is still long, to the point that the return to the fields is not expected before 2021. Andy Murray's strength and conditioning coach explains his rationale behind Roger Federer's longevity.
Matt Little also believes that Federer makes beneficial decisions with respect to schedules.
Little on Roger Federer
“Obviously Roger Federer is also an incredibly smooth mover let's call it,” Matt Little continued.
“He’s very efficient in the way he moves you know, it looks like there is very little impact going through his body because he glides so gracefully around the court. I’m sure he would say, “No, No No, there’s quite a bit of impact going through my body.
My back and my knees will tell you” (laughs). I watched with interest some of the training sessions they (Federer and Paganini) put up, I think when Roger was in Dubai a while ago,” Little said. “And it (the training) seemed to be on the court and some physical stuff either side of the court.
I’ve heard that a few times (as well) which makes perfect sense. I also think there’s been some good decision making in terms of scheduling, in terms of practice,” Little added. “When to go hard and when to go back and recover.
All of those decisions have a huge impact on a player’s health and long term success and longevity. I would think Roger would be at the lower end of the scale more often in terms of high heart rates and in terms of high impact forces,” Little observed.
“It’s just the way he plays. Versus your let's say the Andy’s and Rafa’s who to me from an observational side of things seem to put more kind of vertical force and power. The 39-year-old Swiss, who is ranked fourth in the world, still does not say desperate and intends to open 2021 with all his might with participation in the Australian Open, which he won six times throughout his career including the last Grand Slam title in 2018.
During an interview in Switzerland he claimed: “I am on the right track, but I do not want to add pressure and I intend to take my time. At the moment I can not train for more than two hours and I will register for tournaments when I feel 100 percent confident. “Now it looks like I can take part in the Australian Open”.