'I discussed my inputs with not only Roger Federer but...', says top coach



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'I discussed my inputs with not only Roger Federer but...', says top coach

A few days ago, Roger Federer got back in possession of his famous RF logo, now produced by Uniqlo after breaking up with Nike two years ago. The caps, in eight different colors, were literally stormed on the Japanese company's website, finished in a matter of minutes.

It is therefore not surprising that, a few months ago, Forbes magazine placed him in first place in the ranking of the highest paid athletes of the year. Absent on the circuit since last February, Roger will return to the field for the first time in twelve months at the beginning of 2021, having also undergone two surgeries on his right knee.

Thanks to the freeze in the ranking, he only dropped to fifth position, so at the next Australian Open he will certainly avoid facing a seed. The title holder is Serbian Novak Djokovic, who has triumphed here eight times and is the most victorious player in the history of the Melbourne Grand Slam.

Paul Annacone recently opened up about the early days of his stint as Roger Federer's coach. The American placed special emphasis on Mirka Federer's awareness about her husband's game.

Annacone on Roger Federer's attitude

The American revealed he would often discuss his inputs with not only Roger Federer and his other coaches, but also with Mirka.

“I would spend a long time with Severin, trying to learn the ins and outs of the basically whole ‘Team Federer’ and how things worked out," Paul Annacone continued. "Tony Godsick his agent was really tremendous in helping me understand and helping the learning curve go quickly.

Pierre Paganini was and still is his strength and conditioning guy. It was really about absorbing all information about how things worked and making mental notes about how I could add value. And discussing those notes with whoever I needed to, whether with Mirka alone or Roger Federer alone or Severin or Pierre.

It (blocking of ideas) does happen but what I was so amazed about Roger and Pete was they want to hear you to be able to push back in a constructive way,” Annacone said. “Roger always wanted to hear new ideas. Roger - in one of our first practice sessions - said to me, ‘Okay what do you wanna do?' I said is it that simple that I better tell you what to do? He said I might question you so you better have some good backup about your reasons but yeah tell me what you wanna do and then I might question you.

So from Day 1 it was always all about a really nice communication”. Since 2006, Roger had sported the ‘RF’ logo on his Nike apparel. The deal worked out very successfully as almost every Federer fan-owned a product that sported the ‘RF’ logo on it.

However, back in 2018, Roger shocked the world when he stepped on the Centre Court at Wimbledon wearing the Uniqlo apparel for his opening round match.