'Roger Federer is a very good listener, that's...', says top coach

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'Roger Federer is a very good listener, that's...', says top coach

After participating in the ATP 250 tournament in Doha, where he reached the quarter-finals and lost to Nikoloz Basilashvili, Roger Federer will return to the field in Geneva. The Swiss event will be held from 16 to 22 May and will precede the start of the second Grand Slam of the year, namely Roland Garros.

Federer's goal is precisely to participate in the two aforementioned tournaments and to reach the best physical shape in view of the season on grass and, above all, of Wimbledon. "After the operation, I had in mind when I would return.

I was aiming for the Australian Open but when I realized that the progress was low I realized I had to be careful, change something. At that moment I felt that my season would begin on grass, "explained the Swiss at the end of his Qatari experience.

“Together with my team we should be good at understanding how much effort my body will be able to endure so as to better plan the next engagements. For me, the most important thing is to be at your best for the season on the grass."

In a recent conversation with SRF Sport, Severin Luthi claimed that Roger Federer still has some catching up to do before he can get into peak shape.

Luthi on his relationship with Roger Federer

"In terms of fitness, Roger Federer is still lagging behind, which is a priority," Severin Luthi said.

"Tennis practice sessions are very intense and good, but are not taking place that often yet like it would be in a tournament environment." Luthi claimed that Federer is a good student who heeds his coach's advice, but added that the decision-making rests solely on the 39-year-old when he is on the court.

"Roger is a very good listener, that's important," Luthi said. "But I see us coaches more as consultants. In the end, he decides on the court. Roger gives you a lot back," Luthi said. "I've learned a lot on the human side."

Roger Federer is preparing himself for the upcoming clay-court season. Even though he is hoping for an incredible comeback, it’ll certainly not be easy for him to compete with the players who are almost half of his age.

Federer, who was away from tennis for 14 months to recover from a second knee surgery he had last year, returned to competition in Doha this year. Amid soaring expectations of fans around his comeback event, the 39-year-old Swiss won his tournament opener against British No.1 Dan Evans but went down to Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili in a closely-fought three-setter in his next. He skipped some events, including the Miami Open, thereafter to focus on training for the grasscourt swing.