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BeatlesFan

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Marc Rosset, former top 10 player from Switzerland, weighed in on Roger's clay prep:

“To Win Wimbledon, Roger Federer Will Have to…”: Olympic Gold Medalist Reveals the Importance of Clay Season

The dream-win for Roger Federer this year would be Wimbledon. He had set his mind to return to London last year, but a second knee surgery had halted his plan then. Now, he is back on the Tour after 13 months, but that will not be enough to win the Championships. It begs the question – What does the Swiss maestro need to do to win at Wimbledon? The 1992 Olympic Gold medalist and retired Swiss professional, Marc Rosset, has the answer.

Rosset explained how playing on clay would help his case on the grass.

“This will allow him to do a little land work, to get a bit of a physical fund and especially since Wimbledon is hardly won by serving-volley, it is won from the baseline. He definitely saw that some physical fitness was lacking when he played Doha. The clay will get him in shape for a stab at Wimbledon."

Furthermore, the 50-year-old Swiss highlighted that in 2018, Federer missed the clay-court season and eventually lost to Kevin Anderson. Thus, the 8-time Wimbledon champion needs to play Top 10 players before stepping on the grass.

“So if he also wants to win Wimbledon, he will necessarily have to beat Djokovic, Nadal or other players who are in the top 10,” Rosset explained. “And to meet them, he will have to play these players in the Masters 1000 on clay or at Roland Garros.”

Considering the uncertainty over his knee, Federer can also test himself more on the clay. Let us see what he plans ahead of Wimbledon.
 

Lleytonstation

G.O.A.T.
Marc Rosset, former top 10 player from Switzerland, weighed in on Roger's clay prep:

“To Win Wimbledon, Roger Federer Will Have to…”: Olympic Gold Medalist Reveals the Importance of Clay Season

The dream-win for Roger Federer this year would be Wimbledon. He had set his mind to return to London last year, but a second knee surgery had halted his plan then. Now, he is back on the Tour after 13 months, but that will not be enough to win the Championships. It begs the question – What does the Swiss maestro need to do to win at Wimbledon? The 1992 Olympic Gold medalist and retired Swiss professional, Marc Rosset, has the answer.

Rosset explained how playing on clay would help his case on the grass.

“This will allow him to do a little land work, to get a bit of a physical fund and especially since Wimbledon is hardly won by serving-volley, it is won from the baseline. He definitely saw that some physical fitness was lacking when he played Doha. The clay will get him in shape for a stab at Wimbledon."

Furthermore, the 50-year-old Swiss highlighted that in 2018, Federer missed the clay-court season and eventually lost to Kevin Anderson. Thus, the 8-time Wimbledon champion needs to play Top 10 players before stepping on the grass.

“So if he also wants to win Wimbledon, he will necessarily have to beat Djokovic, Nadal or other players who are in the top 10,” Rosset explained. “And to meet them, he will have to play these players in the Masters 1000 on clay or at Roland Garros.”

Considering the uncertainty over his knee, Federer can also test himself more on the clay. Let us see what he plans ahead of Wimbledon.
A RG third or 4th round loss, even a 2nd round loss wont hurt his confidence too much, but a QF or SF wil boost his confidence. Hope he enters at least 2 warm ups and if he does well drops the other and does well at RG.
 

BeatlesFan

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A RG third or 4th round loss, even a 2nd round loss wont hurt his confidence too much, but a QF or SF wil boost his confidence. Hope he enters at least 2 warm ups and if he does well drops the other and does well at RG.
I think he'll play Madrid, Rome and RG.... then onto the grass. I see he's still practicing on HC in Dubai though, not clay.
 

Milanez82

Professional
I think he'll play Madrid, Rome and RG.... then onto the grass. I see he's still practicing on HC in Dubai though, not clay.
That's a heavy load
I say 1 masters and RG
Unless he goes out early but i expect a deep run

Also this clay thing, he skipped it in 2017 and won Wimbledon so its really a moot point
Don't see how missing clay helps against a servebot on grass

Problem is if he skips clay and goes out early in Halle then he will lack match play, in 2017 he had a great hc swing prior to clay
 

BeatlesFan

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Also this clay thing, he skipped it in 2017 and won Wimbledon so its really a moot point
Don't see how missing clay helps against a servebot :unsure::-D on grass
Fed explained in 2019 how playing on clay helped him "groove" his groundstrokes and gave him confidence heading into grass season. Playing on clay will give him both desperately needed match play as well as what Roger described with the "grooving" of his baseline game.
 

GhostOfNKDM

Professional
I think he'll play Madrid, Rome and RG.... then onto the grass. I see he's still practicing on HC in Dubai though, not clay.
He likes the heat for physical conditioning and his workouts with Paganini are more integrated with on-court stuff. (Unlike many others Roger has mentioned before that while he does his weight room work, he isn't a gym rat)

This time of the year he'd normally be stateside but I reckon he wants to push the move back to Switzerland and work on fitness as long as he can in Dubai.
 

BeatlesFan

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Fed practicing on the clay in Dubai, photo with a fan from yesterday. Fed has been exclusively hitting on clay since he returned to Dubai from Doha.

 

GhostOfNKDM

Professional
Fed practicing on the clay in Dubai, photo with a fan from yesterday. Fed has been exclusively hitting on clay since he returned to Dubai from Doha.

Is there a source for this? Can't find anything on twitter or google (hope I'm not committing sacrilege by asking :oops:)
 

BeatlesFan

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Is there a source for this? Can't find anything on twitter or google (hope I'm not committing sacrilege by asking :oops:)
Podcast on Blick.ch with Severin yesterday, he said Roger has been practicing on clay since "two days back from Doha." I believe with the live podcasts you either watch them live or you don't see them, but you can try:

https://www.blick.ch/
 
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Goosehead

Legend
Fed practicing on the clay in Dubai, photo with a fan from yesterday. Fed has been exclusively hitting on clay since he returned to Dubai from Doha.

i see federer has managed to find a clay practise partner who clearly looks and plays almost exactly like nadal..uh umm wot?.

newsflash: i have been told by an erudite egg that other folk are around to hit with fed. phew.
 

Hitman

G.O.A.T.
I wonder if this is a way to keep the door slightly open to skip the clay completely and focus on the grass, citing the lack of fitness and needing more weeks to train.
I personally think Team Fred is holding out hope that they'll move Wimbledon to coincide with his 40th. ;)
 

BeatlesFan

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I wonder if this is a way to keep the door slightly open to skip the clay completely and focus on the grass, citing the lack of fitness and needing more weeks to train.
It's exactly what I thought too. He was clearly not match fit in Doha, but he's had 6 additional weeks to train. I found it curious there's been only one photo of him training in Switzerland since Doha, usually Twitter has dozens of pics of him, taken by fans at his training facility. It's my opinion now he may not even play clay, as you suggest.

If Fed thinks he can make any impact on grass after having played 2 matches in 2021, he's not thinking straight. I think retirement may be much closer than I thought.
 
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Hitman

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I personally think Team Fred is holding out hope that they'll move Wimbledon to coincide with his 40th. ;)
LOL - Maybe. It's clear the goal for him is Wimbledon. He just doesn't want to say it this far out that he isn't play clay, because he was getting attacked in the past for skipping clay completely for the grass, this way, it's easy to just say he was lacking fitness.
 

Hitman

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It's exactly what I thought too. He was clearly not match fit in Doha, but he's had 6 additional weeks to train. I found it curious there's been only one photo of him training in Switzerland since Doha, usually Twitter has dozens of pics of him, taken by fans at his training facility. It's my opinion now he won't even play clay, as you suggest.

If Fed thinks he can make any impact on grass after having played 2 matches in 2021, he's not thinking straight. I think retirement is much closer than I thought.
Yeah, where are all the clay court training pictures? He's thinking grass and Wimbledon, no doubt.

Not sure what Fed is thinking regarding grass impact, but I think he wants to come in completely fresh into it. He is looking for 21.
 

BeatlesFan

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I'm still surprised Fed's playing at the French despite how it would prepare him for Wimby.
He explained this in 2019. Clay "grooves" his groundstrokes, to use his expression. Lendl admitted after skipping the FO to prepare for Wimbledon that it always compromised both his fitness and his feel for the ball on his groundstrokes. And in Roger's case this year, he is in desperate need of actual match play, regardless of surface.
 
LOL - Maybe. It's clear the goal for him is Wimbledon. He just doesn't want to say it this far out that he isn't play clay, because he was getting attacked in the past for skipping clay completely for the grass, this way, it's easy to just say he was lacking fitness.
I hear that.

The wildest thing about it all is what we don't know. Which is just incredible for someone of that stature.

I wouldn't be stunned to learn that he's accepted a position promoting soccer team FC Basel... and/or elevating the Swiss national team, courtesy of a collaboration between Uniqlo and On.

lol, seriously, when you think about this individual's commitments at this point... tennis is really fairly back burner.
 

Hitman

G.O.A.T.
I hear that.

The wildest thing about it all is what we don't know. Which is just incredible for someone of that stature.

I wouldn't be stunned to learn that he's accepted a position promoting soccer team FC Basel... and/or elevating the Swiss national team, courtesy of a collaboration between Uniqlo and On.

lol, seriously, when you think about this individual's commitments at this point... tennis is really fairly back burner.
Well, he's been conspicious by absence, that's for sure. I am sure more and more will be revealed as to what Federer has been up to these past few months, and something tells me, it isn't just tennis sessions.
 

BeatlesFan

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Agassi was interviewed remotely during Dubai and was expressing a lot of doubt about Fed's comeback. He repeated a line he used about himself after 35: "Roger is almost 40, he's writing checks that his body can't cash... he can train as hard as he wants, but age restricts what he can do, and recovery is so, so tough." I'm paraphrasing, but that was what he basically said. He also said he personally thinks it's impossible for any 40 year old to win a major.
 

Hitman

G.O.A.T.
No training pics at all since the week after Doha, but he did a photo shoot for Uniglo last week.

You'd think for someone who is lacking fitness would be out there working on his fitness, surely not everything he does would be behind closed doors. Where are the practice sessions, the invites of other players going out to practice with him....He's doing other things for sure, and I think he is putting feelers out there regarding RG. The goal was, is and always will be Wimbledon for him.
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
Agassi was interviewed remotely during Dubai and was expressing a lot of doubt about Fed's comeback. He repeated a line he used about himself after 35: "Roger is almost 40, he's writing checks that his body can't cash... he can train as hard as he wants, but age restricts what he can do, and recovery is so, so tough." I'm paraphrasing, but that was what he basically said. He also said he personally thinks it's impossible for any 40 year old to win a major.
Many years ago Agassi used the "he's writing checks that his body can't cash" phrase about Nadal.
He's clueless on the subject of longevity.....pure guesswork.
And its definitely possible to win a major at age 40, that I can tell you.
 
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