‘Bend Your Knees Roger’ – Former American Player Mardy Fish Hilariously Roasts Roger Federer’s Technique in New Training Video

Published 03/19/2022, 12:59 PM EDT
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – NOVEMBER 20: Roger Federer of Switzerland smiles with fans during an exhibition game between Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer at Arena Parque Roca on November 20, 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

Roger Federer has been out of the circuit for quite some time now. The last time his countless fans saw him courtside, for a tour-level match was at Wimbledon in 2021, which was the first Grand Slam he played after his right knee surgery after the Australian Open in 2020. But since then, he has again been grappling with injury issues and subsequent rehabilitation in order to return to the tour.

A while back he gave an update about how his recovery was going and said that everything was back on track, even though he and his team has had to go through some initial hiccups. Recently he also released a short video of himself hitting a few balls, and supporters and fans reacted to it, foreseeing his eventual return.

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Former player Mardy Fish re-shared the video and brought up some interesting criticism for the Swiss Maestro’s techniques. “Terrible technique here. Bend your knees, Roger. Also, those shadows. Where are you? Your basement?” he asks the 20-time Grand Slam Champion.

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A top-10 player back in the day, Fish seems to talk about Federer’s footwork, which does look a little slow and uncoordinated in the video. But, given that he will skip the upcoming clay season, and the grass season, there is plenty of time for him to make adjustments necessary to be his usual self on court.

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Roger Federer is confident that he can return to the Tour

HALLE, GERMANY – JUNE 16: Roger Federer of Switzerland leaves the Center Court after losing his match against Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada during day 5 of the Noventi Open at OWL-Arena on June 16, 2021 in Halle, Germany. (Photo by Thomas F. Starke/Getty Images)

Recently, in the foreword that Roger Federer wrote for his foundations’ Annual Report, he provided some updates about his life and the year 2021 in general. It was there that he said that he was still confident about his skill and level of play; to make a return in 2022. “My experience in Doha illustrated to me that my journey as an elite athlete isn’t over yet. The progress I make every day strengthens my belief that I will be healthy and strong enough to return to the tennis court at the highest level,” he said.

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Here’s hoping that his fans and supporters can indeed see him and his trademark on-court presence back on the tour but ‘late summer’ as he has announced!

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Rishma Banerjee

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Rishma Banerjee is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having done her masters in Political Science with International Relations from Jadavpur University, Rishma's outlet from the hustle-bustle of academics has always been sports, especially Tennis. A die-hard fan of Rafael Nadal, she admires his grit, determination and dedication towards always being better. When not writing content for firms dealing with fintech to social media marketing to sports, she finds herself in journals and books dealing with geopolitics and strategic studies or scrolling endlessly through Tumblr!

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