Roger Federer Reveals How He Deals with Stress

Published 12/03/2020, 1:04 PM EST
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after winning a point during his Men’s Singles third round match against John Millman of Australia on day five of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Twenty-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer has opened up on what he does off court and off-season to stay in shape for big events.


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Speaking in a live audio session on Spotify, Federer responded to a question on how he has adapted his training methods to stay fresh and motivated for Grand Slams and other big events even at his age.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 28: Roger Federer of Switzerland is interviewed by Jim Courier after winning his Mens Singles Quarterfinal match against Tennys Sandgren of the United States on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on in Melbourne, Australia.(Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)

Have to put in hours when young, says Roger Federer


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“I think, at the beginning, when you’re young, you have to put in the hours, have to be able to be stay focused on court, prove to yourself that you can stay on the opponent, focus on the ball for 2, 3, 4, 5, whatever, how many hours you are doing a day.

Also, physically endure the stress. It’s one thing doing it in practice but it is another thing proving it in matches when the stress levels gets greater,” Federer said.

Player understands his body better in time, says Federer

He said as a player hones his skills and picks up experience on the professional circuit, he also learns to listen to his body and deal with stress better.

“You could cramp because of stress, playing with fatigue, like a jet lag, changing surfaces, you know, from one day to the next, you’re changing surfaces and playing another match,” Federer said.


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The Swiss said that as a player grows more experienced, he needs no advice how to manage himself as he learns to prioritize events.

“This, in the beginning, is all a learning experience but you have to learn quick. And then later, you know it all. So you don’t have to really work that much anymore.

So, you’re more into quality than quantity,” Federer said.

When surgery put Federer away from tennis

The ‘Swiss Master’ missed the bulk of the tennis action in 2020 as an extended period of recovery and rehabilitation kept him away from the Tour for months.

Though he played the Australian Open this year, Federer missed a raft of events, including the French Open, US Open and the elite, season-ending ATP Finals.


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While his time away from tennis and given rise to questions on his future in the game, Federer, himself, has dismissed all retirement talk.

He has asserted that his recovery is going well and he has begun training to make a strong comeback next season.


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However, Federer hasn’t made himself available for the Australian Open next year.


Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.