“Sounds Easy, But It Is Not”: Former Coach Reveals Why Roger Federer Has Been at the Top For so Many Years

Published 03/28/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Roger Federer celebrates victory during his mens singles first round match against Lorenzo Sonego of Italy during Day one of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros on in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


The Qatar Open 2021 represented the end of a long, long wait for fans as they finally witnessed Roger Federer play tennis after a gap of 13 months. Although Federer couldn’t win the tournament, he really showed some excellent skills on the court. He was definitely able to win hearts with his performances and proved that he still has a lot of tennis left in him.

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One thing that even the critics of Roger Federer commend him for is his dedication and devotion towards the sport. He is not just playing at the age of 39, but is also giving his opponents really tough competition. In a recent interview, his former coach Paul Annacone listed the reasons for Federer’s success over the last 16-17 years.

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning his singles match against Cameron Norrie of Great Britain. Day two of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

“He loves the game of tennis and enjoys the environment,” began Annacone. “He has been at the top of the game for many years, and he accepts and enjoys the responsibility of being ‘Roger Federer’ — that sounds easy, but it is not.”

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The former coach surely believes it is not easy to enjoy the sport and take responsibility simultaneously. He said that as a result of Federer understanding his roles and responsibilities as a player, he has been able to stay at the top for many years.

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Roger Federer is pretty steady, claims Paul Annacone

Annacone took pointed out the cases Federer and Pete Sampras to highlight that it is not a cup of cake to consistently stay at the top. He emphasized that Federer is a steady player and follows a pragmatic approach in his life. This approach, according to Annacone, helps him to survive the mixed emotions of winning and losing.

Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on during his Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match against Tennys Sandgren of the United States. Day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)

“It doesn’t take a ton out of them [Federer and Sampras] to play at levels most players can’t even reach. When you add [Federer’s] pragmatic approach, the roller coaster of emotions tied to winning and losing tends not to surface in his life. He is pretty steady,” added the former coach.

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Even though Federer is not able to defend his title at the Miami Open 2021, he’ll be back on the court soon. The Swiss maestro will definitely target the Wimbledon Championships 2021 and will look forward to winning it.

Will Federer be able to win his 21st Grand Slam title this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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