“Those Things Can Knock Me Off”: Former Coach Reveals Why Roger Federer Made a Drastic Change in Him

Published 10/29/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 07: Roger Federer of Switzerland walks off court after losing his men’s Singles Quarter Final match against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland on Day Nine of The Championships – Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Over the years, tennis fans have seen the greatness of Roger Federer. He has a special aura to him that is second to none. However, at the end of the day, he is only human and possesses qualities like any other.  

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Fans have seen the emotional side of Roger Federer over the course of his career and have witnessed moments when a painful loss has got the better of him. Other times, fans have seen tears of joy trickle down his cheek when he emerges as a champion. This revealed his emotional side and as time passed by, he wanted to work on it.

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Recently, his former coach Paul Annacone spoke on this subject and revealed how they decided to do the needful. The 58-year-old coach stated, “I think his maturation process allowed it to happen. I asked him about it when we were together years ago and I asked him if it was something someone said or a coach or his parents or whatever.”

“He said it was a little bit of a bunch of things and he said ultimately I just realized to myself that if I’m that emotional and those things can knock me off the rails then I can’t think through what’s going on out there.”

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They sat down and introspected what needed to be done in order to be successful in the long run. It came to a point when the Swiss maestro felt that if this tendency of wearing his heart on his sleeve can get the better of him, then he would like to avoid it at any cost. He worked on the fact that he shouldn’t get disappointed with a loss and that it is a part of any sport, winning and losing. 

2019 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Nine. Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts during his match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the Men’s Singles Quarter-Finals match on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3rd, 2019 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

The former coach added, “He used to say that I need a way to find a solution and I can’t find solutions if I’m really emotional and things are going awry. I need to know how to manage the emotions and get disappointed but not let it ruin the rest of the match and be happy and not let it ruin the rest of the match.”

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“So I just basically made the decision myself after getting a bunch of feedback both myself and also hearing it from his parents and hearing from other coaches but he really said it was himself that just hit and switch and said I got to get better at this.”

Coming to tennis, Federer ended his season after the Wimbledon Championships loss. He had to undergo another knee surgery and is targeting a return in 2022. He did reveal that he would be out of action for many months. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him competing for the biggest titles once again. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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