Roger Federer: ‘As a player, I think about how you keep the fire burning’

Roger Federer has credited his team of coaches for helping to keep him motivated as he prepares to make his comeback to tennis. 

Federer has missed almost all of 2020 after required two operations on his knee following the Australian Open at the start of the year.

He is back in practice now and aiming to return when the 2021 season starts in February.

However, when he was asked about how he is able to still motivate himself at 39-years-old, he explained it was a team effort.

“As a player, I think it’s just about how you keep the fire burning,” Federer said on a Podcourt podcast.

“I’ve been to certain tournaments, say the Cincinnati (Masters) for twenty straight years, I’ve been to Wimbledon 20 times.

“You want to keep it as successful as you can. You want to really have that fire burning to win every single point, every single game, every single match and beyond.

“To be able to keep that going, I really need a strong team. That helps me to squeeze that extra 1%, 10% out of me and remind me to bring the energy to the next match

“In terms of physicality, just listening to the body’s signs and managing a good schedule.”

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