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'Roger Federer fitness is still lagging behind,' reveals coach

Roger Federer down in Qatar

A long-time coach of Roger Federer has revealed that the Swiss maestro is still 'lagging behind' in terms of fitness as he continues his push to return to the Tour.

Federer is currently on what has been called a 'training block' trying to get his fitness to the level where he can competitively challenge at the big events again.

The 20-time Grand Slam Champion had been forced to take a 13 month break from tennis due to double knee surgery, but made a comeback earlier this year in Doha.

After winning his first match against Dan Evans, Federer then lost his next to Nikoloz Basilashvili and admitted afterwards that he needed to return to training to improve his fitness.

Federer has made no secret of the fact that Wimbledon and the Olympics are his main targets this year, although he recently confirmed on twitter that he will definitely play Geneva followed by the French Open.

And Severin Luthi, a long-time member of the Federer camp, has given a fitness update, revealing that although practice is intense, he still feels like there is further work to be done.

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"In terms of fitness, Roger is still lagging behind, which is a priority,” coach Luthi told SRF.

“Tennis practice sessions are very intense and good, but are not taking place that often yet like it would be in a tournament environment.“

“Roger gives you a lot back,” Luthi commented on their partnership. “I’ve learned a lot on the human side. I just try to do everything in my power to help him.”

“I see us coaches more as consultants. In the end, Roger decides on the court,” he added.

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