Paul Annacone: "Roger Federer's elegance has misled many people"
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Paul Annacone recounted some anecdotes relating to his collaboration with Roger Federer, focusing on the training and elegance of the Swiss Maestro. Annacone told: "People were convinced that for Roger Federer everything was simple and that he didn't need to work hard.
His elegance misled many people. I can assure you that his workouts with Pierre Paganini and Severin Luthi were very intense both in the gym and on the court. Another aspect of Roger that intrigued me a lot was his curiosity.
He was open to hearing new ideas, but always asked why he should do a certain thing. He once told me that as a child they called him The Why Man. He continued to follow that mantra from the day he started playing tennis until the day he stopped being a pro." Although Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have broken several records from him in the last two years, no one can ever match the impact Federer has had on the sport.
The Master of Basel has contributed more than any other to increasing the popularity of tennis.
The physical problems that led Federer to farewell
Roger Federer was one of the longest-lived athletes of the modern era, so much so that he has also become a source of inspiration for champions of other disciplines.
The Swiss' career ended this year at the Laver Cup, the exhibition he himself founded in 2017, after playing his last match alongside his historic rival Rafael Nadal. The former world number 1 has decided to hang up his racket at the age of 41, having realized that he can no longer compete at the highest level due to the condition of his knee.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion had tried a timid comeback last year, collecting nine wins and four losses. The King had not gone beyond the round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, before undergoing yet another operation on his right knee. The Basel legend has ensured that he will not walk away from the sport that made him a global icon.