Why Does Federer Keep Taking Long Breaks After Slams?

First of all, let me just tell you that my blog will not be going offline, thanks to a very loyal Fedfanatic and follower of this blog. The person asked me to erase their comment where they were offering to help, so I will not be naming any names here. But that person knows who they are and we all owe them a big thanks, so thanks! You will also see that I added a widget to the right side bar of my blog where you can now enter your e-mail address so that you can receive an e-mail when I make a post.

Back to the topic of today then. It seems more and more these days that the majors are taking it’s toll on Roger’s body. Or does it? After he won the Australian Open he said that he didn’t feel as tired as he has before, and that he would be able to go skiing the next day, which would have been impossible in the past. So that was encouraging to hear. But looking at the past year or so, Roger has always been taking a lot of time off after the majors. Looking back at the start of 2009, he took time off from the Australian Open until Indian Wells, which he is now doing again. But we have heard that he is not even sure to play Indian Wells. Of course he has lung infection, so he has no choice. But it makes me wonder if he did not pick up lung infection because his body was tired and his resistance was low? We can’t know for sure.

Whatever the case may be, I hope Roger does not go to dirty third world countries with bugs in the air to jeopardize his career any more. It’s just not worth it, even though it can do a lot of good. If we move on in 2009 until after the French Open, Roger withdrew from the grass court tournament in Halle, which he usually always play. This was understandable though, because that French Open was the most draining tournament he ever played in. He did well to come back after that and take the Wimbledon title in a marathon five set battle with Roddick. After that it’s another long break of more than six weeks before he plays in Toronto. I think the French Open/Wimbledon double took a huge toll on Roger last year, which affected him in the US Open. He just didn’t quite look as sharp as he usually does in a slam final.

And after the US Open he played Davis Cup, after which he took yet another long break of about six weeks. So it seems that Roger keeps taking more or less six weeks off these days after slams, and of late he has been doing it after three out of the four slams. That is a lot of off time to be honest. Compared to the other players that is, but then again the other players don’t make every grand slam final. For Roger the majors are the most important thing, he puts a lot of physical and mental effort into them. So it’s normal that he takes off a lot more time after them. I think Roger wanted to do it different this year than he did last year. He said at the start of the season that he wanted to win more of the smaller tournaments this year, because in the last two years he has only won four tournaments a year, which isn’t much by his standards.


So I think it is very disappointing for him to have to withdraw from Dubai again, and for us fans as well. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting pretty sick of having to wait six weeks every time to watch him play, and I start running out of things to write about as well. Having said that, I don’t think this year will be as draining as last year, and this lung infection was just a stroke of bad luck. I think we will see Roger in action again at Halle this year, and at the end of the year at least in Shanghai as well before he plays in Basel. So in the end I don’t necessarily see this as a trend, although it is becoming very annoying. At age 28 there really shouldn’t be any problem with Roger’s body. As I have said before, I think in many ways the body has matured at that age, which may explain why Roger was not feeling so tired after his Australian Open win.

Lets hope that we will at least see Roger in action in Indian Wells again and that this lung infection will wear off fast. Also, I’d prefer that Roger stays home when he is recovering, and not go jet off to some third world country with dirty air. I don’t know about you, but this Fedless tennis world is really starting to annoy me…

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17 Comments

  1. I hear what you are saying but I happen to believe that Roger will need to take these kinds of breaks if he is to have the long career he says he wants. There is a reason why he was still making the semis and finals of Slams even with a mono, and back injured year like 2008.
    If you look at how other players manage their schedules, you’d have to say that management is one of the keys to Roger’s success. I hate it when he is off for any time at all. Heck, I’ve already worn out my tapes from the this year’s AO but in the long run, I’d rather have Roger around, going deep in Slams even if it means some gaps throughout the year.

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  3. “I hope Roger does not go to dirty third world countries with bugs in the air to jeopardize his career any more.”

    LOL!

    And I thought you couldn’t get any more obnoxious!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    And i didnt think you could get any more ignorant :-)

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  4. I’m a fan of your blog but I think making sweeping generalizations about third world countries is in bad taste. This is completely contradictory to what Roger Federer advocates and the message he wants to put across to the public.

    Federer is a great role model for grace, charity and philanthopy, and being one of his biggest fans, you might consider imbibing some of those traits.

    That said, I look forward to reading more of your pre and post game anaylsis posts. You’re a great sports blogger. Stick to that, maybe, and less on international social issues.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well i appreciate your honesty and straight fowardness, as that is also one of Roger’s traits ;-) When i said third world countries are dirty i spoke the truth. Its like Roger saying Murray does not play attacking tennis enough and people seeing it as him trying to put Murray down. People can make any assumptions they want from what i say, its fine with me. And like you said, this is a sports blog, not a political correctness blog. Thanks for the compliments.

    Ps. I live in Africa so i know a few things about it. Its not about putting them down, its about stating the truth. Sorry if i offended anyone.

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  5. I understand what you´ve said because I live in a country with similar conditions.(extreme poverty).It´s
    not easy to do the things Roger have done. Lung infection is what he´d get for having a gold heart.
    RF.com is in IW. Hope he will be playing there.
    I didn´t know your blog was going offline…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    See my previous post. Dont you live in the states now?

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    ines Reply:

    I´m from Argentine, I´d like to live in
    Graz(Austria),I have family there , but
    I´m a law student and I have to finish
    my career, then…
    I like European countries, not the states.

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  6. I enjoy your blog, and like your analysis, but I think you are on the wrong track here, both in your comments about third world countries and your suggestion that Federer should not go there.

    I’m glad he went to Ethiopia. He could have sent some lackey to check out the results of his foundation’s work and report back to him, but being the kind-hearted person he is he felt he had to see things with his own eyes and meet the people whom he helped face to face. I would have thought less of him if he hadn’t gone.

    He could give charity to rich people in a rich country, but poor people in poor countries need it so much more desperately. By all accounts the students at his school were ecstatic to meet him and he was very moved and touched to be there, so it was worth it. If it makes him a happier and more fulfilled man and a better human being, it can’t hurt his tennis, either.

    We can’t even be sure he caught it in Ethiopia. It could just be an airplane cold. Those are always the worst.

    My impression was always that you admired Federer for his decency as a human being as well as his awesome tennis skills. His charity work is clearly very important to him and it’s part of what makes him such a good person and a role model. So, as a fan, might I suggest that you cheer him on in his philanthropic work, just like you cheer him on on the tennis court?

    Even if he misses Indian Wells, so what. It’s not a Grand Slam. He’s already won one this year anyway. If we have to wait until clay season to see him in action again, so be it. His absence will just make people appreciate him even more.

    The gods of tennis are not going to punish him for being a good-hearted and generous person. He should be fine.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Fair enough you make some good points. You are right my point of view is selfish. Those poor people need Roger more than i do. Thanks for your honesty.

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  7. Sampras in his final years also played only in a few tournaments. That allowed him great performances at the Slams, but that choice made him drop off the rankings. But in the last 3 years of his career, he always performed well in USO. Arguably, Pete’s game is less physical than Roger… he tends of finish of things early: at the net or serve or maybe lose the point off baseline rallies via UE.

    Roger’s game demands high levels of fitness. It requires great footwork. In the end of 2007, I think he made a mistake by playing the exhibitions against Pete. That and the mono most likely disallowed him proper training regimes to keep his fitness level & his footwork… hence the results he got in 2008. A bad Roger almost always starts w/ bad footwork and he will look unbalanced, with lunging & labored moves… leading to high UE %.

    If it really takes long breaks to keep his conditioning, then it’s what he really must do. Although this might sound ridiculous, I really don’t mind him lying to tournament organizers about lung infection & the such… as long as he gets the breaks necessary to allow for peak performance.

    Wise scheduling is always a part of a great’s game… although in some ways it may lead to a little of unpopularity. The truth is no one can please everyone.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Good comment Jason. I think those exho matches he played against Sampras didnt help, and could have been the cause for picking up mono. When the body is tired its just so much easier to pick these things up. If he has to take more time off to be able to do well at slams then so be it, but id like to see him win more tournaments as well. He can do better than 4 tournament titles a year.

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    jason Reply:

    Well, I don’t mind him winning only 4 titles a year & losing the rest… as long as those 4 are the GSs. LOL

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    Ru-an Reply:

    LMAO! Id take that every year looool.

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  8. PS: I don’t say he’s lying to the organizers. I’m just saying even IF he were lying, I’d be perfectly fine w/ it. In fact, I’d think it’s good long-term thinking from him.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Lol…well im pretty sure he isnt lying to the organizers on this occasion.

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