Tennis News: Roger Federer admits he’s hurting all year, prime over for Swiss Maestro?

Tennis News: Roger Federer admits he’s hurting all year, prime over for Swiss Maestro?

Roger Federer admits that he has struggled with his health all season long saying that he was only 100% once this year at the start of the season in Melbourne, Australia. Could the Swiss Maestro still recover from his injuries or is he past his prime and not part of the elite group of players in tennis anymore?

Federer stated in a recent interview that he is still working his way back to 100% condition and that he’s glad that he has played well even though he lost in the semifinals of the 2016 Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, Germany last week.

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“It’s much better. I served normally last week, served a lot of aces and also quite a few into the net because I haven’t found my rhythm yet. But at the end it was quite good. I was happy,” “Every day that goes by is a step forward, and every match is a step forward,” Federer said via the ATP Tour’s official YouTube channel.

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“I’m just hoping I can keep up a good level from Stuttgart. It got better as the tournament progressed. It was unfortunate that I couldn’t win against Thiem but after all I felt improvement throughout.”

Watch the full Roger Federer interview below:

Video Courtesy: YouTube/ATPWorldTour

Federer was defeated by rising star Dominic Thiem in three sets, 3-6 7-6 (7) 6-4. Thiem went on to win the title against Philipp Kohlschreiber , 6-7 (2) 6-4 6-4.

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Roger Federer wants to prove his tennis prime is not yet over as the Swiss is set to participate at the 2016 Gary Weber Open in Halle, Germany this week. Federer is the top seed and will face Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round on Wednesday.

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