Swiss paper Blick published a Q&A with Roger Federer on Tuesday. In it, Roger provides a few more details about the lung infection that took him out of this week’s Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships and talks about being “fit and healthy” for the Indian Wells Masters in California, where first round men’s action starts on March 11th. This is my Google-assisted translation, click here for the original.
Roger Federer, you are now for the second consecutive year not at the tournament in Dubai, your part-time home.
Roger Federer: It hurts. I like being in Dubai, like the people, the atmosphere, the tournament. When I got sick again, I had to think inevitably of Basel, my home, at my home tournament, in which I had so many years of bad luck. But I can not force anything on any account. I must take this lung infection very seriously.
When did you first realize that something is wrong?
Roger Federer: Actually, I was took it easy after the Australian Open. I wanted to come back to power, put away the strain.There’s no question of it being from strain. I trained last Tuesday and then it quickly went downhill. I got chills, fever, extreme rib pain, could not breathe normally.
You are also acting tired.
Roger Federer: Everything goes a little slower, like in slow motion. The fatigue is even still there, even if it is slowly getting better. I hope that I can put it away quickly.
The rest from competition could adversely affect the course of the next few months.
Roger Federer: I do not think so. This is not like the glandular fever of two years ago, in which the uncertainty was large. I think I’m back at the start of the Masters in Indian Wells. And when I start, I’m healthy and fit.
What have the doctors prescribed exactly and recommend that you do?
Roger Federer: The outgoing message is clear: Two weeks total ban from sport. With such a thing it is no joke. I will then, without pushing it, start to prepare seriously for Indian Wells. But as I said: A start is only possible if everything is physically in the green zone. The worst-case forecast is a break of six weeks. I must take that into account, at least.
Is the charity exhibition game at Indian Wells in danger when you play together with Pete Sampras v Agassi / Nadal for the earthquake victims in Haiti?
Roger Federer: I will do everything to ensure that we can stage it. The people of Haiti need our help urgently.
And we all urgently want to see Roger Federer play in Indian Wells! To see Roger at the Dubai players’ party this week, click here. (Hey, at least it’s not contagious. . .right?)
Click here for the original interview from Blick.