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Roger Federer is back from vacation and ready to be top seed in this week’s ATP 500 in Dubai. He’s pictured above during his Dubai presser, looking fairly relaxed, per usual.
After enjoying a few weeks away from the tour after the Australian Open, old man Roger was asked about how he feels about being an (almost) thirty-year-old on tour (Via TheNational.ae):
“I can’t believe that it’s so much time,” Federer said. “I still feel I am playing the juniors not so long ago. Years on tour go by extremely quick because of the traveling, because of the organisation and because you are looking so far ahead.
“It’s a fast-paced life really and that’s why 30 to me does not feel like 30. I just think that it takes a physical toll but mentally if you enjoy playing then it’s not such a problem. Years go by on the tour and that’s for sure.
“[Earlier], I used to have incredible muscle pain, especially after tough matches. I used to come out barely able to walk sometimes. Today it’s different. I came out of the Novak match at the Australian Open and I had a spring in my step and thinking about vacation.
“It’s a different type of fatigue I guess, but I find it easier to handle the stress on the tour and the tough matches as I know I am more fit and I know what to expect.
“As a young guy you don’t know your limits so you push that extra hard and get injured probably. But now I manage my energy much better.”
Roger is feeling so great, he’s already planning his tennis life after the 2012 Olympics. Via Tennis.com:
“Absolutely yes, I am looking at the Olympics and beyond that,” Federer said, speaking to reporters in Dubai. “At times I have been talking about what’s after the Olympics, what tournaments to play and so forth. So that’s coming along now. That’s how I plan all my playing schedules and I kind of feel that everybody needs to know where we are going.”
Sometimes I wonder if Roger’s putting us on with all this “I feel like I’m still 22!” stuff. If so, keep lying Rog!
Roger better be feeling good if he wants to do well this week in Dubai – the tournament is jam-packed with big talent this week. The first rounds are treacherous as any Masters event.
Roger gets Indian wild card Somdev Devvarman in the first round. Ernests Gulbis is in his quarter and Mikhail Youzhny, Gilles Simon, (Mikhail and Gilles play each other in the first round), Ivan Ljubicic, and Past and Future “Baby Feds” Grigor Dimitrov and Richard Gasquet are in his half.
Defending champ and reigning Aussie Open King, Novak Djokovic is the tournament’s second seed. He gets a tough out vs. Michael Llodra in the first round and Marcos Baghdatis is his seeded quarterfinal. Tomas Berdych, Viktor Troicki, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Nikolay Davydenko are all possible semifinal match-ups.
Speaking of Kolya, here he is enjoying some tournament perks with his wife: