Coach Severin Luthi on Monday put a lid on excited speculation over next month’s return to tennis of Roger Federer, with the longtime mentor warning not to expect too much at first from the Swiss icon.
Federer is due to make his return from training after playing just two matches this season (Doha), entering the clay 250 series in Geneva before returning to Roland Garros.
But after missing almost all of 2020 with two knee procedures and months of rehab, the 20-time Grand Slam champion cannot be expected to fire up immediately, according to Luthi.
“In terms of his fitness, Roger is still a little behind . He still has some deficits and we have to focus on this,” he told SRF television
“Training on court has been quite intense and of good quality, but that is still so different from tournament conditions.”
Luthi, who also serves as Swiss Davis Cup captain, has had years of working with Federer and appreciates a professional relationship which has been forged in steel.
“Roger always gives you back a lot of what you give him. I just try to do everything in my power to help him,” Luthi said.
“He knows how to listen; I’m a coach as well as an advisor and counselor .
“But it’s Roger who decides on the court. On the bench I try to convey a certain calm.
“If I have the feeling that it is appropriate for me to get up and show emotions, then that’s what I will do.”
Federer will be playing Geneva from May 16, and will make his first appearance at Roland Garros since 2019.
Main photo :- Severin Luthi coaching Roger Federer