Annacone: Federer focusing more on strategy

Roger Federer’s coach, Paul Annacone, tells the Sag Harbor Express that the Swiss is primarily focusing on the mental aspect of his game to continue competing at the top level.

"When you’re fortunate enough to be with someone like Roger, most of it is just game management: Understanding what he wants to do and how he’s going to do it," Annacone said.

"Obviously, in today’s men’s game it’s very difficult to compete. And you see Novak Djokovic having such a great year and Rafa’s always Rafa, so that makes it difficult. But, Roger got to the semis in the Australian Open, got to the finals of the French Open, and quarterfinals of Wimbledon: he’s right there."
"I don’t see any reason why he’s not going to be really geared up and ready to play in New York. A lot of it is your mental disposition and also the strategic way you’re approaching the match on the day. Obviously, we go on the court and do a lot of drills and we do a lot of things to work on good habits and engrain good technique in their shots and understand how they’re hitting the shots. But a lot of it is shot selection and an emphasis on strategy." Annacone added.

Date: 17.07.2011, Source: