Roger Federer ‘like a child going on his first school trip’ over clay return, says coach

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Roger Federer is hugely excited about his return to clay-court tennis next week says one of his coaches, who has also backed him to succeed on the dirt swing.

Federer has not played clay season in recent years due to concerns over his scheduling, but is set to make a much anticipated return in Madrid next wee ahead of the French Open.

And he is buzzing about it, says his fitness coach Pierre Paganini.

“He is like a child going on his first school trip,” Pagnini told Blick.

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“It‘s great to see this enthusiasm, it has a positive impact on the quality of the practice sessions.

“In Roger, the enthusiasm is always the same as the ambition and vice versa.

“I think Roger can get great results on any surface. He goes to every tournament as if it were the first and the last.”

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