Federer’s legacy not at risk with decline

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December 19, 2019 - 9:52 AM

Roger Federer poses with the trophy after defeating John Isner, of the United States, 6-1, 6-4 during the final of the Miami Open on March 31. DAVID SANTIAGO/MIAMI HERALD/TNS

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Roger Federer arrives for his interview at the precise appointed time, steering his white sedan into a parking spot in an industrial area dotted by art galleries about 15 minutes from his luxury apartment in this home-away-from-home.

After obliging a selfie request from someone on the street, Federer makes his way up to a second-story loft area and sits. He crosses his legs, kneads his right calf and winces.

“Just started training. I’m surprised I could walk the stairs as good as I have,” Federer says with a laugh. “My calves are, like, killing me. Just getting back into it. The shock on the body is, I don’t want to say ‘immense,’ every time, but I’ve been on vacation for two weeks. The shock just hits you hard.”

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