Confidence, Pasta & Dessert: Roger On His Diet
After victories, Roger Federer is typically asked about what happened during the match or his outlook for the tournament. But after defeating Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the quarter-finals of the Rolex Shanghai Masters on Thursday, a different topic came up at the top seed’s press conference: his diet.
“You can draw confidence out of what you eat and how you go about it,” Federer said. “For me, food and drinks and all that stuff is also a way of life to enjoy myself. It's also part of a hobby for me. I'm not going to change it now, to be honest. I enjoy myself this way.”
There are plenty of players who tinker with their habits every so often to try to gain the slightest bit of improvement that might help them. Novak Djokovic’s switch to a gluten-free diet in the middle of his career stands out. How about Federer?
“I have not done anything really very much,” Federer said.. “I like to eat a bit of everything. I'm a healthy person. I like to have my desserts from time to time. I like to have a glass of wine or a glass of champagne. I like my pastas before the game.
“I don't read into it too much. It just can't be excessive, in my opinion, especially if you're a professional athlete. Obviously you want to be healthy. But I respect everybody who does different types of diets and tries everything out.”
What Federer has done throughout his career has worked, as he earned his 1,170th tour-level match win against Bautista Agut, advancing in his pursuit of a third Shanghai crown. The top seed will continue his quest on Friday against the resurgent Kei Nishikori, who is back to No. 12 in the ATP Rankings as he continues his comeback from a wrist injury.
“As we know with Kei's game, once he finds his range and his rhythm, he's very tough to play,” Federer said. “I think it's going to be a tough match tomorrow. I hope it's going to help me that I played against [Daniil] Medvedev and also Bautista Agut, two really good baseliners, to be honest. From that standpoint, I feel like I found a rhythm. Now it's just up to me to play a good match myself. I need to focus a lot on my serve to make sure I can always keep the upper hand there.
“I'm excited to play against him, because I haven't played Kei a whole lot in my career, it feels like, anyhow. I'm excited that it's happening here tomorrow.”