& # 39; I was surprised how simple his exercises were … it was an eye-opener & # 39 ;: Dan Evans surprised at Roger Federer's training program after spending three days with him in Switzerland
Dan Evans has revealed how he was surprised by the sheer simplicity of Roger Federer's training regime when he was asked to train with him in Switzerland last month.
The Brit No 3, who will compete against Fernando Verdasco in the first round, was paid for by Federer when he was invited to Felsberg for a few days, near where the Swiss legend has a house in the mountains.
Evans admitted that he had learned many of their three days together and pointed out how Federer's methods contrast with the more sports-scientific approach that was a favorite with much Lawn Tennis Association coaching.
Dan Evans trained with Roger Federer after he was invited to his training camp in Switzerland
Evans trained for three days with Federer and remained amazed by the simplicity of his training
& # 39; I was pretty surprised at how simple many of the exercises were and it was a bit of an eye-opener comparing what is being done in our country with what is the best tennis game of all time, & # 39; said Evans.
& # 39; He was so down to earth on the pitch, it was a bit surreal sometimes how we eat lunch and stuff like that – he didn't hide or something. He just did normal things, he didn't change his day because people would come to him.
& # 39; It was pretty relaxed and when we were hitting, it was strictly business. Then we sat down and talk, it was just very normal. When I said he was strictly businesslike, some people thought he could be difficult, but he was still talkative. & # 39;
Evans was asked to strike with him by Federer & # 39; s coach Ivan Ljubicic prior to his comeback in the small chamber in Madrid, and the entire stay ran like clockwork.
& # 39; Everything was sorted when we got there, which made life a lot easier, it was a good hotel and a few great days with him. & # 39;
Evans, whose steady improvement qualified him for the Italian Open earlier this month, also deplored the cost of playing elite tennis in the UK, and called for the re-entry of more domestic tournaments, accompanied by the win bonus incentives that the LTA previously offered .
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