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Homeboy Hotel
05-23-2012, 08:29 AM
At about 1:12, could've done something serious then. But styles it out like a boss.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xr0e2a_federer-s-1st-practice-at-roland-garros-in-2012_sport

Pretty neat practice video, he's hitting that backhand venomously (watch points after fall).

Fed's really getting the angles on it like I haven't seen since his prime-vintage years. Clearly been watching the Youtube re-runs and reworked the motion a little for this year.

Edit: oh ye, he hit's a tweener too.

gsharma
05-23-2012, 08:40 AM
At about 1:12, could've done something serious then. But styles it out like a boss.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xr0e2a_federer-s-1st-practice-at-roland-garros-in-2012_sport

Pretty neat practice video, he's hitting that backhand venomously (watch points after fall).

Fed's really getting the angles on it like I haven't seen since his prime-vintage years. Clearly been watching the Youtube re-runs and reworked the motion a little for this year.

Great video! We can see his technique well in this video.

Biscuitmcgriddleson
05-23-2012, 08:45 AM
This surface is too slippery. Federer must demand blue clay or boycott. It is clear this surface is impossible to play on. :twisted:

The backhands look alright. I think it will be an interesting French Open this year.

Alejandro Lanza
05-23-2012, 08:47 AM
What amazed me is how casually he ran to make the tween the legs shot. He just perfectly knew where the ball was going to be.

kishnabe
05-23-2012, 09:25 AM
We will see.....he hasn't been great on red clay this season. We will see how it holds out.

forzamilan90
05-23-2012, 09:41 AM
Always good to see Federer practicing well. If the backhand catches fire during the tournament that would be a huge weapon (so long as serve holds!).

Bergboy123
05-23-2012, 09:52 AM
Is that his FO outfit?

tennis_pro
05-23-2012, 09:59 AM
This surface is too slippery. Federer must demand blue clay or boycott. It is clear this surface is impossible to play on. :twisted:

The backhands look alright. I think it will be an interesting French Open this year.

I've seen the script too many times to be fooled again.

jmverdugo
05-23-2012, 10:03 AM
that was unpleasant to watch ... (;

CMM
05-23-2012, 10:14 AM
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4hdtoPXWg1qksc64o3_r2_250.gif

Wilander Fan
05-23-2012, 10:24 AM
His practice partner is hitting low flat balls which Fed likes. He needs to practice driving that high BH.

Biscuitmcgriddleson
05-23-2012, 10:26 AM
I've seen the script too many times to be fooled again.

I didn't mean interesting in terms of Federer winning another FO. While it's true this script of "interesting" has been presented umpteen times only for tennis fans to see a rerun, there shouldn't be any reason for Djoker to fall before the final. It should be interesting seeing a Djoker and Nadal final.

jokinla
05-23-2012, 01:31 PM
His practice partner is hitting low flat balls which Fed likes. He needs to practice driving that high BH.

It's Marin Cilic.

jokinla
05-23-2012, 01:32 PM
Is that his FO outfit?

His practice t, should be for sale everywhere, he's wearing a polo that color, it's been in several threads and is for sale.

Bud
05-23-2012, 01:36 PM
Is that Cilic he's practicing with?

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That fall actually looked kind of nasty :shock:

Tennis_Hands
05-23-2012, 01:42 PM
I wonder, what has the VB to say about that. Slippery, no?

Raz11
05-23-2012, 01:55 PM
How does the balls and surface compare to last year?

Lsmkenpo
05-23-2012, 02:34 PM
LMFAO, the court looks kind of slippery and low bouncing, not good for the weenies, but perfect for Fed. Nadal is so dumb, he made it known he doesn't like slippery fast clay, so they made the clay slippery and fast at Roland Garros.

RogerRacket111
05-23-2012, 03:10 PM
Its not Rafa on the other end. I bet I can rip some good backhands when I'm playing with a lesser partner in practice.

JamieSafe
05-23-2012, 03:25 PM
That's not like a boss. That's how any person would hit a backhand if they fell and could still make it :/

Great video! We can see his technique well in this video.For this it is indeed a great video though! Love the backhands in this one. Wish it was shot in 60 fps, I would dissect every frame

OldFedIsOld
05-23-2012, 03:27 PM
Good backhands from the ideal striking zone, but he really needs to practice the head high bouncing ones...

Lsmkenpo
05-23-2012, 03:45 PM
Good backhands from the ideal striking zone, but he really needs to practice the head high bouncing ones...

Why do you think that? Federer takes the ball on the rise on his backhand, he doesn't play ten foot behind the baseline for any ball to get head high on him.

The height has nothing to do with Federer making errors on his BH side, it is the angle of bounce off the court, it is much steeper on clay and thus the timing has to be even more precise to hit BHs on the rise.

OddJack
05-23-2012, 04:02 PM
Great practice vid buddy, thanks for sharing

bezs
05-23-2012, 04:03 PM
Rock star!!!! :p

Hood_Man
05-23-2012, 04:07 PM
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4hdtoPXWg1qksc64o3_r2_250.gif

Watch his head and shoulders as he goes down, they even stay straight and upright right until he swings the backhand :)

[EDIT]

I guess it's also proof that he really can't hit a two handed backhand :lol:

Clarky21
05-23-2012, 04:08 PM
Fed even falls and busts his a** gracefully. Lol.

tank_job
05-23-2012, 04:15 PM
Bad thread title.

I was expecting some crazy gymnastics, maybe including a back-flip. Disappointed in the GOAT.

timnz
05-23-2012, 04:27 PM
For Federer is first serve %age. In the first set against Djokovic in Rome, he served 39%. That is just not going to get it done. He has served well for the last 6 months or so, hopefully he doesn't get that hickup on his serve in the later rounds.

Bobby Jr
05-23-2012, 05:34 PM
Some of the comments reading into his form based on watching this short practice video are just ********.

Seriously, saying he need to practice more high backhands etc based on a 2.20 video which was probably just him having his first hit out to get used to the court is nothing less than moronic.. :lol:

TopFH
05-23-2012, 06:24 PM
I love how you can see Federer's net clearance is much lower than most players.

OldFedIsOld
05-23-2012, 06:56 PM
Why do you think that? Federer takes the ball on the rise on his backhand, he doesn't play ten foot behind the baseline for any ball to get head high on him.

The height has nothing to do with Federer making errors on his BH side, it is the angle of bounce off the court, it is much steeper on clay and thus the timing has to be even more precise to hit BHs on the rise.

Unfortunately Fed can't take every backhand on the rise, in the practice against Cilic it wasn't hard but against the more topspin dependent players he won't have nice backhands to hit all the time.

Tony48
05-23-2012, 07:19 PM
I can't stand Fed but our play styles are nearly identical....both composed of beautiful, one-handed backhands. :)

Sentinel
05-23-2012, 07:31 PM
I've seen the script too many times to be fooled again.
This time Roger Federer wins. Take it from me.

zagor
05-23-2012, 07:33 PM
This time Roger Federer wins. Take it from me.

Defintely, GOAT WAAH said so and that's more than enough for me, Fed has this years FO in the bag.

swordtennis
05-23-2012, 08:24 PM
Why do you think that? Federer takes the ball on the rise on his backhand, he doesn't play ten foot behind the baseline for any ball to get head high on him.

The height has nothing to do with Federer making errors on his BH side, it is the angle of bounce off the court, it is much steeper on clay and thus the timing has to be even more precise to hit BHs on the rise.

If Federer starts taking balls late and high and standing behind the baseline he is done.
Ball was fast last year Frenchies might just make it fast, slippery and low...LMAO.
He loves the French Open coming back year after years taking beatings greatness being defined late in his career.

KineticChain
05-23-2012, 08:39 PM
I can't stand Fed but our play styles are nearly identical....both composed of beautiful, one-handed backhands. :)

http://i1.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/210/119/+_2acc5a8841f8752904d37f90a8014829.png

stringertom
05-23-2012, 08:40 PM
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4hdtoPXWg1qksc64o3_r2_250.gif

Nice 2hbh...even lets the left hand do the work!

purge
05-23-2012, 09:47 PM
fed demonstrating how not blast your ankle while slipping

monfed
05-23-2012, 09:48 PM
This time Roger Federer wins. Take it from me.

Are you OK, Senti sir? :)

Magnus
05-23-2012, 10:01 PM
I didn't mean interesting in terms of Federer winning another FO. While it's true this script of "interesting" has been presented umpteen times only for tennis fans to see a rerun, there shouldn't be any reason for Djoker to fall before the final. It should be interesting seeing a Djoker and Nadal final.

After MC and Rome finals, would it really be interesting? :confused:

stringertom
05-23-2012, 10:11 PM
Are you OK, Senti sir? :)

Senti forgot to use his GOAT WAAH account for this post.

monfed
05-23-2012, 10:21 PM
Senti forgot to use his GOAT WAAH account for this post.

LOL.
Well fingers crossed,Senti sir is right, SMCTom! 8)

Feather
05-24-2012, 12:32 AM
LMFAO, the court looks kind of slippery and low bouncing, not good for the weenies, but perfect for Fed. Nadal is so dumb, he made it known he doesn't like slippery fast clay, so they made the clay slippery and fast at Roland Garros.

I haven't heard Rafa complaining yet so could it be true ?

Feather
05-24-2012, 12:55 AM
This time Roger Federer wins. Take it from me.

Feelings mutual sir, we will drink to glory on June 10th night :)

sdont
05-24-2012, 01:12 AM
Wow the courts look even more slippery than in Madrid... I don't think Fed had a fall like this in Madrid.

Do you think Nadal is about to threaten to boycott RG? :twisted:

Sentinel
05-24-2012, 04:43 AM
Are you OK, Senti sir? :)
Not just okay, I am totally GOAT'ing.

Senti forgot to use his GOAT WAAH account for this post.
LOL.
LOL.
Well fingers crossed,Senti sir is right, SMCTom! 8)
All my predictions this year have been coming right.

Take it from me, that Roger wins a slam this year, and let it be the next one. Then we take it one at a time from there.

-- Love, sentigif (my new moniker thanks to Clarky!)

ramos77
05-24-2012, 04:46 AM
Fed will win Wimbledon and maybe even the US IMO

Sentinel
05-24-2012, 04:49 AM
Wow the courts look even more slippery than in Madrid... I don't think Fed had a fall like this in Madrid.

Do you think Nadal is about to threaten to boycott RG? :twisted:
That would be sweet. But we all know he won't do that. You know, I know, everyone knows.

Feelings mutual sir, we will drink to glory on June 10th night :)
Yep. Thanks for the date!!!, I had noted some wrong dates from the RG site.

Sentinel
05-24-2012, 04:50 AM
Fed will win Wimbledon and maybe even the US IMO
Keep it coming, guys. We need to fill the cosmos with love and positive energy for the Eagle.

Feather
05-24-2012, 05:00 AM
Yep. Thanks for the date!!!, I had noted some wrong dates from the RG site.

I thought the final is on June 10th. Where did I go wrong?

Sentinel
05-24-2012, 07:13 AM
I thought the final is on June 10th. Where did I go wrong?
You got it right, _I_ had got some wrong dates from the site a month back (I had May 7th as the last date somehow). 10th is correct. Dunno how i got it wrong.

KneisslDestroyer
05-24-2012, 11:15 AM
LMFAO, the court looks kind of slippery and low bouncing, not good for the weenies, but perfect for Fed. Nadal is so dumb, he made it known he doesn't like slippery fast clay, so they made the clay slippery and fast at Roland Garros.

The slams are a business and selling the same product every year is not good for business, stir it up, make the caly faster already I loved Madrid, as long as not too slippery it would have been great! Every court is so slow these days it is time to change it up to fast again, mix up the events a bit geez!

coloskier
05-24-2012, 12:26 PM
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4hdtoPXWg1qksc64o3_r2_250.gif

I like his new 2hand BH. :-)

rk_sports
05-24-2012, 03:40 PM
so Fed only resorts to double handed backhand when he is falling? ;)

ZeroSkid
05-24-2012, 05:50 PM
LMFAO, the court looks kind of slippery and low bouncing, not good for the weenies, but perfect for Fed. Nadal is so dumb, he made it known he doesn't like slippery fast clay, so they made the clay slippery and fast at Roland Garros.
Yes that is exactly what they did:roll:

veroniquem
05-24-2012, 05:59 PM
Wow the courts look even more slippery than in Madrid... I don't think Fed had a fall like this in Madrid.

Do you think Nadal is about to threaten to boycott RG? :twisted:



Fed doesn't know how to slide, poor thing. I hope he doesn't break a leg during the tournament.

Polvorin
05-25-2012, 12:18 AM
We will see.....he hasn't been great on red clay this season.

Based on one tournament in which he made semis and lost to the #1 player? Yeah man, he's terrible on the red stuff. Maybe he should get some blue tinted glasses...

ThoughtCrime
05-25-2012, 01:44 AM
New strategy. Falling gives the opposition the false sense of security that they have won the point. Oh, but what's this? The shot comes back for a winner, mentally scarring the opponent. Federer to win RG without dropping a set.

stringertom
05-25-2012, 03:05 AM
Fed doesn't know how to slide, poor thing. I hope he doesn't break a leg during the tournament.

Didn't seem to bother him quite as much as other celebrated dirtcourters in Madrid, no?