Chinks in the armor?

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  1. alienhamster

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    People keep posting that "Federer was off his game today." While I mostly agree with this statement, I think we should try to pick it apart a bit more. *Why* was he off his game? What was Roddick doing to him that threw him off?

    One thing I noticed that Roddick executed very well early on was flattening out forehands (and, less effectively, backhands) with extreme pace to Fed's backhand. It almost seemed like if Fed didn't have enough time to line up his backhand, he had major trouble getting the ball deep or even in the court at all. The grass actually helped Andy execute this since the ball scooted through so quickly. Hewitt tried this on Federer, but he just didn't have enough firepower to really throw Federer off his rhythm.

    As good as Fed is, I don't think any player is invulnerable. Roddick is one of the only players I've seen start to find something like a "weakness" in Fed's game.

    Any other observations? I'm really curious to know if there's some consistent way to attack Federer.
     
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  2. pound cat

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    My observation is not a technical one, but a #1 one. Two years ago the threads on all message boards were "Hewitt is invincible, no one will ever beat him." and he was #1 for 75 weeks (don't quibble guys, this is close LOL) . In sports, "plus ca change, plus la meme chose." (This are always change, but always remain the same.) ((French)) The interest should lie in who's the next #1 instead of worrying about Federer.
     
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  3. Phil

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    Pound Cat - Not that I'm prescient or anything, but "two years ago" I was saying that Hewitt is a "caretaker" #1; i.e., as soon as someone with the weapons AND the focus comes along, he's toast. So don't make generalizations-I wasn't the only one saying this, but we were a minority at the time...
     
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  4. Nadal2

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    Yeah, i would say that caretaker is a good word to describe what Hewitt was. One generation was coming to a close and the next hadn't quite come to be at their best.
    The only problem with what Roddick did to get at Federer is that Roddick can generate a lot more pace than most players on tour. Yeah, everyone seems to say "go to his backhand and you will win some points" but they should be saying "go to his backhand and hope it's not working".
    1 problem is that Federer isn't great hitting high balls. This was part of how Roddick beat him for the only time last summer in Canada. He kept kicking the ball up to Fed's backhand.
    Anyways, for now it seems that the best hope is for someone who forces Federer to float back a lot of returns and is good at the net. If you get a high first serve percentage and go for big second serves, you will double fault a lot, but you will win a lot when you get it in. I think that Roddick on hard courts can beat Federer now, even with Fed playing like he did today.
     
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  5. pound cat

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    "There is always someone to carry the torch." Please don't don't use Timbo as an example. LOL
     
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  6. Matt H.

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    i think there was some "chinks" put in the armor today.

    At least Andy can walk away knowing what it takes to beat Fed. Blasting it to Fed's backhand definitely worked. Roddick also was returning well, and yes, he didn't break Fed when he needed to, but he still broke him like 4 times, and had a crazy amount of break point chances.

    Roddick is heading in the right direction, and he's gonna eventually tag Federer a few times and maybe steal a Slam or two from him.
     
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  7. VamosRafa

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    Fed has conveniently answered that question for us.

    From June 2004 Inside Tennis:

    "Who [Roger] Federer predicts will succeed him as No. 1 within three years: 17-year-old Spaniard Rafael Nadal."


    Suits me just fine. :wink:
     
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  8. Mikael

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    Ever since I saw my man Enqvist dismantle Federer's game at Indian Wells a couple years ago, I've known Federer is definitely not invincible... As has been said, hitting hard and flat to Federer's backhand works. Basically if you're a powerhitter and come out with all your guns firing, then you have a good chance...
     
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  9. Kobble

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    Of course chinks in the armor exist, but that isn't the problem. The problem is that no player out there can take advantage of it for more than one set.
     
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  10. VamosRafa

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    On grass maybe. But he has lost 4 matches this year. An awesome record, to be sure. But a few people got more than one set off him. So it can be done.
     
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  11. AAAA

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    I believe one or two of those four defeats happened on clay so that gives his rivals slightly less hope.

    I still can't believe no one has pointed out something really, really, really obvious about the Federer-Roddick match and it's not the was he 'on' or 'off' debate.
     
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  12. drakulie

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    Federer plays with a PS 85.
     
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  13. BreakPoint

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    I believe it's actually a PS 6.0 90 Original (custom made by Wilson for Federer). :shock:
     
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  14. drakulie

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    PS 85!
     
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  15. federer2

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    What is it, pls?
     
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  16. PJVA

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    Well, one thing I've pointed out is that Roger had a bad cold and that was part of the reason or maybe all of the reason that he wasn't himself.

    What else did you notice besides how much more handsome Roger is than Roddick? I wonder why Roddick thinks it's good to wear the backwards cap during a Wimbledon awards ceremony????
     
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