I know there are already millions of Federer threads out there, but I think it's still worth the time to emphasize on Federer's ball watching skills yet again. Below is a picture taken by a Reuters.com reporter when he hit a ball into the crowd after defeating Marc Gicquel of France during the Indian Wells match. Just look at those eyes, how they were glued to that ball even when he was hitting it to the crowd! This is such unbelievable stuff. For the past few months I've been trying to make myself watch the ball for that one extra SPLIT second on each stroke. It's so damn hard than it seems. I said to myself "watch the ball!!!" before a point starts and I could almost always instantly feel the result: a more accurate, solid hit. But once the heat of the points/match builds up I found myself letting loose, till I gave myself the next mental note to watch that ball. It just felt impossible to keep doing it on EVERY stroke, forehand and backhand. In my opinion, if an average player somehow manages to do this, and this alone, his strokes will improve so much more than those swing/stance/body rotation power techs would do for him. Feel like getting to the court and practice this already.