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Gonzalito17 01-29-2013 09:01 AM

Attila Savolt compares playing Federer and Rios
FOund this nugget about Former ATP pro Attila Savolt was asked about the comparison of playing the young Federer and late career Rios, both matches were in 2002...

Yesterday I had the enormous pleasure of meeting up with Attila Savolt at Stabucks at St. Armandís Circle. The former ATP #58 agreed to meet up after his afternoon of work at the Water Club on Longboat Key, just a few miles north, to discuss in detail his 2002 Australian Open match against Roger Federer in exchange for a copy of my book about "Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew." Well, he would have chatted anyway, heís a great guy, I just wanted to give him a copy.

Savolt retired in 2005 from the ATP Tour. He was a top 60 player from Hungary, good enough to have set point vs. Federer at the Australian, and record Top 10 wins over Tim Henman, Jiri Novak, Thomas Berdych, Nikolay Davydenko, David Ferrer, Mikhail Youzhny, Fernando Gonzalez, Nicolas Kiefer, Karol Kucera, Gaston Gaudio, Guillermo Canas, Sebastian Grosjean, Rainer Schuettler and Paradorn Srichiphan.

Savolt competed for Hungary at the 2000 Olympics, made the third round at Roland Garros twice and posted a 20-15 Davis Cup match record.

Today, Savolt has a successful private coaching career in the Bradenton/Sarasota area. He also has done some sports commentating in Hungary for Sports 1. Check out his website

Our entire discussion lasted about 20 minutes (Iím going to save the rest for the Federer book), but here is an interesting excerpt about Savoltís comparing of Rios and Federer:

ďThey had very different styles. With Federer, I felt all the match (his) intensity. With Rios (whom he lost to 61 62 in Palermo also in 2002) I really felt he was more like playing on the court. He was playing on the court. I definitely felt against Rios that I didnít have the weapon or I didnít find the way to put him in trouble or how to beat him. Against Federer, at the end of the match I had the feeling I could have done so much more, if I play better. Against Rios, I didnít feel good on the court. I felt that the way he played, it was very uncomfortable for me. Like, the angles that he was playing, the rhythm that he changed. I didnít like the game, he was very effective.Ē

Further evidence of the magic and extraordinary talent of Marcelo Rios!

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