2008 was my absolute favorite, because he still had that killer speed, and started to hit deeper groundstrokes. 2010 is a close second, and imo that was his peak forehand season (similar to Fed 2004 or 2005).
2010 had a better serve, 2009 was better off the ground. I would take 2010 still. 2009 he went 5 sets with Berdych, smashed Delpo, and beat Roddick comfortably. In 2010 he really didn´t have much of a test except the Davydenko match.
Yeah, good point. But your initial statement, ¨he was winning them since 2005¨ would have been kind of misleading to someone who doesn´t watch.
And yeah, London and Shanghai are the only ones I would consider ¨fast¨.
Yeah, agree 100%. But basically my point was just based on my personal eye test, Federer in that final would blow anybody in the last 20 years off the court. Just my opinion though.
Your point about level still stands though. Djokovic 2016 and 2011 at the AO is the perfect example.
2011 Federer took Djokovic to 2 match points. 2004 Federer was faster and hit much better forehands than 2011erer. A big argument among Fed fans is that 2011 Djokovic is super overrated because non-prime Fed took him to match points. This is a fallacy, because the 2011 US Open semifinal was a...
Great post. I think we definitely need more of this on TTW. Good job with the analysis, especially with the depth comparison. Nadal was hitting super deep from around 2007-2011 at Wimbledon, and for some reason, he stopped doing that all the way till 2018 and the match with Novak.