Roger Federer hits practice court on a Melbournelike surface

DSH

Legend
There is nothing else Federer can do on hard courts and in best-of-5 sets, an explosive 'cocktail' for the 39-year-old.

His only (and last) chance to produce a great result in a tournament of these characteristics will be Wimbledon 2021, and even there, his chances will be very small.
:D
 

TheNachoMan

Hall of Fame
There is nothing else Federer can do on hard courts and in best-of-5 sets, an explosive 'cocktail' for the 39-year-old.

His only (and last) chance to produce a great result in a tournament of these characteristics will be Wimbledon 2021, and even there, his chances will be very small.
:D
I don’t see anyone else beating him on grass besides Novak. If (big if) Novak loses early then I expect him to go full Vulturerer mode
 

DSH

Legend
I don’t see anyone else beating him on grass besides Novak. If (big if) Novak loses early then I expect him to go full Vulturerer mode
Federer's level in 2021 won't be remotely close to what he showed in 2019.
Biological issues, nothing more.
;)
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
I don’t see anyone else beating him on grass besides Novak.
@TheNachoMan Interesting and novel opinion. Let's examine who Fed has lost to at Wimbledon since 2010 aside from Djokovic:

2010: Berdych (H2H 20-6)

2011: Tsonga (12-6)

2013: Stakhovksy (1-1)

2016: Raonic (11-3)

2018: Anderson (6-1)

If you take Roger's H2h against these 5 different guys, it's a staggering 50-17 in Roger's favor. Why do you think only Djokovic can defeat him at Wimbledon when all these pigeons managed to do it just in the last decade?
 

TheNachoMan

Hall of Fame
@TheNachoMan Interesting and novel opinion. Let's examine who Fed has lost to at Wimbledon since 2010 aside from Djokovic:

2010: Berdych (H2H 20-6)

2011: Tsonga (12-6)

2013: Stakhovksy (1-1)

2016: Raonic (11-3)

2018: Anderson (6-1)

If you take Roger's H2h against these 5 different guys, it's a staggering 50-17 in Roger's favor. Why do you think only Djokovic can defeat him at Wimbledon when all these pigeons managed to do it just in the last decade?
Well, it’s always possible. A big server like Raonic can always cause trouble. He’s not invincible like Rafa is at RG

I do kind of want him to win Wimbledon one more time though. Last year was just cruel
 

Beckerserve

Hall of Fame
There is nothing else Federer can do on hard courts and in best-of-5 sets, an explosive 'cocktail' for the 39-year-old.

His only (and last) chance to produce a great result in a tournament of these characteristics will be Wimbledon 2021, and even there, his chances will be very small.
:D
Have to agree plus he will struggle with no crowds as in recent years they definitely helped him at the Majors when he was tired.
 

TennisManiac

Hall of Fame
Have to agree plus he will struggle with no crowds as in recent years they definitely helped him at the Majors when he was tired.
I'm not so sure about that. I think the crowd has put a ton of pressure on him to win. He might be totally relaxed with no crowd begging him to win.
 

Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
He's back!

Does anyone have any links to the practice footage?

No way I am clicking on the tennisworld clickbait garbage, but very keen to see how Fed is hitting it.

Last run? You will be surprised !
Too early to predict anything at this stage, but have already seen someone mention a combined win of Australian Open plus an Olympic singles or doubles gold medal.

Federer is very dangerous, and we don't know what to expect.

Have to agree plus he will struggle with no crowds as in recent years they definitely helped him at the Majors when he was tired.
Federer loves the support of the crowds, but so does Nadal. I thought Nadal was going to struggle playing without a huge crowd, but it may have actually helped him (@TheGhostOfAgassi made this analysis which turned out to be correct).

Maybe Fed will do a similar thing?
 
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Tommy Haas

Hall of Fame
He can simulate the surface, but he also needs to simulate the climate. That's a bigger factor. Well maybe not since the tournament director is a good friend of his and schedules his matches at night where it's not so hot. The excuse is that it's prime time.
 

D.Nalby12

Legend
He's back!

Does anyone have any links to the practice footage?

No way I am clicking on the tennisworld clickbait garbage, but very keen to see how Fed is hitting it.



Too early to predict anything at this stage, but have already seen someone mention a combined win of Australian Open plus an Olympic singles or doubles gold medal.

Federer is very dangerous, and we don't know what to expect.



Federer loves the support of the crowds, but so does Nadal. I thought Nadal was going to struggle playing without a huge crowd, but it may have actually helped him (@TheGhostOfAgassi made this analysis which turned out to be correct).

Maybe Fed will do a similar thing?
Federer is dangerous - what makes him so is his mentality. He is not some looser who will hopelessly watch his GOAThood getting snatched away. He may fail in the end but he ain't going down without fight. So I expect Roger to play for couple of more seasons and try his best.
 

Beckerserve

Hall of Fame
Conversely, Nadal hasn't beaten Roger off clay since 2014 and Roger is 7-0 against him, including a win in the 2017 AO final.
Doesnt matter. 3-1 suggest all things being equal Nadal in that match up at that event is more likely to win . 75 per cent chance to win based on the numbers.
 

aldeayeah

Legend
I'm not so sure about that. I think the crowd has put a ton of pressure on him to win. He might be totally relaxed with no crowd begging him to win.
He should play under a pseudonym in a Mexican lucha mask so the public doesn't know his real identity

just kidding, first backhand and the jig is up
 

Krish0608

Hall of Fame
Federer still has the strokes. He has to make up for his declined movement. Model his game around the serve and sharpen the return. Have an ultra aggressive game plan that can help him lift one more Wimbledon title. he needs to GOAT on serve next year to have a chance. Not entirely impossible. It's Federer we are talking about
 
@TheNachoMan Interesting and novel opinion. Let's examine who Fed has lost to at Wimbledon since 2010 aside from Djokovic:

2010: Berdych (H2H 20-6)

2011: Tsonga (12-6)

2013: Stakhovksy (1-1)

2016: Raonic (11-3)

2018: Anderson (6-1)

If you take Roger's H2h against these 5 different guys, it's a staggering 50-17 in Roger's favor. Why do you think only Djokovic can defeat him at Wimbledon when all these pigeons managed to do it just in the last decade?
(More than) half of them are retired one way or another :happydevil:
 

D.Nalby12

Legend
Federer still has the strokes. He has to make up for his declined movement. Model his game around the serve and sharpen the return. Have an ultra aggressive game plan that can help him lift one more Wimbledon title. he needs to GOAT on serve next year to have a chance. Not entirely impossible. It's Federer we are talking about
Just a year ago he defeated Djokovic I'm straights. Just 15 months ago he almost won Wimbledon beating Nadal and Djokovic back to back. He was playing very good when Left the tour.
 

TJfederer16

Hall of Fame
Doesnt matter. 3-1 suggest all things being equal Nadal in that match up at that event is more likely to win . 75 per cent chance to win based on the numbers.
Doesn't matter?:unsure: The most recent matchups are always the most relevant. Since that Australian Open bar Roland Garros he dropped just one set in their last four meetings.
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
He's back!

Does anyone have any links to the practice footage?
No way I am clicking on the tennisworld clickbait garbage, but very keen to see how Fed is hitting it.

Too early to predict anything at this stage, but have already seen someone mention a combined win of Australian Open plus an Olympic singles or doubles gold medal.

Federer is very dangerous, and we don't know what to expect.



Federer loves the support of the crowds, but so does Nadal. I thought Nadal was going to struggle playing without a huge crowd, but it may have actually helped him (@TheGhostOfAgassi made this analysis which turned out to be correct).

Maybe Fed will do a similar thing?
I cross my fingers and hope it won't happen.

I took inspiration from post #5:
 
only october, already getting ready for next slam. RAFA's record isn't safe,,, be afraid,,, RAFA,, Be very afraid
Let's hope RF is fit, coz that would mean end of pandemic. Coz...

... RF got his surgery in February, the tour stopped in March.

If RF is ready for AO that means a cure vaccine is on the horizon. Simple logic.

RF's knee injury started the pandemic, it's kinda his fault.
 

Beckerserve

Hall of Fame
Doesn't matter?:unsure: The most recent matchups are always the most relevant. Since that Australian Open bar Roland Garros he dropped just one set in their last four meetings.
Nadal has won 2 HC Majors since then. Nadal if he plays Federer at any Major bar Wimbledon is an overwhelming favourite. Best of 5 sets is a different game to best of 3. In m1000 and 500 level Federer has a chance of course. But on clay and hard b05 i dont think he gets close to Nadal now. Especially what we saw from Nadal recently on his worse conditions given the low bounce etc.
 
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