This video shows Fed's longevity and evolution more than anything I've seen

Rosstour

Hall of Fame
What is he, 17 here?

The strokes are so stiff, he looks like Sampras out there. All that crazy wrist lag we take for granted wasn't there yet, and even his movement looks very much like a player from the 80s/early 90s.. Really captures how he is truly a product of another era and just kept adapting.

 
What is he, 17 here?

The strokes are so stiff, he looks like Sampras out there. All that crazy wrist lag we take for granted wasn't there yet, and even his movement looks very much like a player from the 80s/early 90s.. Really captures how he is truly a product of another era and just kept adapting.

I actually see that his movement looks poor because the court is clearly insanely fast. Sure he improved his movement shortly after, but this match was played on incredibly fast court.
 

Third Serve

Hall of Fame
I'm keen to see what Federer would have matured into as a tennis player had conditions stayed the same as they were in the 90's.
 

Rosstour

Hall of Fame
I actually see that his movement looks poor because the court is clearly insanely fast. Sure he improved his movement shortly after, but this match was played on incredibly fast court.
True, but he isn't hugging the ground like we see in later iterations. It suggests he focused a lot on flexibility, he looks stiff here compared to the 2004-09 version.
 

tonylg

Hall of Fame
I actually see that his movement looks poor because the court is clearly insanely fast. Sure he improved his movement shortly after, but this match was played on incredibly fast court.
OMG ... a player looks slower against Agassi on indoor carpet than they do against Nadal on ANYTHING the tour dishes up today. What a shock!
 
True, but he isn't hugging the ground like we see in later iterations. It suggests he focused a lot on flexibility, he looks stiff here compared to the 2004-09 version.
I did notice his reach seemed off whether that was his sliding, flexibility, or simply comfort and control.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
I actually see that his movement looks poor because the court is clearly insanely fast. Sure he improved his movement shortly after, but this match was played on incredibly fast court.
Basel was actually considered only moderately fast then. If you think this surface was fast, you should have seen in the 80’s and 90’s Paris, indoor Madrid, Stockholm or the WTC. Not to mention any venue on carpet.

People are also neglecting to mention Fed was playing an ATG and the greatest ball striker in tennis history with Andre.
 
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