Ability to crank it up when broken or losing, and pour speed into the gap.Alexandros said:Federer when he's "on" has:
- No true weak shots
- A very powerful, accurate forehand
- Massive variety off the backhand
- Superb defense
- Brilliant transition game
- Above average volleying ability
- Safe, unerring returns
- Excellent placement on first serve
- Solid second serve delivery, can mix things up
- Unparalleled footwork
- Deceptively quick footspeed
- Nearly flawless shot selection
- Ironclad mental toughness; can lift his game in clutch situations
gosh, I thought he could lose in early rounds at indian wells.Double K said:I'll saymy say aftr you guys talk about it since I'm so tired
I know what you're saying. He does magical shots time and time again.arosen said:I watched him play Massu, and this one point, Massu did everything right, he worked his way in by pulling Fed wide on both sides, so Massu hits this awesome approach shot to Fed's backhand, pulling Fed really wide again, comes in to finish it off with a volley. His approach was so good, it was like, the point is over, Massu wins it. Somehow Fed gets to the ball, and he is so stretched he cant hit a regular BH shot, so he hits an underspin slice that goes exactly around Massu, down the line and lands perfectly in the corner. Now, anyone who plays tennis knows how hard it is to control the ball's direction if you slice it high to fly loopy but straight forward. He made it look easy. Massu was incredulous. So was I. Fed does something like this every damn match.
Also, he conserves energy for later parts of matches/tournaments by playing with ease, more ease then most, or all.travlerajm said:Federer is in the best shape of anyone in the history of the game. The reason he tends to turn it on and raise his game to another level mid-match is because once he senses his opponent starting to tire, he starts to run him around until he drops.
Go back and watch a tape of his 5-set win over Nadal in Miami last year... Nadal was outplaying him (up 2 sets to 0 and 4-1 in the 3rd), but Federer won because once he sensed Nadal start to wilt, Fed intentionally kept the points going longer because he knew he was in better shape.
Go back and watch a tape of this year's Aussie final againt Bags... same thing as the Nadal match... Bags was matching Fed shot for shot until he ran out of gas.
Go back and watch a tape of last year's US open final against Andre... same old story.
Cardiovascular fitness is the most underrated part of Fed's game, but in my opinion it is the MAIN reason he has separated himself so much from the field. Everyone else can only play at his intensity for a set or two.
fastdunn, you keep saying this but the record doesn't bear this out. Look at Fed's record at Wimbledon compared to other slams. He is much more dominant there - lost only 4 sets in 21 matches (Sampras lost many more in his first 3 W's) whereas he's already lost 6 and 7 sets respectively in 8 fewer matches at USO & AO. He gets broken far less on grass than on other surfaces.fastdunn said:I know what you're saying. He does magical shots time and time again.
His defense is so good. However, IMHO, his net game is sub-par compared to
top players of past and his offense game does not have explosiveness
like some of past greats. His game is perefct for current ATP condition
since courts are slow and it's mostly baseline tennis. But I'm not
so sure if he can dominate like this if tour condition changes...
No way. Have you seen Roger's feet, they're big for his size, he has got big feet, and they make him fast.BreakPoint said:Isn't it the opposite? I've always thought big feet slow people down since there's more mass to get up and off the ground.
Having washboard abs certainly didn't hurt Edberg or Borg. Edberg used to do 1,000 sit-ups a day when he was a junior.An interesting note about Roger's fitness: for the last year or so I've noticed that Fed doesn't have the 'washboard abs' thing going for him; it almost appears that he has a bit of a paunch. I read an article about the type of fitness and flexibility required of tennis players, and it was mentioned that having very tight, very defined abdominal muscles can actually be a bit of a hindrance to tennis players because it decreases felxibility.