Why Does Fed Continue to Ignore TTW Critics??

Federev

Hall of Fame
#1
More compelling evidence he does not listen to TTW haters.

From in interview w Bote on his trust in his team ...

"You can also be completely honest with each other. I am also very open to criticism. Only because I was the number one or I won Wimbledon, it does not mean that you cannot tell me the truth. It's also important to say that I am not 21, 27 or 30 years old anymore. ...I am different now. Every time you have to look again at what you want. I asked Ivan, Seve and Pierre what they think, what I should play and they told me: "Play what you want". It's nice to hear from the team that this is what matters for them.'

WHAT THE CRAP?

Fed "says" he's open to criticism, but then he seems to listen to his team most of all. There is a lot of criticism here and he seems to selectively ignore it ....on purpose.

When will he finally bow down to the TTW haters do what they say?
 

Federev

Hall of Fame
#4
I'm sure Fed is registered on TTW and is waiting with baited breath for our 'suggestions' on how to play. F.e., that he needs to play the neo-backhand 100% of the time. No slice Fed.
Who do you think Fed is here? I think he is really either @Hitman or @titoelcolombiano.

The congeniality, wisdom, and maturity of the later Fed years shines through.

Definitely not Brat-erer of the 2000s
 
#12
I'm sure Fed is registered on TTW and is waiting with baited breath for our 'suggestions' on how to play. F.e., that he needs to play the neo-backhand 100% of the time. No slice Fed.
That's stupid, cause the Fed slice may be the most underrated shot in the game. Not that people don't rate it high, but generally I think people hugely underestimate how important the shot is for him.
 

Federev

Hall of Fame
#13
That's stupid, cause the Fed slice may be the most underrated shot in the game. Not that people don't rate it high, but generally I think people hugely underestimate how important the shot is for him.
How does it work to help him - the slice - I mean.

Does it take pace away? Give Fed time?
 
#15
How does it work to help him - the slice - I mean.

Does it take pace away? Give Fed time?
It makes it harder to attack him. It gives him so much control over the pace at which points happen, which becomes more important as your movement and your ability to take every ball quickly and on the rise without giving up space gets worse.

Great slice and great forehand, no matter how slow you are, is just a nasty combination cause it makes the backhand very hard to attack effectively, while the forehand may just counter you and take over the initiative in the rally. The slice is why he could toy with Roddick and basically do whatever the hell he wanted.

Similarly, the slice is why he had trouble with Nadal. It didn't work vs Nadal, cause he had so much movement and such topspin that Fed wasn't okay with playing longer points and so he didn't really have an effective way to defend his backhand side vs Nadal, which is why he struggled.
 
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It makes it harder to attack him. It gives him so much control over the pace at which points happen, which becomes more important as your movement and your ability to take every ball quickly and on the rise without giving up space gets worse.

Great slice and great forehand, no matter how slow you are, is just a nasty combination cause it makes the backhand very hard to attack effectively, while the forehand may just counter you and take over the initiative in the rally. The slice is why he could toy with Roddick and basically do whatever the hell he wanted.

Similarly, the slice is why he had trouble with Nadal. It didn't work vs Nadal, cause he had so much movement and such topspin that Fed wasn't okay with playing longer points and so he didn't really have an effective way to defend his backhand side vs Nadal, which is why he struggled.
Well put!

I also feel that too many underrate Fed's slice. It's not his slice, as a shot alone, that's noteworthy. It's HOW Fed uses it. In the hands of a shotmaker like Fed, it's aboslutely deadly. Your example of it's effect against Roddick and Nadal is perfect on both counts (I know you're a huge Roddick fan ;). I like him too. I just like Fedr more :p. )
 
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