Why is Fed's game more interesting to watch?

kevin2fla

New User
Now that tennis has started back-up I find myself being drawn constantly to Fed's matches. Now it's obvious that Nadal has been the better play for awhile but I just don't find Nadal's playing style that interesting. However, when I watch Roger play even when he's dominating I'm still thoroughly entertained and I'm not really sure why.
Does anybody else just have a guy who's game they just find more entertaining regardless of Rank or outcome of the match?
 

psYcon

Semi-Pro
Fed is an all court player who has many different dimensions and varied play style, that is why its interesting. For example when he's up 40-0 serving on his serve he will try some experimentation like S&V, slam dunk , tweener etc. there's always something new with Fed.
 

rofaol nodol

New User
Rafa's strokes are 100% predictable. Either a moonball forehand (often aggressive, but still a moonball) or a flat cross court backhand. It's effective, but boring as hell. On the other hand, Fed has far more variety: serve and volley, drop shots, slice backhands crosscourt and down the line, forehands with huge angles, net play, etc.And his strokes are just majestic to watch.
 
It was quite remarkable how much more fun to watch the second match was yesterday than the first. Although Dimitrov did attack a bit, much of the match was just moon balling. And this was on a court that's not quite as slow as last year.
 

R_Federer

Professional
If you enjoy a player having good tennis weapons you're a Federer fan. If you just like cheering for a player simply because he is ranked higher then you're a Nadal fan.
 
Friend #1: "I just love Federer's game so much more, he has so many dimensions!"

Friend #2 (With sarcastic tone): "Huh... yeah, but unfortunately he seems to be missing the do-not-get-your-butt-kicked-by-Nadal dimension".
 

Day Tripper

Semi-Pro
An interesting observation one can take from this forum is that Nadal is most often praised for his mental fortitude rather than his style of tennis whilst Federer is praised for his style of tennis rather than his mental fortitude.

Even the bulk of Nadal fans on this forum acknowledge that Federer has a 'beautiful' style of tennis.

Whats attracts fans to watching Federer is the effortless style as was the case with Jordan in basketball.

When they are in full flight you just know that that is how the game was designed to be played.
 
An interesting observation one can take from this forum is that Nadal is most often praised for his mental fortitude rather than his style of tennis whilst Federer is praised for his style of tennis rather than his mental fortitude.

Even the bulk of Nadal fans on this forum acknowledge that Federer has a 'beautiful' style of tennis.

Whats attracts fans to watching Federer is the effortless style as was the case with Jordan in basketball.

When they are in full flight you just know that that is how the game was designed to be played.
I love the style with which Federer keeps losing to Nadal. He makes it seem so effortless! Perhaps Dimitrov can one day emulate his idol. Oh, snap! I think he already did! Yesterday! :lol:

BTW, I'm still waiting for your email which you promised to send me with the information proving Nadal dopes. Too busy to put it together? I'd understand it, with you being so busy working on your expose of the Chupacabra. Take your time!
 
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Bartelby

Bionic Poster
You'd want courts to favour the all court game for the simple reason that it provides for a more artful and varied game which builds on the traditions of the non-clay game.
 

namelessone

Legend
I wouldn't necessarily call it more interesting to watch but it is worth noting that the two are extremes of tennis:

Fed makes tennis look much easier than it actually is.

Nadal makes tennis look much harder than it actually is.
 

Backspin1183

G.O.A.T.
It's too rushed, run to the net, defend some balls, run to the net, volley the short balls, retrieve the ball, run to the net. No rhythm, all based on not giving your opponent enough time to get into rhythm. Stakhovsky, Darcis do it better than he does.

Just because some commentators keep praising him doesn't mean I don't see how he tries to rush his opponents just because he knows once they get their rhythm he doesn't have much chance. He plays like a journeyman, esp these days. He's just more talented and successful.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
I wouldn't necessarily call it more interesting to watch but it is worth noting that the two are extremes of tennis:

Fed makes tennis look much easier than it actually is.

Nadal makes tennis look much harder than it actually is.
It's pretty much that simple. All a matter of taste.
 
I love the style with which Federer keeps losing to Nadal. He makes it seem so effortless! Perhaps Dimitrov can one day emulate his idol. Oh, snap! I think he already did! Yesterday! :lol:

BTW, I'm still waiting for your email which you promised to send me with the information proving Nadal dopes. Too busy to put it together? I'd understand it, with you being so busy working on your expose of the Chupacabra. Take your time!
ok...thats not a blister on nadals hand its actually a collapsed vein gone haywire from shooting up too much in the same spot!
 

NRod2

Rookie
I wouldn't necessarily call it more interesting to watch but it is worth noting that the two are extremes of tennis:

Fed makes tennis look much easier than it actually is.

Nadal makes tennis look much harder than it actually is.
Brilliant observation.
 

SublimeTennis

Professional
Now that tennis has started back-up I find myself being drawn constantly to Fed's matches. Now it's obvious that Nadal has been the better play for awhile but I just don't find Nadal's playing style that interesting. However, when I watch Roger play even when he's dominating I'm still thoroughly entertained and I'm not really sure why.
Does anybody else just have a guy who's game they just find more entertaining regardless of Rank or outcome of the match?
Federer plays so fast. Everyone should get "Facing Federer". That's one thing many opponents mentioned.

Guys like Nadal, Novak, Murray, etc. great as they are have what some think are one dimensional boring playing styles, it's 20-30 point rallies until someone makes an error, whereas Fed seems to be either going for a winner or setting one up.

Lastly, as some have said you get to see ALL of Tennis, net, mid court, baseline, every shot in the book done quickly and gracefully.

Man I hope he wins tomorrow, as far as I'm concerned tomorrow is the final.
 

TheNatural

G.O.A.T.
The fact is that most find Nadal more entertaining, just look at the social/twitter stats on the Aus Open site, and look at all the empty seats at the Fed/Murray match compared to the full stadium at the Rafa match. Rafa is the show.
 

tennisaddict

Bionic Poster
Federer plays to win every point, Nadal plays not to lose any point.

Federer plays the way tennis was meant to be played.
 

sam_p

Professional
Nadal's game is savage, it is brutal, it is in your face - if you can handle what he dishes, you can win. But no one can (except Djoko in 2011).

Fed plays a beautiful but delicate game.

I prefer the savagery of Nadal to the more delicate style of Fed.
 

TheNatural

G.O.A.T.
Federer plays to win every point, Nadal plays not to lose any point.

Federer plays the way tennis was meant to be played.
B.S. Did you even watch the fed Murray match. Fed was playing not to lose v Murray, that is how Murray grabbed the 3rd set, he did the same in the 4th and Murray lost it. Fed was just playing like a backboard, running everything down like a Rabbit and waiting for Murray to miss, Murray went for it that was his downfall in the end vs the backboard.
 

snr

Semi-Pro
Are you saying he's fat?

Anyway, Federer actually isn't better to watch than Nadal. Both are dull and overrated.
Out of curiosity, who do you like to watch tennis_hack?

Back to the OP: I enjoy boht styles. I like Federer's better as I appreciate the all court game more. I like the aggressive hitting and especially these days that he's really back at net and embracing that all court game.

I'm not a huge fan of the baseline backboard of hit the ball in and safe over and over.

I know Nadal does do this as well, but I think bigger examples would be someone like Berdych of Djokovic.

Nadal at least will come up with - due to his spin - crazy passes, angles and retrievals. He's also not a bad volleyer in terms of hands. Djokovic on the other hand shows his game is literally a baseline guy as his volleys are quite bad for the #2 player.
 
I think it's his stroke style, shot section and (years ago) his movement. He was once very quick on the court, permitting him to take the ball early and execute beautiful counter shots. We've seen remnants of that this week. Personally, enjoy the one handed backhand and appreciate the work of Roger, Dimitrov, Stan, Gasquet and Haas. But of course, those OHBH don't result in great success these days.

I also enjoy Squash and find Roger's reaching forehand slice to be similar to that of a squash stroke - but that is best executed with his former, smaller racket.
 
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