Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by Death Master, Sep 24, 2013.
This is a really really good point .
1. Hit more down-the-line backhands.
2. Be aggressive with returns.
3. Capitalize breakpoint chances.
Use your perfect looking two-hander!
Serve. Serve. Serve. Federer has been serving atrociously this year, which can be attributed to his bad back earlier, but if he's healthy, there's no excuse to serve like he was in the last couple of months. With his old serve back, I believe the confidence to hit forehand and approach the net will come back.
that 2 handed backhand nonsense is not going to work.
bigger stick won't work either.
he has to get back to the basics.
it starts with better fitness.
The above two posts are the best, especially Roddick's.
Why not just pay Toni a boatload and hire him?
If anyone knows how to take down Nadal it's Toni.
That's why you're not a coach. He will be 33 in 2014, yeah let's grind it out. In fact we should ask Sampras to come out if retirement. Just improve his fitness dramatically and improve his backhand, improve return
I completely agree with you but dont you think its a bit late to develop a two handed backhand?? He's 32 not 17.
again this 2 handed backhand nonsense.
where the hell is going to go get the movement needed for the double hander?
you need far superior movement to keep up with the likes of nadal anyway.
roger has lost a step and it shows.
secondly, what about testicular fortitude? he does NOT have it against nadal. he is terrified of him.
thirdly, nole has the double hander. in fact its the greatest double hander the world has ever known.
nole also has the return of serve that roger does NOT have.
so what happened to nole at flushing meadows?
he got figured out by nadal.
I have a solution for roger. stay tuned.
Well I am excited to hear this
I can help roger.
Roger wouldn't like the answer I had for him. There comes a time in the life of any athlete when he has to consider whether he still what it takes to meet and beat the rest of the competition. Even for the GOAT in any sport, if nothing else levels the playing field, age will. The body slowly passes its prime and begins to lose speed, quickness, strength, agility, flexibility, endurance. Better training can hold off some of those losses or at least minimize them, but eventually, even at your maximum potential, you will start coming up short of what is necessary to do what you once did. Others will be consistently faster, quicker, stronger, and all your guile and wisdom, great as it is, will not be enough to overcome the physical gulf that slowly continues to widen. I honestly think Roger is standing at that doorway.
Could he win another grand slam? Yes, it's possible---if all the cards fell out just right for him. Bartoli won a Wimbledon title that way. But short of something exactly like that happening in the men's game, he won't see another slam title. Now, just to get to a slam final, he has to beat not one, not two, but likely three or even more players who are hungrier than him, younger than him, and no longer fear him as they once did. Isner, Pospisil, Gulbis, Janowicz, Wawrinka, Raonic, Tsonga, Berdych, Del Potro, Murray, Djokovic, Nadal...
I would not tell him to retire; only he can say when he is ready to walk away from the game as a player. But I would certainly look him straight in the eye and tell him not to lie to himself about his chances. If he wants to play till he is forty, I would tell him to go for it and enjoy the ride---but not to keep playing because he is under the mistaken assumption that he is sure to win another slam if he does. Such a possibility is remote and grows more so with every passing month.
Not to worry!! Death Master is coming up with a solution for Federer as we speak. As soon as he posts it here in TW, Annacone will at once view it and Federer will get back to 2006 form (or better I might add) and win 17 more slams and retire at 42.
first of all guys take a quick look at this article so we can set the backdrop for this upcoming discussion.
ok sports fans. are you ready for this?
learn the wide serve and volley
I just created this image for you RF20Lennon.
feel free to copy and save and enjoy:
ok sports fans. here is the deal:
this is what he has to do stay competitive. and this does not mean that he will be able to deal with the top guns like the clay warrior, andy, and nole.
but he can be like ferru and take home 5-7 small titles a year for the next 3 years:
1. step up huge on the fitness front. that means tremendous work in the gym with weights which is to be complemented with road work/track work.
2. work like hell to improve the backhand
3. improve the return
4. improve the serve
5. start playing a ton of small clay events in order to get the ground game back on track.
5. target small events and try to take home 5-7 titles home in 2014.
6. set a goal of 100 titles. it is nice to have a goal like that.
7. start playing some doubles here and there.
8. start having fun out there instead of looking miserable.
Why the hell do I keep reading your posts with Leonidas' voice?
If Fed wants to stay as an elite player, his footwork has to improve. Unfortunately, at his age, that's probably only going to get worse.
So my real advice would be, go spend this winter with Darren Cahill, squeeze the last few drops out of your aging body and make 2014 your swansong. All-in. No regrets.
The Mickey Mouse sweeper approach advocated by Leonidas doesn't really suit him. Let's go out with a bang.
you will have to explain that to us.
I still say he should offer 50 percent of his winnings and just hire Toni .
That is an awesome pic!! thanks mate
you are welcome.
The man is an artist
Death Master > Fedal in artistry.
I am a home made artist. I just found several free programs on the net and combined them to make my sports images.
I do it for relaxation. I could be better if I took a course or two and had a adobe photoshop program.
so what is the verdict that has been reached sports fans?
can he be helped or not?
is the age and decline process too dramatic for him?
Agassi's back problems is what caused him to retire late in his career (while with Gil). Agassi said the last 3 years he was on tour, he was basically injecting painkillers in his back once a week or something like that.
if roger keeps running away from nadal the we know he does not have a back problem.
he has a testicular fortitude issue problem.
No way. Federer should stay true to his tennis. He is the ultimate shotmaker and that's how he will be remembered. As the guy who could hit any shot at any moment and do it PERFECTLY. Percentage tennis wins you matches now, that's true and I can agree with your words, but Roger Federer stands for beautiful tennis. That's what remains after he's done with the sport. For me at least. I don't see Federer playing ping-pong tennis and not going for the killer-shot when he has the chance. He did that actually, when he had match points vs. Djokovic at USO, and he payed the price for not trying to end the point and the match on his own. He waited for Djokovic to fault, like he did in the past when he was under pressure, only this time Novak took a risk and won.
So, you can't really change the way a player sees tennis. You can work on other facets of his game though, such as: stamina, fitness, muscle mass, mentality, will, ambition, serve, net play etc.
It'd be nice to see something quoted to back that up.
It's pretty hard to believe that he'd still have worked out, if that were true.
Since he's still pretty buff, even nowadays, it's even harder to believe.
There also the possibility that working out was what helped endure it.
He's got a not-wise-enough-to-lift-weights problem, as a sleeveless shirt would show in an instant, though at least he has the good sense not to.
He can have all the balls in the world, it still isn't going to compensate for a lack of meat.
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