November 3, 2013

Something Wonderful: 10 Passing Shots by Roger Federer

HT to Paleo Retiree who notes: I don’t know how Federer dreams up these shots, let alone executes them. Me neither. I only know that in this game there never has been anyone, but anyone, quite like him.

After the jump because bigger is better.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 3, 2013 12:36 PM
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You gotta admit that is a hellified combination of sustained skill and luck.

Posted by: ghostsniper at November 3, 2013 6:46 PM


Posted by: Jewel at November 3, 2013 8:19 PM

In my youthful ignorance, I used to think "what's so hard about tennis? You hit the ball hard and you keep doing it until the other guy misses."

then I tried it.

could I keep the ball in the court? heck no. That's HARD!

I now accord good tennis players much, much more respect.

Posted by: pdwalker at November 3, 2013 8:34 PM

Thanks, Gerard. I had forgotten.

Posted by: Leslie at November 4, 2013 7:45 AM

I'm cursed with low bandwidth for the moment, so I can't watch the videos, thus I don't know if this one is included, but I remember a set point Federer hit against fellow Swiss player Stanislas Wawrinka. It looked for all the world like Roger would hit his forehand cross-court, to "Winky's" right. Even Winky cheated in that direction. Sorry, pal. Fluid shift in mid-stroke, hard forehand to Federer's own right, deep into the ad court side. No chance. Wawrinka spent the next five minutes smashing his brand-new, unused rackets, as well as the one was playing with. Federer could do that to other elite players. He's on the downslope now, but when he was on, he was a magician.

Posted by: waltj at November 4, 2013 10:24 AM

Shoot. I thought you were talking about Federov for a minute...

Posted by: pbird at November 5, 2013 6:38 AM