FEDERER LAST (?) VERSION

Well, I don’t know, how many different Federer’s versions we have seen before. FedFans will know 😉

And this is my special New Year’s present for FF, who could not watch the match live, so no comment from me.

I’m sorry, I was a bit late on, so the stream starts at 2:1 for Fed.

Enjoy

PS: of course anyone else can watch too 🙂

Created 1.01.2019, 11:53


Apologies, the transfer of the record to my Dropbox account was a bit slow. But the link is ready now 🙂

(click the image to watch – slow-motion function available when watching from Dropbox)

Updated 1.01.2019, 11:59


And something for (FED)FUN

43 slams on court.

Roger-Serena S2S = 20-23

Roger-Serena H2H= 1:0

And here is the full match record

(click the image to watch)

Updated 1.01.2019, 15:23


That’s the reaction from FedFans.

Some didn’t dare to click the link, because of these mysterious XXX.xxx. That’s their sense for humor.

Some didn’t click it (assuming, it must be something against Federer).

Some didn’t click it but commented negatively like “We know, you have your own blog. You keep telling us every 2 minutes.

Nice reaction to a New Year’s gift. I know, many could not watch the matches live or from reply.

That’s how they are.

I would delete this post (or links), but I see many are reading and watching – simply just normal Thiem- or Federer-fans, visiting the blog from time to time.

So I will let it stay – for the (never closed) circle of readers (Hatefans excluded).

Updated 1.01.2019, 19:26


TOO EARLY EXIT AT AO

Federer was pushed by Tsitsipas to play mostly from the baseline. Tsitsipas hit lots of long balls, using his body height to get them lifted (jumping higher after the bounce but still fast, not much of spin like from Nadal or Thiem. To hit such balls you must be quite tall.

This kind of game (plus big serve) was not a good news for Federer. The quick all court game, in which Federer can still control rallies, was not possible or too risky. So Federer was not in his comfort zone all over the match. And the match was long. Rallies were too long.

It was the kind of the game with which Coric could defeat Federer twice in 2018. It works. The quick, agile and commanding game works against lower ranked players or those not understanding the right tactics.

We hear now, Federer decided to play on clay this year, including RG. Nice. Maybe what Federer needs right now is not the fastest court but the possibility of reaching more balls and playing his all-court game? Maybe just clay (what a paradox) gives him now more chance?

No, not against Rafa or Thiem, but sill. If this is turning to be a farewell tour, without big titles, the highlights will be most of important tournaments, slams and Masters, everywhere.

Two years ago (If I’m ok with my memory) Federer told, his dream would be to challenge Rafa again directly in his stronghold, on clay.

There may be a chance, depending on the draw. I don’t see Federer reaching SF or F, but if ranked lower, he might meet Rafa in QF.

Or maybe in doubles? 😉

Updated 20.01.2019, 18:39


WHAT FEDERER AIMS AT IN 2019?

Whatever he did expect from his game, upgraded in the off-season, which was to be expected, by improving serve (f he could improve a serve, being so good so far), avoiding baseline rallies by replacing simply attacking the net often by an all-court fast agility, and what did look so nice at Hopman Cup and did work in AO early rounds but crashed against Tsitsipas (this was not an upset, Federer’s game was simply too riskant – with this game he would fall to many players able to regularly hit long balls, pushing Federer back behind the baseline), it needs a correction.

This IS a kind of Farewell Tour with potential finish in Tokyo 2020. Federer will not be eager to play longer, with no more chances to win big or medium titles.

Maybe he has still some chances for Wimbledon (title no. 100 there would be the best). If not, he will look to get the 100. (probably last big milestone) elsewhere. but not below ATP500 and this may be either Halle or Basel.

For now Federer must try to collect some points before Wimbledon to not fall too low in the ranking. That’s why he will play Dubai – maybe his best chance to defend last year’s 500 points from Rotterdam. Sunshine Double is 50:50. 1000 points to defend in Indian Wells, 0 to defend in Miami. Not easy for him to defend 1000 or add something more in both tournaments.

Good enough would be to not lose points he has now before clay starts.

His decision to play the clay season  (I would expect Barcelona and Paris) can have these reasons.

  • No point to defend on clay – every match won means adding points to the ranking.
  • Possibility to meet Rafa (last time?) and lose but another symbolic event.
  • Trying to improve chances to go into Wimbledon not ranked lower than 8.
  • Last chance to make a presence (whatever the result) on clay, especially in Paris.

Don’t expect him to go for more after Wimbledon.

Then a quite long time before Tokyo (July 2020). I don’t see any chance, he could have success there, but this is Olympics and the presence would be symbolic enough. This would be probably THE FINISH.

What to expect between Wimbledon 2019 and Tokyo 2020? Anything. Maybe once more his favorite tournaments? Maybe places, where he never played before. No too much.

No guarantee he survives to Tokyo. After too many early exits it could be difficult to continue.

Updated 26.01.2019, 09:58

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