Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Roger Federer- The Last Link To The 90's?




Is it just me or everyone else also thinks the same? I was left wondering after Federer’s win in the QF against Juan Martin Del Potro today. Federer didn’t even seem to break a sweat in his QF match  at Australian Open (2012). 

Throughout the past few years, I have never seen Federer tired or stressed out during the match. His style of play looks so effortless. In the current game where power is the main factor in the shots of top players, here is a player who seemed to me the epitome of style and effortlessness.

Every now and then we hear of injuries to the players. Federer seems to be a class apart and rarely comes in the news for his injuries. Even his single handed backhand in the game full of double handed powerful backhands is a treat to watch. To me, Federer is the single link that remains in the game which has transitioned from the serve-volley era to the powerful down the line forehand/backhand winners.

Whenever I see Federer playing, he reminds me of the past era and the playing style prevalent during the 90’s.  During his US Semifinal match against Djokovic in 2010, he never showed any signs of tiredness. Believe me, it’s a lot of hard work to show a 3-4 hour match look so effortless and elegant. 

In the finals- both Nadal and Djokovic were exhausted after the match which was an exhibition of power hitting contest with long rallies. Federer lost the match but he is the only person who has defeated and again came so close to defeating the player of the year 2011- Djokovic.

I really don’t know how tennis will be in the absence of Federer, but one thing is for sure that we are really lucky to watch him play. The more he plays, better it is for tennis fans. With his goodbye, we can also unofficially call it an end of the one handed backhand shots in tennis.

Even people who are not his fans will have to agree that with him out of the picture, who will they talk about, criticize and have long discussions on the forums. Tennis will lose its charm and elegance for a lot of tennis fans. No matter how harsh it may sound but he has single-handedly kept the interests of the 90’s fans still alive in the game.

All in all, Life will not be the same once Roger Federer says adieu to the game! Is it just me or everyone else also thinks the same?




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14 comments:

  1. Nice article. I totally agree with your point that in today's power play of tennis, he still shows that elegance which reminds of classical tennis. Once he leaves, he will leave a void which can be filled by no one. I believe he has lot of tennis left in him still ...

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  2. Many people are in some sort of preparatory mourning that I don't get. The sport will always renew itself and it's bigger than any single player; many greats have come and gone, and life goes on. Are people fans of the sport or just this one guy?

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    1. It is not about the player disappearing. It is about the style of play disappearing. Which other player makes tennis as elegant as Federer?

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    2. People like me are fans of the sport, but the author pointed out that a certain style of playing will be gone after Federer retires. Also, the game has changed a lot. So its quite possible that some people liked the elegant form of the sport more than its grueling form of today...hence their love for the sport invariably turning into love for this one guy..:/

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  3. I completely agree with you! Tennis just won't be the same without Roger. He made me fall in love with the sport- and I am afraid it will die out once he retires..:(

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    1. adding to what you mentioned, which i agree with, is his uncanny ability to mix things up using his full potential. I believe he is one of the few talented players that dont get confused by the range of his abilities and manage to use them in an almost perfect way to reach his goals in an effortless and perfectly effective way.

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  4. Roger is the last of the greats and the only player that straddles the Serve-And-Volley world of the 90s with the baseline crunching slow game of this decade.

    None of the top players could have survived in the 90s with their game and vice versa...except Roger,which is why he is the Greatest Of All Time.

    Tennis will be a poorer sport without him when he decides to quit.

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  5. I completely agree! Well said!!

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  6. Then there is the fact that he MADE the other players improve their games! No doubt about that. As for a link to the 90's, Roger's game can and does evolve. All that tremendous hardhitting that others do goes to making quite a lot of uninteresting players.
    And for those who say that tennis is tennis, well, true: Roger elevated and popularized tennis,and is forever in a top spot in it's history. The game can also "devolve, if we are to see the big balls, the injuries, and lack of different surfaces and skill on those surfaces. No doubt, Roger, though he looks effortless, really is powerful. People who think that only the Nadal's, del Potro's and Djokovic's hit big, better think twice. Federer hits big, but chooses when to, and placemetn is important, as is variation in the game. There is always a #1 ranked player: but I don't see anyone, and I daresay never shall, like Federer. (Laver was similar in his era.) Also, Fed is the authentic spokesman for the game: he wants the best for the tours, and the players. He carries authority, and is geniune and honest.
    Yes, games can languish when there is not a top player. Look at what happened to the women's game for a few years! And foer all that now they say it's good to have different #1 and several other people winning slams, somehow, it makes it less interesting.
    The dominance, and the greatness of a player is very powerful, and has a good influence. Just a popcorn style GS titles and different winner is not the thing that excites.

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  7. Thankfully, from what he says, it sounds like he won't be retiring for several more years! :)

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  8. I don't know if I can ever watch modern tasteless tennis again after he withdraws from professional tennis but one thing I can say for sure: Tennis God with all the elegance, artistry and fun will leave with him.

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  9. I love tennis because Roger's game and style...hope Roger will play for more years!!

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  10. Theres always grigor dimitrov, the baby federer, to look up to if he can develop his game further.

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