Federer in 35 years - again the best. How does he do it?

After defeating Rafael Nadal in Indian Wells, Roger Federer commented on his game with the backhand: "My father was, in my opinion, the first person who told me:" Yes, you play fucking backhand! Do not fall off and do not cut it all the time. " And now, these damn backhand he is punching, probably, as never before in his life.

The official website of the ATP conducted a statistical study of Federer's game at the reception this season, which begins with these words: "Roger's reception from the backend. Previously, they pressed on him. He used to make mistakes and failures and did not correspond to the genius of his other arsenal at all. But suddenly he became a monster. The most underrated part of Roger Federer's game has become her main charm. "

Now Federer punches his backdoors - this was especially great in a match with Nadal, who used to use Federer's blow to the left to destroy his game - and this allows him to enter the court more easily, it is easier to grab control over the rallies, it's easier to go out on his favorite aggressive game ( Because, as we know, the attacking mood is recorded in his DNA).

As a result, this leads to the fact that this year Federer realizes 50% of breakpoints, and not 41, as it was throughout his career. This indicator is the third largest in this year. In Indian Wells, he implemented a total of 64 percent of breakpoints - 7 out of 13 (54 percent) against the first innings of rivals and 7 out of 9 (78 percent) against the second. If you consider that in most cases, opponents at the key moments prefer to serve Federer to the left, these successes can be attributed to a more aggressive and confident game with backhand.

The rest of the game

All other elements of the game Federer are still as good as in the best years. The pitch remains one of the best on the tour (he wins about 90% of the games on his serve), and in the first matches after his return - at the Hopman Cup - it was often the only thing Federer could rely on completely (the rest of the blows turned on later).

Forhend Federer is aggressive and beautiful - especially the reverse cross, which he actively and successfully used, for example, in the final of the Australian Open. The movement (without which it is very difficult to run under the forehand) is perfectly in order, and it seems that Federer has not lost a single bit of speed in comparison with the young years. The game at the net with the Swiss also goes, which, coupled with powerful actions on the back line, allows you to not drag out rallies and save energy.


The maestro has always preferred a quick and aggressive game, and it was she who became the key to his tennis longevity. Of course, this is a slightly incorrect comparison (because as a tennis player Federer is many times better), but Ivo Karlovich, who also wants to finish the draws in the minimum number of strokes, spent his best season at 37 years old.

In Indian Wells, Federer on the court was very quick - he did not lose a single set, and just one match (two tie-breaks against Steve Johnson) lasted more than an hour and a half. Nadal he beat for an hour and eight minutes, Wawrinka - for an hour or twenty. Obviously, Federer is working intensely on the court, but economically, and at this pace to every new match is suitable fresh.

The training process is built just taking into account such game tactics. Federer himself says that he prefers interval training - 30 seconds of work, 30 seconds of rest - because they perfectly simulate gaming loads. But he makes so many jerks, that he will have enough endurance and for a protracted match (which was shown by the Australian Open). According to Federer, during the off-season he had doubts about how his body will cope with real tennis loads, so he tried to boot at the maximum and at the end of the training he trained for two or three hours. We see the fruits now - there are no problems with the restoration of the Swiss.

In addition, Federer is very light. Like many tennis players, to maintain the ease of working in the gym, he prefers working with his own weight - for example, the body he strengthens with bars, exercises with a weighted ball and leg extension. He does not like push-ups, but he considers it an indicator of physical fitness. In addition, the physical training coach Pierre Paganini is a very underrated figure in Federer's team - forcing them to do it.

Legs Federer trains at the expense of exercises with resistance (elastic bands) and jumping rope. So it simultaneously supports muscle tone and develops speed. As part of maintaining the speed, much attention is paid to the work on the reaction. For example, at each training session, Federer throws three balls with one of his team. He is thrown to them more or less anywhere, and he must catch everything. According to him, this is one of the most favorite exercises.

In general, Paganini says that Federer is perfectly coordinated and could succeed in many sports just because he can move in a variety of ways. He compares the possession of different movements with the possession of different languages ??- the wider the arsenal, the more opportunities. If we consider that Federer not only knows how to move in different ways, but also speaks five languages, the metaphor looks very convincing.

Rest and spirit

One of the main reasons for Federer's success is that for all tournaments this season he comes to rest. In Australia, he arrived well-trained and refreshed. In Indian Wells, he played after having played just one match in five weeks. In general, he said that this season he promised himself to play only those tournaments from which he enjoys, and only if he feels completely ready.

Therefore it will be interesting to see what will happen to Federer when fatigue begins to accumulate. It is possible that the situation can develop according to the scenario of Dubai, where Federer showed his usual game, but she simply did not quite go, and he lost. On the other hand, it is obvious that the Swiss will take breaks for the restoration just so that this does not happen again.

In addition, it will be interesting to see how Federer will perform on slower surfaces. His successes this season he achieved on the fast courts of Melbourne and Indian Wells (which, according to many estimates, this year are faster than in the previous ones), but further down the ground is waiting for us. Probably Federer and most interestingly - not without reason, he already says that the planning of the subsoil season will suit especially carefully (perhaps not to overwork before the fast grass).

It is important to mention Federer's attitude. Firstly, it is obvious to everyone that after a long break, he is simply kicking from tennis. He likes to play, he likes to travel and train. According to Paganini, he smiles before every training session. In addition, he says that if Roger did not want, he would not play.

Secondly, the Maestro is kicks from life. Probably, for the first time in a long time, he is not bothered by any health problems. Always next to him is his huge family, at each tournament he has a lot of friends, and he loves (almost) the whole world. He has a very busy life, which allows him not to focus on the lesions and all the time to be psychologically fresh. On the court he feels like he was at 25, but his calm and his view of life correspond to his immense playing and life experience.

The first racket of the world?

It seemed that this season should begin just as the previous one ended - the struggle between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. But at the beginning of the season it turned out that Murray did not recover from last year's race for the first line of the rating, and Djokovic never came out of the peak that he started after winning the Roland Garros. Both this season show insecure performances, and both have problems with elbows.

And Federer for the first time in many years became unconditionally the most successful player of the tour. He won both of the largest tournaments of this season and by the number of points collected this year (he has them 3045) almost twice ahead of going second Nadal (1635). Plus, in Miami, he can further away from the main pursuers.

The Swiss himself says that for climbing to the first line, probably, it will be necessary to win another tournament of the "Grand Slam". But if the selective approach to the choice of tournaments continues to bring the same success, if he does not lose the game rhythm, but still retains freshness and avoids new health problems, then for Wimbledon and the US Open he will fight for sure. And with them for leadership in the ranking.