Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: Analysing Fena (Red-Hot Chille)
I was going to start a thread about this, but I can post here. I think the percentage tennis imparted by Stefanki has been both a blessing and a curse, yes he can play smarter tactical points to get breaks and get opponents out of their comfort zone, but the absence of his power game really shows when he has to close matches out. Today when serving for it at 5-3 in the fifth, every time he got into a rally he was playing chipped backhands cross-court, rather weak floaters that Tipsarevic took early on his forehand and smacked into the corners as he had been doing for most of the match. His topspin backhand has never been a great shot but he can hit screamers on that side when he's on, and at least he'd be more proactive if he went for it. Constant slicing isn't so much a clever tactical play as a desperate resort.
We've all seen him choke before by going for stupid shots on big points (Coria in Miami a few years ago springs to mind), but I'd rather see him flay a forehand out by miles on match point than just dump a nothing slice into the net, with no real pressure on the shot other than the scoreline. Federer has a tendency to miss weak backhands on break points as well, that's an aspect of his game that no one should try to emulate.
The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.
Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?
ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.