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Visible changes in Federer's game since Jose Higueras ?

I am not very good at noticing things plus I don't allways pay much atention to these things so could you guys tell me in your opinion what have you seen Federer change as far as his tactics go, on clay, since he hired Higueras?

The only two things I've noticed is that he added a tricky forehand drop shot and he attacks the net a bit more. at least when he is in trouble. I am guessing Higueras told him, the moment he was hired, what every fan wanted federer to do, but other than that, what other changes have you seen?

I see Federer playing a bit better than last year, skillwise. all the matches he played in the RG, if you take away the retarded sets he just didn't show up to play, he won every match rather comfortably. I am not sure if this has anything to do with Higueras.
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Re: Visible changes in Federer's game since Jose Higueras ?

To me he seems to be playing more aggressively overall and going for his shots more. The only super obvious changes I've been able to notice are the drop shot and more frequent net attacks like you said.

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Re: Visible changes in Federer's game since Jose Higueras ?

Judging by yesterdays performance, basic volleys are definitely not part of the training schedule.
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Re: Visible changes in Federer's game since Jose Higueras ?

Do you think Jose Higueras is doing a good job?
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Do you think Jose Higueras is doing a good job?
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Re: Visible changes in Federer's game since Jose Higueras ?

Imo Federer plays more topspin from both sides, forehand and backhand as well. Plus, his backhand is much better than at the beginning of the season, but I'm not sure weather it's Higueras's case.
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Re: Visible changes in Federer's game since Jose Higueras ?

His serving isn't as good, but he's using more dropshots.
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Re: Visible changes in Federer's game since Jose Higueras ?

He's far better of his BH wing. More depth, more spin, more control. His FH has got its pop back although whether that's Higueras is doubtful. He is mixing things up more with drop shots and trying to be more creative on the court. His serve hasn't been working for the last few matches though.

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Re: Visible changes in Federer's game since Jose Higueras ?

It seems to me like he's trying to serve harder - his first serve has been consistently above 200kph for a lot of the clay court season.

He seems to be trying to hit the ball harder off the ground too - more power off the forehand, and trying to hit the topspin backhand harder too.

Also the increased use of the dropshot, especially the forehand dropshot, which is a shot Federer rarely if ever used until this season.
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He's far better of his BH wing. More depth, more spin, more control. His FH has got its pop back although whether that's Higueras is doubtful. He is mixing things up more with drop shots and trying to be more creative on the court. His serve hasn't been working for the last few matches though.
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Re: Visible changes in Federer's game since Jose Higueras ?

The dropshot. (especially on the forehand side)
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It seems to me like he's trying to serve harder - his first serve has been consistently above 200kph for a lot of the clay court season.

He seems to be trying to hit the ball harder off the ground too - more power off the forehand, and trying to hit the topspin backhand harder too.

Also the increased use of the dropshot, especially the forehand dropshot, which is a shot Federer rarely if ever used until this season.



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Re: Visible changes in Federer's game since Jose Higueras ?

He's definitely coming the net more often. That's the only major strategic difference I see.

His backhand has more depth and is far more consistent than its been in the past. But his serve has struggled a bit and that's something he's going to DESPERATELY need in the finals tomorrow.

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Re: Visible changes in Federer's game since Jose Higueras ?

he's giving his opponents more bps and is getting broken more often. worst french open performance of the last 2 years.
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