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How different is the current Federer from the peak Federer?

After watching Roger Federer wipe away the opposition at the Australian Open, I'm bound to ask if we can still talk about the previous slump, and how much of a difference there is between Federer, now, and Federer, at his peak?

Is he actually even better now than he ever was?

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Re: How different is the current Federer from the peak Federer?

Would peak Federer have gone down a set and nearly a double break against Davydenko?
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Re: How different is the current Federer from the peak Federer?

return is not as good, first step is not as good, and he has more ups and downs now.. doesnt hit as flat now because he lost the timing to be able to hit flat and still keep the ball in play
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3/4 of the last slams, he's as good as ever

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Re: How different is the current Federer from the peak Federer?

As long as he can win titles, break records or even do better at tournaments he hasn't won it's good to go. Fed can play as long as he wants and i hope he plays till old. VAMOS

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Re: How different is the current Federer from the peak Federer?

I think he was pretty close in week 2.
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Re: How different is the current Federer from the peak Federer?

No he is not. He is losing much more important points now than before. For instance at 3-1 in the 2nd set he had 4 bp. He made 2 UES with his Fh to let Murray back in to te match.

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Re: How different is the current Federer from the peak Federer?

Lost that crazy crazy racquet head speed but its still fast and isn't as good at hitting those crazy backhand DTL winners. He's still mad fast but slightly slower then he was.
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Re: How different is the current Federer from the peak Federer?

more serene in the big moments. after he missed what should have been an easy volley to win the AO, I thought he was going to choke the third set away but he held it together and managed to keep playing well.

I still think his footwork ain't quite the same as it was in his prime, though.

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Re: How different is the current Federer from the peak Federer?

His play is much more patchy now, return is not the same and he relies much more on the tactics of the point rather than pure domination, he isn't as aggressive. What's amazing is that even this way, he's the best player on tour.

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Re: How different is the current Federer from the peak Federer?

Just different really..

He has added a dropshot to his arsenal as he got older, and a better serve. Otoh the baseline isn't nearly as good, the movement isn't as perfect and the return of serve has taken a major hit.
Net game is about the same (brilliant but streaky all the same).

Peak Fed is still a different beast of course.
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Re: How different is the current Federer from the peak Federer?

Basically hes the same, but his competition is stronger.
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Re: How different is the current Federer from the peak Federer?

His footwork has dropped of significantly. Not even close to what it was back in 04-06
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Re: How different is the current Federer from the peak Federer?

If you watch his old matches he used to hit these ridiculous backhand passing shots and defensive squash shots to win points. Now he can't do any of that and uses more tactics and endurance to win. Offense is still pretty good though.

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Re: How different is the current Federer from the peak Federer?

I think it's once again time to start asking again if Federer should retire. Roger has had a great run over the years but let's face it, he's almost 29 years old and its obvious from his recent play that his body is wearing down and its becoming more of a struggle to keep up with the younger players. Although Andy lost to him today, it was quite apparent that the young 22 year old is in much better shape because of his age, but that's how it works with tennis and age. It's hard to watch Federer starting to slide like Pete Sampras did, I think the U.S. Open last year really signaled to us that he should start thinking about an announcement. I have to say though, I doubt in my lifetime I'll see another person as good as Roger and it's sad to see him crumble, but all good things come to an end. I wish the best to you and your family Roger. Thank you for all these great years of genius; the torch is being passed this year for sure.
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