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Roger Federer's first Grand Slam match ever

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw6Asqvru2w

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his backhand used to be like Gasquet then
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Lol @ the commentator about Federer's arrogance and that proclaiming him to be the next one, psychic!
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I ended up watching this match by pure accident due to the fact that I was a Rafter fan back then

Roger's BH was more textbook-like, but his game hadn't fully developed, his serve was not really good and his fitness was not what it is today

I think he sacrificed a bit of effectivity on his BH side to strenghten the other side and make it more versatile, specially in the movement, nowadays he does a bit of a slalom skater movement when he hits the BH DTL to avoid getting wrongfooted

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I ended up watching this match by pure accident due to the fact that I was a Rafter fan back then
Do you happen to remember the score?

You mean you watched it years ago live, or recently?
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Do you happen to remember the score?

You mean you watched it years ago live, or recently?
Live, I attended RG a lot of years

Pat won 5-7 6-3 6-0 6-2

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Live, I attended RG a lot of years

Pat won 5-7 6-3 6-0 6-2
So i take it at the time, you would have not agreed with the commentators views about Federer's talent level? Based on your comments above it seems like he was a whole different player.

Yet i see glimpses in just that 40 second video of great movement. You mentioned a slight change of the backhand technique, how was his overall movement compared to now?
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He has a better footwork now and better fitness overall, back then he needed little breathing moments after running a lot, the fundamentals of his game were there and he looked pretty promising (though haven't a lot of people looked the same and never really did anything?), he was able to hang with Pat for a set, after he lost it, he went elsewhere mentally speaking, he wasn't ready to win being behind, specially not against someone with Pat's expertise

Something that struck me with Roger back then: the way he read play, I think that's something innate and allowed him to hang for a while in an scenario that was still too big for him

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Re: Roger Federer's first Grand Slam match ever

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw6Asqvru2w

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his backhand used to be like Gasquet then
His BH was quite a bit different back when he was 16, 17, and 18. He would rip it both CC and DTL with a lot of power, but he was extremely erratic with it because he didn't have good footwork when going to his BH side.
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There was a longer highlight clip of this match before it was taken down.

Rafter frustrated Fed immensely.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDsRm...eature=related that looks like vintage Roger lol, i think he was 16 here, got a wild as a junior i believe.
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Re: Roger Federer's first Grand Slam match ever

Heres a longer clip of the same match.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRcu8VJUkWA
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Taking a set off Pat Rafter the number 3 seed in the world, as a junior playing one of your first pro tournaments, very impressive.
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Re: Roger Federer's first Grand Slam match ever

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDsRm...eature=related that looks like vintage Roger lol, i think he was 16 here, got a wild as a junior i believe.
wow.. sampras-like running FH before finishing the point with the BH winner.

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