so how the hell did he win the french open if he is crying about hard courts being slower. he has also made around 4 french open finals. i am not buying what he is selling.
he can still win. he had that u.s. open semi won and he gave it away.
1. He won the French Open because he didn't have to face the Clay King of the 2000's and 2010-11 - Rafael Nadal
. Soderling did him a favor.
2. He's the 2nd best player at Roland Garros in the current generation of players. The conditions are good for him, except for the super high bouncing topspin that only Nadal can generate, especially to the Federer backhand.
3. He can still win at Roland Garros if something unusual were to happen to the Clay King (let's hope not).
4. He beat the 2011 King Djokovic in his best year, ended his big winning streak, and kept him from making his first RG final.
5. Of course he can win at the US Open. The 2011 US Open semi vs. Djokovic should never have gone to 5 sets. But even there Djokovic had luck. 2011 was the slowest playing Open in years. They had resurfaced the court and also the rains from the hurricane came and drowned the courts. Remember Roddick watching the rainwater come up from court during a match and giving the tour Referee an earful? But even with all that, Federer managed to get to 2 match points but a not so brilliant serve along with some fortunate hitting from Djokovic managed to lose it for Federer. The problem with the wide serve is that if one doesn't get it wide enough, a player like Djokovic can track it and smack it and that's just what he did. I'm sure Federer would have liked to have that serve back.
But it's true that the hard courts of IW and Miami play slower and high bouncing, and don't favor him as much as the US summer courts of Cinci and the US Open. It's not that he can't do ok on those slower courts, it's all relative to whom he is playing. Those courts give enough edge to players that can run like Mr. Nadal and Mr. Djokovic, where it becomes too difficult for Federer to produce more winners than unforced errors. He would have to serve incredibly well and return like the devil to have a good chance of beating them.