Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: Federer's volleys and Nadal running out of gas...
Actually it was Federer's volleys that got him into trouble a lot of the time, my commentators were rightly giving him hell for that in the third set (citing the first setpoint at 5-4 in the second - Nadal drilled the backhand pass and Federer, right on top of the net, dumped the volley). They observed that Federer doesn't move his feet enough at the net, he tends to do it all with his hands and is therefore in poor position, unlike an Edberg or a Rafter who were technically perfect volleyers. And sheesh, the number of times Federer approached on an absolute prayer and was passed with ridiculous ease... Peter Fleming noted with amusement that he was guessing Nadal's passing shots, not reacting to them, and then watching them fly miles past him but still well inside the lines.
At the start of the match Federer was trying to play aggressively and was ballooning forehands long, for a brief period in the second set everything suddenly clicked and he was playing with the perfect mixture of controlled aggression and variety, then when he blew his chance he got sucked into these draining, passive cross-court rallies where Nadal was just working him over and then punishing him with the forehand. I have to admit, I haven't seen Hewitt make some of the gets that Nadal did in this match, he hit a number of outrageous passes and forced Federer to hit more shots than he wanted to finish the point many times.
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.