Originally Posted by JonnyC21
I've always thought Roger Federer was something special when I saw him beat Ivanisevic as a raw 18 year old in London in 2000. I think he can still improve his game to a scary degree over the next couple of years by bringing his serve, net play and smash up to Sampras standard which will make him untouchable at Wimbledon.
It all depend on injury though, his forehand, although fluid is whipped with such an extreme grip that it is hard to see how it can take such a pounding year after year without some sort of damage. His movement will also be a factor as he grows older, when Sampras started to lose his movement he started to lose his dominance as well and relied on his serve to a huge extent. No matter what happens in the next few years, I will be severely shocked if Federer does not rack up over 10 Grandslam titles with the Roland Garros crown among them.
Good analysis, footwork and wrist will be the key in Fed longevity...
I think he'll learn a lot from this year semi-final in RG, and if there is one guy who can take a challenge or a tournament seriously and elevate his game when it matters, it's Federer. Now that Nadal is the official clay king, Federer will be the underdorg against him in RG, which will put off some pressure from Fed shoulders. It's a capital point IMO. Federer will win RG and integrate the Laver/Borg/Sampras elite group.