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Roger Federer's first Grand Slam match ever

hasanahmad
02-07-2010, 02:56 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw6Asqvru2w

posted?

his backhand used to be like Gasquet then

serveandvolley80
02-07-2010, 04:40 AM
Lol @ the commentator about Federer's arrogance and that proclaiming him to be the next one, psychic!

Arkulari
02-07-2010, 04:42 AM
I ended up watching this match by pure accident due to the fact that I was a Rafter fan back then :lol:

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 :)

serveandvolley80
02-07-2010, 04:43 AM
I ended up watching this match by pure accident due to the fact that I was a Rafter fan back then :lol:

Do you happen to remember the score?

You mean you watched it years ago live, or recently?

Arkulari
02-07-2010, 04:46 AM
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

serveandvolley80
02-07-2010, 04:49 AM
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?

Arkulari
02-07-2010, 04:56 AM
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

NYCtennisfan
02-07-2010, 06:00 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw6Asqvru2w

posted?

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.

Kolya
02-07-2010, 06:08 AM
There was a longer highlight clip of this match before it was taken down.

Rafter frustrated Fed immensely.

serveandvolley80
02-07-2010, 06:49 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDsRm1ToqcM&feature=related that looks like vintage Roger lol, i think he was 16 here, got a wild as a junior i believe.

redda2
02-07-2010, 08:32 AM
Heres a longer clip of the same match.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRcu8VJUkWA

serveandvolley80
02-07-2010, 08:49 AM
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.

maxxo
02-07-2010, 12:04 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDsRm1ToqcM&feature=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.