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Fed does it again...for a second time
« on: February 28, 2014, 07:01:47 PM »
(Posted in the Dubai thread but worthy of its own)

Well, after reading *this!* I'm going to have to watch the replay of this match on Tennis Channel.

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Federer got just that, and it wasn't just because his opponent was struggling with his game. Federer took down Novak Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, his first ever win against Djokovic after dropping the first set and first win against him since the 2012 World Masters in Cincinnati.

The reason was simple; Federer decided to change up his strategy against the No. 2 player in the world, charging to the net whenever he could in the final set to not only break Djokovic early, but break him often.

I love how this tactic isn't effective these days against the modern player because...the modern player hits the ball too hard to get to the net, the modern player hits the ball with too much spin to volley, the modern player is more accurate than ever, etc..

Remember when I went to Madrid and returned a Federer fan? The reason then was the same reason here. After getting stomped pretty handily in the first set against Raonic, Fed charged the net on virtually every point thereafter. Raonic had no answers.

Good job, Roger. This is one I want to watch despite knowing the outcome. :)
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Re: Fed does it again...for a second time
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2014, 07:05:21 PM »
Coaches developing young players, especially the USTA coaches, would be well advised to cultivate a few players cut of this cloth.
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Re: Fed does it again...for a second time
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2014, 08:07:18 PM »
Just saw the replay. Wow, somewhat unusual play from Fed and he looked....  different.
 
 
 

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Re: Fed does it again...for a second time
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2014, 08:41:55 PM »
Fed flukes a win and everyone is back on the bandwagon. NID.  :rofl_2:
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Re: Fed does it again...for a second time
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2014, 09:16:46 PM »
Fed flukes a win and everyone is back on the bandwagon. NID.  :rofl_2:

The smartest guy in his mom's basement demonstrates his poor reading comprehension, yet again.

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Re: Fed does it again...for a second time
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2014, 09:18:52 PM »
The smartest guy in his mom's basement demonstrates his poor reading comprehension, yet again.

"Mom, bathroom!!"

But but I'm the only one in the basement! There isn't a contest here, I win.
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Re: Fed does it again...for a second time
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2014, 09:28:49 PM »
The smartest guy in his mom's basement demonstrates his poor reading comprehension, yet again.

"Mom, bathroom!!"

But but I'm the only one in the basement! There isn't a contest here, I win.

Well, come on dummy, I gave you 2 cracks at it -- I spoon fed it to you the second time -- and you swung and missed in both cases. Maybe you thought you were replying to a post on your favorite forum where "everyone" has jumped on the Fed bandwagon.
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Re: Fed does it again...for a second time
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2014, 02:53:50 AM »
I might need more cracks at it. I'm a bit slow.  :ZZZZZ)
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Re: Fed does it again...for a second time
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2014, 01:22:24 PM »
I would rather be a the net against Djokovic than get into extended rallies with him which he loves.
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Re: Fed does it again...for a second time
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2014, 01:42:05 PM »
I ride the short bus.
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Re: Fed does it again...for a second time
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2014, 01:19:11 AM »
I would rather be a the net against Djokovic than get into extended rallies with him which he loves.

Crazy it's taken so long to make the adjustment. Fed was aggressive again tonight in the final against Berdych.
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Re: Fed does it again...for a second time
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2014, 01:20:25 AM »
Baby Fed racked up another title in Mehico.
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Re: Fed does it again...for a second time
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2014, 09:56:53 AM »
I would rather be a the net against Djokovic than get into extended rallies with him which he loves.

Crazy it's taken so long to make the adjustment. Fed was aggressive again tonight in the final against Berdych.

Stubborn perhaps?  Will be fun to see if he continues to have success with it.
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Re: Fed does it again...for a second time
« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2014, 03:29:57 PM »
If Fed tries bumrushing the net against Nadal it's suicide. If he tries competing form the baseline it's suicide. He might as well default every match against Nadal, why strain his muscles?
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Re: Fed does it again...for a second time
« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2014, 04:06:16 PM »
If Fed tries bumrushing the net against Nadal it's suicide. If he tries competing form the baseline it's suicide. He might as well default every match against Nadal, why strain his muscles?

Well, to your second point...if it's broke, fix it!
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Re: Fed does it again...for a second time
« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2014, 05:19:23 PM »
Will be interesting to see if Fed has anything left for going deep in Palm Springs. Most likely QF exit.
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Re: Fed does it again...for a second time
« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2014, 10:45:25 PM »
He did precisely the same thing in the 2012 Wimbledon finals against Murray too.  In fact, it is how he turned the match around in the second set.  He won more points at the net in the second set then the total number of times he approached in the first set win or lose the point, and approached almost twice as much as in the first.  For some reason, he does not necessarily stay with it in all future matches, maybe this is where Edberg can really help, by reminding him and insisting on it relentlessly.

I also thought Djokovic played some lose points late in the second set.  Federer still had to come up with a spectacular passing shot to avoid going down a decisive break in the second and came up with some great shots early in the third.  I think he will recover just fine.  I can't necessarily say the same for Berdych who traveled to Hong Kong to play an exhibition match on Monday against Lleyton Hewitt.  He is probably traveling right now over the ocean to get to Indian Wells, as well as Hewitt, Li Na and Samantha Stosur who were also in Hong Kong yesterday.


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Re: Fed does it again...for a second time
« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2014, 09:28:15 PM »
I would rather be a the net against Djokovic than get into extended rallies with him which he loves.

Crazy it's taken so long to make the adjustment. Fed was aggressive again tonight in the final against Berdych.

Kudos to him for making that decision but unfortunately it's something that usually will not work in todays tennis.
In good old days players would be awarded for their 'bravery' but today rushing to the net would be best described as going 'ALL IN', again, unfortunately.
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