Roger Federer: I’m Serving As Good As Ever
by Tom Gainey | March 12th, 2015, 10:48 am
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Roger Federer confirmed the stats we had on this site earlier this week, declaring that he’s serving as better than he ever has.

“I feel like I’m playing very well,” Federer told the Desert Sun. “I’m serving as good as I ever have, I’m playing very good attacking tennis and I’m playing very committed, which maybe is not what I’ve always done in my career.”

Federer is currently third on the list of players winning first serving points and in percentage of service games won, just behind sluggers Ivo Karlovic and Milos Raonic. His 81% winning pct on first serve is higher than his 77% career average.

However, Federer is struggling more on his second serve this year, winning 54%, two pct points below his 56% career average.

Roger also spoke about the Big 4, but also about what’s to come.

“There are some very good players coming up, but it’s a little bit of a gap to fill because of just how dominant those four have been,” he said.

“The wheel keeps turning. There is always going to be a new Wimbledon champion, a new French Open champion, a new World No. 1. There is always going to be someone else when our generation is gone. Who that’s going to be today, it’s really tough to tell.”

Federer begins his quest for a fifth Indian Wells title Sunday against the Jerzy Janowicz-Diego Schwartzman winner. Last year he lost to Novak Djokovic in a thrilling final set tiebreak. He is ranked No. 2 this week.

“Today, I don’t feel like I have that many bad days anymore,” he said. “Maybe sometimes you come out and it’s not working; that’s something that happened very few times in the years where I was very dominant. Otherwise, I feel like I am playing very well.”


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15 Comments for Roger Federer: I’m Serving As Good As Ever

RZ Says:

Of course he is – he’s got Roddick’s serving record (3rd place all time) in sight!


skeezer Says:

Fed,
Just win baby.


jane Says:

yes, this is definitely his strong shot these days, and his confidence in that and his game helps too. he’s not an easy player to break.


Hippy Chick Says:

Jane i left you a reply to your post on the Murray thread….


Emily Says:

Sorry, but his first sentence at his Seppi AO press conference was “I had a bad day.”


jane Says:

true emily, but what he says here – “Today, I don’t feel like I have that many bad days anymore,” … “Maybe sometimes you come out and it’s not working – doesn’t contradict that does it?


Emily Says:

I just thought it was ironic that he was using the exact same words pre this tournament and then post another tournament. I just raised my eyebrow b/c I remembered how he explained his loss to Seppi. Maybe he wants to forget that match and hope he doesn’t have another “bad day” like that. (sorry, couldn’t help myself)


PJ Says:

I took that comment more as he’s having less bad days than in recent years, where he’s been slower to start and was having a lot more early round exits than anticipated. It doesn’t mean he’s never going to have those days, but they’re less than in recent history.


brando Says:

Nah Fed your not the same. Your just a confident guy showing his confidence. But reality is you were way, way better ten years ago. Just because you keep on schooling the world number 1 at 33 doesn’t mean your as good as ever. You were better before for sure.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

brando, agree. See my comment on the Indian Wells thread.


madmax Says:

skeezer Says:
Fed,
Just win baby.

March 12th, 2015 at 11:20 am

100% Skeezer! Vamos Federer!

jane Says:

true emily, but what he says here – “Today, I don’t feel like I have that many bad days anymore,” … “Maybe sometimes you come out and it’s not working – doesn’t contradict that does it?

March 12th, 2015 at 11:39 am

Nice retort to Emily, Jane.

Not ironic Emily. Who wants a bad day for chrissake?!

I think he has drawn Seppi again this tournament. So this time, he has the opportunity to take some revenge!

brando Says:
Nah Fed your not the same. Your just a confident guy showing his confidence. But reality is you were way, way better ten years ago.

brando!

Who wasn’t?!!!!!!!


Emily Says:

@madmax, not to get into semantics, but his choice of words was ironic, not what he was actually saying. Read a little more carefully next time, maybe.


Sidney Says:

Read somewhere else today about Roger’s reason for skipping Miami this year. He thought there was too much break between IW and Miami. Though he realized things would probably not change in the near future.

BTW, I agree with his own assessment of his service game. Whatever to keep him still motivated at the ripe ‘old’ age of 33 is fine by me. 18 years ago he turned pro. And he’s still going strong and currently top 2!

I am happy and lucky to have seen him play in person in Cindy last year! This year I’m going to IW! Hope to see all Big 3 in action, especially my fave Novak who was the main reason for the ‘breakup’ of the duopoly!


Michael Says:

Serve has been one of Roger’s biggest forte and a source of strength. But it is difficult to say that right now he is serving as good he was in his hey days. In the past, I have seen many times in crucial matches where Roger would often retrieve himself from difficult situations through the sheer strength of his serve by out foxing his opponents, but this hasn’t been happening in recent times with some exceptions. But still Roger’s serve is lethal and very competitive where his opponents are finding it difficult to read it. Roger has ingenously sacrificed pace for placement and accuracy and that is keeping him in good stead.


madmax Says:

Emily Says:
@madmax, not to get into semantics, but his choice of words was ironic, not what he was actually saying. Read a little more carefully next time, maybe.

March 12th, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Rude of me not to reply Emily.

Thanks for the advice. I will stick with Jane’s response to you on this one.

Roger is always misquoted and it’s only the haters like you that picks up on the “semantics” to make it more than what it is.

We are in the greatest ever tennis era, and you concentrate on semantics.

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