Roger Federer Says He Can Tell How Fast A Serve Is Going Without The Radar Gun!
by Tom Gainey | August 30th, 2014, 9:43 am

After a relatively easy 64, 64, 64 win last night over the powerful Sam Groth at the 2014 US Open, Roger Federer spoke about how he can sense how fast a serve is going within a few miles per hour without looking at the radar.

“I’m aware of every serve, how hard it is after the point when he goes big, because I think it’s interesting and I want to see,” Federer said. “Sometimes I feel it, as well. I’m like, That felt like 138, and it might be just a couple off. It’s the same with my own serve. I can judge it probably to a few miles an hour close.”

Federer also explained what it’s like to return those serves from guys like Groth who last night hit a 147mph.

“The difference between 142 and 147, there’s none really in the racquet,” Federer said. “I think once you pass the 135 range everything is just really fast. It’s true, though, you got to maybe either maybe pick a side or maybe have read the serve a little bit, because you do see, I feel, with the big, big serving guys, when they go for the really big serve, I feel like you just have that feeling that they’re really going to try to crank it and their body tightens up, and that gives it away sometimes that they’re going to go down the T on the deuce side, which is normal. Can’t be the same motion.”

As you can see, Federer’s had a lot of success against some of the biggest servers ever in the sport.

Federer will play Marcel Granollers in the third round on Sunday afternoon.

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4 Comments for Roger Federer Says He Can Tell How Fast A Serve Is Going Without The Radar Gun!

madmax Says:

I was really impressed with Groth, not so much his serving ability, but the way he covered the net. I listened to his interview where he said, he has been playing serve and volley pretty much every since he has been playing tennis, so it’s more or less natural to him.

I think he did exceptionally well. Surprisingly well. He is a big guy with a lot of power, so his coverage of the net was something I was not expecting. He had studied Federer’s tactics well I thought and put up a good fight.

Roger was, as ever, sublime. I find it terrific how he is able to return such a powerful, fast serve so well and make it look easy.

His hand eye co-ordination – he still got it!

A very enjoyable match.

steve-o Says:

Indeed, it was a fun match. Old-school tennis from Groth, who, after some initial nerves, hunkered down and played great. He’s in the Becker mold, uses his size and power to close down the opponent at net.

Federer clearly relished the challenge of Groth. He served and volleyed too, hit some fantastic returns (besides that backhand screamer, I remember a very acutely angled slice return that landed on the edge of the service box, something he probably couldn’t have done with the old racket), and then there were those sublime lobs and some really wicked backhand winners.

He also showed mental toughness on important points. I really thought Groth would be able to take it to the fourth set, but Federer really dug in there to win four straight games.

contador Says:

That was Goderer. Great performance by Federer.

Michael Says:

Well, Roger knows how to play against big servers and this is obvious from his supreme H2H against all of them without exception. I think instinctively Roger has the game to match the power of big servers and he is flush with confidence whenever he meets such big guys and somehow he manages to win.

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