Watch Roger Federer Half-Volley This Kevin Anderson Serve [Video]
by Staff | August 21st, 2015, 1:00 am

How well was Roger Federer seeing the ball tonight in Cincinnati? So well that against one of the biggest servers in the world, the 34-year-old virtually half-volleyed a Kevin Anderson second serve late in the match.

Federer, who employed similar tactics in his opening round win over Roberto Bautista Agut, won the match easily 6-1, 6-1. The 6-time tournament champion plays another big server in Feliciano Lopez in the quarterfinals on Friday.

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18 Comments for Watch Roger Federer Half-Volley This Kevin Anderson Serve [Video]

FedExpress Says:

Genius. The best ever

madmax Says:

The guy is just brilliant.

Pure brilliance on show.

Gypsy Gal Says:

Very nice,but i hate crowds like this so biased in favour of one player that they start cheering an opponents error,like when Roger played Karlovic a while ago,not real fans merely hero worshippers….

Robert Says:

Roger hardly invented the tactic, but it is amazing to see it used successfully at ATP level. Pretty much everyone in the men’s draw has the strokes. This really goes to show that the name of the game today is movement and time.

roy Says:

try to put it into perspective, fanboys. he’s 5/1 up in the second set. it’s a throw away game and he goes into exo mentality and turns a trick or two. where was it in the wimbledon final?

skeezer Says:

“try to put it into perspective, fanboys.”
Yes, please do. Seen any other top player pull this off?

elina Says:

Last night’s Federer would have taken down any version of Federer from 2002-2014.


skeezer Says:

^maybe, maybe not.

Ben Pronin Says:

Elina give it up already.

Where was this in the Wimbledon final? I don’t know, maybe this is something he think he needed for the Wimbledon final. So he worked on it during his break and is trying to employ in real matches. Like SG1 said in another thread, it’s not like he’s going to do this every time. But if he’s comfortable enough to throw it in there every now and then throughout a match, that’ll make his opponent really think. And doing this off Anderson’s serve is pretty impressive.

Jeez, there’s just no winning with the haterzzz.

oswaldo Says:

Fedex, if he had won the first set at wimbledon (4-2) …other history at wimbledon

Kom Says:

@Ben Pronin

Cannot agree more to ‘Jeez, there’s just no winning with the haterzzz.’

SG1 Says:

Sorry Novak and others…this guy is the most gifted player to ever hold a racket. He makes the incredibly difficult look incredibly easy. And I’m not even a big Federer fan.

DC Says:

Awesome display of tennis skills by fed.
In an era where fitness and retrieving skills rule over pure shot making skills , it’s a relief to watch such awesome artwork.
It’s amazing how fed is getting creative by incorporating these kinds of shots in his arsenal to fight off the younger generation.
No wonder he’s the goat.

nodm94 Says:

When younger players (like the Djoker and Murray, for example) win against Federer, they win because they “out-staminad” and “out-blasted” him. When Federer wins, however, we are treated to an amazing display of varied “shot selection”, guile, etc. Federer usually plays (and wins) with a very high degree of shotmaking and artistry, whereas others win against him simply because they “outlast” him. Granted, he doesn’t win a lot anymore, but arguably, his game is several notches “higher” than those of his peers’. There shouldn’t be any “debate” anymore; FedEx is the G.O.A.T., and we should enjoy watching him (instead of my childishly bashing) while he’s still playing the game..

nodm94 Says:

Sorry.. My last sentence should have read, “There shouldn’t be any “debate” anymore; FedEx is the G.O.A.T., and we should enjoy watching him (instead of childishly bashing him) while he’s still playing the game..”

sue Says:

Federer made a mistake by unveiling the half volley return in Cincy and not the US Open. Now Djokovic will work on hard body serves and slice serves/slow and way out wide to counter this. They will also be practicing the quick flick lob right after serving. Dumb Fed.

elina Says:

No, revealing that shot is a clever ploy and Roger will be ready with any counter from Novak. He will definitely employ it throughout the USO at the right time.

Doing it in Cincy planted the doubt in Novak’s mind.

Roger says he’s a better player. Is he a hater too?

I think it is the highest compliment that he plays his best tennis now and he’s not afraid to say it.

There is really only one guy that can beat him on paper at the US Open this year, but the conditions and other factors favour Roger.

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