'There Wasn’t Much That I Did Well Naturally That Roger Federer...', Says Former Ace

‘There wasn’t much he did right, naturally, that Roger Federer…’ says former ace


Although he just turned 41, Roger Federer has no intention of giving up. The last two seasons have been especially difficult for the King, forced to deal with a serious problem in his right knee. The former world number 1 played just 13 official matches in 2021, racking up nine wins and four losses.

After being eliminated by Hubert Hurkacz in the 2021 Championship, the Master decided to have knee surgery for the third time in 18 months. Barring any further setbacks, the Swiss champion will be back on the field in the Laver Cup next month.

Roger will close his very short season at the ATP in Basel, back on the calendar after the last two editions were canceled due to the pandemic. In a recent interview with the ‘New York Post’, Andy Roddick revealed why he has always fought Federer.

Suffice it to say that the Swiss won in 21 of the 24 direct matches, to which is added a balance of 8-0 in the Grand Slams (4-0 in the final).

Roddick on facing Roger Federer

«It was a tough matchup,» Roddick said.

«There wasn’t much he did well naturally that Roger Federer couldn’t counter naturally. Even against Rafa [Nadal], I knew my first serve would upset him. He knew that he had a little more power through the floor.

And similarly to Roger [Federer] and Rafa, that matchup is more difficult for Roger because of the southpaw and the spins. Roger forced me out of my comfort zone constantly.» The 39-year-old was referring to one of those Slam final losses: at the 2006 US Open.

«[The 2006 US Open] It was fun because I just started working with Jimmy Connors. And so there was a little bit of excitement around that partnership,» Roddick said. «I had played pretty poorly during that year, except I got a little bit of shape in the tournament in Cincinnati, which is the biggest starting tournament and I won that. , and it changed my whole year a little bit.

I was very happy and relieved to play well there, obviously I lost to Roger. [Federer] in the final,» Roddick said. «But I really enjoyed working with Jimmy and getting his advice on how to use the New York crowd. I don’t know if there was anyone better at it than him.»

Andy also recalled the 2009 Wimbledon final: «That’s the match I get asked about the most. I say everyone has that Starbucks moment in their athletic career, and that’s the Starbucks moment where you see a stranger, they ask you about it,» Roddick. he said. «The only thing I would really change is the result and winning two more points one out of five times.»

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