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Sixth Dubai title

01.03.2014 | Tennis, Starseite 3

Roger celebrated his sixth tournament title in Dubai after a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Tomas Berdych today.

 

Roger started well and broke Berdych's serve early in the opening set - but then suddenly started to struggle, dropping his own serve twice and losing the set. In the second, he fell behind as he dropped his serve once again. But that was the moment when he flicked the switch to fight back, eventually securing the second set. In set number three, he displayed fantastic tennis in the crucial moments and secured another break, holing the lead to win the match.

With 78 titles Roger is now trailing only Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94). He has won at least one title 14 years in a row, equaling Lendl’s record.

 
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03/03/2014 | 05:35 PM
I'm not so sure about that. I myself play with a single handed backhand, and I had to fight with my coach tooth and nail not to be forced to play double-handed like everyone else.
It's a matter of individual taste and approach to the game. There's a trade off with the double-hander too - you have lesser reach, the slice backhands are less natural, the cross court angles are less sharp.
03/03/2014 | 05:27 PM
@SHATIR
Yes. i just used the word 'BRAWN' to refer to the physical aspect of the game.
That included foot speed, stamina, power etc..

And yes Roger's BH is good as it can be TRUE.
But it IS STILL LIABLE TO High Bouncing Balls and who better than RAFA to exploit this weakness of Roger.

That's the reason we see more double BHs these days that single BHs. Definitely, i think more than 70% of top 1000 professional players must be double BH.
ALSO DOUBLE BH IS A LOT EASIER TO DEVELOP.
03/03/2014 | 05:19 PM
I find these qualities of Rafa to be admirable, although by no means as inspiring or artistic as Roger's game. :)
And yep, being a die hard Federer fan is what made me look for Rafa's book - it does help to gain a whole new perspective about my hero, and it even increases my appreciation of Roger's greatness.
03/03/2014 | 05:17 PM
@SDANU,

I do agree that Roger's game is very carefree, and self preserving. Roger has achieved tremendous success without exerting himself as much as Nadal, also staying relatively injury free. In Nadal's book, Rafa claims that Uncle Toni taught him from the beginning that he cannot beat Roger on talent, he can only beat him by fighting for every single point and relentlessly sticking to the game plan (Nadal's forehand against Roger's backhand).
03/03/2014 | 05:14 PM
SDANU,
..gamesmanship, on-court coaching, fake time-outs, delaying tactics, distracting the opponent are also weaknesses.. They're exhibited when the opponent seemed unstoppable..
03/03/2014 | 05:14 PM
@SDANU,

Actually, Nadal didn't say it (that Tennis is about error management) - some Tennis coach did, and I find it to be true so I quoted it.
I beg to differ with you - brawn usually refers to muscular bulk and power, but Rafa's game is about explosive speed, as well as a lot of skill in keeping the ball in play/hitting winners from very bad positions.

Roger's backhand should not really be considered a liability - it's about as good as a single handed backhand can be.
03/03/2014 | 05:06 PM
@SHATIR
Nice to see a hardcore Fed fan reading the autobiography of his nemesis.

So Rafa says "Tennis is a game of error management. It takes a SPECIAL player to not make mistakes and wait for opponent's mistakes."

I think that by 'SPECIAL', Rafa means to say "ALL BRAWN AND NO BRAIN".
Rafa is nothing but a brute force physical specimen.
Rafa does NOT have any weaknesses in his game unlike Roger whose BH is the biggest liability and yet winning 17GSs -a testament to RFs tennis IQ.
03/03/2014 | 05:05 PM
Roger, it was wonderful to see you playing so well again. The Federer era is truly "La Belle Epoque"!!
03/03/2014 | 04:31 PM
It also contains excellent insights about Roger's game and what it takes to face Roger - something no one has been able to do except Nadal (Murray's plus records includes losses in all grand slam matches except the 2013 Aussie Open).
03/03/2014 | 04:29 PM
Tennis is a game of error management. It takes a special player to "not make mistakes and wait for opponent's mistakes."

Btw, off late, I've been reading Nadal's autobiography "Rafa", which revolves around the 2008 Wimbledon final against Roger with flashbacks to Nadal's childhood.
So far, very good read to know Rafa the person (perhaps to humanise him a little bit rather than merely see him as a concept, an idea).