Time for another Federer tribute video but this one is a little different to usual as it takes things to a whole new level in terms of comprehensiveness. The creator, Raz Ols, has compiled what he thinks are Roger's best ever 1000 shots of his career so far. No fancy editing or transitions, no music, just Fed hitting a tennis ball across 1000 points (winning most of them!) and you can watch it below:
At over 2 hours long I can't imagine how much work was involved to collect the clips, order them and then edit into a final compilation. Fortunately, the work hasn't gone unnoticed with the views racking up and Fed himself showing some appreciation as he picked up on it this morning when he was probably sat in a Dubai airport lounge waiting for his flight to Perth:
As for why the video was created, this is the what Raz Ols had to say:
Approximately three months ago I set out to make a video I had never done before and I’ll never make again. As a tribute to Roger Federer’s extraordinary career, filled not only with some of tennis’ most staggering achievements, but with sublime and sensational shotmaking as well, I created the video that you are now watching. I have always felt that a top 10, top 50 or even a top 100 (I’ve done that before) wasn’t enough to showcase the otherworldly variety, quality and quantity in Roger Federer’s book of great shots. He has basically written his own manual when it comes to entertaining the tennis crowds all across the globe. The late author David Wallace Foster even resembled Federer’s brilliance to a religious experience. While this video might not be a religious experience, my desired hope is to shed – in my opinion – a much-needed light on Federer’s golden array of great shots.
So what do you guys think? Does 1000 do Federer justice? I've been watching in blocks of 100 and I'm halfway through at the time of writing. Very interested to see the Top 20….