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Roger Federer – Wimbledon 2017 – The Road To Victory

In my Wimbledon final recap post, I said that the final itself was a bit of an anti climax. I still think that's the case, but one thing I realised afterwards is that because all the focus is on that match itself, it's almost as if the earlier rounds never happened.

You might even forget who he played, how the sets went etc. But fortunately, Raz Ols has put together this great video about Federer's road to Wimbledon victory with every match and every key point in there.

Watching the clips reminded of just how well Federer played over the two weeks, so many 15-30's, 30 all's where he just came up with the goods to see off the danger. And like a few of you said in the comments, whilst the final was poor, this one was all about the journey to getting there πŸ™‚ Enjoy the video, hopefully it stays up!


Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or writing about tennis I play regularly myself and have a keen interest in tactics, equipment and technicalties of the sport.

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  1. Me thinks that with so much cake we’ve had this year, it’s nearly impossible to fully appreciate the baker’s skills.
    Whatever your pick, you’ll get an indigestion that’ll make you overlook a ton of other sweeties.
    You’d better take it easy to make sure none is left on the tray unbitten!

  2. I love Raz Ols’ videos, and have subscribed to his YouTube feeds, but unfortunately this one is not available when I click on it.

    Would’ve loved watching it, though.

    1. Yeah he does a good job. Although looks like this one has already suffered its fate πŸ™

      It was working, maybe you were geo restricted I dunno. But now removed.

  3. Wasn’t expecting a new post so soon πŸ™‚

    I’ve got some sort of Flash blocker or something on Firefox which I can’t get rid of, so can’t watch this, unfortunately πŸ™

    1. Hah! Have just discovered Firefox’s Restart with Add-ons Disabled feature! That’s much better πŸ™‚

      BTW, in all fairness I think someone needs to come up with a Roger Federer blooper reel, like with that dropshot that didn’t make it as far as the net. Just for balance. Wonder how long it would be? πŸ™‚

  4. Jonathan, just watched the video…..beautiful, Roger moves so effortlessly, it’s like seeing Ballet on Grass. I felt that by the time he came to play the Final he had already earned the Trophy! Thank you, Jonathan, for all your analysis (in plural) to all of us readers that come to you. Have much enjoyed the comments, too. We are all on cloud 9….
    Congratulations to Roger, to his team and to his lovely family.

  5. Thank you for sharing this Jonathan. I always look forward to your posts and wasn’t expecting this one. Great video, still on cloud nine from Roger’s win and this is a wonderful way to relive some of his magic moments. I’m sorry for those of you who aren’t able to view.

  6. What a nice compilation, so many THANKS to Raz and Jonathan, making us reminding and believe. Meanwhile I’ve watched the final repeated
    And here I actually watched one or two glimpses of a very dangerous Cilic. And I could enjoy admiring many of Roger’s superior battle dissolving returning of Cilic’ canon serves. So – even no real thrill, the enjoyment of the final was for me not poor at all to be able to very happily celebrate Roger’s 8th W-win.

  7. I still can’t get enough of Federer’s resurgence. It’s glorious to see his “liquid whip of a forehand” and the “oil painting of a backhand” that the commentators love. Federer is #19 going on #20!

    Another thing to point out, I was thinking about how Federer said the sad losses were “meant to be.” It reflects well on his philosophy and mindset. I honestly think that if Roger were winning too easily too often that he would have more jealous detractors coming out of the woodwork. Since Roger puts it all out for us to see, the wins as well as the close losses, you can’t help but love the Champion but still be able to cheer for the “underdog.”

  8. So grateful Jonathan. Although I’ve already watched all the tribute videos on Youtube. This one still makes one feel so so sweet πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ . I’ve been on cloud 11, dizzy and absolutely elated πŸ™‚ .

  9. Very well said Jonathan. The final lost its gloss because of the Cilic injury and thus no one really bothered much about the journey.

    The ease with which Fed beat Dimitrov & Raonic and his tenacity against a competitive Berdych were what ultimately got him to the finals in style without breaking a sweat or losing a set

    Along the way he played some breathtaking shots which he can only play irrespective of who the opponent is or at which stage the tournament is at.

    Fed rules !!!

    1. Indeed, having watched extended Berdych highlights he played great. So did Berdman tbh but Fed hit so many timely forehands. Love that break point with the inside out bullet then drive volley.

  10. This is a great video put Wimbledon to shame on how to edit highlights. Best 2 matches will be against Berdych and Raonic. Roger is so determine and focus its amazing.

  11. Once again it feels like Roger is teaching us something . Life is about the journey not the destination.

    So many awesome comments here and the last post.

    A big thank you to Jonathan for all the Goat posts throughout the tournament. I especially love the first line in the previous post. Serious writing, that!

  12. Thanks Jonathan for all the posts you create. You are clearly one dedicated person who is keeping this blog alive. Rare to see blogs running as well as this one. I think we can all acknowledge that the hard work you did payed off. Let’s all hope that we can all keep this blog alive (new members are welcome too) and that we can all continue to support Roger.

    Cheers. πŸ™‚

  13. Cannot believe the quality of Federer’s anticipation. He seems to know just to where the ball is coming. Someone once said the ball finds him and attaches itself to his racket. And I know this has been said before too, but the ball seems to go slower when it reaches him as he doesn’t seem hurried and can take time to position himself perfectly.
    Thanks for bringing this marvellous video to our attention, Jonathan, and thanks to Raz Ols.

    1. That’s something that only comes with experience, tactical intelligence and skill. Whatever your shot, you have to know what are the odds of the reply coming this or that way, depending on the opponent, the score, etc. It just happens that very few have the capacity to compute all this in such a short time. When it fails, you find yourself wrong footed or in desperate need of a telescopic arm…

      1. I remain convinced that Roger somehow did some sort of “data dump” from his memory during his time off – cleaned out the clutter, deleted corrupt files and so on – which has contributed to his clarity of thought this year. Remember he used to complain that because he’d played so many matches he had so many options in his memory that it was difficult always to choose the right one at the right time? Not any more, I feel.

    2. He’s talked about seeing tennis points as problems in geometry, & I felt there were times in this tournament where you could actually watch that happening. As you say, his anticipation is so phenomenal – ” okay, if he manages to get that back, it has to come somewhere in here… ” – so he’s already there waiting for it. And mostly, the opposition can’t make it go somewhere else. Djokovic has been really good at succeeding at those ‘less possible’ angles, on the whole… but he wasn’t there this time. He-he-he.

  14. Hey all… still in celebrating mood. I am watching the best moments like seriously twice a day πŸ™‚
    We had 5 years to get used to 17. Now the Goat got us to 18 and won’t even give us like a half year to get use to it… we are on 19 already πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Go Goat…. we would love to have 20 in like 2 months πŸ™‚
    Make it happen dude…BEL20VING πŸ™‚

    1. πŸ™‚ Definitely! Let’s go for 20!

      I want a tough draw and difficult early rounds so that Roger can peak in the later rounds. ?

      1. Ha Vily, what?? You are on 20?? Still??? No Vily…. dream big… dream 25 πŸ™‚
        19 is history, 20 is near future…. dream bigger πŸ™‚
        And… don’t worry…. The Dude will make it happen πŸ™‚ Lets go for BEL25E πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  15. I’m too still on cloud 8/19. What a year so far in 2017 for Fedfan family. Huge thanks to Jonathan and Raz for what you guys have been doing for years. You are both GOATs in your field for sure!
    As for Fed in the video, many great points with his awesome anticipation, footwork and clever tactics, not mention the focus and commitment. His mental toughness throughout the tournament was just incredible!

    Now Katyani Wisdom of ’25’ seems not too ridiculous πŸ˜†

      1. Haha Jon, Krazy Katyani, I like that πŸ™‚
        Krazy Katyani, Wilson Wanda…. we should ALL have cool nicknames don’t you think πŸ™‚

        But…. what the hell?? I am almost a week out and you changed the whole site?? You thought well… if the Goat does it… so can I πŸ™‚
        It is getting use too, but I like it. Keep it going Jon…

        Oh and Wanda, just to make sure you don’t forget it:

        – Roger will play in his 40 (now updated 45 πŸ™‚ )
        – Roger will win Rome and Monte Carlo
        – Roger will win Davis Cup (updated: been there, done that πŸ™‚ )
        – Roger will win 25 GS
        – Roger will win AO 7 times, RG 3 times, Wimby 10 times and USO 7 times (which will get him over 25 yep)

        And the most important one… you know after the 25 GS one….
        By god… even if it ends me…. even if it ends all of us… before Roger does the R-word, there will be a or there will be talk of a “Roger Slam”

        Mark my words sweet Wanda and you too Jon… The Dude will make it happen πŸ™‚

    1. Haha – at least I got Roger’s right! – Most of them dashing legs (but how do their feet look…? Glad, we shouldn’t guess form that!)

  16. It looks like Roger will play the Shanghai Rolex Masters in the fall.

    So the schedule looks like:

    US Open
    Laver Cup
    Nitto ATP Finals

    I know that he might be tempted at playing Montreal but as far as I know, he hasn’t won there. He’s won in Toronto but not so much in Montreal. He might be concerned about loosing again early after a break but I’d rather him stay fresh and not overplay prior to the Open.

    If he decides to play Montreal and he makes the final or win the event, he should skip Cincy then. Ideally, he should play Cincy, win it and then get ready for the Open.

    Excited! With Djokovic in major doubts/ shambles, I’d be curious if Rafa can make a stand and make it interesting.

    Roger has a really great shot at the US Open now. He’s the current odds-on favorite to win it.

    1. I don’t think he will play Montreal.

      Djoker is in Toronto supposedly getting elbow treatment, dunno what his plans are.

      Nadal turned down Hamburg, so he will be there for sure.

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