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Team Switzerland Crush Great Britain in Hopman Cup Opener

Federer defeated Cameron Norrie 6-1, 6-1 in Singles

Roger Federer's 2019 Hopman Cup is underway and it started with a super sharp performance against Cameron Norrie as the Swiss cruised to a 6-1 6-1 victory.

The win set up the tie nicely for Team Switzerland and that allowed Belinda Bencic to secure it with a straight sets win over Katie Boulter before the Swiss duo teamed up to clean sweep the group match 3-0.

Quick Match Recap

Fed Norrie Perth

Federer won the toss and confidently said ‘the serve is mine‘! Moments later he was down 0-40 but recovered to make hold aided by a couple of lucky shanks in the rally to force deuce.

Norrie then held a game point to level but a 153km/h forehand winner saw Roger make deuce and he converted his second break point for a 2-0 lead.

A hold to fifteen put the Swiss up 3-0 and he was soon up a double break en route to forging a 5-0 lead. 

Norrie finally got himself on the board in game six having to save two set points to do so, he then held another break point but Roger snuffed it out to take the set 6-1.

Into set two and Roger again got off to a great start, breaking for 1-0 and consolidating it for 2-0. The Brit was able to get a game earlier in set two, holding for 1-2, but at 1-3 he slipped up again as Roger broke for 4-1.

That was soon 5-1 and with Norrie serving to stay in it he again dropped serve as Roger took it 6-1.

Federer vs. Norrie Match Stats

  Roger Federer Cameron Norrie
Aces 6 2
Double Faults 2 4
1st Serve % 68% 63%
1st Serve Points Won 73% (22/30) 60% (24/40)
2nd Serve Points Won 64% (9/14) 18% (4/22)
Break Points Saved 100% (5/5) 55% (6/11)
1st Serve Return Points Won 40% (16/40) 27% (8/30)
2nd Serve Return Points Won 68% (15/22) 21% (3/14)
Break Points Converted 45% (5/11) 0% (0/5)
Winners 26 17
Unforced Errors 12 21
Net Points Won 76% (16/21) 67% (14/21)
Service Points Won 70% (31/44) 45% (28/62)
Return Points Won 55% (34/62) 30% (13/44)
Total Points Won 61% (65/106) 39% (41/106)

Highlights

On Court Interview

Post Match Interview

Thoughts on the Match

Federer Hopman Cup 2019 GB

A pleasing star here for the Fed-meister who looked in fine fettle to say it's his first match since losing in London to Sascha Zverev.

Roger said pre-tournament he'd had an intense offseason with a lot of work on fitness/legs and that looked to be the case he moved very well from the get-go without any real signs of rust. He was able to get out the corners at high speed and once he was on the front foot it was pedal to the metal.

Norrie has little in the way of weapons, and although he had comfortably defeated Tsitsipas in GB's opening tie he was outclassed for the most part and had no real time on the ball.

There was a brief moment in the second set where the Brit got a little more into it from the baseline but Roger never looked in any sort of trouble and came through at a canter.

The next tie is against the USA on New Year's Day and starts at 5.30pm local where Fed will face Frances Tiafoe. I'm not getting too carried away with a one-off Exho win but it was certainly nice to see line licking down the line forehand winners again πŸ™‚

What did you guys think of the Hopman Cup opener? Let me know in the comments.

Federer vs Norrie Hopman Cup 2019 Rating

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Net Play
Winner to Unforced Error Ratio
Break Point Conversion

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Impressive performance out of the gate from Fed, forehand looked solid firing winners and moving well. Only an Exho but good start to the new season.

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Jonathan

Huge fan of Roger Federer - I'll pretty much try and watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or tweeting about tennis I play regularly myself and use this blog to share my thoughts on Fed and tennis in general.

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  1. Now histeria is starting again. Ah, Federer CRUSHES Norrie. Who is Norrie? No. 91 in the ranking. Serena would do better πŸ˜‰

    Well, if Federer can CRUSH Norrie, it means, his A game is back and good prospects for AO.

    Wait for Zverev..

    1. The same Norrie who beat Tsitsipas the other day in straights. But where did I write: Federer crushes Norrie? Oh wait I didn’t. Just more misquotes and misinterpretation from PRF.

      Serena wouldn’t get a game off a Division 1 College player.

      1. Beating anyone on the tour is not a given these days. Everyone can play. Serena might get one game off the college player.

      2. OK, you wrote – Federer Crushed Great Britain. Is this misinterpretation to unterstand it like “Federer crushed Norrie? Ah, I know, you meant – Federer crushed Norrie twice (single and mixed), while Bencic crushed Boulter (ranked 97) twice.

        So I’m not sure, who crushed GB – Federer or Bencic?

        GB team was fabulous (Norrie 91, Boulter 97).

        Federer+Bencic = 54+3 = summary ranking 57 against 188

        Really crushing πŸ™‚

      3. Ah ooh he wrote “Team Switzerland Crush Great Britain in Hopman Cup Opener” really. And so what? 3-0! It’s not my writing style too but so what? Thanks Jon for your reporting comments, worth reading as usual.

      4. I’m sorry, John, for misquoting and misinterpreting. I was hΒ΄just doint too muxh things at the same time.

        What I meant was inadequacy of word “crushing” about No.3 and GOAT playing No. 91.

        I have not seen Norrie vs. Tsitsipas and cannot tell about what was going on there. Tsitsipas playing his worst tennis or Norrie the match of his life. Maybe Tsitsipas did never play a lefty? before πŸ˜‰

      5. Team Swizterland crushed Team GB, every match was in straight sets win. Norrie is no mug, look at some of his results last year, that win vs Agut in the DC was impressive. Of course RBA is one of the few Spaniards who isn’t great on clay but still.

        Tsitipas played Nadal twice last year.

      1. He’s finishing the swing on his shoulder instead of that lasso thing he did more often last year.
        More like he used to do before the change of racket.

      2. Jonathan – do you agree w Shmeltz that his FH looked better than what was happening by the end of last season?

        I did not see full match.

      3. I didn’t see the entire match but an extended highlights.
        Agree with Alexander. His swing is more “flat”. He doesn’t lift his arm so high after the contact as he did a lot in the second half of 2018. It also seemed he’s generating more pace on the FH. More like early 2018 Roger.
        But that’s only one match. Hopefully I’ll catch some live action on wednesday morning (tuesday evening session).

      4. I think his fh looked better yeah, but I was just asking what the difference in motion people saw. I not really looked at side by side clips.

        The buggy whip is usually when you are a little later on the ball. So I think moving better means less of that.

  2. I only saw the highlights, but it was a pleasure to see Fed looking sharp. And the match stats make good reading as well. πŸ™‚

  3. When you forget there was Hopman Cup today. πŸ˜‚
    Watched the highlights, good to see Roger playing without rust but the Tiafoe game will be perhaps a little bit more revealing than this one.

  4. Why the hell are Belinda and Serena not playing men’s singles?
    Hingis would fit Fed better (and play better) and 100% woman πŸ™‚

  5. Just watched highlights from Federer vs. Norrie.

    I know now, what was Fed working in Dubai on.

    Too early to say, how it would work in Australia and against big hitting opponents.

    In this match Norrie tried to play Federer’s game, which is the worst tactic possible, but makes the match entertaining.

    Hard to tell, if the forehand issue was eliminated. But (as I always write) the movement is, where it all starts. And the movement was not the same as in the whole 2018.

    I guess, Roger can play like this against weaker opponents (not against Delpo or Nadal or Khachanov and many more). If he can play this against everyone and let his matches don’t last more than 1 hour, he wins everything.

    But I guess, this will not be possible against baseliners able to prolongue rallies and matches.

    I know now, what he plans to do. Let’s see, if he can dictate this kind of game against greater opponents.

    The match was entertaining and it was assumed to be by the specific format and being an exhibition event.

    I would like to see Fed playing like this in serious events against serious opponents πŸ™‚

    1. I now know what Fed plans to do and exactly what he was working on in Dubai. So why not say what it is? You sound like my friend and top tennis analyst Lauren Gibbs who ruled Tennis Twitter for a couple of weeks many moons ago πŸ˜€

      So then when he next loses or struggles you can say: it was obvious to me what he was working on in Dubai would not work against this type of player.

      1. Nice πŸ™‚ This Lauren Gibbs? https://twitter.com/lagibbs84 or it’s fake? πŸ˜‰

        I’m not top anything, but … this is, what I was expecting and I guess, I wrote it here before Roger’s off-season. I thought he needs to work on movement. His movement was extremely poor all over 2018. His movement vs. Norrie was extremely well.

        I cannot tell after Norrie match if Fed can move like that against harder opponents. So I don’t know, if this works only in exhibition mode.

        And of course all coaches (including Bresnik – ah, forgot to tell you – you cannot see me on Bresnik’s side, I’m sitting under his straw hut πŸ˜‰ started today to work on how to make Fed struggle against their pupils.

        it’s not obvious to me, how long Fed can play with this speed on feet. Ask Paganini or Troxler (or Spanish Doctors???).

        I can only comment what I have seen. It was amazing light-foot Federer. Such movement allows him to dictate points. So long the opponent does not pass him or hit too hard.

        Norrie was playing an entertaining tennis and the match was all the time under Federer’s control.

        What if next opponent takes it more serious? Or it is Zverev, who will try not to allow him to rule like this and has some tools to do this? Let’s wait fpr Zverev match.

        If you ask me, I think, it works while playing for fun or maybe as a surprise for lazy coaches not watching Hopman. I would be surprised , if Fed can play such tennis all over the year. And I’m eager to see him playing this first against Zverev, then first 3 matches in Melbourn. If it holds, I start to believe in Fed’s calendar slam 2019

        And I will of course advise Bresnik to develop counter-measures for Thiem, should Fed play everything , including clay, this season πŸ™‚

      2. Haha no not her. It’s a private joke really as if you’re weren’t on Twitter 2 years ago you won’t have seen her. But she reached a few tennis fans with her inimitable style and top tennis analysis, the likes of which nobody had ever seen before. Now she’s gone without a trace.

        I agree, he moved great. They said he did a lot of legwork. That also alludes to him playing clay as the legs are the key for that surface.

        But I don’t think his movement was terrible in 2018, he moved great in many matches. His problem for me was the recovery, and that is what goes for most players. Not the speed or movement on the day, but doing it all again the next day. That is where he seemed to suffer in some matches. Most older sports people I have asked say the same thing – sure they’re not as fast as they were when they were 20, but the drop is not huge. It’s the recovery time and how you feel the next day that changes. So no surprise Fed looked fresh given he’s had a holiday and done specific training. The 1 day off in a slam could be crucial.

        It would be a sad state of affairs if coaches are designing their charges regime around beating a 37-year-old in the twilight of his career. They are 10 years behind the curve.

        Fortunately, I can tell you that isn’t the case at all. No coaches are working specifically on how to make Fed struggle unless they are playing him in the next round. Nor are they working on specifics for Djokovic or Nadal. This isn’t boxing, you don’t base your entire training camp on one player.

      3. Good djoke πŸ˜‰ And nice irony. The best I would now do what “she” did? She was a phantom or what? Whatever.

        I agree about recovery, but it’s not only about recovering before next match. It’s also recovering after a longer rally or longer games and sets.

        Short time I can still run fast. Short time I can translate like 30 years ago.

        A tennis match, especially a slam or a match on clay, ist mostly long-term.

        Recovering after long rallies may be a bigger problem than recovering between matches. Between matches you can get some treatment. You cannot after long rallies.

        For me this is crucial, if Fed can recover after longer rallies and play next one on fast feet again.

        I would never blame him for such problems and if it is not enough to win a slam, he does not win a slam. If it shows not enough for clay, he skips clay.

        Maybe they have some secrets and it hold also in long-term?

      4. An addition about recovery and age.

        Nadal is only 33, but for his amount of clay and of knee injuries in the history book, you may compare him to Fed.

        Just an example for recovery problems.

        The Thiem-Nadal match at US Open 2018. Nadal won, but was devastated and needed 3 months for recovery. He was recovering during the very long match on cost of his health for a long-term. This is maybe the reason he was actually sorry for Thiem to have lost.

        Meanwhile Thiem was fresh and ready for another sets and matches. Somehow a good job of Thiem for Fed, because it stopped Nadal from maybe winning this slam πŸ˜‰

      5. “I don’t think his movement was terrible in 2018, he moved great in many matches. His problem for me was the recovery,”

        Great analysis Jonathan. Makes more sense of 2018 for me.

        I guess I can’t see why 2019 would be different than the 2nd half of 2018.

        Can you?

  6. I noticed a smile, well a huge grin across my face as I watched the highlights. So nice to see Roger flying around the court and hitting the ball so well. The black outfit is fine indoors but will he wear it at the AO in the heat? Looks like the same thick stretchy material. Yuck.
    The doubles highlights are good too.
    Who cares about Serena. Why such a big deal, like it’s the showdown of the century.
    All matches will be in the middle of the night for me. Damn.
    Hey Jonathan, you are crushin this blog, man.

  7. I thought from the result he’d almost had an easy time of it, so good to see Norrie actually had some good points, particularly at net. Agree about Fed moving really well & looking like he’s having a good time. Also agree it’s not really a clean indicator of how he will perform in actual competition, but it’s certainly encouraging.

    This is such a fun format (except for the stupid fast 4 for mixed), players guaranteed several matches, we get to actually see some mixed doubs, the tournament really engaged wirh its competitors and with its community in WA – sorry to see it go.

    1. I’m kinda sad to see it go too, but then when I read my twitter feed the only people saying that are Fed fans who didn’t know the Hopman Cup even existed until three years ago, never mind watched it πŸ˜† so you can’t be too surprised.

      I certainly never watched it when Fed wasn’t playing. Trying to think if I have watched a single match prior to Fed playing it in 2016, probably not.

  8. A really fun match to watch! What a pleasure to see him hit 3 fh winner Dtl one after another, albeit the fourth one being a miss. I wish everyone of his match would be such free swing and I could watch without losing many heart beats!

  9. I dred the PRF comments. Jonathan, please do something. His comments are unhelpful, often times unresponsive, and anti Fed at their core.

    1. To tell you the truth, I’m getting used to them. Yes, they can be a feat of translation to read and a bit annoying (as some would find mine) but however eccentric his views he is passionately interested in the game. Sometimes I would rather read that than the cheerleading from the more devoted of Roger’s fans. We don’t all need to think the same thing here, do we?

      1. I’m sorry, this is my English. I’m learning by reading and writing. Never using Google or other machine translation. I can understand, it’s a challenge for readers. I miss idioms but still learning from you all native-speakers. Your natural English is a challenge for me too, I need quite often to look into Urban Dictionary.

        I hope some of you find some valuable content in my posts and are not nerved too much because of length and language-level issues.

        I would be better in German, but this is English blog and English is global language not only for tennis.

        Thanks for your patience and effort.

        Everyone not interested or annoyed can simply skip to avoid meaningless battles. Just like I’m skipping cheerleaders πŸ˜‰

        Mostly I’m simply trying to write what I really think. Sometimes I’m deliberately provoking debates about things I find interesting. It works sometimes and seem to be interesting for some of you.

        It’s not my sport to provoke for only to see how some react to provocations. Maybe I should use remarks (caution:provo) or similar?

    2. You can just skip them if you don’t want to read them. Policing comments opens a can of worms. I’m not starting deciding things by committee or policing comments πŸ˜€ my blog is the last bastion of free tennis speech on the interwebz πŸ™‚

      1. PRF, I can’t help but respond. When you first arrived on this site you were combative and rude. I tried very hard to understand the points you were making but usually I could not. You challenged Jonathan to kick you off. Then you disappeared for awhile. I was happy you were gone. I don’t understand living a life of provocation, insulting the participants of this blog, and being disrespectful of this blog.
        There are many people here who are no longer commenting because of you. I would suggest you be respectful and appreciate all the Roger Federer cheerleaders all over the world that have helped keep him in the game.

  10. Jonathan, it interested me when you said you are a lefty, and that it gives you an advantage. I thought I might ask you some questions about your game.
    1. Are there lefties whose game you particularly like, or have modelled yourself on?
    2. Do you have a swinging slice serve (like McEnroe)?
    2. Are you a flat-hitter or more a topspin exponent?
    3. Do you consider yourself a steady player or a risk-taker?
    4. Are you a two-hand or single-hand bh player?
    5. What is your best shot? And worst?
    6. Have you beaten someone much better than you?
    7. Have you lost to players you shouldn’t?
    8. What do you learn or take from Roger’s game that you think you can use yourself?
    9. Do you feel modern racquets and strings have helped your game?
    10. Would you consider yourself a thinking player or an instinctual player?

    I’ll be interested in your responses.

    1. I can answer too as I’m a lefty.

      1. I love Lopez’s game.
      2. I can hit a great slice serve but my strongest serve is out-wide on the deuce side.
      3. I swing towards the flat side but can hit with some decent spin.
      4. Undoubtedly a risk taker, though patience is something I’m going to work on a lot this summer.
      5. Single-hander.
      6. Best shot is my volley. Worst is my drive backhand.
      7. A few times.
      8. Hell yes. Way too often, especially when I was younger (26 now)
      9. Footwork, footwork, footwork. Also keeping the eyes on the target through impact.
      10. Not really.
      11. Definitely an instinctual player, but I’m not afraid to adapt if something isn’t working (return stance, serve-volley, etc).

      1. Interesting to read, Kyle. I used to find lefties very tough to play in my earlier days. It exposed the relative weakness on my backhand. I had to work on it so a lefty couldn’t exploit it. If the bh drive isn’t your best shot you might want to try closing your grip a bit more so you can generate more spin. I try to learn from Stan’s bh! But to improve you’ve got to hit out on it – don’t play it with the fear of making mistakes. Let it rip!

      2. Kyle, apart from his monstrous serve I don’t see much in Feli’s game to model yourself on. No backhand and no consistency off the forehand. And low tennis I.Q. Probably well before your time, but Thomas Muster was an implacable competitor, and a lefty.

    2. 1. Not really, when I started watching tennis the only left-handed player I can think of was Goran and I was never a fan to be inspired by him. I only really played tennis more frequently late teens / early twenties as I’d played other sports before that. Out of the more modern ones, I like Verdasco the most as he is an immense talent.

      2. I can swing/slice it out wide on the ad side but that’s more from the natural angle. My go to serve is a heavier ball in the main.

      2. More flat hitter.

      3. I like hitting winners

      4. Single-handed backhand

      5. Backhand, both slice and drive is best. Overhead is worst. I guess through lack of practice mainly but I never feel too confident on that shot. Not sure why as I was good at badminton at school.

      6. Much better? Hm I guess it depends on how we define much better. I would say no though. I have beaten players that are better than me (as in they expect to win, they play more often, other players would pick them to win if asked etc.)

      But much better? No. Once you get to a certain level of player I wouldn’t be able to beat them (or even make it that competitive) as I don’t play enough or meet that level of opposition enough to handle their game. At the club I played at, I could compete with pretty much everyone and never felt like I was on the end of a total whooping but ultimately none of them were massively better than me. But if you take it up a notch, then no, the gap gets too wide.

      A county-level fifteen-year-old, for example, would beat me comfortably every time. In some cases they’re not hugely better either, they just have the practice hours, coaching and match play that my once a week at best game doesn’t. I have only played players I would say are much better a handful of times and no wins.

      7. Definitely.

      8. Taking it early / on the half volley. You can leave a lot of players rooted on the spot as they have no idea where the ball is going as they never see it. Some look confused as to how you even did it.

      9. I’ve only used a wooden racquet a handful of times when I was younger as it was my Dad’s. So hard to compare but definitely.

      10. Both, I don’t think are mutually exclusive. I see ball, hit ball but I do think about what I am trying to do on specific points.

      1. Actually, Rusedski was around too. My first memories are Wimbledon in the mid/late 90’s. He was another player I didn’t like. So I had absolutely zero inspiration from lefties at the time so no wonder I didn’t immediately want to play πŸ˜€

      2. Re 8) That’s what I’m trying too (partly because I’m not always there where I should be on court to perform good backswing).

        And yes, I have the same experience – most of guys you play, are surprised and cannot read the shot. In my case the reason may be, I’m not really controlling well the half-volley shot myself, so I’m many times surprised, how it makes over the net and ends as a winner.

        My half-volleys are rather instinctive, but I try sometimes to play them just to let the opponent guess πŸ˜‰

        Verdasco talent was maybe somehow ruined by Nadal’s dominance but for sure he is one of greatest talents on tour. Not exploited enough for some reason.

      3. Jonathan, you sound like you have a formidable and well-rounded game. Of course the great lefties in my earliest days were Laver and then McEnroe. A lefty who could serve and volley was a nightmare for us righties – as those two great players showed. Verdasco is of course a modern baseline power player – what a forehand! But not much tennis I.Q. unfortunately. Nadal is conspicuously absent from your list of possible lefty role models.

        I find it interesting that you, too, picked up on Roger’s taking the ball early and on the virtual half-volley. If you can implement it your opponent has much less time to react, and it also reduces the court you have to cover on defence. But hard to do.

        I imagine that there were quite a few players at your club who didn’t like facing you, because you are a lefty. I have one further question: do you like playing other lefties?

      4. I’m just an ok club player. I have a pretty good eye for the ball and shot making so when it comes together I can play fairly well but I can also drop off a cliff. Half volleys etc are fairly easy for me, maybe that comes from cricket and playing the ball under the eyes, not sure. Like most players at my level, I lack consistency and never had any formal coaching. So not like I’ve hit thousands of forehands fed from a basket. But I’m ok at most sports I’ve played, tennis included.

        Nadal’s game has never appealed to me in its style.

        @PRF I don’t think Verdasco talent was ruined by Nadal, he is a bit of a headcase on the court, that’s his only problem. If he had the mind of some other players he would be a multi-slam winner with his game.

        @armstrong I’m hard-pressed to think of how many left-handers I have played, it’s very few. But I don’t really have a problem with them. The hardest style for me to face is heavy topspin players on slowish courts.

      5. @Jonathan

        Right, Verdasco is a bit crazy. Still ups and downs. But at any time very dangerous. I would wish him a slam, but it’s probably too late.

        Still his game at 35 is some notable longevity. Second after Fed in the ranking with 35+. Still Top30. And still able to play a lot better than the ranking and age would suggest. Not yet done.

      6. Verdasco is a beast physically. At one time his forehand was probably the best in the sport. I have seen him practice and he hits the ball ridiculously well. On a match court though his game can fall apart. I mean look at the time he was 2 sets up on Murray at Wimbledon, completely outplayed him then flopped.

      7. Vik, you are good at breaking down the elements of your game. With the other responses, like Jonathan’s, it shows that tennis is very much a thinking person’s sport.

        I’d forgotten about some of the other left-handers you mentioned, like Rios and Connors. I never liked either – chiefly because of their personality. And of course, there was Martina.

        Although I had watched tennis for years, I took it up rather late. My first significant influence was Mats Wilander. I was fascinated by the claycourt game and intrigued by what top-spin would do to the ball. I liked players who were consistent and crafted their points – as Wilander did – rather than the flashy shotmakers, who I thought were more muscle than brain. But that was partly because I didn’t have any spectacular shots myself.

        When I saw Roger play in the early 2000’s I was mesmerised by his brilliance. I had never seen anything like it before – not on a tennis court. A key moment was watching him absolutely destroy Lleyton Hewitt in the 2004 USO final. I realised then I was watching genius.

        For years I didn’t think I could learn anything from Roger’s game, he was just too elevated for the club player to imagine, but in more recent years I realised he has much to offer any level of player. From him I saw that each stroke begins with movement and balance, and then rhythm and feel – he demonstrated that power came not from muscling the ball but simply letting the whole body relax and transfer energy to the ball; I learned to let go of the excessive desire to be in control of every part of the stroke. He showed that a thinking player should also trust his instincts.

        I slow as I get older – I’m not the athlete I once was – but one of the beauties of tennis is that you can still improve technically and have better strokes than in your younger days. It gives me something to look forward to.

        I am grateful to Roger for all he has given us as a sportsman, and the inspiration he has provided even a recreational player; I view with a tinge of sadness that his best is probably behind him now and he will soon be a memory. But what a memory.

    3. Not a lefty but would like to answer those questions if you allow me.
      1 – Not a huge fans of lefties but there are interesting players like Nadal, McEnroe, Rios, Connors…
      2 – Don’t really slice serve but can direct it just about everywhere I want. My serves have a some spin so they go deeper and not necessarily really quick.
      3 – More topspin but I adjusted my shots in order to get more power. Before my forehand was a bit loopy but these days it’s more flat so I get more power out of it. Happy with it because I can hit almost as deep as I did before with the more spin-based shot.
      4 – Risk taker because I don’t have patience.
      5 – Before I had a two handed bh because my one handed was very inconsistent but now I play with one only. (Sometimes I start slicing only if I feel that my OH-BH is going to be trash)
      6 – I don’t have a best one cause I would say it’s a tie between forehand, serve and drop shot. Worse can be my backhand. Usually I hit decent with it, although some days are horrible and some others I hit like fucking Stan Wawrinka. Slice somewhere in between.
      7 – Yeah
      8 – Yeah
      9 – I really don’t try to look at Roger’s game. He’s a pro and his game is hard to reproduce for us amateurs.
      10 – A bit, I’ve seen my shots gaining more power but a part of that is that I have changed my shots to make them have less spin.
      11 – Thinking when looking at how the ball comes and where the opponent may be but instinctual when it comes to me making shots. I don’t really think it, just trying to play my game.

  11. Nice to see so many players here πŸ™‚ I’m too (a kind of ;)).
    @Jonathan – maybe you open special corner for players for exchange about our private tennis?

    It happens, I never played a lefty, so I know the advantages of lefties only from watching . Lots of nice players there. My fave would be Feli, like Kyle’s. Not only because of being lefty but of his unorthodox almost-all-slice game.

    Sometimes I’m trying to imagine Fed as lefty, but I don’t see him as a lefty πŸ˜‰

    1. Wow, never ever played a lefty? I guess they are quite rare, I was the only one at the club I play at.

      Sometimes on youtube, they flip videos round to stop copyright, then Fed is a lefty πŸ˜€

      1. But I sometimes try to play lefty myself (skipping the serve ;)). One of my instructors tole me once, it’s good for improving body balance and at the same time to develop the right half of the brain, which is normally underdeveloped in righties.
        Have you ever tried to play righty (I assume, you are natural lefty. not like Nadal)?

        Why not to give a chance your left half of the brain? πŸ˜‰

        Don’t know, which part of the brain is designed for languages, but I’m hmmm linguistic multitalent, so maybe the left? Could be, that English sits just in the other half, so I should do so much I can with left hand and my English goes to another level (not necessartily better) πŸ™‚

      2. Languages are on the left, aren’t they? But something else complementary is on the right. I did this all at uni once, but that was decades ago, and I can’t remember it.

        Oh, and @PRF: maybe you could try training DeepL in tennis terminology? I don’t suppose it’s had much practice with Polish > English yet πŸ™‚

      3. @Armstrong7

        Well, Nadal is natural righty, only lefty in tennis. If Fed was lefty, maybe Uncle Toni would not convert Rafa to lefty? The run-around cross-court forehand does not give Nad al such an edge against another lefties, I guess, but for this we need Jonathan or another lefty-game expert , who are many here πŸ™‚

        But here another funny question. If someone is natural righty but plays tennis as lefty. can he easily switch back to his natural position? This way a natural-something could play lefty/righty, depending on the opponent. Or make surprises every rally or at some big points, changing the hand “last-minute” πŸ˜‰

      4. @Alison
        Well, just what was to expect πŸ™‚ I’m quite good in languages (including it turned to be my profession, while I’m primarily economist).

        DeepL? In my profession I never use Machine Translation engines And I would never feed a machine only to see it replacing me πŸ˜‰

        But DeepL is the best MT I have ever seen, especially for general matters: daily papers, nothing very specialized.

        BTW – if at all, I could train it in the EN-PL direction only (golden rule in translations – you always translate into your mother-tongue. You may have more than one πŸ™‚

        The brain made simlpe http://brainmadesimple.com/left-and-right-hemispheres.html

      5. @prf

        Luke Jensen. Is ambidextrous. Could serve left or right handed. But still not good enough to beat the best.

      6. @Armstrong

        Well, I’m not ambidextrous but still not ready to beat the best too πŸ˜‰ Luke has more chances being 17 years younger. And a small surprise. He is born 2 days after me – we are both Gemini. Maybe time for me to try to do more with my left hand πŸ™‚

  12. Polish TV commentator at Hopman Cup (very good one) told, Federer has lost some kilos. I had this impression too. Maybe one of secrets of his better movement.

  13. @Jonathan

    I have mistaken Norrie for some other player. I also thought, he was 28 not 23.

    Now I recalled, Thiem has played him this year in Acapulco. Was a nice match and Thiem was in troubles. Won in 3 sets. And I recall they play the same racket Babolat Pure Strike (I’m also playing this racket since some years -before Wilson HyperHammer , than Dunlop 3Hundred M-Fil for almost 10 years, now Babolat).

    As they say, Norrie is an unorthodox player (a bit like Sandgren – both university players for some years, so not ranked at all). I like his creative game. Of course he had no chance against Fed, but still brought something to the entertaining match in.

    I watched now the whole match and it did not look so well for Fed as in highlights (it’s normal, for highlights you extract the best points of both, in case of Fed maybe always a bit so to show more of Fed’s brilliance). Still Fed was looking some years younger in this match than in London – well, he’s now lightweight πŸ™‚

    1. Norrie has had some good results, see if he improves again this season. His backhand looked more offensive than it was.

      I guess Thiem is using an older frame with a Pure Strike paint job? But I’ve not looked into his racquets.

      1. Who knows. I have the market version. Thiem has custom version. looks like the same frame ;).
        I like the frame. Not a lite version. Cannot play with rackets weighing 200g πŸ˜‰

    1. Well, don’t expect him to tell details πŸ˜‰ Nobody tells. Everyone is working hard: on court, in the gym, wherever.
      I don’t feel to be wiser after reading this interview.

      What matters is not, what and he was training but what and how will be executed and how it develops over the season.

      To know this, we must look and wait. One slam at a time πŸ™‚

      1. Hi Armstrong,
        A beautiful sunny day here in the Uk to begin the new year.
        Lets hope it is a good omen.πŸ˜€

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