Although Roger Federer had a hard time in 2013 in finding the best condition and so also in winning games, he was the only player who was able to win a set against Novak Djokovic over the last two tournaments of the year. Despite this, the Serbian is sure that the Swiss can still win an important tournament but there’s a condition: “Probably he’s still able to win a Slam in 2014 but there are many players that go on the court to beat him. It doesn’t depend entirely on him then but also on the other players.”
Just a few weeks ago Federer said that “winning a Slam depended more on his shots than on the opponent’s.” World’s number two takes position against this statement.
Observations also on Nadal/Murray rivalry and Juan Martin Del Potro’s return to top: “the games I play against Rafael and Andy are always very special because if I beat them it means I win an important title. Juan is going to be very dangerous next year and he’s player always to be aware of.
How to play from the baseline
The expression “to endure the rally” is about those indeterminate moments of a rally where none of the players is leading.
The ability to endure the rally is fundamental when you play a “long rally”, because it offers you the chance to measure your opponent’s strong points and vulnerabilities, besides letting you position as best as possible for your next offensive shot.