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Roger Federer: I loved watching Marcelo Rios play

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by Akshay Kohli

Tennis – Post his impressive Second Round victory at the US Open, Swiss Roger Federer spoke about the changing game trends in recent times and also admitted that Marcelo Rios was one of his favourite players.

Roger Federer required just 80 minutes to dispatch Belgian Steve Darcis 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 and move into the Third Round at the US Open. The Swiss spoke about the changes in the game that have taken place since he started playing.

With the Swiss coming forward more often now with his serve and volley and chip and charge tactics, would that help the game rekindle this style of play? Roger said, “I hope so!” 

“I would be really nice to see more players adopting this strategy as different players and characters of those kind makes the sport fun to watch. I am not saying that the amazing baseline rallies are boring to watch. But it always interesting to see a guy from the baseline trying to pass a good net player.”

He then gave examples to explain how two opposite styles make the sport fun and interesting to watch. “It was so great to see the like of Sampras and Agassi going at it against each other. Or McEnroe and Borg. It was epic to watch those guys play against each other.”
 



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