There has been a lot of talking about the new SABR, Sneaky Attack by Roger, return at the US Open. Roger Federer first came up with this new shot in Cincinnati, coming right at the service line to hit the return as soon as the ball bounces.
The fans love it, the media like to talk about it, Roger's opponents don't seem to be crazy about it. There are two champions who above all don't seem to really enjoy the new shot created by the Swiss. Those are Novak Djokovic and Boris Becker.
Boris has already told how his generation would have hit the Swiss right the moment they had seen him coming at the net, with a strong serve. Djokovic wasn't very keen to comment on the shot either in his press conferences here in New York City.
It is not hard to understand why they are both not very happy to see that, and is very easy to understand why Roger should be wanting to keep on hitting that shot against the Serb and other opponents. Forgetting the drama about the righteousness or lack of respect Roger created with his invention, we'd like to go on the technical side and analyse why it would indeed be a good idea for Federer to come up with the SABR return today, in one of the most important days in his career, during the US Open final.
There is glory and a record 18th Grand Slam tournament at stake, as Roger said: "Whatever it takes to win". Let's take a look at how Roger used the SABR return against Djokovic during the Cincinnati final, a match he won.
In fact, it seems the SABR return works especially good against the Serb. Not only that, after all the drama produced in the past days, it could even work better.
Here is why.