Roger Federer has had a decorated career. Of his 20 Grand Slam titles, 8 of them have reached British soil at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. So it's safe to say, he knows a thing or two about the grass court. Speaking to Shingo and Reid in a visual setting, both of them preparing for the Paralympics, Roger Federer had some advice to offer.
In particular, he also revealed a lesser-known fact from this year's Wimbledon tournament. Roger said, "Yeah, I mean, I personally think that if you're obviously struggling to use your defensive skills more on the grass court, then I think the best defense is to go on offense.
Now, offense obviously means taking more risks and accounting for more mistakes. In the past, 20 30 years ago, we always said that hitting a volley is better than hitting an aerial shot. Now, with the grass, it changed and made playing with the baseline a lot easier, so I saw a stat before the final: only 4 percent serve and volley were played at Wimbledon this year, which is the lowest ever.
has had in the last 20 years, which shows that you can play better from the baseline," he stated.
Federer won three Slams in a year thrice
In the first round of the US Open 2021, Novak Djokovic took on the young Holger Rune.
Contrary to what many expected, Rune put up a phenomenal fight against the World No.1. He was positive, determined, and riled on by the crowd. Despite losing the match, it was a brilliant exposure for the Danish player against one of the world’s best.
In a recent candid chat, Rune spoke about how the crowds in New York made him feel like Roger Federer. Speaking about the match, he told the tennis coach about the unexpectedness in receiving such loud cheers. Upon being asked about the atmosphere in the night session, Rune had a hilarious response.
“I felt like I’m Roger Federer out on the court,” said the Dane. He also suggested that though the scoreboard may not have shown it, he felt like he played at a high level throughout the match. Roger Federer won three Slams in a year thrice (2004, 2006 and 2007), but he fell short at Roland Garros on each occasion.
Rafael Nadal thwarted him in the summit clash at Paris in 2006 and 2007, which in hindsight was the closest the Swiss ever came to completing the Calendar Slam.