James Blake: "Roger Federer's forehand is the best ever"



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James Blake: "Roger Federer's forehand is the best ever"

In the latest edition of the US Open Podcast, former ATP No. 4 James Blake chose Roger Federer's forehand as the best ever. Blake said: "Roger Federer's forehand is unmatched in tennis history. It is powerful and precise at the same time.

I had a great forehand, but it didn't take me long to realize that Roger's was the best ever." James praised Rafael Nadal's mental strength: "There have been a lot of mentally tough players, but I think Rafa is unattainable.

He has never destroyed a racket on the pitch and manages to play every single point as if it were the last in his life. It doesn't matter if he's playing a final or the first round of a tournament, his approach is always the same."

The American also spent fine words for Novak Djokovic: "His backhand is solid as a rock. It is the blow with which he makes the difference in moments of greatest pressure. His response is also extraordinary. Maybe Andre Agassi's was more aggressive, but Nole always manages to get the point started."

Roger Federer's come back

A serious right knee injury has significantly limited Roger Federer's appearances on the pitch in the past two years. Suffice it to say that the Swiss star played just 13 official matches in 2021, collecting nine wins and four defeats.

The former world number 1 reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon thanks to a not impossible draw, but he surrendered clearly to Hubert Hurkacz on Center Court. A few weeks later, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to undergo surgery for the third time in 18 months.

The 40-year-old from Basel hopes to be back in action at the end of the summer or early autumn, but it is still too early to say no. The King could make his return to the Laver Cup, which will be staged at London's O2 Arena in late September. The hope of all fans is that Federer will be able to retire on his terms.