Equipped with a one-handed backhand, Roger Federer has been one of the most artistic players of all time. Eager to play aggressive tennis and hit the ball on the rise, Roger has always preferred a one-handed backhand over a more common two-handed one, although he understands the latter's advantages.
Roger spoke about backhands in Indian Wells 2019, saying he would advise all four of his kids to implement a two-handed backhand, as it's much easier to hit it. He would not be the one to teach them how to shoot it properly, as he does not know how to do it.
Still, Federer was aware that some players want to change their backhand and embrace a challenge of a one-handed one at some point in their career. Federer made a winning start in Indian Wells after beating Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 7-5 in an hour and 17 minutes.
Roger played against seven break points, saving six and moving over the top in no time after pulling a break back in set number two. The German lost almost half of the points behind the initial shot and played against 14 break chances, suffering four breaks to end his journey in the second round.
Roger had 24 winners and 18 unforced errors and dominated the shortest rallies up to four strokes to forge the significant lead that carried him over the finish line. Federer was off to a flying start, losing only two points on serve in the opening set and building an early advantage.
He held at love in the opening game with a service winner and seized the fourth break chance in the next one after Peter's double fault. The Swiss secured another break when the german sent a backhand long in game four to increase the lead.
Roger went 5-0 in front with a service winner and wrapped up the opener with an unreturned serve at 5-1 to bring the set home in under 25 minutes.
Roger Federer spoke about a two-handed backhand in Indian Wells 2019.
Peter faced four break points at the start of the second set, repelling them and earning two break opportunities in game two.
Roger erased both to keep his serve intact, although he could not repeat that in game four when Peter broke him for a 3-1 lead. The German could not stay in front for too long, though, as the Swiss pulled the break back in the next one.
Gojowczyk fired two winners to repel a couple of break chances in game seven and had a tremendous opportunity to forge another lead in the next one. Roger played against four break chances and blasted four winners to save them and lock the result at 4-4.
Peter fell on the last obstacle despite a solid effort and gifted Roger a break in the 11th game after a costly double fault. Federer held at 15 a few minutes later to seal the deal and advance into the third round. "I would go for a two-handed backhand for all of my four kids because it's easier; it's that simple.
If they want to change that later on, I will teach them to hit a one-handed backhand. But I can not teach them a double-hander as I can not hit that one; that's somebody else's job. At the end of the day, like with everything in life, you also have your character.
Some people decide to change it at eight, some at 14, and some later because they find it a good challenge. And, who cares anyway if they hit a double-hander or not? It should not be in the press," Roger Federer said.