'Roger Federer is so good at taking a step back and...', says top coach

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'Roger Federer is so good at taking a step back and...', says top coach

From 2006 to 2017, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played four finals at the French Open, three at the Wimbledon Championships and two at the Australian Open. Nadal has won six of these nine finals, losing the first two at Wimbledon and the last in Australia.

Four of these nine finals have reached the fifth set (2007 and 2008 Wimbledon and 2009 and 2017 Australian Open), and the 2008 Wimbledon final has been hailed by many as the most beautiful and exciting game in tennis history.

Rafa Nadal's former and current coaches Toni Nadal and Carlos Moya have revealed the matches they will always remember as their most epic performances. Toni recalled the 2011 French Open final between Federer and Nadal.

“Yes, what I wanted when I came to Roland Garros was for Djokovic to lose. It's the only thing he wanted. When we played in Rome, I saw at this moment that Djokovic played better than Rafael. And when we got to Roland Garros, we knew that Djokovic was the best.

So for us, it was good that Federer won his semifinal against Djokovic, it was a wonderful match and more, because Federer won. And then, I remember I think it was Djokovic's first loss that year," Toni said in a recent interview with Eurosport.

"Many times when we arrived at Roland Garros in Paris, it started with little confidence in Rafael. Sometimes I said "Rafael, what's wrong? Do you think you can lose against this player? You're so good, it's not too difficult in the first round or the second round, right? But then after the first week, usually, he starts to play better and better and usually when he gets to the final he comes in with confidence, and then center court for him is so good."

Paul Annacone comments on King Roger

On the Court-Side with Beilinson Tennis podcast, Paul Annacone described the first day of his stint as Roger Federer's coach. "Roger was amazing from the beginning," Paul Annacone said.

"The first day we walked on the court in Zurich, he was hitting balls and after 10 minutes he said "Okay, what do you wanna do?" and I was like "It's that simple, I just tell you what to do and you do it?" Continuing in the same breath, Annacone explained how Federer is pragmatic and never rushes into decisions and judgements.

"He is so good at taking a step back and a breath and evaluating and not having a rush to judgement," Annacone added. "He lets things digest and he lets things simmer so he can figure them out pragmatically. He is one of the best people - Pete was awesome at that too but in a very different way."