Mats Wilander: 'Roger Federer is playing better than ten years ago'

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Mats Wilander: 'Roger Federer is playing better than ten years ago'

For Roger Federer, in 2014 a new career started. The Swiss player decided to switch from a 90" to a 97" racket, which made him play probably his best tennis ever. 'I ask myself why he didn't switch to the bigger racket before,' the TV commentator and former champion Mats Wilander told 'It made him hit backhand earlier.

Roger was probably focused on smaller rackets for a long time. If he wasn't tested, he would not have had that strength and so he would have called it a career. He is serving better than the past as well. He understood that he had to focus more on this shot in order to compete with Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic from the baseline.' Wilander added: 'Looking at his age, Roger is showing that in tennis the body is not the most important thing.

It's all about mentality and passion. If you are willing and physically you are doing well, being 25 or 35 is the same thing. Now Federer is clearly a better player than he was ten years ago when he dominated. Probably his third round match against Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open was the best match of his career.

Federer uses a lot of variety taking many risks. Also John McEnroe was playing a perfect match, but Federer does it almost all the time. You can do it only if you have an unwavering confidence. The result of the match depends by him.

He can play in the same way both against Nadal, Murray or Djokovic. And his attitude is the key.' ALSO READ: Venus Williams: 'Not being fan of Roger Federer is uncool'