Rod Laver praised Roger Federer, who defeated Marin Cilic in the Australian Open final on Sunday to win his 20th Grand Slam title. The Aussie legend was cautious when asked if Federer was playing better than ever, but he had an interesting answer.
'He's certainly playing as well as he did eight or 10 years ago,' Laver told AAP. 'I wouldn't say he's better but Roger is playing some of his best tennis. Not all the time maybe. But pretty close to all the time.' The way Federer sees the game makes a difference according to Laver: 'He's playing smarter.
You learn when you're playing an opponent or you see him a lot, he sees weaknesses that other people don't see. That's the difference between Roger and the field. The rest plays their game. That's a big advantage.' 'He's enjoying it more.
It's another edge. When he's hitting a backhand down the line, if he sees that happening still that will keep him going for another year.' ALSO READ: Sam Groth reveals when Roger Federer 'was the loudest bloke in locker room'