Roger Federer doesn't want players to take up the same style as his in the future. The Swiss player said: 'There will always be a future good player, a future nice player to watch with my kind of attitude.
But I hope that nobody tries to copy me because I think copying is bad, like they shouldn't copy any other player. I believe you should find your own style and be natural, be yourself. Don't try to pretend you're somebody else.
It served me well anyways. I'll definitely follow tennis when I'm long gone because I think it's a great game, great personalities come out of it. The TV and everything, they follow every step you make on the court.
There's no hiding out there. I feel like you get a good sense of how the people are on and off the court because you have to do a lot of media. I think tennis will always be fine, in my opinion.' Federer thinks that he now has a very different backhand than in the past.
With this shot, he was able to beat Rafael Nadal five times in a row between 2015 and 2017. 'I think definitely I've got a more powerful backhand overall', Federer recognized. 'I think I can generate more power.
I've always been feeling comfortable to hit passing shots off the backhand. But I definitely used the slice more with my old racquet, eight years ago. Especially on the return now, because the racquet head size is bigger, I feel like it's easier for me to come over the backhand.
Of course, you have better and worse days. The backhand has always been an interesting shot for me. It was my weakness coming onto the tour. All the players played against it. It improved over time. It's important for me to manage when to slice, when to come over it at the right time.' ALSO READ: David Ferrer: 'It will be my last US Open.
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