In a recent interview, Roger Federer explained why female players struggle more to hit tweeners than the male ones. Federer, who has hit a lot of tweeners during his career, said: 'They never come to the net, so they'll never be lobbed.' The 2010 French Open winner Francesca Schiavone, who retired from tennis earlier this month, sometimes hit some great tweeners.
And Federer admired it. 'I've seen her hit some very good shots in the past already,' Federer said. 'She has a great ability to come up with some different kind of variation for a woman's player, which is nice to see.
She was not scared of trying out a few things. That's why I kind of liked to watch her.' Then Federer spoke about a habit of his, kind of helping the ball boys out during matches. When asked he did that, he said, 'Depends on how the points are being played.
If balls end up on my side of the court, then I like to get the ball from them and get it on the other side real quick. These guys catch the ball really well here at the US Open, all those ball boys. They're not 10 years old, so they're really, really good, and that's why you can play around with it a little bit.
I don't know if they enjoy it. I like it. They're always ready to catch it, anyway. Seems like they're just waiting for it. I don't know. I like to have a good flow of the match so spectators don't have to wait so much, and also my opponent.
I just kind of think it's a nice thing.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal could make important changes to his long-term schedule