The Sky Sports presenter Annabel Croft believes that Roger Federer could improve on one specific aspect. The Swiss defeated Fabio Fognini at the Rolex Paris Masters on Thursday and now awaits a quality opponent like Kei Nishikori.
'Well he’s played enough matches to work out when things are going badly and finding a way of getting himself through it,' said Croft previewing the clash against the Japanese. 'It’s certainly the first time in his career where I’ve noticed and he’s talked about it now that the serve is not 100 per cent.
Normally that is the staple and the nucleus of his game that gets him out of so many holes. He was snatching at the serve and a lot of serves went into the net. He was putting in some double faults and he was broken 13 times in Basel.
He was also shanking those balls and missing wide in the tramlines by quite a distance. All is not well, but one thing that is always incredible is that he’s very good at putting performances behind him and his deep belief in his ability always seems to get him through.' Incidentally, Federer won the match against Nishikori in straight sets without being broken at all in the match.
He faced Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals. In the other semi-final, Karen Khachanov defeated Dominic Thiem to reach his first ATP Masters 1000 final. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title