After Roger’s loss to Roddick in Miami, Fed fans now have to wait 5 weeks for his next spell of competitive tennis in the Madrid Masters.
To make the wait that little easier I’ve decided to put together a compilation of Roger’s top shots of the 2012 season so far, so let’s crack on:
Backhand vs. Davydenko in Rotterdam Semi Final
This point is from the highly entertaining match aginst Nikolay Davydenko in Rotterdam. The point is at 0-15 at 3-3 in the second set after Fed had dropped the first set. Had he slipped to 0-30 he may have not found a way back but this flawless backhand changed the course of match and Roger took it 4-6 6-3 6-4.
The Rally against Lopez in Dubai
This is just one of those amazing rallies that you have to admire, it comes from Rogers win against Feliciano Lopez in Dubai. Unlike most “top points” it wasn’t a moment of genius by Roger to win the point, in fact he should have lost it. But the court coverage, the no look over the shoulder forehand retrieving a lob and the execution of the overhead whilst running backwards just showcase this guy’s talent.
The Sickest of Drop Shots vs. Kudla in Indian Wells
A sick dropshot in a match where Roger was actually sick himself! This one comes from Roger’s second round win in Indian Wells against Kudla. Roger fought off flu throughout this match and still managed to come up with blinding shots like this one that require a touch of magic to execute.
The Backhand Flick vs. Tomic in Australia
This one is taken from the 1st Grand Slam of the year where Federer beat Tomic in the 4th round and provides the peRFect example of what happens when you try outfox the master of outfoxing. Slightly complacent from Tomic but the racket head control to get underneath the ball and steer it up the line is from another planet.
The Lob against Ivo Karlovic
Before this shot you’d think it would be impossible to lob a 6ft 10″ opponent at the net but once again Federer proved anything is possible when he’s yielding his Wilson racket. In the crucial opening set tie break against big serving Ivo Karlovic, Roger managed to track down a ball that trickled over the net and lob the Croat to keep his 1st set hopes alive. He went onto win the match in straight sets and once again nullified his opponents serve with an array of devastating backhand returns.
The Forehand on the Run against Llodra
An exquisite forehand on the run from Roger here against Llodra in Dubai. He hits the ball so well and it reminds me of a shot he hit against Andreev at the Australian Open a few years back. Llodra hits a near perfect volley and Roger moves effortlessly to hit the bending pass up the line.
The defense vs. Nadal in Indian Wells
Unfortunately I can’t find a video that only shows this point against Nadal in Indian Wells,
so you’ll have to skip through the video to 13:35 Update: figured how to start embedded videos at a set time! The point comes at 30-30 and shows Roger hustling to get match point. Whilst you’re at it you may as well watch the booming ace he serves up on match point to take the match! Allez.
Forehand Half Volley vs. Nadal in Australia
This one is the only shot in the collection in a losing match from Roger, here it’s against Nadal in the Australian Open Semi Final. Even though he’s 2 sets to 1 down, Roger is still able to come up with shots like this. Epic.
The defense against Del Potro in Dubai
Another one where I only have the full highlights reel, the point I’m talking about here is at 6-6 in the 2nd set tie break (6:32 in the video). Roger here absorbs every ground stroke of Del Potro and eventually draws the Argentine into making an error. On this point he was extremely patient, moved great and hung in the point when he could have easily gone for too much on one of his ground strokes and made an error.
So there you have it, my favourite points of 2012 so far. If you enjoyed this post remember to check out the 2 compilation posts I made in the middle of last year showcasing the Top 20 Shots Roger has made during his career – Part 1 here and Part 2 here.
It’s also worth mentioning there’s some great compilation of points from each tournament on YouTube so feel free to check them out:
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