Friday, February 2, 2018

Here is What Rod laver said about Federer

Here is What Rod Laver said about Federer :

 "For me, I think Roger Federer is certainly the greatest player that has come along. Yes, we’ve got lots of great players — look at Nadal with a record that says ‘I’ve just won 10 French Opens’, and you can’t sort of push that under the mat. But I think Roger plays his greatest tennis on the big occasions, on any surface. He’s stood the test of time — that’s probably the one thing that puts you in that category of the best ever. That’s one of the things that he has done. He loves the game, and everything he does around his life is somewhere related to all the great things he has done. It’s just unusual to see a wonderful champion like that be able to win at age 36 after seven tough matches. You just marvel at his tenacity and his floating ability on the court. He just seems like he’s floating all around the court — he’s not running. That’s something else. I marvel at the age of 36 to be playing, which I think in many ways is the best tennis that he’s played. A few years ago he didn’t have that same backhand that he has now, his volleying ability at the net and around the court is always…you say to people ‘where did he learn all this?’, because when he was younger he stayed at the baseline. Now he’s shortening the points and that’s the difference in being able to hold your fitness level and have your legs strong for a long match. After five sets, you would have thought that someone at 36 would be dragging a little bit, but he’s performing as well as he was when the game started. His presence (is one of my favourite things. The way he performs all the various shots. His anticipation is one thing, but his timing of the ball, I thought last night…his forehand seemed to be just magical for the first two sets. It was something that you look at and think ‘how long can he do this?’. It’s pretty taxing on your energy level to play tennis at the top level.”