THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012
Roger Dusts Off Serve & Volley
by ATP Staff|
“I was able to do that a bit more than I thought I could. I was happy with the way things progressed during the match,” said Federer. “I was able to return well, almost break him every single time. It was a good match for me, obviously. I felt very good out there today.”
The Swiss believes this style of play could be a difference maker in getting through pressure-filled situations further down the road.
“It's rare to be up in the score line like today on a regular basis. It is maybe why it is a good time to try it out,” said Federer. “Then you can use it in tougher moments, difficult moments, to throw your opponents off. Who knows if I'll need it down the stretch. We'll see.”
Federer is gunning to tie Pete Sampras with a record seven trophies at the All England Club, and would return to World No. 1 if he goes on to win the title. Though he’s making his 14th straight appearance, the 30 year old still carries the same appreciation he had when he made his main draw debut at 17.
“You do realise the moment you walk onto the court that it is a different place here than any other,” Federer said. “Just the respectful clap, and no music. The whole thing is very much focussed on the players and on the sport, which is beautiful.
“Today, the court played perfectly. It was virtually brand new in terms of the way the grass was. That felt special in its own way. I love playing on Monday. We had a great atmosphere on Court 1.”
The 16-time major champion will take on Fabio Fognini in the second round.