BNP PARIBAS OPEN 2014
Roger Reveals: My Three Greatest Shots
Indian Wells, U.S.A.
by Josh Meiseles|
Roger Federer’s 16-year career on the ATP World Tour has included many riveting moments and breathtaking performances.
“I do surprise myself,” said Federer. “I think most of the players do that to themselves, as well. Certain shots you can't learn, you can't teach. It's just instinct. You adjust and you just try. Sometimes you get lucky and it looks amazing.
“Because we are professional tennis players it feels like we really controlled everything, but also sometimes we get lucky in the process. All you have to do is try get to the balls, and for that you have to be fast and anticipate. Then you try to come up with something. It depends how much risk you're willing to take. The more risks you take, the more spectacular it can be.”
When pressed to identify the three shots that stand out most in his entire career, Federer didn’t hesitate.
“I think smashing to Roddick in Basel, especially because it was my home, my home city,” Federer said, recalling a smash winner he hit from behind the baseline off an Andy Roddick overhead at the Swiss Indoors Basel in 2002.
“Then I think the get I had on the break point against Agassi in Dubai one time, where I flicked it behind me,” Federer added. “I don't know how I did it. I think I couldn't even believe it. I looked back and it was over his head for a winner somehow.” Federer was sprinting away from the net in that particular point at the 2005 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, and at the last moment reached down to flick the ball behind him and over Andre Agassi’s head for a lob winner.
“And the one against Djokovic through the legs at the US Open. Those stand out to me right now.” Federer finalised the list with his tweener passing shot against Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the 2009 US Open, which gave him triple match point.
The 32-year-old Swiss, who will vie for a fifth title in Indian Wells when he squares off with rival Djokovic on Sunday, is riding an 11-match winning streak entering the final. The four-time champion (2004-06, ‘12) will be facing the World No. 2 for the second time in less than a month and 33rd overall.