Best Points of 2012(Videos)

Hi guys. Since Roger has not been in action this year so far, and only will be when the Australian Open starts on the 14th, I thought you could use some tennis to get you in the mood for the 2013 season. Lets roll the clock back to 2012 and have a look at some of the best points. There are two videos that I found on Youtube featuring some great points and majestic shots. The best point for me is probably the one between Roger and Murray in Shanghai, which is at the start of the second video. Just incredible offense and defense from both players. Running each other all over the court and Roger finally winning it with the drop shot. Unreal. Of course Roger lost that match, but at least he won the best point of the match! There are several points that features Roger and many of them ends with him hitting a drop shot winner, putting his silky skills on display.

Gotta love the drop shot he hit against Murray in the Wimbledon final, while the one against Kudla in Indian Wells and Ferrer in Madrid were  as good as it gets. I like these highlights because it brings back some good memories of Roger’s 2012 season. From his Masters Series wins in Indian Wells, Madrid, and Cincy, to his 17th slam title at Wimbledon. Even in the matches he lost he played some amazing points, like the one against Murray in Shanghai and against Djokovic at the Masters Cup. What a stretch volley that was in the tie break, and then hitting the winner from behind him. But of course it’s not all just about Roger. The best shot for me is the one ‘Baby Fed’ Dimitrov hits against Troicki. It doesn’t get much better. Just shocking skill and entertainment value. Speaking of Dimitrov, he made the final of Brisbane where he lost against Murray today.

He had some impressive wins on his way to the final and was serving for the first set against Murray. Then had set point but lost the first set 7-0 in the tie break. In the second set he was a break up again but lost the set 6-4. It was a breakthrough week for him and maybe 2013 will be the year he really starts breaking into the top echelons of the game. He has the potential and is and exciting prospect, playing a lot like Roger. It would be nice if he lives up to his promise, because that would give us Fedfans another exciting player to follow, even if he will probably never come close to being the player Roger is, not to mention the person. But you never know. In the other tournament that was played in Doha Gasquet and Davydenko made the final. Davydenko looked impressive on his way to the final as he destroyed Ferrer 6-3, 6-2. He seems to really like playing in Doha.

It looked like he was going to win his second title there as he went up a set and a break in the final, but against all expectations Gasquet came back to win the match 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3. Gasquet have never really been known for his fighting abilities, so this was a bit of a surprise to say the least. I think it is fair to say this was a breakthrough week for him as well. He is already back in the top 10 and this title will give him even more confidence. Gasquet is another ‘Baby Fed’ type, as many people draw parallels between him and Roger when he started coming onto the scene. Big talent and great one handed backhand of course. So it’s nice to see the players who play attractive tennis having a good week. Speaking of attractive tennis, there is quite a few points that features Nadal in those videos too. Can’t say that I missed him much at all.

Roger looking very relaxed, as you would expect after the year he had in 2012.

I guess his fans find that retrieving, grinding game style heroic or something, but for me it’s dull and kind of cowardly. I think a player with real balls takes the initiative and goes in for the kill, like Roger does. It really isn’t that heroic to run yourself into the ground until your opponent makes a mistake. Yes, you have to be clutch to make that final winning return. But it takes more balls to go on the attack. You take a risk, while the retriever just waits for the opening or the error. It’s also not very smart to be a grinder, because it burns out your body and shortens your career. Anyway I’m not complaining, just saying. Something they have done to try and speed up things is to enforce the 25 second time violation rule between points. Just a shame it is an ATP rule, while the slams are ITF. Which in turn means the fact that they are finally enforcing the law is almost pointless.

It is mostly about the slams, and if the grinders like Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray are still gonna be allowed to take 40 seconds between points there, it won’t help much to speed up the game. So it won’t help players like Roger much who plays by the rules. But at least the ATP is doing something. Hopefully the ITF will catch on. Other news is that the court speed at the Australian Open may be faster, although just marginally. This news comes from an interview with Roger, which I will also post below. It’s a good one and if you haven’t seen it yet it is definitely worth checking out. If the courts does happen to be faster, which we can’t be sure of just yet, it could just give Roger some much needed help in beating the likes of Murray and Djokovic. Roger really struggled to hit through the Djokovic defenses in 2011 Down Under.

In 2011 Djokovic 2.0 was having that amazing season and his level dropped since, while Roger has taken it to a new level since then. Add the possible increase in court speed to that and he may just beat Djokovic this time if they meet in the final. That’s a lot of ifs, but food for thought anyway. This post has developed quite a bit after I was initially only going to post the best points of 2012. But I don’t post every day so I’m glad I could cover some of the recent news surrounding Roger and tennis. I hope you have all had a good start to 2013 and that Roger can do the same in Melbourne in just about a week’s time. It’s just around the corner!

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24 Comments

  1. Just a tiny tiny catch … the dropper against Kudla was from Indian Wells, not Dubai. Otherwise, Fed looks very relaxed and I can see him having a smooth ride of things until the semis, just like last year. He does play some stellar tennis in Australia each year.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    It was? Well thanks for the correction. Guess I could have looked it up but now we know.

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  2. Happy new year Ru-an and to all Fed fans around the world.all the best to our idol and to all of us as well.I Love Roger Federer always and forever!!!

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  3. Dang it Ruan,,,I gotta get to work, and I’m engrossed in these videos. All your fault that I’m late. All joking aside, can’t wait till next Monday. Ruan, these vids were awesome. Thanks man, G

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    Ru-an Reply:

    No problem Gary.

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  4. My fav. shots is probably the carved dropshot he played against Murray in the Wim final. A moment of genius.

    Lovely interview from RF btw. Insightfull, thoughtfull, honest. He must be one of the best speakers in sports. I think he would make a great pundit after his retirement, if he wanted to ofcourse.

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  5. As a proud Bulgarian, I remember telling Ru-an about Dimitrov couple of years ago and didn’t get a response back. I am glad to see that Ru-an is finally mentioning him in his post. He definitely has the potential but it’s up to him to show us what he’s got.

    As of today, he is number 41 in the world so we’ll see. I think he is only 21 years old right now.

    Anyways, I hope that Roger has a great Australian Open 2013! :-) )

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    Ru-an Reply:

    You’ve been a member of my blog that long? Thought you started commenting pretty recently…

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  6. Thanks for the video, I am waiting in anticipation for AO to start. Roger needs a decent draw into the semis. Without Nadal out of the pic, I hope he can play more freely. Its nice to watch Grigor modeling his game after Federer, I think he needs combine a little of his own style so he becomes Grigor Dimitrov instead of Baby Fed. Look what happen to Gasquet – totally did not live up the hype. I hope I am wrong about this.

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  7. Hi Ruan, Thanks for the videos.
    The interview is very good (25mins but still interesting). I hope Roger will have a good run in Aus Open 2013.

    BTW I found this one really nice video in youtube. Hope you will enjoy this.
    ” Why I Will Always Remember Roger Federer”:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FKIDgAfJ80

    Thanks.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Excellent video Girish. I may even use it in a post.

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  8. Hey Ru-an, it seems you’re ready for the 2013 season, nice warm-up! I hope you get lucky jobwise as well, hate to think your talents get wasted. Watching the shot compilation, I am immediately reminded why I, as opposed to RF, do not miss Rafael Nadal on tour. While his shots are outstanding, all his antics, fist pumping, testosterone driven celebrations seem so wrong in this sport. Too much Armstrong for my taste

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  9. Ruan thanks for the videos bro.Both this post and last post were really well written.And nice caption to mark your 4th anniversar-Ruans Federer Blog 2.0-This is EPIC and absolutley classic and this blog deserved a title like this one and it finally got one. GR8 creativity ruan.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks V you are the first one that mentioned my new blog title. I thought I’d change things up a bit. It’s time for a bit of a revival for my blog, kind of like Roger’s career.

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  10. Ru-an! Steve! you two FREAK me out!!!!!! Your previous post, Ru-an, is one of your best non-match post you ever wrote!! And Steve, What can I say?! You are legend! As for this post, what beauty, what sweet distraction and I just LOVE the interview. I’m supposed to be on “shut down” for another week or two so I’m “creeping in” to make a comment! Ru-ans Federer Blog 2.0 – how appropriate; and as V said, how creative, Ru-an! Really wish you well and that you get all you deserve. One thing though; I believe in change, I like change, I like revivals but just because change is important and fashionable; doesn’t mean it is good all the time. I like the gradual way you go about change – a little conservative, a bit of thought and a lot of courage. You’ve actually (consciously or unconsciously) adopted Roger’s attitude to change – slow and steady; with lots of class and wisdom and patience!! AO! Common! Why are you still SOOOO far away??!!! I CANNNOT WAIT!!!!!

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    V Reply:

    Yes Veronica it feels like AO is too far away,esp after Roger said that he thinks that the courts are slightly faster than previous years.Ruan, his interview is one topic you can make a post on if you can.He is looking raring to go and i hope he has a successful campaign.Until AO,we wait.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    You just can’t stay away can you? Haha. Good to see you back so soon. And thanks. I thought that was one of my best too. This is why you are one of my favorite here if not my favorite. You seem to understand me better than most. And you are very supportive. That’s why you are my Angel(ica)! Haha.

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  11. Ok, i’ve had it. im drowning in sorrow even if roger aint. I can’t eat, I can’t sleep, my heart is racing. Conspiracy theory?! Yes! Yes! And Yes! I don’t think I’m gonna watch AO. At least I got my prayer wish – The Berd gets chucked on the other side; BUT the neighbor’s draw is such a joke!! Aaaaahhhhh!!!! Calling Goat blogger, Perpetually optimistic twins (Steve and Kyle), please give us some encouraging comment!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Ok this is where I play the angel Veronica. Relax. It’s not that bad. It is another chance for Roger to show the young guns who is boss. Like you say, neither Berdych nor Delpo is in his quarter. It could have been a lot worse. I’ll try to make a quick post before I go to sleep. Cheer up!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Don’t look like I will get to a post tonight. Tough day at work tomorrow and I will need my sleep. I’ll make one tomorrow though!

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    Veronica Reply:

    Thanks ANGEL!! Really appreciate the “positive rescue”!!!!! You go and recharge with some beauty sleep while I try to make it thru today!! They are already shooting the goat down. Can’t have goat blogger going down as well!!! Hehehehe!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    You’re welcome angel. Mentioned you in my new post again. Guess you’re becoming a regular in my posts now haha.

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  12. First Paire (oke), then Davydenko, Tomic, Raonic, Tsonga/Del Potro, and if thats not enough Murray AND Djoko !!! Tough draw ???? Are you kidding me !!!
    Why don’t they just give Novak a buy up to the final and let every other player work hard for it.

    It is so unfair. But Roger does not do and does not want the easy way to the final.
    The tennisgods or the ATP/ITF really want Roger to work hard for his 5th AO and his 18th GS.

    You can do this Roger. Just play your best up to the SF. And then play Andy and Novak the way you played them at Wimbledon and the WTF. You deserve to win.

    I am hoping, wishing and rooting for Roger.
    You so deserve to win AO. Please play good and honest and work hard for it.
    Your millions of fans are also rooting for you.

    Katyani

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    Kyle Reply:

    The draw may be harder than he would have liked Katyani, but Fed loves to rise to the occasion in draws like these. He thrives off playing the young guys, and if he has to play Tomic and Raonic back to back, then so be it, and he will find a way through. Even after saying that, Raonic may not make it to the fourth round given his poor form early on. If the seeds hold up, at least he’ll be playing Tsonga in the quarters and not Berdych or Delpo (though he may meet Delpo in the semis if he can upset Murray). Speaking of the Scot, I am not that worried about him should Roger run into him. Fed has proven he can handle Andy when it really matters.

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