How can a man at 40 years of age make a strong comeback after 18 months off and with two knee surgeries, still goes on to win so comfortably in a Major opening. Not to mention clay is not his preferred surface. Tennis is also the most competitive sport in the world compared to others. It’s clear to say Fed is arguably the greatest sportsman of all time. No wonder, the crowd applauded as loud as they could when he walked out with a wave, hitting one of his 48 winners, he gave his excited fans and all he could perhaps even more with a victory after not playing for 16 months in any major tournament. They ended the game being on the right qualifier Denis Istomin as fans chanted ‘Roger! Roger!’
His return to the court led to many smiling moments with his serve, forehands, backhands, volleys and drop shots too. He didn’t show any signs of rust, really or trouble with his knee. He produced more than twice as many winners as his 20 unforced errors and never faced a breakpoint while improving to 8-0 against Istomin over his career. Typically elegant and fluid play, Roger is a delight for all tennis fans everywhere. He pretty much played every shot in the book today. His versatility is mind blowing. His uniqueness is beyond statistics. They should have included his twitter as a bonus even though it was out, for the sake of the fans.
He has aged so gracefully. His game has become ultra-aggressive and more efficient instead of his old days where he enjoyed long rallies. He’s running to the nets as fast as he can to finish off his points so he could conserve his energy. He surprised his fans with lots of variation, good serving and the irresistible footwork. His presence and elegance in the tennis court is unmatched, and he sets the bar really high. Federer is by far the most complete tennis player ever who needed to adapt his game from the era of specialists into the era of physicality. When Federer retires, these are the moments we are going to look back into his career, rather than the finals, but the magical points. It’s always great to see Roger playing so well. Every game of his from now on is special, pure magic. The art of serve and volley dies when Federer retires. Hoping the best for the Maestro.