Federer deserves all the accolades that he gets

  • Nishant Andrews, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jul 07, 2014 17:20 IST

Though Roger Federer lost the Wimbledon crown to Novak Djokovic in an epic battle on Sunday, he once again proved that he isn’t finished yet. The ‘Master of Grass’ not only showed his hunger to win, but once again reminded the tennis fans why he is considered to be the best ever to have graced the game.

Here we would look at the inexplicable qualities this man possesses that make him the “king of the game”.

Consistent in his game play

Over the years, we’ve heard of only one name ruling the grass court, Roger Federer. And to keep up the expectations of the fans, more importantly himself, Federer’s consistency is one point which helps him achieve the task. Prolonged hours of strenuous practices, implementing techniques in his forehands and backhands, takes away every ounce of energy from his body, but the man, fights back to keep up the name on top the charts and thus maintain the consistency.

Improves over the course of the match

Fedex quality of improving after every game has given him the edge over his opponents. Federer starts off with an early lead, and during the length of the set, while the opponent tires out; he gets stronger and continues to up his game. The moment his opponent tires out completely, Federer throws his famous backhand, which has no counter. The consistent improvement has made his backhand unparallel and his lobs dangerous.

An all-terrain player

While court players have their individual strengths and weaknesses, Federer over the time, has made sure to diminish all his weaknesses and in the process has become an all rounder. Having reached each Grand Slam final at least five times and having bagged Wimbledon title seven times, US Open title five times, Australian Open title four and French Open title once, clearly proves that the turf doesn’t matter to him and brings no change in his consistency.

Humble in victory, graceful in defeat.

Signature dances or microphone slangs are not Fed’s type of things. His humbleness reflects in his quaint way of accepting trophies, or if there are any defeats, which are rare, he graciously accepts it, and wishes the opponent with heartfelt wishes. Having this rare-to-find quality makes him a sports person against whom one can hardly cheer.

Brings mental strength to the court

Having huge reserves of brute strength doesn’t get you a win, having the mental ability to play through it, wins you the battle. Federer plays with that intelligence on court; he knows where to lob the ball, which angle to curve it in and has an updated knowledge of the opponent’s weaknesses on court terrain, making him an unparallel player.

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