Roger Federer: 7 Reasons Latest Victories Will Carry Him to a Big Year in Majors

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Roger Federer: 7 Reasons Latest Victories Will Carry Him to a Big Year in Majors
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Roger Federer has played No. 1 quality tennis since the 2011 U.S. Open but will need to defeat champions Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and other talented players to win Grand Slams.

He has reached the stage of his great career when he must rely on much of his experience in order to maximize the tools of his talent, as evidenced by a handful of specific and successful matches the past two months.

In examining Federer's skills it is helpful to provide a brief contrast with his two chief rivals. What are the weapons or tools that best describe the efficiency of their skills? (Note: these are metaphors to represent their styles, not to decide which tool/weapon is actually best for hand-to-hand combat.)

Nadal's game relies heavily on his topspin forehand, which is deadly, efficient and lethal. This could be a sword made from Toledo steel.

Djokovic's game is a quarter-staff, efficient on both sides, and equally capable of offense and defense.

Federer's versatility provides a tool set and will be represented by a Swiss Army knife.

The following slides will examine seven recent matches, and how Federer won them by executing a different kind of skill to help make the difference in overcoming his opponents

The aging Maestro could have a big year in the Majors with his Swiss Army knife variety.

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