Roger Federer: Highlighting Fed's Biggest Advantages vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 22, 2013

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19:  Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand in his third round match against Bernard Tomic of Australia during day six of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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Roger Federer will have his hands full with Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Day 10's quarterfinal showdown, but the Swiss legend will not be without his fair share of advantages.

Whether he's blasting a deceptive second serve into the box or taking his time on a rally, Fed has plenty of tricks up his sleeve, and he's sure to break out one or two that Tsonga won't see coming. The two men have split their last two Slam meetings and certainly make for an entertaining matchup.

Here we'll highlight Fed's greatest advantages heading into Wednesday's pivotal quarterfinal.

Second Serve Points

One of Fed's biggest advantages on Wednesday will be his ability to win points off his second serve against Tsonga.

Both players are winning roughly 60 percent of their second-serve points on average through the first four rounds, but Fed's serves have come with slightly more pace as of late. Plus, he won a ridiculous 75 percent of his second-serve points against Milos Raonic in the fourth round, while Tsonga won just 56 percent of his against Richard Gasquet in the last round.

With Fed oozing with confidence knowing he has that second serve in his pocket, I expect him to dominate his service games and put Tsonga under immense pressure to hold serve throughout.

The advantage of being one of the best servers of all time is that even your second serve poses a threat.


With 17 Grand Slam titles already under his belt, it's hard to imagine any moment being too big for Roger Federer. 

The invaluable experience gained from playing in 24 Slam finals will certainly play to Fed's advantage in his quarterfinal clash with Tsonga, who has played in just one Slam final over the course of his career. In addition to playing calm and collected tennis, Fed won't be afraid to loosen the reins and take some chances. 

Besides knowing exactly what to do in key situations or knowing the best shot to play and when, Fed's experience and accomplishments in the sport provide him with the security to freestyle and take risks that lesser players wouldn't dare to.

The confidence that comes with experience cannot be overlooked.


The longer a point lasts, the more Federer's chances of winning that point increase. Fed's precision on the tennis court is what has set him apart from the pack for so long, and it's an advantage he will always have against most players.

Federer isn't a cautious player by any means, but he is patient and rarely goes for a winner when it's not available.

In addition to his patience, his ability to effortlessly control the ball and put it precisely where he wants it to go makes him an elite player in the men's game, even at age 31. When you think about Fed's game, the first thing that comes to mind is smooth, calm and precise play.

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