Roger Federer is still full of promise. His recent performances reveal that he is in great shape and playing close with Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal.
All he needs to do is fix a few mishaps on his forehand and regain the confidence in what was at one time the best forehand in the world.
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro are superb performers, but Roger, technically, is still the best player that ever lived, while Serena is his female counterpart.
I had the privilege to practice or compete with several generation players, from Pancho Gonzalez, Rod Laver, to John Newcombe and more, and coach Guga Kuerten and Bjorn Borg for his second comeback. None were as complete and as gifted as Roger. He has a new dimension of efficiency and natural use of the body for every tennis task.
I would venture that if he can get rid of a few misconceptions that have impaired his timing and strokes, he could be, in 2014, on the driver’s seat once more.
And for yourself, keep this in mind:
How does the body work best through any stroke? Actually, it is with a lift, not by staying down like the fables of old. Even on modern volleys, the body goes up while the arm strikes down and across with a stop. Conventional coaching differs: “Stay down“, “Follow the ball“. It has many misconceptions, in fact more than 20 trite ideas that make tennis a much more difficult sport than it actually is.