Roger Federer just lost three points on serve during the first set against Novak Djokovic on Thursday. The Swiss was heading into the match feeling confident he would perform well with this shot: “I have had a good serving year, to be honest.
I’m sure at some point this year I felt great. Maybe even Basel because I ran through the tournament there. So I know I can do it. But obviously that was not Novak Djokovic, you know, opposite to me. So to hit the spots the way I did today is definitely special.
Also just to be also strong on the shot that comes right after. And then being able to also produce good returns, because I thought I actually returned also very well today. I made a lot of returns. Then when I was in the rallies, he felt like the need to play extremely aggressive, because if he didn’t, I was always going to take a big cut at the ball.
No, it was a great match. Yeah, the serve stats are clearly key to either hang with him or beat him. I did that in Paris. I did that in Wimbledon. Actually, I hardly got broken in those matches, too, and again tonight. So against Novak, it seems to work well on my serve.
It’s just a matter of sometimes having better returning days. Cincy was terrible when I played him, but sometimes it’s just also the feel of the moment, and today was definitely a good one.”
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