Roger Federer is committed: when asked about the most important point of his career, the “maestro” already has an answer ready – he succeeded in 2009 at the French Open.
Roger Federer He decided which stroke was perhaps the most important of his career. In an interview with GQ magazine, the Swiss tennis icon, in response to a difficult-to-answer question, mentioned a bric ball being saved at the 2009 French Open – in the round of 16 against Germany’s Tommy Haas.
That year, after the early retirements of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Federer unexpectedly became the frontrunner at the Paris Grand Slam, which he had never won before. But in the last 16 of the clay event against Haas, the Swiss was already behind with 6:7, 5:7 and 3:4 as well as breaking the ball for the German.
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Then the decisive moment: on the occasional return of Haas, the “Maestro” ran around the backhand and fired his forehand in complete danger across the field, and indeed: the ball scratched the line, and the break ball was blocked. Federer then turned the match and later won the French Open against Robin Soderling of Sweden for the only time so far. It also holds American Pete Sampras’ record with 14 major titles.
After this blow, the momentum of the match completely turned in his direction, so Federer recalled the past. If the ball missed the line, you probably lost the match… (APA/red.)
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