On the eve of the great challenges between Roger Federer and his great rivals, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic above all, the most accredited analysts (often coaches or fellow players of the world circuit) almost always answered for a prediction: “It depends on how your day will be at service. If his “first balls” percentage is high, then he will be the favorite. If not…”.
Does this mean that there was something wrong with Roger Federer’s serve? Let’s clarify immediately, for the youngest, that this was not the case: the joke has always been one of the winning weapons of the great Swiss champion. A shot that helped him make a difference. Simply, when the challenge was at very high tension even for him, and his great rivals, it happened to make mistakes, to have empty passes.
Sinner / Alcaraz is an immeasurable match. You can say?
– paolo bertolucci (@paolobertolucci) September 8, 2022
This finding came to mind after reading some headlines and comments that, after Jannik Sinner’s defeat against Carlos Alcaraz at the US Open, questioned the quality of the serve (or the degree of physical preparation) of the blue right after the best match of the year, 5 hours and 14 minutes of tennis at the highest level, which John McEnroe defined in commentary, the tennis of the future.