Hey Everybody, Ramon Osa with ya here… and if you’re a Federer fan… you feel like your team just won the Super Bowl… or The World Cup… he pulled off a pretty stunning victory. I know, because my wife and I actually stayed up until 4:30 in the morning, watching every point… even though we had to wake up 2 hours later to drive to my Daugther’s birthday party in San Diego. The things we do as tennis fans…
In this video, I want to walk you through exactly HOW Federer pulled off what many people considered to be an upset complete with stats… and most importantly, what this means for YOU as a tennis player, and how you can utilize this knowledge to take your game to the next level.
So, without further ado, let’s go over to the computer, and get started.
So first, a little History:
As you probably know, Nadal has historically given Roger all kinds of trouble. Nadal has won 23 matches head to head to Roger’s 12. That means that historically, Nadal has beaten Roger just about 66 percent of the time. So going into this match, you know that Rafa was super confident… so WHY was Roger able to pull off the upset?
Well… there are a few key things to look at. We know that Nadal is one of the fiercest competitors if not the fiercest from the back court. He hits the second heaviest forehand in terms of RPM… creating insane topspin on the ball… and giving him a bunch of safety and is still a great mover, which allows him to hit a ton of forehands. HIs backhand isn’t too shabby either. What does this mean for Fed?
Well… in the match Fed knew, he wasn’t going to be able to sit back on the baseline and trade groundies with Nadal. (Clip at 6:30)
And the stats prove that… Fed won only 70/145 points from the back court (right around 44 percent).
So what do you do Roger???
He moved in… moved in again, and kept moving in. (Clip at 7:53)
Fed won 29/40 points when he came to the net (73 percent)
And won 10/13 points when he served and volleyed (77 percent)
Here’s what’s interesting… you heard just about everyone saying in order for Federer to have a chance in this match, he was going to have to play quick points.
Check out these stats from the match:
0-4 shot rallies Fed won 95 points to Nadal’s 89 (+6)
5-8 shot rallies Federer won 37 points to Nadal’s 34 (+ 4)
and even in 9+ Shot rallies, Fed won 18/ Nadal 16 (+ 2)
That means Federer had the advantage in EVERY CATEGORY. Which is insane.. and makes me think this guy might not be human. (Picture of SuperFed)
If you watched the match, you know the first 4 sets were split… and I want to take you to the 5th set which was some of the best tennis Roger has ever played.
Let’s look at the serve:
Fed won 12/15 points on his first serve which was good for 80%
8/14 on his second serve right around 57%
What about the return of serve? Well, Nadal was serving well… and Fed, repeatedly was able to neutralize that by making 82% of his returns
Now if you’ve followed this rivalry… what’s the way that Nadal has ALWAYS been able to dominate Fed? Why is it that Nadal has won 66 percent of the matches… he has made a career out of attacking Fed’s backhand. (clip at 3:03)
What happened in the 5th set, though?
Holy Flat Backhand Batman!
Roger hit 8 backhand winners… which was more than the previous 4 sets COMBINED.
He added 8 more forehand winners in the 5th set which gave him 28 for the match.
And when you add that altogether, Roger at age 35… 5 years since his last major… coming off a 6 month break from tennis… facing his arch rival who he has historically had trouble beating in the 5th set which nobody would have guessed he would have a chance… being down a break at 3-1…you get one of the most courageous victories in the history of tennis and a match that our grandchildren will be watching… wishing they could have seen. (Picture of Fed winning the championship)
Ok…Now what does this mean for you? What can you learn from this if you’re in your 50s or 60s… you play 2-3x per week?
Clearly, you should get a bandana, and start speaking in a swiss accent. But what can you do tactically to win more matches?
Let me give you 3 tips that will help you next time you’re on the court:
- Make your first serve! Remember… 80% of first serve points won…Consciously or Subconsciously, your opponent is not thinking ATTACk as much on the first serve as he is on the second… and if you have a really good serve, he’s probably thinking defensively… so go for that first serve.
- Win the first point. Roger won 100 percent of games in the fifth set where he won the first point. This gets you playing from the lead… and subconsciously gets your opponent thinking he’s on the defense.
- Keep a winning pattern… change a losing one. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Unfortunately I see a lot of club players fall victim to this… they fall in love with their cross court forehand… but don’t see that their opponent is winning 60 percent of points in that pattern. So find out what works… and do more of that. And change a losing formula
Do these 3 things, and you’ll see an increase in points and matches won… and you’ll definitely have a lot more fun on court.
Thanks so much for watching this video, I had a great time making it for you. If your interested in HOW Federer trained and was able to make history by winning his 18th grand slam title, I’ve created a PDF for you that reveals Roger’s Secret Practice routine… and walks you through the exact 12 steps that Roger uses to prepare for his matches… and has allowed him to become widely known as the Greatest of All Time. You can have it for free just by clicking on the link somewhere on this video and grabbing it. Thanks again for watching this video, and I’ll see ya in the next one. Bye!