Novak’s strength: exploiting Roger’s weakness

Grand Slam Magazine

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Like other sports, tennis often boils down to who can use their strengths to take best advantage of an opponent’s weakness.

When Novak Djokovic needed a crucial point in the Wimbledon final, he went to Roger Federer’s backhand.

He didn’t just aim for a general area. He relentlessly targeted a specific area of weakness and pounded it until it broke down.

Down 5-6 and break points in the first set, Djokovic channeled Rafael Nadal and served kickers high up into Federer’s backhand. That set the table for his ace down the middle, which Federer left wide open in order to cover the expected backhand.

Later in the match, Djokovic took command by lasering returns deep down the middle, again to Federer’s backhand, and specifically to a spot where Federer would normally want to runaround and hit a forehand. Caught in two-minds, back on his heels and lacking angles to work…

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