Roger Federer, who was seeded no.2 transcended an astounding week with a straight sets (7-6, 6-3) trouncing of Novak Djokovic. What started as a joke, became a strategy, which put his opponents off pedal. Yes, it looks crazy, insane and audacious at first sight: As his opponent is in the process of delivering the second serve, Federer rushes forward, makes a sudden involuntary movement, and keeps rushing until he is placed loosely near the net. The reaction of his opponents is something that causes surprise or shock.
The tactic that debuted here in Cincinnati against Roberto Bautista Agut in the second round worked wonderfully well — so much so that Federer kept repeating the pattern throughout the tournament, catching the opponents off guard. Federer, after edging his Head-to-head to 21-20 against Djokovic said, “Playing full-out offense is fun.”
Fun beagan it’s journey ten years ago, when he beat Andy Roddick…
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