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Here are the exclusive images of Roger Federer’s Australian Open training session on the eve of his legendary run to Grand Slam title No. 18.

 

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Only a few selected members of the press were fortunate to witness Roger Federer’s exclusive training session on court No. 2 at Melbourne Park on the eve of his extraordinary run to Grand Slam title No.18. Photographer Roberto Dell’Olivo managed to capture some truly magical moments throughout the behind-closed-doors session, during which the Swiss legend looked cheerful, eager to compete and extremely motivated. Let’s take a closer look at Roger’s masterclass performance.

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Roger is stretching towards the center of the baseline while hitting a forehand. His projection towards the ball is starting from the right foot and then unleashing a distinctive swing with arm outstretched, while his left leg is simultaneously taking a lateral step. A few milliseconds after meeting the ball, Roger’s feet are yet to touch the ground: He is in fact hitting a forehand with dynamic step. His arm-leg coordination is truly spot-on and his eyes are carefully watching the ball.

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Immediately after Roger has made contact with the ball, his body weight is on the left foot. While following the point of contact, his eyes are closing for a moment and then quickly re-opening to observe the shot trajectory. The little adjustment step with the right foot is bringing Roger back to a frontal position facing the net. Absolute textbook material.

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Roger is hitting a topspin backhand down-the-line in stylish fashion. Watch the external rotation of the forearm that is allowing him to hit the ball with topspin. Federer’s head continues to temporarily follow the point of contact for a millisecond with eyes half-closed even after his racquet has made contact with the ball. The transfer of the body weight to the ball is magnificent.

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Roger is hitting a backhand from a lateral recovery position back to the center of the baseline. A very conservative follow-through is allowing Roger to maintain his balance. His wrist rotation is very controlled as well and his body weight is on the right foot, which is quickly raised to facilitate a smooth change of direction.

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Roger is slicing his backhand with a nice little chip. His body weight is well-balanced and his shoulder turn is the key to a smooth slice.  His upper body rotation is absolute perfection and his chest is facing the sideline while Roger is raising his racquet around shoulder height. He is also using his non-dominant hand on the throat of the racquet to aid the shoulder turn and to get his racquet into the right position until he begins the shot.

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The picture on the left is showing Roger’s follow-through when hitting a splendidly aggressive forehand from inside the baseline. This image is perfectly showing his incredible balance at the end of the swing: Roger has just hit a frightening inside-out forehand and continues his follow-through until the racquet is touching his left arm. Despite a powerful motion in the upper part of his body and a forward thrust of his feet with fully dynamic suspension, Roger maintains an unreal balance throughout the entire action. His gesture almost looks delicate and graceful, in contrast with the tremendously heavy ball that the Swiss legend has just whacked. The picture on the right is showing a defensive backhand with a very nice upper arm-racquet action that is allowing Roger to hold his ground despite the depth of his opponent’s shot.

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Here is the strongest asset in Federer’s game: The inside-out forehand with preparation, ball contact and follow-through from left to right. Roger’s left arm and eyes are searching the ball with great accuracy and his feet are about midway between parallel to the net and perpendicular to the back line. He is adopting a semi-open stance as he is drawing back his racquet with a standard backswing. His follow-through is very aggressive with an incredible upper body rotation and the jump is counterbalancing the power of the swing.

The middle frame is showing how Roger is meeting the ball just inside the sweet spot of his racquet to maximize the inside out effect. His upper body motion is allowing him to hit the shot with power and precision. He then continues to follow through while the racquet is swung around to his shoulder as he completes a legendary stroke.

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The main reason behind Federer’s extraordinary performance at this year’s Australian Open was probably his relaxed attitude. He was always in very good spirit during his practice sessions, joking around with coach Ljubicic not only during breaks, but also while hitting the ball. The picture on the right is portraying Roger with a big smile on his face while he is starting his service motion, almost showing the happiness in hitting the ball like only he and a few others in tennis history have been able to do.

Story by Luca Baldissera

(Article translation provided by T&L Global – Translation & Language Solutions – www.t-lglobal.com )

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Novak Djokovic Thrashes Davidovich Fokina To Set Nishikori Showdown At Olympics

Novak Djokovic moved into the last eight at the Olympics where he will face Kei Nishikori next.

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Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic gold medal continues after a convincing 6-3 6-1 victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

 

The world number one’s bid for the golden slam rolls on after a dominating straight sets win over the Spaniard.

Despite the win the top seed had to defend break points early on as Davidovich Fokina showed early signs of consistent aggression.

Davidovich Fokina’s all-round game was working effectively on return and the Spaniard managed to save two break points himself with some neat patterns of play.

However Djokovic eventually grinded out the break for a 3-1 lead as his defensive skills were too strong for the Spaniard.

After that the Spaniard did well to fend off Djokovic’s returning pressure as he maintained a good percentage of 1st serve points won.

However the Serb eventually served out the opening set in 47 minutes in a strong performance.

From there the Serb increased his level and intensity as he made Davidovich Fokina work harder than the first serve.

A flawless second set display was enough as Djokovic broke three times to seal his place in the quarter-finals.

The win means Kei Nishikori stands in Djokovic’s way of competing in a medal match as the Serb looks to win the one thing that has alluded his career and that is a gold medal.

Nishikori beat Ilya Ivashka to make the last eight after winning 7-6(7) 6-0 in just over two hours.

Alexander Zverev also went through to the Olympics quarter-finals with a straight sets win over Nikoloz Basilashvili.

The German will now face Jeremy Chardy in the last eight after the Frenchman ended Liam Broady’s run in Tokyo.

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Svitolina Beats Giorgi to Reach Semis in Tokyo

Elina Svitolina has guaranteed herself a medal match after beating Camila Giorgi in Tokyo.

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The world number six booked her spot in the final four after beating Camila Giorgi of Italy.

 

Elina Svitolina is into the semi-finals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics almost guaranteeing herself a medal after beating the world number 61 and Italian in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 serving 6 aces and hitting 13 winners in the while Giorgi hit 32 unforced errors in the loss.

The Ukrainian went on the attack from the word play earning two breakpoints in the match’s opening game as the Italian seemed to get off to a slow start and she made her pay by getting the early break.

After consolidating the break the number four seed was hungry for more getting two more chances to break and breaking once more to go up a double break.

At 5-1 the Ukrainian had two set points but failed to convert and the Italian took advantage of it breaking back the very next game with a stunning forehand winner to get one of the breaks back.

The world number six eventually served out the first set and continued to ride the momentum into the second set where just like the beginning of the first set she broke in the first game and cruised from there.

At 3-1, she had three more chances to go up a double break once again and she earned it with a sublime forehand winner up the line before getting broken the very next game.

Despite giving one of the breaks back, Svitolina could serve out the match and will play Marketa Vondrousova in the last four.

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Ugo Humbert Pulls Off Tsitsipas Upset In Tokyo

Ugo Humbert stunned Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the Quarter-Finals at the Olympic Games.

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The Frenchman sent the Greek packing in a three-set battle that went over two hours on court.

 

Ugo Humbert booked his spot in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympic tournament after beating the world number four Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in three sets 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 in two hours and 20 minutes hitting 34 winners in the win while his opponent hit 37 unforced errors in the loss.

After both players held their opening service games it was the Greek with the first chance to break and at the second time of asking he broke to take an early 2-1 lead.

The world number 28 had two chances to break back the very next game but the number three seed saved both and consolidated the break before going up a double break the very next game.

Tsitsipas served out the first set and going into the second set it was a very tight affair with neither player budging on their service games as the set was decided by a tiebreaker.

That’s where the number 14 seed jumped out to an early lead and that lead was enough for him to take the second set and force a deciding third set.

There was a bit of a scary moment for the world number three when on set point he seemed to roll his ankle and took a medical timeout to get it treated.

It was clear the injury was affecting him during the third and final set as after both players again held their opening service games it was the Frenchman with three breakpoints and got the early break.

In the next game, the number three seed had a chance to break back on go back on serve but the world number 28 did a good job saving it and consolidating the break.

After consolidating the break the Frenchman smelled blood and sensed the match was his for the taking and broke the Greek for a second time to love and at 5-2 there was a long back and forth game that lasted over 10 minutes.

Humbert finally converted on his fourth match point to book his spot in the quarterfinals and a date with the Russian Karen Khachanov.

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