At 37 years of age, Roger Federer is commanding the Year to Date rankings. This is quite incredible also because this feat occurred mainly during the Australian summer and the Sunshine Double (Indian Wells and Miami) where the tournaments are played on hard courts that is tough on the body.

The Swiss Maestro was particularly sharp in California and Florida where he played six contests on each tournament, and he looked pretty fit in the last match (the final against Isner).

THE SECRET. All Federer matches are very fast

Even if after winning the Miami Open, Roger confessed that his body was “screaming” asking for some rest, the Swiss managed to stay healthy in the US especially for 1 key reason: his matches were very fast.

This was the analysis of tennis expert Matt Roberts that during the Tennis Podcasts revealed

“It’s such a feature for Roger Federer at the moment, fast starts.

I think I read that 11 of his last 12 wins have been inside an hour and a half. He’s just flying through matches, and he did it against two massive servers in Anderson and Isner in the final.

You were thinking ‘their best bet is to get this into a tie break and make it close.’ But Federer just broke them, the first game both times. That just shows how he wasn’t needing to play himself into a match; his form was just right there by the end of the tournament.”

Therefore fast games help Roger not to stay much on court and give less stress to his body. That’s great, but can he achieve the same on clay?

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