Federer has done a great job staying alive on the mens' singles professional stage way beyond what the age-limit supposedly allows. That is a massive understatement, given that it would not be exaggerating to say that Federer is making himself immortal. Winning the Australian Open in the year in which he turns 37, the all important question arises: can he go further with such performance, and if yes, how long? He definitely could, especially when considering how Ken Rosewall was winning titles at aged 39 (we think) in an aged of far less advanced sports medicine.. However, he needs to be doing more of some things, can we highly recommend him reading this blog article of ours.
We believe he needs to do more of 3 things to lengthen his immortality
Maintain/Improve his Service Standards
This is a no brainer. He needs to continue winning those free and effortless points which have contributed in no small fashion at all to his current and recent successes as an elder. His hand-eye coordination would naturally dip with age, and this would pose the main problem to his consistent ability to hit the sweet spot when serving. What he needs is a lot more dexterity and coordination exercises as he ages, which might seem quit unintuitive (or intuitively dumb) as the most obvious way to beat age is to work on overall physical endurance. However, Federer wants and aims to shorten points as best as he can, not outlast his opponent or himself. Its a matter of priorities - giving the most focus and effort to your strongest point.
Constantly and rigorously strengthen muscles of Lower Back
One thing Federer has been doing very evidently since the start of 2017, with successful results, was creating angled possibles whenever he gets the chance. Particularly impressive is that backhanded angle shot to the opponent's service box on the backhand side. This shot is not as easy as it seems, for it requires exceptional hand-eye coordination, timing, and less obviously some strong lower back muscles. It is not without reason that Federer stuck to a more conventional and less back-backing playing style before 2017. The rationale for such is the same as that of the first point above, to allow him to shorten the points as much as possible, for far longer a period of time. Do not forget, the back is one body part known for aging faster than the rest!
Hit his balls consistently faster
This is something Federer has been doing since 2017, although in more incremental and hence less obvious fashion. This comes from him stepping in more often, particularly on the backhand side. In spite of such change, we believe he needs to ramp up the speed and aggression further by actually 'whacking' (you know what I mean) the balls. This he has done, quite unprecedentedly, in the Rotterdam, especially in the first round. The uncharacteristically large amount of easy unforced errors made by Federer should not be taken as a sign of degradation in the slightest, but something massively portentous of a higher level of play by Federer some time in the future. Perhaps it portends the '2017 moment' of 2019 or even 2020!
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