If ‘serve is the last one to go’ is true, what do 11 aces from Federer against Andreev mean?
Posted by tennisplanet on September 2, 2008
Isn’t that the famous saying around tennis centers: Your serve is the last shot to falter?
Well, the strong consistent pattern of unforced errors from Federer can only mean one thing: Rest of Federer’s game has shifted more than couple of notches in that last two months. First serve percentage and the ace count are the two shining stars that is still holding the shell of Federer’s usual self on the tour.
With just 11 aces in a five set match and 65% first serves in, this is getting close to a sudden shut down. With no aces to come to his rescue, Federer was left hanging dangerously. This is exactly what would have happened with any of the other three opponents he has faced here, if not for the high ace count.
Federer has now been reduced to a one shot guy. The moment you get him in the rally the percentage has now shifted from 50/50 to 60/40 in your favor. That’s when you are not ranked amongst the top ten. Can you imagine Federer facing Nadal with these numbers. It will be downright embarrassing.
You think Federer knows that? You bet!!! Considering the bloated ego Federer has, he will prefer to lose to a qualifier than eat a bagel from Djokovic or Nadal. This is clearly a bagel eating performance with Nadal or Djokovic across the net.
Looks like the light is flickering on the ace and the first serve percentage too, and if that’s the last line of defense or offense, the slide has sculpted itself to a 90 degree angle.