What if Roger Federer did an Edberg…
Q. You come to the net quite a lot, but I doubt you’d describe yourself in terms of a serve and volleyer in terms of a Stefan Edberg or Pat Rafter of the past. Do you think in this day and age it’s possible to be out and out serve and volleyer and compete at the very top of the game?
ROGER FEDERER: I think it’s possible, for sure. Yeah. The conditions have become very slow with the balls and courts and everything slowing down. But I think if you volley very well, you know, like Edberg would have done in the past or Pete or Rafter, Becker and these guys, you know, they’re such great athletes and so good at the net, you know, it’s — I think you could put an incredible amount of pressure on the baseline players today. You could take away the time from them.
But it is hard, because maybe we return way better today and pass much better because conditions are a bit slower and because we — everybody’s practicing that way. But I would be interested in my own game if I would just start serve and volleying first, second serve and see where it would take me in the ranking at the end of the year. It would be interesting to see.
Q. Any plans to do that?
ROGER FEDERER: No plans at the moment, but you never know.
Somehow I get this feeling, that if & when he gets to 15, he may indeed do that. That would be something, no? Just for that reason, I hope he gets to 15, if not this year, at least next year.