Roger Federer Practice – US Open 2018

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Here’s one of Roger Federer’s first practices at the 2018 U.S. Open.

He’s hitting 2-on-1 with two identified young players, a lefty and a righty. It becomes clear as you watch the practice that the two hitting partners can’t keep with Federer. Now, of course, this is Roger Federer, holder of 20 Grand Slams. But what I find curious is that Federer is willing to practice with players who appear to be no more than college level.

Some of the rallies are a little difficult to watch as the hitting partners shank or hit long, breaking any established rhythm. Federer saves himself for these Grand Slams by skipping the clay court season and with the tournament soon getting under way, I can’t help but wonder what the strategy and thinking is behind these important practice sessions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmVRZr91Qok

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