VIDEO: Roger Federer produces astonishing passing shot in Cincinnati
Roger Federer doesn’t play as much tennis as he used to these days, but when he does he always reminds us just how good he is.
the 37-year-old 20-time Grand Slam champion faced Leonardo Mayer in the first of two matches at the Cincinnati Masters on Friday, and produced a wrist-flicking moment of magic that perhaps only he can.
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Federer won the match 6-1 7-6 to set-up his first double-header in 14 years. It was a performance that left Sky Sports analyst and former British number one Anabel Croft purring.
“It is breathtaking,”she said. “You can never get bored watching a Roger Federer match because you can learn from everything he is doing out there.
“The way he goes about his business is so efficient and so fluid. It is fast, furious, attacking, brave tennis from start to finish.
“There is no let up and it is almost like he comes out at full throttle. You have got to try and keep up with him.
“Mayer was blasted off the court in those 15 minutes of the first set. Considering he was down 5-1 in that tiebreak he suddenly started to ask a few questions.
“But that was the only time that you felt a tiny element of doubt, especially after he lost those match points at Wimbledon.
“Roger Federer did turn it around once again and was probably a little relieved to finally slam the door shut.”
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