Federer Reveals Unusual Strategy That Helped Beat Nadal
Roger Federer has revealed the surprising strategy he employed to rise to victory in his thrilling Australian Open final against Rafael Nadal.
According to the 35-year-old Swiss athlete, he and his coaches, Ivan Ljubicic and Severin Luthi, decided to take a "play the ball, not the opponent" approach to achieve "one of his greatest accomplishments."
"I didn't want to go down just making shots, seeing forehands rain down on me from Rafa," Federer explained. "I think it was the right decision at the right time.
"I kept on believing - like I did all match-long today - that there was a possibility I could win this match.
"I think that's what made me play my best tennis at the very end the match, which was actually surprising to me."
It's been more than four years since Federer last won a major title, and the first time he has triumphed against Nadal in "a long, long time."
"Last time I guess was 2007 at Wimbledon in a five-setter," Federer continued. "Now I was able to do it again.
"We're both on a comeback. Like I said on the court, it would have been nice for both of us to win, but there are no draws in tennis.
"It's brutal sometimes."