WATCH: Roger Federer’s Unbelievable Shot-Making Throughout His Career

Published 12/23/2020, 3:23 AM EST
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after winning a point during his Men’s Singles third round match against John Millman of Australia on day five of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Though many would dare say that Roger Federer’s best years in tennis are behind him, some incredible on-court moments which enabled the Swiss stalwart to stamp his genius on the men’s game will remain etched in the minds of his fans long after he has played his last point.


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Moments that enabled Roger Federer to stamp his genius on men’s tennis

At 39, his frail knees may have slowed him down, but they haven’t shaken Federer’s resolve to stay in the professional circuit and possibly add to his 20 Grand Slam titles.


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Considering some of the remarkable tennis that he has produced over the years, the game’s followers may never make peace with the idea of a Roger Federer playing a farewell tie, whenever that is.

While the sentiment around Federer may never allow fans to wave a sad goodbye, it won’t take away from the inevitability of time and how even the greatest of stars have to stop at some point.

However, while the sadness around Federer’s exit will remain, his fans would still browse clips of his best matches on YouTube to relive the moments that made him one of the greatest to have picked up a tennis racquet.


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Incredible Federer flick with his back turned to opponent

And one piece of magic that fans may never tire of watching is from a clay court match where he plays a volley and runs back to reach a lob and produce a stunning pass with a flick of his hand.

What made that shot all the more special is that he had his back turned to his opponent when he played it.

Stunning backhand winner by Roger Federer against Andy Murray at Wimbledon

Another shot was from a Wimbledon tie against 2-time All-England champion Andy Murray. To a rasping forehand crosscourt from Muray, Federer produced a weak return.

The Scot fired a powerful volley, only to see Federer respond with an eye-popping winner with a backhand flick.

Roger Federer of Switzerland in action during his Mens Singles Quarterfinal match against Tennys Sandgren of the United States on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)

Federer’s jaw-dropping cross-court winner against Juan Martin del Potro


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Another moment of magic was from a showdown with Argentine Juan Martin del Potro when Federer followed up an incredible drop shot from an acute angle with a brilliant cross-court winner. 


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The Argentine stood bewitched as Federer’s jaw-dropping return rifled past him. These shots and more have only enriched the legacy that Federer is going to leave behind when he finally decides to call it quits.


Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.