Serena Williams’ Coach Explains Why Not Everybody Should Serve Like Roger Federer

Published 12/01/2021, 7:30 AM EST
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 24: Roger Federer of Switzerland serves 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 January 24, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Anyone remotely interested in tennis is sure to know the name of Roger Federer. The 20-time Grand Slam winner from Switzerland remains the hero and is often termed as the ‘GOAT’ by many fans.

Roger Federer has been the inspiration for thousands of players wanting to play tennis. Moreover, he has even motivated his own rivals to rise and be better!

Thus, it is no surprise that one wants to emulate their idol the minute they hold a tennis racket.

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Not everybody needs to serve like Roger Federer

Patrick Mouratoglou is perhaps one of the most popular coaches in tennis. Having coached Serena Williams for almost a decade now, he has also trained players like Marcos Baghdatis and Grigor Dimitrov.

He also remains quite active on social media, posting tips and training techniques on his Instagram page. In his latest video, Mouratoglou fixes the technique of a young player trying to mimic Roger Federer through his serve.

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Mouratoglou talks about how important it is to know one’s dominant eye, before tossing the ball up in the air to serve. He points out how Roger Federer can turn his back towards the court simply because his left eye is the dominant one. Thus, Federer gets a view of the court even with his back half-turned towards it.

Mouratoglou also credits this to Roger’s forehand’s strength. Federer’s dominant left eye always knows what’s going on at the other side of the net. Thus, his forehand and his serve benefit from it.

Federer aims to return to the court next year

Federer last played in Wimbledon in July, after which he underwent his second knee surgery. He announced that he would be out for several months, and has not played a match since. In a statement to Swiss channel SRF sport, Federer updated fans on his injury.

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BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – NOVEMBER 20: Roger Federer of Switzerland smiles with fans during an exhibition game between Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer at Arena Parque Roca on November 20, 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

“The worst is behind me,” the Swiss Maestro stated. He expressed how he cannot wait to get back to training. “I want to get back to physical training and the court as soon as possible, but it still requires a little patience.”

The 40-year old remains motivated, and said, “I would like to see again what I can achieve as a professional tennis player. I fight for it and am very motivated.”

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Tennis fans throughout the world are eagerly waiting for ‘His Majesty’ to grace the tennis court soon.

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. A collegiate athlete himself, he admires all sportspersons who put in the work in order to achieve excellence.

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