“Unbelievable”: Ons Jabeur on Drawing Parallels With Roger Federer’s Style of Drop Shots

Published 10/13/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 1, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his second round match against France’s Richard Gasquet Pool via REUTERS/Ben Solomon


The impact that Roger Federer has had on modern tennis is unmatched. The Basel-born player has transformed the game into a whole new dimension. He has managed to blend the techniques applied in the yesteryears along with the hard-hitting groundstrokes. 

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Federer has a versatile game and mixes various techniques such as applying drop shots along with having a ‘no look’ manner in which he executes his shots. There are times in which he hits a drop shot off his opponent’s serve. Over the years, fans have gotten used to the fact that the Swiss ace always has a bag full of surprises. 

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Ons Jabeur ecstatic at comparison with Roger Federer

Recently, Tunisian player Ons Jabeur was over the moon on being compared to the Swiss maestro. She has been executing the drop shots better than most of the players on Tour. 

On being compared with Federer, Ons stated, “Well, there is obviously so many, but I don’t think they do drop shot as much as I do it on Tour. That’s what they don’t see it. I think Roger has an unbelievable, like, slice and drop shot. He can make drop shots anytime.”

Ons Jabeur of Tunisia plays a forehand during her Women’s Singles fourth round match against Qiang Wang of China on day seven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)

The Swiss maestro does things as per his wish 

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The Tunisian star was all praise for the Swiss legend. According to her, Federer can hit drop shots at the drop of the hat. During the Wimbledon Championships, there were people comparing Jabeur’s drop shots with Roger’s and she felt amazing about being mentioned in the same vein as the 20-time champion. 

The 27-year-old further added, “Some people were comparing us in Wimbledon especially when they saw the clip of me slicing. Of course, you cannot compare. They said kind of the style of Federer, which I’m really honored to be compared to him. Yeah, I love Roger’s drop shots and slices.”

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Coming to tennis, Federer ended his season after requiring to undergo another knee surgery. On the other hand, Jabeur is currently competing in Indian Wells. She has reached the quarterfinal and will face Anett Kontaveit. We wish her the best of luck.  

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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