Approximately three months ago I set out to make a video I had never done before and I’ll never make again. As a tribute to Roger Federer’s extraordinary career, filled not only with some of tennis’ most staggering achievements, but with sublime and sensational shotmaking as well, I created the video that you are now watching. I have always felt that a top 10, top 50 or even a top 100 (I’ve done that before) wasn’t enough to showcase the otherworldly variety, quality and quantity in Roger Federer’s book of great shots. He has basically written his own manual when it comes to entertaining the tennis crowds all across the globe. The late author David Wallace Foster even resembled Federer’s brilliance to a religious experience. While this video might not be a religious experience, my desired hope is to shed – in my opinion – a much-needed light on Federer’s golden array of great shots.
First, and most importantly, I’d like to point of that we all for obvious reasons won’t agree on the order of these shots. After all, sports in general and tennis in particular are highly subjective, unless we’re speaking of pure achievements or facts. However, my goal is for everyone to feel an increasing quality of the shots in the video. In fact, of the 250+ hours I spent on making this video, the biggest part was ordering the shots over and over again. Secondly, a large portion of these three months were also spent on thoroughly collecting the material (i.e. the shots). I went through entire matches to make sure that the video fulfills the desire to contain Federer’s 1000 best shots as close as possible. I’m aware of that I most likely have missed a few shots here and there, but I can assure you that the background check was meticulous. Another thing I’d like to point out is that this video isn’t about his best points or rallies, and therefore they have been left out unless a shot good enough was produced during the point/rally. Nonetheless, I decided to include combos of good to great shots (maximum up to 4 shots) if they were hit in one and the same sequence. Most of these combos have been placed fairly low due to the fact that I wanted the main focus to be about ‘a shot’ rather than ‘the shots’. Only shots from official matches (singles and doubles) are included.
Last, but not least, I could never ever have been able to complete this video without the help of Yoeri. His guidance and knowledge of Federer’s game have time and time again been vital in the process. He has found rare shots, taken time to go through matches and highlights and given me necessary feedback along the way. Once again, Yoeri, your help has been invaluable! Make sure to check out his Youtube channel – Yoeri Tennis II – which contains some of the best Federer videos online:
I would also like to thank Shuvam, John and Nat for helping out in the making of this video with advice for shots and general feedback. Check out John’s and Nat’s channels below:
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