Federer just won his 101st tournament at the Miami Open. He was seeded number four for the Open and he didn’t look great all the way through. But Roger is the greatest for a reason. The tournament was full of comebacks (most notably against Radu Albot in the first round) and impressive wins over top players.
In the final match, Federer beat John Isner. Isner is known for his powerful serve. Isner is only a few inches shy of seven feet tall and can overpower most players with his first serve. But not Federer. Federer plays in the somewhat outdated style of soft returns. He doesn’t smash the ball back at his opponent but nonetheless hits returns that are hard to deal with.
Federer helped himself with his own serves as well. Isner didn’t win a single point on Federer’s first serves the whole match. And he won just three on second serves from the Swiss legend. At age 37, Federer has clearly figured out his game.
And he isn’t slowing down a bit. The past two seasons Federer has opted to sit out the clay season in Europe. But this summer he’s suiting up. Rafael Nadal is the one to beat on clay and Federer has his work cut out for him if he expects to do so. But now that Rodger is over 100 wins, he wants to drive that total as close to 200 as he can.
At 37 years old it may seem silly to try to go for 200. But Federer really hasn’t lost much on his game. If anyone can come close to hitting the 200 mark, it’s him. He may not advance his goal much on clay with Nadal in his way but it’s hard to imagine Federer leaving tennis without several more victories.
Federer has over 100 wins now. How close can he get to 200 before he retires?