What can I possibly say about Roger that hasn't already been said? How can I possibly hope to say it any better than, for instance, David Foster Wallace (RIP), when he wrote about Federer Moments:
Almost anyone who loves tennis and follows the men’s tour on television has, over the last few years, had what might be termed Federer Moments. These are times, as you watch the young Swiss play, when the jaw drops and eyes protrude and sounds are made that bring spouses in from other rooms to see if you’re O.K.
There were about 4 Federer Moments last night. Well, 4, if I count the first three games of the match as one extended Federer Moment. The first 3 games were an absolute master-class, with his inside-out forehand playing the starring role.
But the highlight Federer Moment was undoubtedly a point in the second set that saw Davy rushing the net, hitting a really good angled drop volley that would have been a winner against any other player. Roger was hovering around the baseline, perhaps closer to the service line; nonetheless, he surged forward, almost could not decide what shot to play when he was within hitting distance from the ball (he had time to select his shot?), and at the last possible minute, lunged his racquet forward and got enough racquet on the ball to hit it past Davydenko standing guard at the net.
It was an amazing, amazing point. I also can't remember the last time I saw Roger stumble into a winner, quite literally. He wasn't balanced like he usually is; he literally lunged at the ball; I expected maybe Davy would have the chance to hit another shot, but the ball just sped right past him and into the open court behind him.
This Federer Moment was preceded by yet another, the exact same thing, Roger rushing the net to return Davy's volley, and returning it with interest, producing a cross-court winner.
I don't know. Is it possible to be pushing 30 and still play at the top of the game? Is it possible that he's playing better now than he had in the whole of 2010 right up to the WTF in London? If he thought he played some of the best tennis of his life in Australia last year, what does he call the tennis that he's played, and the form he's been in, ever since post-US Open 2010?
I don't know. This man takes my breath away. Watching him play like this, in full flight, so freely, so beautifully - there's nothing like it. No one else even comes close. There's just no one like him.
I really hope he gets the calendar slam. It's tough, perhaps even improbable; but I really hope he does it this year. He was one match away from the calendar slam for three years (stopped by one Rafael Nadal at the French Open) and I can't think of a single player that deserves it more than him. He's such the complete player; he can do anything, he can play on any surface, there's no "this is not his best surface" crap that other players suffer. He can do ANYTHING he wants with the racquet and the ball. And he's so utterly consistent, it's shocking to think that he's 30 this year and nowhere close to stopping.
His tennis - poetry in motion. Absolutely, absolutely amazing.