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5 Reasons Roger Federer Will Never Be #1 Again

5 Reasons Roger Federer Will Never Be #1 Again

In this video, you will see the magic of Roger Federer, and your will hear the 5 reasons why his era of dominace is done.  I know back in December, I made a different prediction about the possibilities for Roger Federer, but there has been a big shift in the game in the last 3 months and I am not sure Roger Federer can get his MOJO back completely.

Roger Federer: The Greatest Player Of All Time

Roger Federer is arguably the greatest player of all time.

Or is he? I used to think he was by far and away the best.  Now I am questioning my own previous stance.

It is diffcult for me to wrap my head around the fact that he has a significant losing record against his biggest rival of the last 5 years, Rafael Nadal. How can you be the greatest of all the time if you are the 2nd best in your own era.

Regardless, Roger Federer is a true champion and this video is going to reveal how awesome he is. At the same time you will hear me spout off abut the 5 reasons why he will never be #1 again.

Enjoy the video and let me know what you think…

Until the next video, have a great one.Jeff


Hey everyone, it’s Jeff Salzenstein here.  I thought today that I would do things a little bit differently.  We would mix it up and you wouldn’t see my mouth today in front of that widescreen.  I thought I would talk to you today about Roger Federer and we got some great footage from the BNP Paribas Open a few weeks ago.  A good friend of mine went down there and he captured some amazing footage that we’ll be sharing throughout the year and I thought today would be a great opportunity to give you my top 5 reasons why Roger Federer will never be number one again and might only have one or two grand slams left in him, and those grand slams will probably be Wimbledon.  I don’t think he can win another grand slam on a hard court and I’m going to give you the reasons why right now.

#1, he’s older.  He is close to 30 years old.  Certainly he can win more grand slams at this age but he’s not getting any younger and the other players on tour are younger and hungrier.

#2, he has a family.  I don’t care what you say.  You’ve got twins, you’ve got two kids, you’re busy changing diapers.  You have a nanny but you have responsibilities that you didn’t have when you were 24 years old.  So having a family and being older are twohuge reasons why Nadal and Djokovic are going to continue to have his number throughout the rest of his career in my estimation.

#3, he’s not as physical as those other two dudes right now.  Djokovic and Nadal are the two most physical players on the tour and Federer simply cannot much them.  He’s a great physical specimen but he does not match up to those two guys right now and it’s not going to change.  I mean his movement is amazing, but again he’s just not as dominant with his movement as he was a couple of years ago.

The fourth reason why I feel like Roger Federer will not be the same and will not be number one again is that he cannot overpower these guys with his serve.  Yes he’s got an amazing serve, yes he can serve north of 120, even 125 when he wants to, but he doesn’t have that dominating serve like Pete Sampras had where hey, maybe Pete’s struggling with his backhand but he can just hit two or three aces a game.  That’s the big difference between a guy like Sampras and a guy like Federer.  Federer is more well-rounded than Pete Sampras but he had that gun and you just can’t replace that, that huge serve.  You can’t get around that.  He’s got the huge serve that from 10 years ago that nobody could really touch, Federer just doesn’t have that.  And because he’s a more all-court player, the other all-court players are doing a better job hanging with him.  He just doesn’t have that explosive serve that a guy like Pete had back in his day.

And the last reason why — well there’s more reasons — but the fifth reason today why Roger Federer will not be the same is that he cannot hurt Djokovic and Nadal with his one-handed backhand.  In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb right now and say that there will never be another number one player in the world that has a one-handed backhand.

Now, some of you out there might completely disagree with me.  That’s okay if you do.  But I just think the game is moving to more and more physical style.  The two-handers, you need to be able to play defense off with a two-hander and Djokovic and Nadal play defence and even offence better than Federer with their two-handed backhands and they know they can serve the one-hander and they can attack the one-hander and keep it to that side to continue to have their way with Roger.

This video was a way to basically give you the 5 reasons why I think Federer will not be the same and not be as dominant, but also as a tribute — because you can see through this entire video how dominant he is — or not dominant I should say — but how fluid he is, how amazing he is as a tennis player.  So this video actually serves as more of a tribute to Roger Federer because we probably will not see anything like his domination again in the future.  There’ll just be too much depth, he had a great run, I believe his run has ended, he still has like I said another one or two more slams left in him but he certainly doesn’t have number one left in him and these other two guys are hungrier and eager and we just really enjoyed watching Federer the last 10 plus years.  He’s going to have a few more great years ahead of him with different results along the way but certainly will not be dominating like he did in the past.

So, I would love to hear what you think about my 5 reasons why Roger Federer will not be the player that he was a few years ago and just weigh in on what you think I have to say about today’s video.  We’ll talk soon and thanks again.


Jeff Salzenstein


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24 Responses to 5 Reasons Roger Federer Will Never Be #1 Again

  1. whatthefuck? April 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    i think uhhh ur retarded. i think u should change the title to 3 reasons why I think Roger Federer will never be # 1 again. Federer’s serve and backhand didn’t have problems. Federer’s second serve is pretty scary. and djokovic serves at like a 110mph in a lot of his serves too. and i know nadal won the wimbledon a few years ago by aiming for federer’s backhand, but thats a strategy thats used against a lot of other players with two handers too. probably the only reasons i agree with you are that he’s old and he’s got a family. its just that Federer’s serve, backhand, or his physics are not what they used to be, BECAUSE Federer is old.

  2. Jeff Salzenstein April 12, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    Thanks for your comments, WTF. You bring up some interesting points.


  3. WTF....philip April 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    also none of those players mentioned are particularly known for there power on their serves i think fed nadal and annoying djokovic have good placement first before power thats how they come up with points…..yes i agree with WTF!

  4. Paul April 12, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    yeah you make some good points. I think you’re right. I hope he can win W this year as the japan nuclear plant and comet elenin will be ending the world this year so he better hurry.

  5. Edge Tennis Blog April 13, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    I hate to agree but I think you are right. Although for the first time in a while you see Fed making some changes, hopefully its not too late. I would love to see him fight back.

    Even though Nadal in overall record has dominated Fed, 10 of the 14 (don’t quote me I’m working off memory) have been on clay. You take clay out and Fed has a pretty dominating record against Nadal. Nadal is without a doubt the best clay court player of all time so you can’t say Fed isn’t the greatest of all time because he lost on clay to the greatest clay courter ever.

  6. Sally April 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    Even Toni Nadal said that Rafa and Roger’s days of winning are over because Dokavic(OK spelt his name wrong)is going to take their place.

  7. PK April 26, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    I completely disagree with all of your reasons. I don’t disagree with the fact that RF may not dominate, but his serve was never overpowering. He won when he was able to serve a high percentage of first serves and when he was able to consistently place his second serve accurately. One-handed backhand? Certainly not contemporary but IMO is not a handicap. Kids? What about Kim Clisters. Age? Agassi won slams into his thirties.
    The only reason he will not be number 1 again is that he is not moving as well as he used to compared when he was in his prime. He has lost a half a step.

  8. randy May 9, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    Age maybe more to do with RF not remaining number one and still another few more grand slams. My own observation though is that if you go back to most players that when they become involved in a relationship whether friends or getting married, but that is usually the beginning of the change and down fall of their rein as a predominant player in the top 10. The relationship distracts them from being able to focus their life on the game which they grew up with and have spent a life time developing. When RF got involved with his now lovely wife and then the twins his game and domination changed almost immediately, and he nearly dropped from the top positions in a short period of time and had to go through a re-grouping to recover and try and regain his place at the top. He is still struggling and will continue to d so since his life is now about his family and not as much about his tennis.

    As far as a one handed versus a two handed back hand i think has nothing to do with his ability to dominate the game and feel that the backhand is really the more natural stroke and stronger stroke with greater versatility than the fore hand which can easily hit from behind rather than out in front like the back hand does so naturally. There are no doubt certain advantages that can be obtained with the two handed, but then no differently the one handed.

    It will be interesting to see if your prediction comes true as i see RF will stay in the top 2 or 3 and will win several more grand slams.

    It will also be interesting if your prediction about back hands is also true.


    • Jeff Salzenstein May 9, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

      Really great insight, Randy. It will be fun to see what happens.

  9. Keith June 8, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    I kind of agree with most everyone in most ways; his now different lifestyle, the hunger of the other players. All are really good points. When it comes to his age vs fitness…..well, I think that is a choice he has made really, not to step up the mark to compete better with his rivals. Even though he is tremendously fit, Agassi in his last years was older and fitter, and was capable of tiring out younger players. Roger could make that choice if were hungrier for more slams and then number one ranking… build up his strength and stamina (by running up and down mountains before his practice for instance) and focus. Sometimes I think Fed loses matches because he gets physically tired, then loses concentration and starts to rush and make poor errors. But I think if he were inclined to fix those things by improving his physical fitness to first match and then surpass his rivals, he could dominate again for his last few years of tennis.

    • Jeff Salzenstein June 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

      I like this take, Keith…very insightful

      All the best, Jeff

      • Jeff Salzenstein June 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

        Maybe you can get someone in US to bring them over…

        The bands are a great tool!


  10. Fay February 10, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    I agree with everything except the 1-H BH … I think Nadal got in Fed’s head, and Novak got in Nadal’s head.

    I agree about both Rafa and Novak having great physicality, but if Pete Sampras was in his prime TODAY against Rafa and Djoker, that had better watch out …

    and don’t forget Poncho Gonzalez beat EVERYONE he played until he was 40 !

    The game is more than BH, the serve plays a MUCH bigger piece !

    Just my 2 cents.

    • Jeff Salzenstein February 10, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

      Fay, Some very good points you make. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Kevin July 10, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    OH YA? GUESS WHAT SMARTYPANTS… who is number 1 now?

    • Jeff Salzenstein July 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

      Hi Kevin, Roger Federer is number one and he earned it big time. What an inspiration!

  12. JC July 10, 2012 at 6:24 am #

    looks like you’ve underestimated and is proven wrong about the great Fed.
    I also think you’re wrong about one handers.

    Appreciate your lessons by the way. Keep up the good work.

    • Jeff Salzenstein July 11, 2012 at 8:45 pm #


      Definitely underestimated Roger and he did make it back to the top. Good for him…well deserved. I do think he will be the last #1 one hander.
      Thank you for the positive comments about my lessons. We will keep going!

  13. Deanna July 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    Umm, Roger just won Wimbeldon, and beat Djokovic to get to the finals! I know you said that he can win on grass, but still a great accomplishment. I think that having a great family who supports you and can travel with you is the best fuel ever! As you know from competing as a professional, having someone in your corner at these majors is very important. Why can’t Roger draw strength from his family instead of the family being a detriment to his performance. Stay tuned ….Roger is hardly done!!!!

    • Jeff Salzenstein July 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

      Deanna, You are right. Roger has used his family for fuel. Form my experience, most players decline after they have a family. Their priorities change. But Roger really figured it out….good for him. I agree he has so much more left in him.

      • Deanna July 11, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

        Thanks for the prompt reply! I am only a tennis player of 3 months, but I am an old soul, and I love Roger Federer:) Now if only I could play anything like him! A retarded statement for sure:) maybe I will order your videos and unlock the secret to my forehand, wish me luck!

        • Jeff Salzenstein July 11, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

          Hi Deanna, Love that you are into the tennis and love that you love Roger Federer.

          The forehand solution will really help! We also have another course coming out very soon…stay tuned:)

          • Deanna July 14, 2012 at 4:32 am #

            Ok, I bought the forehand solution and from what I can tell, this is exactly what I have been looking for. Wow! Lots of info, thank you so much. I can’t wait to practice on so many things. I will keep you posted……Major issues for me as a beginner of three months….Everything, but mostly footwork, low to high racquet path, and my wrist is busy/floppy. I have hope now…..

          • Jeff Salzenstein July 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

            Deanna, you are so welcome. I am very excited for you and you have some clear information that will help you! Let me know how it goes!

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