Roger Federer has continued his preparations for the French Open by providing fans with a sneak peek into what it is like to be him, and face him.
The 32-year-old today uploaded a video onto his official YouTube channel to his 30,000 subscribers (click this link to see it) in which he and coach Stefan Edberg wore the high-tech 'Google Glass' during a practice session.
It provides fans with a point-of-view indication of what Federer sees and how he moves when facing some of the sport's biggest stars like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
Similarly from Edberg's end you get the feeling of facing one of the Swiss star's big serves or trademark forearm shots.
The 'smart eyeware', as it is described, was an idea of American internet giants, Google, at their California headquarters.
"It was really fun shooting this video,” said Federer. “It's not often you get to explore new angles of watching tennis. I hope fans enjoy this new perspective.”
As intriguing as it may be, Federer better make sure that he doesn't upload too many more videos in any more detail, he wouldn't want his rivals to get an advantage by analysing his movement and technique.
It remains to be seen how much the 'Google Glass' will aid the former world no.1 in his quest for a second title at Roland Garros.
His preparation hasn't exactly been ideal in this clay season. In the first Masters 1000 event of the year on the surface in Monte Carlo, Federer's hunt for a first win in the principality was ended at the final hurdle as compatriot and new Swiss no.1 Stanislas Wawrinka took the spoils.
The world no.4 then withdrew from the Madrid Open to be at wife Mirka's side as she gave birth to the couples' second set of twins.
Then, finally, last week he returned to action at the Rome Masters but was shocked in his first game back against world no.47 Jeremy Chardy in three sets.
We have started the see something of a decline in the 32-year-old since the start of 2013 especially. He has only won two singles titles in that time, which is well down by his own lofty standards. A Wimbledon win in 2012 against Murray was his last success at a major.
It will be a tough ask for tennis' most decorated star to repeat his 2009 heroics in Paris. Nadal, as usual, is the man to beat considering he has only ever lost on the French dirt - the year that Federer won.
World no.2 Djokovic is also tipped to compete his Career Slam after dominating the field on his way to beating Nadal in the Italian capital's final.
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