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Former player reveals a major secret behind Roger Federer’s incredible career

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Roger Federer's ageless career has been littered with highs that most professionals could only dream of hitting even once in their career. Federer has spent his life setting and breaking records and no one would begrudge the Swiss maestro the title of the greatest of all time.

With a staggering 20 grand slam titles to his name, including this year's Australian Open, it is difficult to see how the 36-year-old's career could get any better but somehow, it has.

Federer recently became the oldest player ever to take hold of the number one ranking in the world, smashing the previous record held by none other than Andre Agassi - who was 33 when he reached the pinnacle of the game. 

While the number one ranking is nothing new for Federer, the fact that he is 36 means that what he has achieved this year is quite frankly unheard of. The evergreen Swiss just seems to keep going and going, adapting his stylish play as the game and his body have evolved.

Now former player Peter Fleming has revealed that Federer's unrivaled understanding of the game at an early age is probably what has seen him go on to become the greatest player in history.

"Roger learned very early, at least in the first year or two of being a pro, that 120mph hit accurately is plenty powerful enough," Fleming said, as quoted by the Express. 

"So many players come out thinking they have to hit 130, 140, otherwise they're going to lose the advantage. And by contorting their body to try and get that extra power, they lose accuracy."

Interesting stuff.

Federer has never been one for power, proving time and time again that style and tennis nous trumps brute force. Just ask Andy Roddick and he'll tell you. Despite his serve being one of the slower ones on tour, Federer is always able to extract vicious bounce and always does so with impeccable accuracy.

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Perhaps his easy-flowing style may also be the reason behind his longevity, as it is seemingly easier on the body and joints than the power dependant games of a Rafael Nadal or Marin Cilic.

Having won three out of the last five major titles available, and due to face Grigor Dimitrov in the final of the Rotterdam Open today, Federer continues to defy age and expectation.

His hair may be thinner now, and his wrinkles a little deeper, but the tennis world is undoubtedly a better place with Roger Federer still in it!

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