Roger has the ability to handle anything high or low, fast or slow, at the body, or wide, using a wide variety of shot selections based upon how much time he has to prepare for the return. Notice that he hops up on the serve at contact so when he lands he is “already moving with his body fluidly” to the direction he needs to make the return. He also “faces” the forehand return of serve straight on! with little or no shoulder rotation (this is on fast serves or first serves). He is very open in his stance and keeps it and crosses over with the leg that was closest to the middle of court, then “crosses over” dynamically and fluidly to the the outside of the court. all the while keeping his shoulders square to the net! This keeps his motion compact, efficient and balanced. On second serves he opens up his swings to apply more power to the ball. He can run around his backhand in the ad court and wrap it down the line using a directional or fire inside out to a right hander’s backhand. In the deuce court he can run around his backhand and fire in any direction. He also can slice backhand returns on some second serves and he then positions himself back a few feet from the baseline behind the center line to play a neutral point. He also will step in and drive some backhand returns closer to the baseline on second serves that are higher up in the shoulders which is not an easy shot to make! On First serve backhand returns he tends to compact counter drive with an eastern grip.
His backhand and forehand returns can be driven up the line! If placed well, they are out right winners. He uses compact movement to square the contact point. As if this isn’t enough, he can sneak in and attack a return, and approach the net!!!!!! His technique in those returns are still the same. He may chip the forehand wing on a second serve and approach.