I have just one problem with this book which I admit I have not purchased. The reason I haven't purchased it is soley because it has been written so much (apparently) about 2013, the year in which Federer suffered considerable back problems and could not play to near his usual standard and was being beaten all over the place by unlikely opponents including an early exit from Wimbledon and US Open.
As a Federer fan who has watched him come back AND HOW in this year 2014, with a larger racquet and reaching the semis at the Australian, winning 2 titles, very close finalist in 3 other tournaments, fights to the end including the mighty Wimbledon final where he only just lost to Djokovic in a very close and instantly classic match, naturally I am not interested in reading about his "failure" and "heading for retirement" stuff which I suppose Mr Mitchell will put in his book as "the new era starts"?
I feel it's unfortunate for any tennis writer to write about tennis in general in 2013 when 2014 has been so different. In 2014 we have seen Nadal fail yet again to win the World Tour Finals, falter at some of his favourite clay tournaments except for his historic 9th win at Roland Garros yet for the third year running beaten early at Wimbledon and this time by a thrilling new young talent from Australia, Nick Kyrgios. We have seen Andy Murray struggling after back surgery interrupted his fine 2013 and losing his great coach Lendl and the new coach, a lady, Mauresmo.... what will that bring?. We have seen the resurgence of Djokovic back to No.1 and Federer back from a shockingly low ranking (for him) veering towards 10th during his difficult 2013, to No.3 post Wimbledon. We have seen the thrill of a new Majors champion, Stan Wawrinka, at the Australian Open and the novelty of Wawrinka being World No.3 above Federer for some months - two Swiss players in the top 4. We are seeing some very exciting new talents.
For anyone who's a Nadal or Murray fan, surely this book would be a MUST? For a Federer fan and perhaps for a Djokovic fan, I'd say wait for Mr Mitchell's next book! Sorry to be a bit dismissive but no Federer fans wants to read a book including his probably worst year ever. And furthermore, going to more private player matters, this is the year in which Federer now has another set of delightful twins which interrupted his clay season but would he care - the babies and all his family are far more important!, and Djokovic and his dear lady, soon to be his wife, are discovering the joy of expecting their first child......
If only Mr Mitchell could have held back his book another year... but of course he couldn't "know".