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Last Updated: Friday, 1 July, 2005, 21:35 GMT 22:35 UK
Jimmy Connors on Wimbledon

By Jimmy Connors
BBC Sport tennis pundit

Roger Federer

Roger Federer is certainly the top man in tennis - his record, the way he has handled himself and won Grand Slams has been quite something to watch.

His popularity has grown with every victory and to be compared to the best sportsmen in the world as he is now - to people like Lance Armstrong and Tiger Woods - is just amazing.

In tennis, he's a level above - there's no doubt about it.

His game is so different to the rest of the competition.

By comparison, everyone else seems single-minded and if things aren't going well they just try to hit the ball harder.

Federer is comfortable rallying with power, but he is also able to change pace by hitting cheeky dinks and drop shots.

Lleyton Hewitt just doesn't have enough shots to beat Federer at the moment.

He needs more variety to offset the power and mindset of the Swiss, but he seems to be happy to just use his power from one side of the court to the other.

Turning to the women's final, I like Venus' attitude right now

In the other semi-final, Andy Roddick had his chances early on, but was unable to convert them.

I was impressed with the way Thomas Johansson kept on hanging on in there.

But, I think Roddick has the power to steamroll him.

That is why the conclusion of the first set will be so important. Winning it will bring a huge advantage.

Turning to the women's final, both Venus Williams and Lindsay Davenport should be ready to play.

But I like Venus' attitude right now. Her tennis against Maria Sharapova in the semi-final was the best she has played for many years.

Jimmy Connors was talking to John Inverdale on BBC2.

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