Thing is at this AO the balls were too heavy. I think that's why Fed was hitting the backhand more instead of just slicing.
Very true, unfortunately.
It is not underrated, it is very important shot tacticaly.
When playing big hitters , it is very clever shot especially on clay since it is changing the pace off and if played good it is not a defensive shot.
Fed used it extremely well in the finals in US Open final 2007, putting it inside the court ,very low so The Faker could not played his game at all.
This year in the semi's he played that shot in extremely rare moments, frankly I do not know why!
He didn't played it in AO at all, probably because the balls were too bad after 2-3 games.
Gonzo is playing it too often for my standards, though it is not that good as he or Larry S. think it is. He is playing it very strangely and after it the ball is bouncing too high!!!