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Most misused weapon

There are pros who do not use their weapons to their full potential, an example being Andy Murray and the way he rarely tries to control points off his backhand side, or Gasquet, who could be more aggressive with his backhand. Can anyone else think of some examples?
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There are pros who do not use their weapons to their full potential, an example being Andy Murray and the way he rarely tries to control points off his backhand side, or Gasquet, who could be more aggressive with his backhand. Can anyone else think of some examples?
you may have a point there. he has a superb 2 hander and he has the leverage (nearly 6 foot 4) to go along with it.

I think it was in Dubai when Fed ridiculed him for being too "passive" or defense oriented. this is after Fed lost to him in his very first match there. in any case, perhaps Murray needs to step a little closer to the baseline and become a little more assault minded with that 2 hander.

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Volandri and his serve. He should be more aggressive definitely.
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Roddick is capable of great things off the forehand wing but in some matches seems to opt against using it all-together, in most matches he only uses it once the ball is set up perfectly for him.
You could argue that as a misused weapon I guess.

Hewitts dh backhand down the line and volleys (on grass anyway).

I wouldn't call either the most misused, but misused anyway.
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Hewitt - Volleying
Federer - Volleying
Haas - Volleying/attacking backhand return
Tursunov - brain use
Berrer - Overheads
Gasquet - Balls

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Verdasco's serve. Rarely hits it with full power and doesn't get enough spin to make it worth his while kicking it in three quarter pace all the time.
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Hewitt - Volleying
Federer - Volleying
Haas - Volleying/attacking backhand return
Tursunov - brain use
Berrer - Overheads
Gasquet - Balls

you have to have "balls" in the first place. Gasgay would do well to be on the wta circuit.

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Nadal could be more aggressive off his backhand on hardcourt, in my opinion.
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Volandri and his serve. He should be more aggressive definitely.
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Nadal could be more aggressive off his backhand on hardcourt, in my opinion.
I agree. It can be such an explosive shot and it's a very compact one unlike his forehand so it's a lot harder to attack on hard.
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Davydenko relies on his baseline skills too much, needs to improve his serve if he ever wants to win a slam, he will need cheap points from his serve at crucial momments in big matches.

He cant simply out-rally the top players on the big points , its impossible.
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Andy Murray could be great but he never uses his forehand or backhand to be aggressive.
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Nadal should be getting more free points off his serve but usually just rolls it in. Andy Murray's dropshot isn't nearly as effective as everyone seems to think, and his second serve is woeful. Monfils wastes all his weapons by worrying more about how he looks than how he plays.
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Karlovic - backhand .(whenever he uses slice bh the rallies a little longer and when he tries to use normal(non-slice) backhand the balls go to the net. even some of the bh slices got the net a way low.
he needs to improve his backhand to stay in top 20.

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