Re: Federer's forehand
Well since no one else has responded to this thread I guess I will. I don't know about images from wimbledon, but I have noticed that he has some problems with his crosscourt forehand (maybe short ones even more, I don't know). I've personally noticed that he's had trouble with cross-court forehands when he's stretched wide.
Apart from all the psychological stuff, I think that his technique makes this shot a bit more difficult for him than some other players. Federer needs a lot of space between his body and his racquet on his forehand. He often makes contact with a straight arm way out in front of his body. This allows him to get a lot of centrifugal force on a hard forehand, but on a slower forehand (as when hitting a short ball) it can just make things more unstable.
Also, Federer has a very "whippy" forehand (related to the straight-arm technique I mentioned earlier), so racquet-head acceleration and contact point are very important. I think it's harder for him to synchronize peak racquet-head speed with the more forward contact point necessary for a cross-court shot. But this style also explains why he excels (or at least excelled) at inside-out and down the line forehands.
Most likely whatever's going through Federers head at the moment has magnified this vulnerability.
Last edited by andreevforehand; 05-03-2009 at 06:58 PM.