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The Federer drop shot

He used to say he didnt like it, he used to think his forehand topspin is so strong he would never have a reason to play dropshots from that side.

But now in the 2009 clay season and he is using it much more frequently than Djokovic and Nadal and not only that, he is almost 100% effective with his dropshots (unlike lets say Djokovic who maybe only wins 50% of his dropshot attempts). Is it just me or does Federer have the greatest drop shot in the game at the moment?

Thats kind of weird, just 2 years ago you would never ever see Federer using a forehand dropshot, now he uses it all the time. He has truly mastered the dropshot from both wings, that must be the greatest improvement I have seen from Federer in his declining years.

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Re: The Federer dropshot

You must have missed the thread where this came up. I'll summarize the general trend as it went:

- Fed used to look down on the drop shot because he is arrogant.
- Some Fedtards didn't have their story straight on Fed's opinion concerning the DS.
- Now Fed realizes that he needs more to beat Nadal because he is no longer good enough to win like he used to.

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Re: The Federer drop shot

The drop shot obviously is the best approach shot against Nadal if he wants to go to the net.
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You must have missed the thread where this came up. I'll summarize the general trend as it went:

- Fed used to look down on the drop shot because he is arrogant.
- Some Fedtards didn't have their story straight on Fed's opinion concerning the DS.
- Now Fed realizes that he needs more to beat Nadal because he is no longer good enough to win like he used to.
Yeah, didnt see anyone talk about the Federer dropshot in a thread, it deserves a thread of its own. Its that good in my opinion, Coria and Kuerten used to do it even better but in this generation Federer 2009 seems to be the only top player with a topclass dropshot. His backhand dropshot is absolutely magnificent as it spins away from the opponent and the forehand is so great because of the anticipation other players have of his great forehands make the use of the dropshot so effective and the fact that he can go in and cover the net means he gets even more out of his dropshots.
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Is it just me or does Federer have the greatest drop shot in the game at the moment?
No, it's not just you. Djokovic does it also very well, but Fed is displaying really good ones lately.

Dropshot has a tactical aspect similar to the net attack. Usually, the point ends very soon. By this, it helps to avoid rallies, it keeps the opponent alerted and unconmfortable and it helps well to break rhythm.
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Djokovic does it also very well..
Djokovic's dropshot is as good as Karlovic's ground game.
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Re: The Federer drop shot

federer is a mindless ball basher, he only has a good forehand.
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Re: The Federer drop shot

Federer had to change his strategy eventually...
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Go Fed, dropshot your way to the career slam!!

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Re: The Federer drop shot

Djokovic's and especially Nadal's dropshots are also outstanding shots. Djokovic just tends to overuse it.

Federer has indeed improved that aspect of his game, and it's paying dividends.

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Re: The Federer drop shot

Federer's dropshot is simply amazing. He is using it well since Madrid. He knows how & when to do it.
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Re: The Federer drop shot

His improved dropshot, his volley and his deporting kick serve are his weapons to win the French, beating Nadal on the way. He grooved them in Madrid and yesterday against Martin.
Fed realised that Nadal is vulnerable if you make him move back and forth, he's not the retriever he used to be, as he changed his game for faster surfaces, plus he's so far back on returns... next new weapon for Fed is the underhand serve !
Interestingly I watched Nadal training in Roland Garros and he was working quite a lot on retrieving dropshots.

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Re: The Nadal drop shot

I tell you who has the best dropshot on tour - Rafael Nadal. Did you see how many times he used it on breakpoints and other big points in the Aust Open Final? I'd say no player has ever used it at more crucial times in one match. Agassi used it a lot too on big points, though not as much as Nadal did v Federer.
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Re: The Federer drop shot

Murray's is better to be honest, with the amount of disguise he puts on it and sidespin it's hard to read.

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I tell you who has the best dropshot on tour - Rafael Nadal. Did you see how many times he used it on breakpoints and other big points in the Aust Open Final? I'd say no player has ever used it at more crucial times in one match. Agassi used it a lot too on big points, though not as much as Nadal did v Federer.
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