Nalbanidian's Backhand looks more classy and he can change its direction more effortlessly than others but in terms of Effective, Safin's backhand is equal. It is more explosive than Nalbandian's. So i would rate both of their backhand as equal.
Safin was such a talented player. I have never seen such a flawless game when he is really on. He had everything. Great Serve,Decent Volleying skills, Top Class Forehand and Backhand. Good diving skills
. Amazing personality. It almost seems that if God hadn't bestowed such a lot of skills in him and taken one off instead he would have shown the required dedication to be the Best and he would have been.
I honestly haven't followed much of Nalbandians career. I just noticed that there was a Player called Nalbandian during the early 2000's. And i knew he was not a mentally strong player to be at the Top. The Evidence of that was the Wimbledon Final against Hewitt.
I stopped watching tennis somewhere in 2005/06 and i think that was the time when Nalbandian flowered or however much he did or less. But from the Youtube Videos that i have seen off him, he does comes across as a Highly talented player. A Kind of Player you would pay to watch the game for.
But comparing him with Safin is not just. Safin was clearly the more talented player; the one everybody anticipated that he would be the Best of his generation. I have followed his career closely and can vouch for it. The US Open win vindicated everybody's judgment about him and honestly it wasn't a surprise when he destroyed Sampras.
Much was expected off him later. The 2002 AO was notorious; it was just tailor made for him and he somehow blew it off. In a way that summed up his career. The Domination was tailor made for him after Sampras retired and that was a void in between; No way the Old Agassi was deemed for it and neither Federer would have realized that he is the one himself. It was Tailor Made for Safin and he blew it off.
The 2004 AO Open was one of its best ever. And if anyone deserved a Grand Slam for its performance alone it would be Safin. That Tournament had Safin all over written over it. But somehow he ran out of Gas and that is not the ideal Preparation when you are facing somebody named as Federer.
And i wont make a judgment on his mental abilities as his career is over long time and anyway i am not going to say something which nobody else hasn't observed about him. His mental abilities is well documented.
And he is now in Politics and who knows it might be his destiny after all. Success in a nation's Politics would be way way greater than few extra Grand Slams. A successfull career in Politics would mean that cared a Rat's Ass about how much Grand Slam he could have won.It all might keep things in Perspective.
But for this Topic now Safin is more talented than Nalbandian.