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How many Slams would Federer have if his BH did not suck?

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Re: How many Slams would Federer have if his BH did not suck?

All of them.
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Forget the backhand. The forehand is his real weakness.
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All of them.
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I don't even want to think about it

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I don't know maybe like 5 or 6?

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Re: How many Slams would Federer have if his BH did not suck?

His BH doesn't really 'suck' - it's just a poor rally shot. His BH slice is exquisite, BH passing shots are great, and BH dropshot as good as well.

BH neutral rally topspin, that's the weakness.


If he had Guga's BH topspin... ugh, that's actually a scary thought.

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His BH doesn't really 'suck' - it's just a poor rally shot. His BH slice is exquisite, BH passing shots are great, and BH dropshot as good as well.

BH neutral rally topspin, that's the weakness.


If he had Guga's BH topspin... ugh, that's actually a scary thought.
davy, nadal/murray, and djoker will give it a good test this week.

but when he's on, fed doesn't need to use a BH.
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davy, nadal/murray, and djoker will give it a good test this week.

but when he's on, fed doesn't need to use a BH.
Doesn't need to use BH topspin too much... off clay. The task is often accomplished by mixing BH slice with an occasional BH topspin to break the rhythm, then if it catches the opponent of guard, running around the BH and unleash the FH. But, if FH doesn't work well - as it sometimes doesn't - then he's doomed.

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15. His backhand doesn't suck. It isn't even a 'poor' rally shot.

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Re: How many Slams would Federer have if his BH did not suck?

Same as above, his backhand sucks? OK.

Now here's a real honest question for you, how may grand slams would Sampras have won if he didn't have a blood disorder?

Are people even aware of that?

Or how many grand slams would Borg have won if he'd kept playing?

What's done is done.
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His BH doesn't really 'suck' - it's just a poor rally shot. His BH slice is exquisite, BH passing shots are great, and BH dropshot as good as well.

BH neutral rally topspin, that's the weakness.


If he had Guga's BH topspin... ugh, that's actually a scary thought.
True, although if you remember when he was at his peak (2004-6, maybe 7), all the talk was about how he didn't have any weaknesses. When Nadal came along, everybody said he just had a problem with high-bouncing balls to his backhand on clay. And that was partly true, though it's also true that nobody has been as adept as Nadal at forcing him to play neutral rally backhands.

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True, although if you remember when he was at his peak (2004-6, maybe 7), all the talk was about how he didn't have any weaknesses. When Nadal came along, everybody said he just had a problem with high-bouncing balls to his backhand on clay. And that was partly true, though it's also true that nobody has been as adept as Nadal at forcing him to play neutral rally backhands.
Only Fedtards talked about having 'no weakness' - his BH topspin was always a weakness, from his early days people were trying to beat him by pouncing his BH. It's not 'easy' to do, because he is very quick (extremely, in his younger days) and has a great defensive BH slice. But that slice doesn't work vs. Nadal on clay (and not even on grass since they made it slow as ass), and against other people who are great movers and have rock-solid backhands (very few of those).

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I am not a fanboy but he has one of the greatest backhands of all time if not the greatest. Name me three players that can match it in terms of versatility.

He also has one of the most underated returns of serve of all time. Hes obviously not at the form he once was but saying his backhand is weak is a joke.

Gasquet may have the greatest backhand I have ever seen but it is not as versitile. That include all the great one handers from different eras.

Up until Federer I would have said Korda or Edberg but Federers is better.
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