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Re: Better defender: Murray or Fed?
If you just mean who can get more balls back, I would give a slight, slight edge to Murray, even with Federer at his prime. But if you include in defense also what you can do with the ball once you get there, then it's Fed, no question, granted Murray is not a slouch there either.
Fed's best defense is his offense against Davydenko. Murray is by far the better defender. Nadal is also a great defender but he puts himself in too big of a hole to defend sometimes and his forehand grip isn't great for that either on a fast court or a huge hitter on a medium court.
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this is also a factor, Roger isn't as fast as he used to be when he was Murray's age, but even then he was so good, he usually won by attacking alone and didn't need to defend as much
Yep, Roger definitely relied less on his defense than Murray, but it was still top notch. And especially in terms of going from defense to offense, he was clearly the best, which is no longer the case.