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Better defender: Murray or Fed?

Fed's past his peak but at his best, is Murray better? All I know is that watching the Cilic match Murray reminded me a hell of lot of a certain Spaniard.
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Re: Better defender: Murray or Fed?

Roger's defense is hugely underrated, he can grit and rough up a lot of matches he should have lost

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Murray is by far the better defender because that's his default style of play, his ROS is pretty good and since he has worked so hard on his fitness, he can now chase balls for hours

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Re: Better defender: Murray or Fed?

Federer's defence against Davydenko has always been pretty good.

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Re: Better defender: Murray or Fed?

murray is the better defender, as roger is older, he has lost that edge in speed, but roger still is one of the best movers out there.

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Re: Better defender: Murray or Fed?

Murray is the best defender in the tour,I think

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Re: Better defender: Murray or Fed?

Right now Murray is better, but at his peak, Federer was a superior defender. They both have a similar style in terms of anticipating the next shot and moving effortlessly.
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Re: Better defender: Murray or Fed?

Nole. Gets to more balls because of that sliding stretch he does. Very fast in general too.

But out of those two, you'd have to say Murray.

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Right now Murray is better, but at his peak, Federer was a superior defender. They both have a similar style in terms of anticipating the next shot and moving effortlessly.
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

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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.

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Re: Better defender: Murray or Fed?

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.
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Murray's defence is better because he gets more practice at it. Federer doesn't need to defend so much.

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Murray's defence is better because he gets more practice at it. Federer doesn't need to defend so much.
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