Originally Posted by mdhubert
The two aspects of his fabulous game that sometimes are suspect are his volley and his backhand. He got beaten by players with very good BH and one lefty in 2005 because he couldn't stand their consistency in the BH diagonal. Regarding volley it can be quite erratic at times as we have seen in AO this year. But this is a very demanding task to develop a consistent volley when it's not your basic strategy like Henman or Dent. It's quite antinomic to the groundstrokes, from high to low vs. low to high. But as Fed's B game is already better than most of the guys' A game, Federer is safe in the technical department and shouldn't bother too much to make drastic changes like going to a two-hander. However, I think it's clever to work with Roche on the volley game because he's currently in his prime and can sustain long rallies, but in 2-3 years he will need to shorten the points to win slams, like Sampras, and that requires some good net game.
I have officially given up my life long commitment to atheism and, while I'm typing this, I am praying like a Nun at a porn convention that your prediction never comes to pass. No pleaase don't let Federer turn into tennis' #1 boring player of all time: Pete Sampras - no amount of winning can justify that level of dullness.
Other than that I agree he is wise to work on his volley. I am not a fan of one handers but I gotta say I find his backhand very sound - to me it doesn't shake under pressure but I didn't see him play on clay much last year.