Originally Posted by wimbledonfan
Agassi in his prime would pass more effectively than either of those two players . He just hits the ball more cleanly and more efficiently . Afterall , he played against some of the best net players so he had to have been sharp .
The three all hit the ball quite differently, and their balls have different trajectories. I would analyze their strengths as follows:
AGASSI: From within the court, he is the most precise hitter of the three. For a passing shot taken too early for the net player to react, impossible to read until it is hit, and hit hard and fairly straight from point A to point B, he is the best. His weakness comes when he is pushed far back... then he is unable to rob the opponent of time, and the flatter trajectory of his ball makes it harder to dip it over the net from far back, making volleys easier.
NADAL: The greatest defensive passing shot artist. From far behind the baseline, his strength and topspin allows him to find angles that don't seem to exist. The heavy topspin dips the ball down as it crosses the net, forcing the opponent to volley up weakly, so even if he makes the volley, the speedy Nadal will probably have made it to the ball for a second pass attempt.
FEDERER: For an improvised passing shot, flicked to a narrow corner of the court right by the net, Federer's the man. He can hit a passing shot with little pace but excellent placement that seriously limits the opponents options if he gets to it. And that explosive backhand pass often comes out of nowhere, when he didn't seem to be in position to hit it!