Originally Posted by leng jai
Federer's backhand is pretty overrated. Yes his backhand return and passing shots are awesome, but thats because they're both short backswings. In rallys, Federer's backhand can be pretty poor. He struggles to generate his own pace on the backhand, and quite often frames them. He has a habit of hitting short and loopy backhands which have little penetration. This happens more often at the French and Aus Open though where the bounce is higher. I'm talking exclusively about his topspin backhand, as his slice is easily the best in the game. There are plenty of 1H players on tour who have a better backhand than Federer - Haas and Gasquet for example.
agreed. guys like gasquet, haas, pavel, calleri, ljubicic, and gaudio all have better topspin backhands than federer.