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Which is Federer's worst shot?

Yashirobai
10-29-2004, 01:43 PM
O.K., everybody says Federer is so good that he is great in all surfaces, at all shots. The word we use always is "complete", a "complete player". That's fine. But, still, some of his shots must be better than others. Looks like a lot of people think the best shot he has is the volley. Maybe. It doesn't matter.

The question is, which is his worst shot, or, if you preffer it that way, his "less good" shot?

I'd say his backhand.

Obviously it is great, but not that great as his other shot. He usually makes more UE than with his forehand and he makes less winners as well with his backhand. It's very nice to watch, he has a nice swing, a nice movement, but it's not that, that useful. He doesn't even take a lot of risks with it, as I guess he knows it is with the other shots that he has more possibilities of winning. It is possible that a lot of people think it is his serve, but I think that is not true. His serve is underrated, just the opposite that happens with his backhand. He may not get a lot of aces, but it is just so efficient. But that would be another point.

alfonsojose
10-29-2004, 01:46 PM
worst shot .. ask Mirka :devil:

Bilbo
10-29-2004, 01:47 PM
lob

WyveN
10-29-2004, 01:48 PM
I would say forehand volley, he tends to miss some simple ones.

Federer's backhand is overshadowed by his forehand but still Federer's backhand is one of the best on tour (although not the best), I have seen people try to break Federer's backhand down all year hitting as often as they can to that wing but the only one who really did that succesfully was Kuerten at the FO.

Neely
10-29-2004, 01:50 PM
worst shot .. ask Mirka :devil:
:rolls: OMG OMG :o ;)
Alfonso... :angel:

WyveN
10-29-2004, 01:50 PM
lob

Federer has done plenty of good lobs, ones against Agassi & Hewitt come to mind at USO, also done some good ones over Roddick.

I would say drop shot is weaker then lob.

mitalidas
10-29-2004, 01:52 PM
i would say dropshot

he does great dropshots. all his shots are great. but if you are looking for "least great" shot, i would say its this one

Yashirobai
10-29-2004, 01:52 PM
Federer has done plenty of good lobs, ones against Agassi & Hewitt come to mind at USO, also done some good ones over Roddick.

I would say drop shot is weaker then lob.


I forgot the dropshot. Maybe it is worse than the backhand. But it is hard to say as he never makes a dropshot - very, very rarely.

jtipson
10-29-2004, 01:55 PM
I forgot the dropshot. Maybe it is worse than the backhand. But it is hard to say as he never makes a dropshot - very, very rarely.

Yes, I was going to say drop shot as well. When I've seen him play it, he's executed it very well, but he doesn't do it often. In the past he has said he'd like to have good dropshot, but at the same time, he doesn't like that kind of play.

Neely
10-29-2004, 01:58 PM
When being asked about Roger's "worst" shot or "weakness", I remember that Yves Allegro once was asked this question as Allegro was a co-commentator of Roger's match against Youzhny in Halle this year.

And according to Allegro, he said that if he really had to say something (well, it's hard to find weaknesses of Roger *g*), he would pick Roger's forehand volley.

I personally don't see a particular weakness, but well, it was Allegro's own choice then.

Action Jackson
10-30-2004, 02:06 AM
The dropshot and he has said that himself that it his weakest shot.

naiwen
10-30-2004, 02:22 AM
I forgot the dropshot. Maybe it is worse than the backhand. But it is hard to say as he never makes a dropshot - very, very rarely.

I can only remember he made great dropshots "in purpose" when facing Agassi in the US Open, Henman in Indian Wells final and Roddick in Montreal last year. Sometimes he just sliced with some angle and it became a dropshot by accident.

Fergie
10-30-2004, 03:23 AM
worst shot .. ask Mirka :devil:
:haha:

I'd say his backhand ;)

Havok
10-30-2004, 03:45 AM
He doesn't really use the drop shot all that often, so I won't consider it his major weakness. A weakness that can be attacked, his backhand. Players always attack it and it does break down and he shanks more on the bh side than he does the fh. it doesn't matter how good of a backhand you got, if it's a one-hander people will pick on it and drill hard shots to it constantly because it robs the one handers off all the time they need to create the big swing to hit a one-hander. Also his volleys aren't too sharp. The volleys are usually pretty good, but I've seen him way too many times hitting some nast volleys and he just gets stuck in a rut and continues to make errors off of that side. Though these shots are "weaknesses", when compared to the rest of the tour, they are far from being weak.

WyveN
10-30-2004, 07:11 AM
it doesn't matter how good of a backhand you got, if it's a one-hander people will pick on it and drill hard shots to it constantly because it robs the one handers off all the time they need to create the big swing to hit a one-hander.

one handed backhand is generally far superior to the double handed one. I really can't imagine many people having a gameplan of picking on the backhand of the likes of Gaudio and Kuerten.

bad gambler
10-30-2004, 07:14 AM
he has no weaknesses....and at the end of his career we will all be saying the he is the most complete player the world has ever seen

Marc Rosset is Tall
10-30-2004, 08:12 AM
one handed backhand is generally far superior to the double handed one. I really can't imagine many people having a gameplan of picking on the backhand of the likes of Gaudio and Kuerten.

Naldo must have been listening to the Brad Gilbert school of one handers or trying to pick on Calleri or Pavel's backhand as well as a strategy.

RonE
10-30-2004, 11:11 AM
I would pick his squash shot on the run- when he is pushed really wide to the forehand side and is forced to slice it back on the stretch on that side, instead of coming across the ball he comes under it too much and as a result floats it long, or if he gets it back into court it doesn't have enough slice to keep low and bite into the court. Rather it just sits up for his opponent to finish the point off.

That said, it is a shot that he has been improving- I saw him use it against Hewitt in the USO final a few times with some success.

Adam Thirnis
10-30-2004, 12:38 PM
I would pick his squash shot on the run- when he is pushed really wide to the forehand side and is forced to slice it back on the stretch on that side, instead of coming across the ball he comes under it too much and as a result floats it long, or if he gets it back into court it doesn't have enough slice to keep low and bite into the court. Rather it just sits up for his opponent to finish the point off.

That said, it is a shot that he has been improving- I saw him use it against Hewitt in the USO final a few times with some success.

This is a shot that Federer only uses to keep a rally alive: it serves no other purpose. It is played at such a stretch that it is not posible to control the ball well. You can't expect much from it.

RonE
10-30-2004, 02:02 PM
This is a shot that Federer only uses to keep a rally alive: it serves no other purpose. It is played at such a stretch that it is not posible to control the ball well. You can't expect much from it.

True, maybe I have gone a little far, but IMO that is one of his very few technical weaknesses. Coria for example, is a master at this shot and is able to bring it back into court with vicious spin even if he is on the full stretch.

rue
10-30-2004, 05:57 PM
he says his dropshot is his worst and never really tries it on his forehand especially

RPH
10-30-2004, 07:29 PM
Federer's weaknesses to some players would be weapons :worship:

IMO his worst parts his mental game but that isn't a shot so :rolleyes: ;)

Tian
10-30-2004, 09:27 PM
Out of the main shots (Serve, Forehand, Backhand, Volley) the weakest must be backhand although it is still incredible.

RonE
10-30-2004, 09:29 PM
This is not so much a weakness- but on his backhand he sometimes has a tendency to go upright and not keep his knees bended when he hits it. When this occurs it often results in him hitting the ball long or into the net. But when he is focused and moving well, this does not happen often.