Originally Posted by oldhacker
Pushers do have weapons but they are more subtle than a massive forehand or serve. Their weapons are fitness, movement, footwork, concentration and consistency. For stronger pushers I would add placement, court sense and anticipation to that list.
In some ways good pushers are high level players minus the strokes !
Yeah, this begins the debate on what is a pusher. I think it really comes down to "what defines a weapon". I don't consider those characteristics you are eluding to as "weapons", per se. But I understand the debate.
Some think pushers really can't exist beyond 4.0 (and rarely 4.5). Others think Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are pushers.