Originally Posted by BreakPoint
I think both Sampras and Federer have great backhands.
You are a funny guy. Sampras' BH was below average for a pro. I saw plenty of his matches. If he got in rallies he lost. His serve is the reason he has the house in BH, the trophies and the trophy wife. Again, if his BH were that good, there would be a French Open title on his resume.
OP, the real answer is Roddick was let down by his junior coaches - he should have never been put on tour with such a weak BH - didn't matter whether he used 1 or 2 hands. It's obvious he didn't practice it enough. Same with volleys. They stressed winning matches and getting a junior ranking - so his big serve and FH were enough.