Originally Posted by TheFifthSet
Federer is the more talented player for sure. Better athlete, better anticipation, better footwork, more variety, etc. I think the thing that people forget with Nalbandian is that, despite his talent as a ballstriker, he misses out on the two strokes absolutely imperative for success in this era: serve and forehand. His serve is pretty average technically. And while his forehand is a good shot, it's not really a "kill" shot, and it's not as penetrating as Federers.
PS, kudos for giving Stich a shout in an earlier post. He had a beautiful game.
Well, everybody knows his serve was very average. In fact it's one of the things everybody mentioned was holding him down.
Originally Posted by Prisoner of Birth
Just for the record, I don't think Nalbandian is as talented as Federer. But he's pretty close. Safin was closer.
Marat was the most talented of the 3 IMO. No real weakness. Nalbandian had the serve, Fed ocassionally the backhand. Safin had everything. Huge serve, great forehand, GOAT backhand, he could volley well and despite his height he had good movement.