Originally Posted by Mustard
Federer might be able to adapt, yes, but in the second half of the 1980s, when the power game was taking hold in tennis, you would not have the power or depth that today's game has. Nowhere close.
I agree (I assume you were talking about the 80s guys not having the power/depth that today's players have).
The power hitting of today makes the late 80 look like slow motion by comparison. Sure, they could hit amazing cannon winners when they were on the run etc but it's the average
rallying pace and depth of modern tennis which would just overwhelm the big hitters of the 80s like Lendl, Becker in general
I don't think Federer would be disadvantaged that
much if he suddenly had to play with all natural gut strings or another combo without poly against the likes of Lendl. Perhaps he'd be using gut crossed with kevlar - which would be a different approach to most of the 80s guys.