Originally Posted by NadalAgassi
You presume everyone would be playing serve and volley in a field with players like today, for instance thinking players with the exact skill sets of Nadal and Djokovic, the same ones who Becker himself claims would be irrelevant in that era, would be his main rivals in even a serve and volley based era, which is a silly assumption. In an era of serve and volleyers Federer would be in alot more trouble relative to his current dominance in the baseline only era, as while they dont exist today in the past there were MANY players with both better serves and especialy better volleys than Federer. In the 90s alone Sampras, Becker, Stich, Krajicek (yes 1 slam wonder Krajicek of all people), were superior to Federer in both serving and volleying ability. Edberg and Rafter were much superior in volleying. Philipoussis and Ivanisevic superior in serving.
you are forgetting the key ingredient that comprises Federer's game which others of the 90s era didn't have, and that is an Amazing footwork, anticipation, adaptation and ability to turn defence to offence. There is absolutely no parallel to that. This is visibly obvious in his match against a serve and volleying Sampras in 2001 where he was doing S&V and hitting outrageous winners from nowhere.