Originally Posted by NadalAgassi
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.
Sound point. Federer has been the recipient of a drastically changed game where legions of one-dimensional baseliners do not exactly force him to change his gameplan, or face anyone capable of playing his own game better than he can, as most come at him in the same dreary, expected fashion. Only Nadal truly had his number.
In Becker's era, not only would he have the powerful S&V players to deal with, but a host of top baseliners, making the idea of his winning anything close to his current number something along the lines of fantasy.