Originally Posted by BobbyOne
TomT, Thanks that you detailed argue against my statements.
Just a few points. Both of us have watched much more current tennis than that of Gonzalez, Hoad, Rosewall and Laver. Thus there is the danger to overrate the modern game.
Federer's backhand is mostly a defensive slice unlike to those of the players of the older times, even that of slice king Rosewall's whose backhand was often a drive with a slice touch.
You overrate Federer vastly. He is not the strongest of our days: at least Nadal and Djokovic are stronger. And he is surely not by far the most talented player of all time. At least Hoad, Rosewall, Laver, Santana, Nastase and McEnroe were more talented.
Did you just say Fed bh was a defensive slice? How did he win all those tourneys? With a defensive slice? BobbyOne, what do you have against Fed?