Originally Posted by marosmith
You can't blame Federer's passive serve return style on his backhand, it's his style of play and for most of his career he was better in rallies (partially because of his backhand) than anyone else so he plays his return game conservatively.
i know 'you can't argue with success'.. but empirical evidence shows that 'conservatively' is not good enough for his standards (14th rank in 2nd srv return points won, while murray joker and rafa are the top3), and he has been trying to reverse that with Paul A's coaching.
you don't see him being 'conservative' when he gets a 2nd srv on his fh, problem is rafa can serve to his bh the entire match, literally.
could fed have even more success? that's arguable.