Originally Posted by joeri888
yesss.. he hit 40% first serves, missed slice returns, missed easy forehands on big points all the time in 2006.
Fed hardly ever hits a running forehand dtl for instance anymore. Which is a crucial shot to wrongfoot any opponent. Fed plays the percentages, and plays them well, but he's way more predictable and more sloppy. Fed's serve is a bigger weapon today, but he was hitting it poorly today.
His backhand was solid, but the slice is not knifed as much.
Fed 2006 was just god. This guy is amazing, but not God.
He never did hit topspin running forehands that often, it was always the squash shot. Feder has always been bad on big points, it just never mattered because he was so good. Look at his historic break point conversion rate, very low.