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Old 10-02-2006, 11:21 AM   #23
Bryan Aldridge
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 126

It seems like the players who can challenge Federer the most have one thing in common. They can all do damage on the left side of their body -- This means having a big backhand for righties (safin, nalbandian, murray, baghdatis), or a big forehand for lefties (nadal). I've seen players do so much damage to federer by hitting the heavy lefty forehand crosscourt, or cracking a big backhand down the line for righties. Watch the Aus Open final and see how many points Baghdatis won by ripping the two hander up the line. Federer has no where near the ability someone like Pete Sampras had on running forehands, and most times this big backhand up the line will result in a weak reply from Fed.
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