Originally Posted by Samich
Federer is just a natural imo. I don't get the feeling about the other 3. Some of the shots Fed played I couldn't imagine Murray playing.
Indeed. Federer, as I said, is an all court genius. He certainly flows a lot smoother and shoots a lot slicker than the others. But, in tennis, there is so much more to the game than just artistry, shot selection and fluidness. Court speed, coverage, atheticism and stamina can all swing a match. Federer also has all these traits, it just seems that maybe Novak and Nadal have them to maybe an extra gear or level.
Nadal in particular is a difficult style for Roger. He make Roger play that extra shot all the time, and with Federer's unforced count always high the match always seesm to swing to Nadal.
Novak is just so strong in all areas. Speed, stamina, shot selection, power in the ground strokes, athleticism, and a massive desire to fight for every point.
Murray to me is sso so close to Nadal and Novak in terms of strengths and weakness. He seems just a slight bit below in the strengths department. But, on his day and their day, it's always mighty close. Where Federer can make up any speed difference or stamina difference or athleticism difference with his perfection and smoothness and shot selection, Murray cannot it seems. Hence he has to beat them at their game all the time, which is his game too.
Ultimately what separates Murray from Novak and Nadal is that wee bit of extra aggression and risk that Novak and Nadal apply. They seem to want to win win win the point more than hope that the opponent loses the point. Murray seems to be more interested in the opponenet losing the point.