It’s obvious that Gasquet possesses the most beautiful and reasonably effective backhand drive in tennis currently. But if there’s another shot that is more important than the drive to set up a point in a rally, it’s the slice.
The best exponent of the backhand slice is – not Federer, as commentators i.e., ass lickers, would like us to believe. It’s a relatively less known and a superb Feliciano Lopez. Why, because he cannot hit a backhand drive to save his ass – much like Federer of the early 2000’s.
So while Federer improved his drive and perfected his slice, it is still miles away from Lopez who never bothered to improve his drive.