First of all, I NEVER said Fed's BH sucked. I never even said it wasn't good. It is a very good BH. I just think Gasquet's is better. Second of all, using success as an argument is BS. Roddick had a better serve than Roger. Nadal had better movement and fitness. But Federer was more successful than both in his prime. Because he had high levels of every facet of his game, but that doesn't mean each individual part of his game had to be the best. I can name a ton of people with a better serve than Rafa who aren't nearly as successful, for example. Success does not mean you have the best of everything, end of story.
Federer has a great BH. His flick is probably the best in the game. And he may have better variety. But Gasquet doesn't need variety. He can create a winner with his backhand from any position or anywhere on the court. And it's more consistent. Federer's breaks down in certain scenarios, like it always does against Nadal. Gasquet's doesn't do that. Now, Gasquet is a more inconsistent player, definitely. So sometimes, his BH isn't firing. But when it is, it's the best in the business IMO.
the bottom line is that roger`s backhand never broke down.
people would understand if they actually played the sport at a high level and had an awesome topspin backhand.
the arm gets tired hitting that massive topspin backhand after about 3 hours in a match.
now imagine what happens against somebody who hits heavy topspin that jumps.
nadal worked roger`s backhand not to break it down anyway. he worked it to open up the court.
also it is more natural for nadal to hit crosscourt forehands than DTL forehands all day. the net is higher and the distance is shorter.
he prefers crosscourt forehands as he should.
anyway roger would start to miss once the arm would start to tire.
Well, first of all, Nadal definitely worked Roger's backhand to break it down. Sure, some of it was situational to open up the court. But he definitely did it mostly to break down Fed's BH. Second of all, I would say if you can't execute a shot for an entire match, it's a liability. For example, if I could pound 150+ mph serves consistently for a set, but then I couldn't serve above 110+, my serve wouldn't be the best. For a shot to be considered the best, it sure as heck better be able to hold up for an entire match.