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I Name the Weapon, You Name the Player.

For each weapon listed you name the player that did it best. No player can be used more than once so think about where you want to put them and no ties.

This will mean that in some instances your first option wont be available, so pick the next best person at that shot. You can use active or retired players and if you can't think of anyone for a particular shot, it's ok to leave it blank.

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I Name the Weapon, You Name the Player.

Serve (Includes first and second combined):
Return of Serve:
Ball Control (changing direction of the ball):

Forehands
Inside-Out forehand:
Down the line forehand:
Cross-court Forehand:
Running Forehand:

Backhands
Backhand down the line:
Backhand Cross-court:
Backhand Slice:

OTHER Shots
Lob:
Volley:
Drop Shot:
Approach Shot::

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Re: I Name the Weapon, You Name the Player.

Here's my list:

Serve (first and second combined): Andy Roddick- Always has a great percentage, hard to read, and he's got great variety. Although I think Pete's was better I can't use Pete so my next option was Andy. I thought about Goran, Becker, and Krijicek as well.
Return of Serve: Davydenko- Since I couldn't use Agassi or Federer he would be my next best option. I thought about going with Blake, but he needed to be a little more consistent for me to put him above Davydenko.
Ball Control (changing directions of the ball): Andre Agassi- Andy Murray and Rafa have mastered that shot as well.

Forehands
Inside-Out forehand: Jim Courier- I'll give him props on that shot since he was the first to perfect it as a deadly weapon
Down the line forehand: James Blake
Cross-court Forehand: Federer- I thought about choosing Rafa here, it was tit for tat. Also thought about adding Lendl here too.
Running Forehand: Pete Sampras- I sacrificed choosing Pete's for serve, instead put him here. It really could've went either way. Fed was an obvious choice for the top spot here too.

Backhands
Backhand down the line: Djokovic
Backhand Cross-court: Marat Safin
Backhand Slice:Ken Rosewall

OTHER Shots
Lob: Fabrice Santoro
Drop Shot: Andy Murray- I was tempted to dock points because they can get to be predictable, but that doesn't take away from the fact that he owns that shot.
Passing Shot: Nadal- Bow down to the king!!!
Approach Shot: John McEnroeCould have gone with Patric Rafter too.

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How about: Crazy out of this world winners that come from nowhere?

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Stupid thread.

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Re: I Name the Weapon, You Name the Player.

Tennis is really in a sad state when an approach shot is characterised as a 'trick shot', and we don't even have 'volley' in the list.
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Lol, no volley.

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Re: I Name the Weapon, You Name the Player.

Stefwhit: Rosewall and Djokovic I don't say that idea of the thread is bad but I think those summaries shouldn't include players from such distant eras.

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my list isn't for the best player of the category, but for the players who use said shot as a major weapon:

Serve (first and second combined): Ivo Karlovic, his first serve is too good that it compensates for his second serve liability, I wanted to use Sampras here but I had to use him for running forehand.
Return of Serve: Andre Agassi (also James Blake).
Ball Control (changing directions of the ball): David Nalbandian. (also Andy Murray)

Forehands
Inside-Out forehand: David Ferrer, pretty much his only weapon.
Down the line forehand: Igor Andreev, scary forehand.
Cross-court Forehand: Roger Federer, beyond mastery.
Running Forehand: Pete Sampras, no competition.
Forehand Slice: Fabrice Santoro (you should have added this one )

Backhands
Backhand down the line: Novak Djokovic (also Nalbandian and Safin).
Backhand Cross-court: Andy Murray (also Nalbandian).
Backhand Slice: Roger Federer (simply you can not put anyone else here).

Trick Shots
Lob: Lleyton Hewitt.
Drop Shot: Thomaz Bellucci is using it pretty well lately
Passing Shot: Rafael Nadal.
Approach Shot: Andy Roddick I don't know who has it as a major weapon


I can't believe you haven't put a category for volleys, oh well no one use them as a major weapon recently anyway (except Steps maybe).

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Re: I Name the Weapon, You Name the Player.

Murray has the best Backhand in the game and the best lob
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For each weapon listed you name the player that did it best. No player can be used more than once so think about where you want to put them and no ties.

This will mean that in some instances your first option wont be available, so pick the next best person at that shot. You can use active or retired players and if you can't think of anyone for a particular shot, it's ok to leave it blank.

If you want to leave comments please feel free to.

I Name the Weapon, You Name the Player.

Serve (Includes first and second combined):
Return of Serve:
Ball Control (changing direction of the ball):

Forehands
Inside-Out forehand:
Down the line forehand:
Cross-court Forehand:
Running Forehand:

Backhands
Backhand down the line:
Backhand Cross-court:
Backhand Slice:

Trick Shots
Lob:
Drop Shot:
Approach Shot::
Serve (Includes first and second combined): Karlovic
Return of Serve: Agassi
Ball Control (changing direction of the ball): Nalbandian

Forehands
Inside-Out forehand: Gonzalez
Down the line forehand: Federer
Cross-court Forehand: Davydenko (used my main options on other categories, but it should be Federer)
Running Forehand: Sampras

Backhands
Backhand down the line: Murray
Backhand Cross-court: Djokovic
Backhand Slice: Haas

Trick Shots
Lob: Hewitt
Drop Shot: Melzer (one for TMJordan)
Approach Shot: Roddick

Volleys: McEnroe

Passing shots: Nadal (absolutely peerless when it comes to passing)

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Tennis is really in a sad state when an approach shot is characterised as a 'trick shot', and we don't even have 'volley' in the list.


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Murray has the best Backhand in the game and the best lob
Can only use 1 player per trait, otherwise I would have had Murray as return of serve and the backhand crosscourt and down the line.

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your list is very close to mine Clydey, I would also pick Federer for forehand down the line and passing shots.

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Erm Blake has one of the all-time best return of serves?
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Erm Blake has one of the all-time best return of serves?
of course not and the thread isn't about all-time bests, it's about players who use a shot very effectively to their advantage, Blake is very aggressive on returns and punish short/weak serves relentlessly and it IS one of his weapons.

same with Agassi but he put more serves back and broke more often so I chose him.

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