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Federer 25 22.32%
Murray 42 37.50%
Nalbandian 31 27.68%
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Who's the better returner? (Overall, not only this year!)

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Re: Who's the better returner?

Hewitt at his peak, Muzza now. Then Nalbandian and Fed.

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Re: Who's the better returner?

Federer is the best in everything if he needs to be. The returning against Karlovic was sic. The serving in the final as well.
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Re: Who's the better returner?

Definitely Hewitt.

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Re: Who's the better returner?

Very little between all four of them, I think fat Dave edges it when he's up to it.
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I think Nadal should be in the poll too. He was leading nearly all the returning stats before his knee injury.

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I think Nadal should be in the poll too. He was leading nearly all the returning stats before his knee injury.
That's obviously not because of the return itself, it's because when he gets the ball back he is so hard to beat in any rally. He doesn't make many errors.

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I think Nadal should be in the poll too. He was leading nearly all the returning stats before his knee injury.
X2 on that i considered him the human wall before the meltdown in FO 09
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Re: Who's the better returner?

At this point I think.

1) Murray
2) Federer
3) Hewitt
4) Nalbandian

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That's obviously not because of the return itself, it's because when he gets the ball back he is so hard to beat in any rally. He doesn't make many errors.
You've got a point, but he returns a lot of them.



You could make the same argument about his 2nd serve; he's leading those stats but I don't believe he has the best 2nd serve, he just has the game and incredible outlasting ability to win those points in the long rallies.

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You've got a point, but he returns a lot of them.



You could make the same argument about his 2nd serve; he's leading those stats but I don't believe he has the best 2nd serve, he just has the game and outlasting ability to win those points in the long rallies.
Well you've just owned yourself.

Being good in return games are different from being a good returner.

Returning is the physical action you make after an opponents serve not what you do in the whole point, whether it be hit backhand and forehand or chip and charge. You could hit so many mediocre returns and excel in the rest of the point but that doesn't make you an impressive returner.

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Federer??



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I think Nadal should be in the poll too. He was leading nearly all the returning stats before his knee injury.
No way. Nadal is a decent returner, he's just exceptional off the ground when the rally gets going. I guess it would be like saying Federer is a better server than Karlovic because the game he backs it up with is so much better than Ivo's.

I would say Hewitt or Murray maybe. Nalbandian probably has the best offensive return and Federer the best defensive return. However Federer's offensive return sucks as does Nalbandian's defensive. Murray and Hewitt are more well rounded.
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Re: Who's the better returner?

Federer.



Can't say that with a straight face.
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Federer.



Can't say that with a straight face.
Well, big servers did not have a lot of success agaisnt him in the past.
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