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Who was the first pusher in ATP history?

Hi, guys. I know I don't post really often but I was sort of interested in some of your views

Nowadays, the term pusher is very common to describe many players' style of play. I don't know if it's the best way to describe it but many have acknowledged that certain top players have benefited from "pushing"
As I know some of u have watched tennis for much many years than I did, when do u think was the first time a player with a "pusher" style succeeded?
I remember now, after few years, watching Guillermo Coria. Don't get me wrong, I think he was a fantastic player, sort of an argentinian version of Murray (minus the serve...though he had Carla) with great hands and incredible movement that used to revert to "pushing" in some of his matches to solve them.
Do u think is it sth the spanish and southamerican (in general) developed and spread or is it dated to before even all the spanish boom??
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Any claycourt player ever.
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You mean Borg, Lendl, Kuerten etc?
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A huge amount of players push, of course they'll have matches when their more agressive but in general when i watch top players like Nadal,Djokovic and Roddick they spend alot of time pushing. Murray also although like Nole he'll throw in a few big shots here and there. Some guys simply dont have the capability to hit the ball that hard, like Santoro and some of the slightly lower ranked players like the Rochus brothers, Cipolla etc. If it works and it wins you matches then its the way to play.
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A huge amount of players push, of course they'll have matches when their more agressive but in general when i watch top players like Nadal,Djokovic and Roddick they spend alot of time pushing. Murray also although like Nole he'll throw in a few big shots here and there. Some guys simply dont have the capability to hit the ball that hard, like Santoro and some of the slightly lower ranked players like the Rochus brothers, Cipolla etc. If it works and it wins you matches then its the way to play.
Santoro is not a pusher, that is crazy talk.
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Santoro is undefinable
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Sampras.

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A huge amount of players push, of course they'll have matches when their more agressive but in general when i watch top players like Nadal,Djokovic and Roddick they spend alot of time pushing. Murray also although like Nole he'll throw in a few big shots here and there. Some guys simply dont have the capability to hit the ball that hard, like Santoro and some of the slightly lower ranked players like the Rochus brothers, Cipolla etc. If it works and it wins you matches then its the way to play.
Mentioning Santoro and the word 'pusher' in once sentence is an anathema.

My guess? Nick Bollettieri, the founding father of "The Principles of Pushing Made Flesh".

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My guess would be Rafito. Followed by the scottish dolt.

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My guess would be Rafito. Followed by the scottish dolt.
rafa a pusher? you are no nadal hater and it's surprising to hear that from you........can you briefly explain how nadal is a pusher?
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Sampras.
that holds as much weight as saying federer is a mug pusher.......
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What up SdG. [I think leng jai was being sarcastic.]

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Probably Lendl and Borg. They were severly limited by technology of course, but by today's standards they would be considered pushers/moonballers.

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What up SdG. [I think leng jai was being sarcastic.]
hello valhalla, don't know if that was just a sarcastic remark.......

am just waiting for the prestigious european clay court season to kick off.......i was never interested in the overhyped, pointless, irrelevant hardcourt events(just before the clay season) indian wells and miami.......
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am just waiting for the prestigious european clay court season to kick off.......i was never interested in the overhyped, pointless, irrelevant hardcourt events(just before the clay season) indian wells and miami.......
I rather enjoy IW and Miami, but yes, I'm looking forward to the clay season and RG as well

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