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Who do you think is/was more talented than Federer?

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Federer was hailed by most to be the most talented tennis player ever. Some said that he might not be the best ever, but still the most talented. I do love the Federer game. It's beautiful yet effective. I understand that it takes supreme talent to be able to execute it consistently like Fed did.

When asked "who's the most talented ever?" I would say Federer without thinking for another second. But when I did think for another second, I thought maybe my liking the Federer game made my view on the subject a bit limited. Shortly, maybe I'm biased.

Okay, maybe you guys are biased too , but I still want to hear your opinions. Who do you regard is/was more talented than Federer?

Laver? McEnroe? Edberg? Sampras? Rios? Safin? Nalbandian? Nadal? or maybe Djokovic? Who????
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Re: Who do you think is/was more talented than Federer?

Almagro for sure. The guy was holding back his entire career because he doesn't like to be in the spotlight.
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Re: Who do you think is/was more talented than Federer?

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But he lost 23 times against you.
's right. We have to also throw into the mix. But I do not think it is currently the decisive factor. But he has achieved in my opinion too much. Maybe this is crucial if I move him even closer after major victories. But 14 or 17 Grand Slam titles is a significant difference. At the present time there is no question that he must be the greater player than me.

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Graet sense of humour Alas, onto the subject at hand, I know I've only seen him on highlights bu Mceenroe was more gifted than nalbondian an safin and not far behind federer.
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Re: Who do you think is/was more talented than Federer?

Mcenroe was more talented when it came to volleying and "touch" but his ground game was abysmal.

IMO, i think players that had supreme talent (Safin, nalbandian, maybe a few others) were not TOO far off from federer, talent wise.

What sepearated fed from these other guys is hard-work, and injury free career, incredibly endurance/stamina (which i think guys like safin could have had), and confidence.
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Graet sense of humour Alas, onto the subject at hand, I know I've only seen him on highlights bu Mceenroe was more gifted than nalbondian an safin and not far behind federer.

i dunno, mcenroe was incredibly gifted, but his ground-game was his weakness. For federer, to some extent, his backhand was a weakness, but this was mostly only exploited by nadal in feds prime.

Safin had no weaknesses, while nalby had his serve
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I just thing mcenroe offered smoething different. The angles, the spins. I don't believe him to be the combination of power and touch of Federer of course.
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I just thing mcenroe offered smoething different. The angles, the spins. I don't believe him to be the combination of power and touch of Federer of course.

i agree.

I honestly do not think nadal is THAT talented. He is more of a physical specimen, and really hard worker. Obviously he has talent... but he does not ooze talent like a federer and to a lesser extent safin/nalby
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True. Nadal, i suppose is the modern athletic player. Maybe perhaps I judge Mcenroe on the lightning quick grass of 1980s highlights too much. However if we look at his performance in US open semis against Connors in 84, could Nadal overcome that. Mcenroes half volleys (the most difficult shot in tennis) in that match were jaw dropping. In my opinion modern Nadal would not win a set against that kind of tennis. Federer would struggle but would win over 5 sets, probably in 4.
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Re: Who do you think is/was more talented than Federer?

I would say McEnroe. Maybe Sampras too, but that's very close. We should be more clear here, by the way. There is a very big difference between pure talent and how it is utilized. If we talk pure talent I think we could come up with dozens better than Federer. Federer is certainly not the fastest, the best mover, the best server, and doesn't have the biggest shot. It's how Federer uses his talents perfectly that has always made him so great.

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I would say McEnroe. Maybe Sampras too, but that's very close. We should be more clear here, by the way. There is a very big difference between pure talent and how it is utilized. If we talk pure talent I think we could come up with dozens better than Federer. Federer is certainly not the fastest, the best mover, the best server, and doesn't have the biggest shot. It's how Federer uses his talents perfectly that has always made him so great.

we ar etalking about PURE talent here... not how it was/is utilized
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Re: Who do you think is/was more talented than Federer?

I like Verdasco but like a lot of mugs he hasn't really put the effort in down the years. I'm no fan of Murray but he certainly cares about tennis.
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