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Taking the ball early. Who's the best at this?

Standing near/on the baseline. Hitting the ball on the rise. Taking time from opponents. Half volley from the baseline.

Who's the best? Federer? Davydenko? Nalbandian? Agassi? Who?!
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Re: Taking the ball early. Who's the best at this?

You mention Agassi so I guess you're going for all time. From what I've seen Agassi was the best at taking the ball early.
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You mention Agassi so I guess you're going for all time. From what I've seen Agassi was the best at taking the ball early.
Do you know more players from previous era that are great at this? you know, before Agassi?
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nadal obviously

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Best I remember seeing was Agassi

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Re: Taking the ball early. Who's the best at this?

Fedureeer is the best overall. Agassi was good but not as good. Federer got the half-volley of the gods especially when on the move. Davydenko (in shape) was fantastic too. Key for him was the very quick footwork.

Agassi was maybe the best at early RoS. His BH return when stepping in was legendary.
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Re: Taking the ball early. Who's the best at this?

Agassi by far.
I do not understand the Davydenko hype on MTF for years. He is nothing special, was a very good player, but not an extremely big talent.
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Re: Taking the ball early. Who's the best at this?

Agassi. Before Agassi and modern strings shots weren't coming as hard & fast from the baseline, so it's very hard to compare, but in their day Connors & McEnroe both took the ball very early. Honourable mentions to Federer, Nalbandian, Davydenko. Djoker isn't bad either, though not in their league.

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Re: Taking the ball early. Who's the best at this?

Davydenko --> Agassi (by a little fraction but Davy's a little faster)
In fact it is:
Agassi better than Davydenko in defensive half-voleys from the baseline. (Federer is better than Davy in defensive half-voleys)
Davydenko better than Agassi (so it means than everyone) in aggressive half-voleys from everywhere around the baseline BUT he can do them 3-4 metres inside the court too! and they'll still be aggressive. JUST LOOK some of his matches and you'll know it

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Re: Taking the ball early. Who's the best at this?

Agassi, Nalby and Davydenko
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Re: Taking the ball early. Who's the best at this?

I hear Agassi. Truth is, I didnt use to watch tennis in the 90s, have only watched highlights of some great matches. But what I can say is that even at 30, the Agassi I saw could take the ball on the rise like no one can - at least in today's game.

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