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It's hard to say really who has the best. Many have different strengths with that shot & use their forehand for different purposes. I do agree Nadal's is up there though. It's such a crucial reason why he is the player he is, although you could argue he doesn't go for his shots more off this side.

Plenty of others for me also. A confident Federer hitting his forehand is fantastic to watch. When 09' Del Potro was hitting the flattest forehands at top speed consistently you could say it was lights out tennis.

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Monfils peak forehand is on another planet.



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who owns the hardest hit forehand ever?

is it monfils? nadal, nole, and monfils have all hit them well in excess of 100 MPH but has anybody hit one at around 120 MPH?

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Didn't Andy Murray hit a 117mph forehand had Canada last year (or was it Cincinnati?) or was I dreaming .

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is it monfils? nadal, nole, and monfils have all hit them well in excess of 100 MPH but has anybody hit one at around 120 MPH?
Used to be Monfils. Now it's James Blake, on MP actually ! It was 125 MPH!!!
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who owns the hardest hit forehand ever?

is it monfils? nadal, nole, and monfils have all hit them well in excess of 100 MPH but has anybody hit one at around 120 MPH?
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Used to be Monfils. Now it's James Blake, on MP actually ! It was 125 MPH!!!
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unbelievable. that was some shot.

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i forgot about d-pot. he can put some serious mustard on a forehand too.



what about isner`s forehand?

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Isner's inside out forehand for sure, although his rally forehand isn't the greatest.

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Peak Ferrero and Moya had huge and versatile forehands back in the day

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how about lendl`s sledgehammer forehand?

i hear he could castrate your ass with it from 90 feet away.
I agree completely. Lendl's great buggy-whip forehand never went off. I think Ivan could probably hit winners in his sleep.
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difficult to determine it in order, general herc. So I'll just add few names..

Gonzalez
Grosjean
Lendl
Sampras
Federer
Blake
Dent
Muster

Nadal.. in terms of topspin

well Haas' FH was killer before 1st shoulder surgery. Still great, but not as it used to be..

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Borg, Lendl, Sampras, Federer, Nadal.

All include a significant element of reliability, versatility, power and control.

Others worth mention included Courier, Moya, Blake, Gonzalez and Del Potro; include much of the above but fail to deliver the full package to the level of the top 5.

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Federer 19 GS, 6 Year End Masters, 26 Master Series.
Nadal 15 GS, 30 Master Series, 1 Olympic Gold.
Djokovic 12 GS, 5 Year End Masters, 30 Master Series.



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Federer
Never seen a forehand this flexible (in terms of mechanics and variety). Gets a lot of spin coupled with a flat trajectory and is brilliant in every department. He's got great passing shots, obviously we know what he can do from the baseline once rallies get going and his ability to turn defense into attack with one forehand is killer. His forehand shouldn't be copied as it could cause damage to the arm.

Sampras
The best running forehand alongside JMDP I have seen. Can blow guys off the court but this was no 'James Blake' style where the forehand looked good once a month. Ugly as hell, but effective.


Agassi - Do I need to explain? The only forehand which trumps Agassi's is Federer's.




Then I really don't know. Gonzalez, Nadal, JMDP, Krajicek, Courier and Roddick (03 & 04) come to mind but all have flaws. For starters, Nadal's forehand is great on clay but he does have to expand a lot of energy and doesn't have the FH which can necessary blow guys off the court and it can land short at times. Gonazlez forehand was a winner machine but only on balls where he had enough time to wind up to unleash hell, players beat Gonzo by attacking the FH which takes time away, Krajicek was a little inconsistent, Courier's was a rocket, on hard and grass Roddick's forehand from 02-04 was probably the biggest I've seen but had a lot of spin on the ball which made it consistent for such a hard shot, his flaw was him changing his forehand to a quicker
motion which helped him stay on the baseline.




Also have to mention Bruguera, that guy got nearly as much spin as Nadal does nowadays. Impressive for the 90's.











The poster above me added Muster. Would love to know what prompted him to add that name to the list?
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