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Sampras and Federer for me.
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i reckon it is only fair to look at the shot having in mind the type of game played at the time and the competition. lendl's forehand was quite something back in the beginning of 80s.
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Nadal as the best forehand of all time? That's laughable - he can't hit a flat forehand to save his life plus his stroke is not suited for indoor tennis, it's just that he doesn't have to play in proper quick conditions where his preparation for the stroke will get exposed. He can switch on an aggressive, quick-surface FH for a bit but that just emphasises the fact it's not his natural FH.

Federer's been discussed enough.

I think Sampras looks amazing from the few videos I've seen - especially his running one.

Delpot is obviously a good choice for laser-like FH.

Gonzo had a similarly huge one. JCF also had a very good FH in 2003 but then it went away. It was still enough to beat prime Nadal on a fast HC in Cincy though.

I haven't seen enough of Lendl, Kafelnikov, etc. to comment. As for Agassi's it never stroke me as an amazing shot - his whole game was taking the ball early on the baseline off both wings so the FH did not seem like a standout shot.


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surprised nobody has mentioned mugdasco.

in terms of peak forehand he's right up there but overall consistency obviously lets him down when we're talking about the highest echelons.

but several players have said he has the best fh in men's tennis
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surprised nobody has mentioned mugdasco.

in terms of peak forehand he's right up there but overall consistency obviously lets him down when we're talking about the highest echelons.

but several players have said he has the best fh in men's tennis
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surprised nobody has mentioned mugdasco.

in terms of peak forehand he's right up there but overall consistency obviously lets him down when we're talking about the highest echelons.

but several players have said he has the best fh in men's tennis
But they'd be wrong though, wouldn't they? He clearly doesn't.
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true. I think for a while it was possibly the biggest in the game but it's never been better than Federer's obviously.
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Borg, Nadal, 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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i would have to agree.


i keep forgetting about moya. peak moya forehand was a weapon.
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Ferrero's forehand was monstrous on clay back in the day. Too bad it was almost completely nullified by Guga's backhand.

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Verdasco, even during his prime, was so very inconsistent overall in his game and consequently results that it'd be impossible to have him in the very best forehands category. When he's playing well, that's a different matter obviously but how often has that happened? Not very much in his career.
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Totally forgot about Ferrero's forehand! That definitely belongs somewhere near(or in) the top 5.

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Borg, Nadal, 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.
You mean top 4 as Nadal is there twice.
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sampy`s forehand was not too shabby but it was no match for lendl` forehand.

people also have to remember that sampy`s serve set up a lot of his forehands.

how big is the forehand in rallies? and how clutch is it when it really counts?

does it have deadly finishing power? and finally the most key criteria: consistency.

and you have to guage its true consistency by placing on clay and see if somebody can produce it over and over and again where even 10 good forehands may not be good enough to win a point.

this is why nadal`s forehand has to rate higher than fed`s forehand.

in fact the more i think about it the more i am wondering if lendl`s forehand should be also near the top.

lend started out as a touring pro without a backhand. all he could do was hit a slice and then he developed a consistent topspin backhand as he knew he had to.

he did not like the net and he did not have a dominating serve. in short, he was a grinder and that is why he took his fitness as high as he could possibly take it.

conclusion: lendl`s forehand had to be deadly and it was. and it had machine like consistency. 8 slams and a total of 19 slams finals suggest that it was more than consistent enough.

so i am now making it the 2nd greatest forehand with fed as the 3rd greatest.

so for me, my revised top 3 :

1. nadal
2. lendl
3. fed
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