And you're telling people to lay off the bourbon LOL. Nadal has a tremendous forehand, but it mainly relies on consistency, placement and spin. Hell, without technology in the strings and racket development, Nadal's forehand wouldn't exist as it is today. Nadal will go through matches barely hitting winners off that wing. It isn't his forehand that wins matches, it is his intangibles that make him great. What an utter joke post. Lendl forehand can obviously be argued over other players, but Nadal's to be over players such as Federer and Lendl, LOL.
You should rename this thread "which forehand benefits most from a runner and technology"
This. Have you people who hype Rafa's forehand as the best read his book? His strategy for playing Federer: wait for him to miss
. Since Nadal is more consistent, Fed's got no choice but to go for his shots. Nadal wouldn't be winning anything out side of clay without the strings of today. I think it's so unfair to Borg to compare their W/FO combo when Borg won his on super fast, low bouncing, slick grass with wooden racquets. I'd like to see Rafa play on that type of grass even with today's strings. If he complains about blue clay, God knows what he'd say about grass as it was played on for decades with all the bad bounces. LOL at some of these answers - you'd think tennis has existed only for the past 10-15 years.
OT: that alien scenario should take into consideration not only surface but technology. Who knows what the aliens would choose to play on or with? Who would all you Rafa fans choose then? I know I wouldn't be choosing Rafa on fast grass (or any other surface for that matter) with wooden racquets (the way most greats of the game of tennis have played).