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Top 10 all time players with most beautiful tennis to watch

Hi guys,

Since its almost impossible to watch ANY videos of the olympics over youtube (i just cant find any) i ended up watching some footage of last months Wimby ... and well i ran into this video of Rogers best points over the tournament ..

It is pretty easy to see , that the way he plays the sport seems to be efortless and more "gracefull" and fluid than most of the other players , who you can have a feeel they involve more "muscle" into the game (the look to be more physical .. athletic .. ) ...

I am not a tennis history expert, but i wonder if there are or where other players during tennis history that had that same "feel" that roger does when he plays ... players with textbook mechanics, but that do it so fluidly .. regardless of results of course ...

Any tennis experts here that may give their list of their top 10 players with most beautifull tennis to watch regardless of their results?

Thank you very much! =)
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Hi guys,

Since its almost impossible to watch ANY videos of the olympics over youtube (i just cant find any) i ended up watching some footage of last months Wimby ... and well i ran into this video of Rogers best points over the tournament ..

It is pretty easy to see , that the way he plays the sport seems to be efortless and more "gracefull" and fluid than most of the other players , who you can have a feeel they involve more "muscle" into the game (the look to be more physical .. athletic .. ) ...

I am not a tennis history expert, but i wonder if there are or where other players during tennis history that had that same "feel" that roger does when he plays ... players with textbook mechanics, but that do it so fluidly .. regardless of results of course ...

Any tennis experts here that may give their list of their top 10 players with most beautifull tennis to watch regardless of their results?

Thank you very much! =)
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I've only been following tennis from 2003 and onwards... However I've watched tons of videos so here are a few that I personally consider beautiful games:

Rod Laver - really beatiful game, athletic and had all the shots in the book
John McEnroe - a bit homemade technique but excuisite touch
Bjorn Borg - ice in the veins, no excessive grunting, great forehand
Max Mirnyi - at his peak a real force in singles as well as doubles, beautiful serve, volley and netplay
Stefan Edberg - forehand was a bit ugly but otherwise beautiful game, didn't have a lot of power so he made nr.1 for a reason
Pete Sampras - brutally beautiful, also effortless especially on grass
Marat Safin - easy power though forehand could break down at times, one of the GOAT backhands
Henri Leconte - really flashy player, though inconsistent

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Here is a list of players I just love to watch, and the beauty of their game is apparent.

1. John McEnroe - incredible hard flat drives, very fine serve, incredible touch at the net.

2. Petr Korda - gifted play all around, moved well to the ball, brilliant backhand.

3. Stefan Edberg - beautiful game all around, controlled power and grace. Sort of an odd service motion.

4. Guillermo Vilas - beautiful, beautiful game on all surfaces, but especially clay. Just a real workhorse out on the court. He will probably have greater career longetivity than Nadal because even though they both play a physical game, Vilas placed less wear on his knees.

Well, there are others, but hard to pick them out after these four.
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Not looking at rankings/ achievements and in no particular order
Federer
Edberg
MrEnroe
Kuerten
Arazi
Agassi
Sampras
Dimitrov
Haas
Kohlschreiber

Probably if I think longer some replacements, but yeah, enjoyed watching these!
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federer
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blake nadal matches in 2006 was incredible

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I know this is men's, but I always found Henin a joy to watch when she wasn't retiring or acting shady. The backhand was marvelous.

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I know this is men's, but I always found Henin a joy to watch when she wasn't retiring or acting shady. The backhand was marvelous.
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As soon as I saw the thread's title, first two words that came to my mind were MARCELO RIOS so thanks for posting the video, it's been a while since I first saw it. So much talent.

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i have yet to see someone with a more beautiful game than delpo. dolgopolov also has his moments from time to time and davydenko used to be nice to watch as well.
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Here's some players.

Stich: Extremely elegant, powerful, great touch, athletic and agile for a man of 6'4''. Drop volley specialist.
Becker: Could play from the back or the forecourt. Easy power from the back.
Rios: Extremely expressive player who liked to experiment, made the sport look simple. Had the ability to create excellent angles and would take advantage of angles created by the opponent.
Leconte: Could look like a genius one day and a complete idiot the next. Could do pretty much anything with the ball. I guess you could say he was a typical Frenchman.
Safin: Graceful, smooth service and easy, almost lazy looking groundstrokes with easy power. Would regularly approach the net, extremely underrated volleying ability.
Arazi: People compare him to Rios. Couldn't create the power shoulder height that Rios could. Was run into the ground eventually by high balls, especially in 5 setters.
Escude: Flamboyant player. Serve and volley'd, very athletic, great shots on the run from both sides, backhand smash specialist. Explosive returns.
Mecir: Smooth movement, read the game very well.
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