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post #1 of 75 (permalink) Old 06-06-2006, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Federer or Nadal's passing shot??

Which do you think is better, I have been pondering this for some time and I have come to the conclusion that I can't come to any conclusion. I rate them equally. Both incredible shots

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Re: Federer or Nadal's passing shot??

I think Nadal can hit unbelievable passing shots from very awkard positions. I give him the slight edge

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Re: Federer or Nadal's passing shot??

Nadal I think is better overall, although they are both able to hit some incredible passing shots.

However, I'd go with Agassi in his prime as the best passer.
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Re: Federer or Nadal's passing shot??

Nadal's look more spectacular, sometimes, because he has a habit of hitting them when he's way out of position. I'm not sure that necessarily makes them better, though.

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Re: Federer or Nadal's passing shot??

Federer.

More evident at Wimbledon where players come to net more.

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Re: Federer or Nadal's passing shot??

Nadal's passing shots leave you in awe, because of the way he hits it. He sets it up in some impossible positions. So, I'd say Nadal, passing shot winners are more common in his games than in Fed's. Roger's still is very effective however.

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Re: Federer or Nadal's passing shot??

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However, I'd go with Agassi in his prime as the best passer.
Fair enough, I have to say I disagree. I think Rafa and Roger both have passing shots which are quite a lot better than Agassi's ever were.

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Federer.

More evident at Wimbledon where players come to net more.

players actually come to the net these days?
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Re: Federer or Nadal's passing shot??

Agassi in his prime would pass more effectively than either of those two players . He just hits the ball more cleanly and more efficiently . Afterall , he played against some of the best net players so he had to have been sharp .
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Nadal's passings out of nowhere, are his trademark. Without them he wouldn't be that tough. Fed's trademark is his attacking forehand and genius's rarely-seen-before strokes like the chopped FH against Ancic.
Nadal passings have incredible angle, speed, spin and kill the opponent mentally as they don't expect them. Nadal's passing is really unique.

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I give Nadal the slight edge, his ability to consistently retrieve and counterattack is quite unique in today's quick game, a bit like Borg when he broke through.


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Re: Federer or Nadal's passing shot??

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Agassi in his prime would pass more effectively than either of those two players . He just hits the ball more cleanly and more efficiently . Afterall , he played against some of the best net players so he had to have been sharp .
The three all hit the ball quite differently, and their balls have different trajectories. I would analyze their strengths as follows:

AGASSI: From within the court, he is the most precise hitter of the three. For a passing shot taken too early for the net player to react, impossible to read until it is hit, and hit hard and fairly straight from point A to point B, he is the best. His weakness comes when he is pushed far back... then he is unable to rob the opponent of time, and the flatter trajectory of his ball makes it harder to dip it over the net from far back, making volleys easier.

NADAL: The greatest defensive passing shot artist. From far behind the baseline, his strength and topspin allows him to find angles that don't seem to exist. The heavy topspin dips the ball down as it crosses the net, forcing the opponent to volley up weakly, so even if he makes the volley, the speedy Nadal will probably have made it to the ball for a second pass attempt.

FEDERER: For an improvised passing shot, flicked to a narrow corner of the court right by the net, Federer's the man. He can hit a passing shot with little pace but excellent placement that seriously limits the opponents options if he gets to it. And that explosive backhand pass often comes out of nowhere, when he didn't seem to be in position to hit it!

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Re: Federer or Nadal's passing shot??

I think Nadal, because Nadal is the counterpuncher...so without passing shots he wouldn't be nearly as good as he is now.
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