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Who has the best volley in men's tennis

Fedex
12-24-2003, 12:26 AM
Which current player has the best volley on the men's tour?

Deboogle!.
12-24-2003, 12:30 AM
umm...... I feel like a lot of great volleyers were left off the list :( I'll go with Henman from these choices, I guess..... :shrug:

Fedex
12-24-2003, 12:31 AM
I pick Any Roddick :rolls:

jtipson
12-24-2003, 12:35 AM
I've seen so many quotes recently from players/ex-players saying Tim's volley is the best in the game right now, so there's my vote.

BTW I'm not sure it was quite fair to put Andy on the list Fedex (especially with an exclamation after his name). His volley is improving, but nobody would claim it's up there with the best.

Sjengster
12-24-2003, 12:35 AM
Oh look, I wonder which option was put on the poll just to enable another tedious tide of criticism... if you pick any Roddick, do you nominate elder brother John then?

If we're talking about young Americans, then Fish probably has as good a volley as Dent - it's been said that he has the best backhand volley of any two-handed backhand player. The French are also pretty good around the net, by and large, apart from the one-dimensional baseliners like Mathieu. Anyhow, my vote definitely goes to Henman, he inherited the mantle of best volleyer from Rafter and deservedly so.

ktwtennis
12-24-2003, 12:37 AM
It's definitely between Henman and Federer, but I chose Federer...

Fedex
12-24-2003, 12:38 AM
Oh i probobly should have put Pete and Pat, but these were the main guys i could think of for current players, as both Pete & Pat are retired ;)

star
12-24-2003, 12:48 AM
Santoro has the best volley of the two handers.

This poll only shows how far the art of volleying has declined.

Fedex
12-24-2003, 12:50 AM
Cant believe i forgot Fish. :( his volley deserves metioning.) Although i dont think its quite as good as Federer's or Henman's

Buddy
12-24-2003, 01:13 AM
i think henman is good but i think mirnyi is also good as a volleyer!!! dun forget he's one of the top doubles players!!!

Deboogle!.
12-24-2003, 01:47 AM
No Fish's volleys aren't as good... but he also hasn't been around as long. He's had his first good year this year and will only get better.... it's kinda hard to compare I think. I dunno, I don't think Federer's is the best :shrug: Dent is definitely impressive and really how could he be bad since he does it pretty much ALL the time lol

tripthemighty
12-24-2003, 01:54 AM
I'm a bit biased because Henman is my favorite. But even if that weren't the case, I think I would still give Henman my vote. His volley game is the more complete one of the choices listed.

Although, I do agree with both Sjengster and Star. Fish has as good of a volley as Dent, and definitely better than Roddick's. And Santoro - he has a great volley game as well.

Lady
12-24-2003, 01:54 AM
Max Mirniy, Mark Philippoussis??? Aren't they worth mentioning?

Deboogle!.
12-24-2003, 01:57 AM
I think Andy was put in the poll as a joke, hence the exclamation point. As Sjengster said, just for another opportunity diss him. Let's resist the temptation :)

So isn't Tim such a great volleyer!!?!?!?

Kristen
12-24-2003, 01:58 AM
Dont know if its the best...but Jonas is quite good.

Havok
12-24-2003, 02:06 AM
how can you do a poll about the best volleys and not include some of the top names in men's tennis:rolleyes::tape: i would vote 'other' and vote for the bryan twins, either one, and someone like Nestor, Mirnyi, etc.

Fedex
12-24-2003, 02:13 AM
The Bryan twins :confused: There top doubles players ,not singles. ;) Usually most doubles players generally have good volleys, but i dont know if either of theirs matches up with the likes of Federer or Henman.

Deboogle!.
12-24-2003, 02:18 AM
Max is a good doubles AND Singles player... his volleys are great, esp for such a big guy lol

tripthemighty
12-24-2003, 02:21 AM
The Bryan twins :confused: There top doubles players ,not singles. ;) Usually most doubles players generally have good volleys, but i dont know if either of theirs matches up with the likes of Federer or Henman.

I was about to say the same thing. I don't know if it's fair to compare a singles volley game to a doubles volley game, because a good volley is essential to a doubles game. You simply have to be able to volley well if you are playing the doubles court. Therefore all doubles players are going to have a good volley game. But it's important to remember that a doubles volley game is played in conjunction with a good baseline game. In other words, a player can focus on their volleys, rather than have to cover an entire court. It's a lot different to have to play both games at once.

Havok
12-24-2003, 02:23 AM
*coughs* Kim Clijsters *coughs*
i think that puts an end to your theory. you talk about ANY shot, you gotta inclue everyone, not fair to leave the other people on the side. and as bunk has mentioned, Max is good at both singles and doubles, so he pretty much takes the cake if you wanna only look at singles players

J. Corwin
12-24-2003, 02:23 AM
You can't fairly compare a doubles volley with a singles volley. Like tripthemighty said, you *only* have to focus more on the volleys while your partner takes care of the baseline game, in doubles.

I pick Henman for this poll. It used to be Rafter, but he's retired.

J. Corwin
12-24-2003, 02:26 AM
*coughs* Kim Clijsters *coughs*
i think that puts an end to your theory. you talk about ANY shot, you gotta inclue everyone, not fair to leave the other people on the side. and as bunk has mentioned, Max is good at both singles and doubles, so he pretty much takes the cake if you wanna only look at singles players

Max, like Taylor, has a big serve to set it up. Much like Pete. They don't need great volleys (not knocking on their volleying abilities, cuz they're one of the top volleyers in the game at the moment).

Someone like Pat, on the other hand, had really great volleys. He didn't have a big serve.

Fedex
12-24-2003, 02:29 AM
Max is an exception. He is a good singles & doubles player. So he would qualify, as he plays both a lot of singles & doubles. But the bryan twins for instance i would have to see how effective their volley is in singles, before you could classify them as a great volleyer. (in singles that is)

Havok
12-24-2003, 02:56 AM
Max, like Taylor, has a big serve to set it up. Much like Pete. They don't need great volleys (not knocking on their volleying abilities, cuz they're one of the top volleyers in the game at the moment).

Someone like Pat, on the other hand, had really great volleys. He didn't have a big serve.
yup he gets a nod, but i thought we were talking about active players here? which is why i said Max

Fedex
12-24-2003, 03:03 AM
Well, looks like its between Federer & Henman. I voted for Fed, but i really dont know which one of those 2 has the better volley. :confused: The last match i saw tim play was the US Open match vs. Roddick. In that match tim volleyed terribly, & before that was Wimbledon which is 2 far back to remember. But i've seen Federer recently with his Masters cup matches. And he was volleying really well, despite the fact he stayed back a lot more.

TennisLurker
12-24-2003, 03:04 AM
Henman and Bjorkman, I think Mardy Fish has a great first volley.

Roland
12-24-2003, 03:08 AM
It's hard to tell, since Most good volleyers set up their volley with a great approach shot. This can make them seem better than they might actually be. Look at Roddick, his volleys are decent at best, but he still wins many of his net points by virtue of a strong slice approach or strong forehand angle.
A player's true volleying skills become apparent when there is somewhat of a neutrel shot played by the volleyer, which allows the passer to take a good swing(Not a kill shot) at the ball. It will usually become self-evident how good a volleyer they are.

I'm not going to ramble on, so I 'll just say

Best reflex and Wow-what-a-shot volleyer: Federer

Best all-round volleyer:Tim

heya
12-24-2003, 04:50 AM
It's a matter of opinion. It'll be even more interesting in 10 years...

MisterQ
12-24-2003, 05:41 AM
As others have stated, Mirnyi and Santoro could be included on this poll. And obviously Pat and Pete, but it's probably easiest to stick with current players. But of past players, few were as brilliant volleyers as John McEnroe.

Henman has an excellent volley, so I voted for him.

Experimentee
12-24-2003, 02:39 PM
I believe Federer is the best. But Escude is certainly up there. We seem to have forgotten about him due to his injuries ;)

*Ljubica*
12-24-2003, 03:06 PM
Despite being British I am not a great Henman fan, and I don't enjoy the serve and volley style of play, but I guess I would have to admit that Tim is certainly the best around at the moment with his volleys. Guess being brought up on grass courts gives him an advantage.

Fedex
12-24-2003, 07:50 PM
Dont enjoy the Serve-Volley style? :confused: Well i dont see how you cant unless serve-volleyers always beat your fav players but i think its good to see people like Henman practice it. My favorite style would have to be the All Court game of Federer :worship:

faboozadoo15
12-24-2003, 07:57 PM
opinion... but i think roger's are a lil better than tim's bc of his reflex abilities. but tim has an awesome head to head against rogi (which doesn't necessarily mean his volleys are better) but he'd definitely got the goods.

*Ljubica*
12-24-2003, 08:44 PM
Dont enjoy the Serve-Volley style? :confused: Well i dont see how you cant unless serve-volleyers always beat your fav players but i think its good to see people like Henman practice it. My favorite style would have to be the All Court game of Federer :worship:

Well both David and Guille have beaten Tim this year, so that's definately NOT the reason I don't like serve and volley - guess it is a bit too quick for me - one big serve, rush to the net and the point is over. I prefer a bit of grace and artistry in my tennis - Guille's amazing drop shots and David's back-hand are just my idea of tennis heaven! Also being born and bought up here in England I was kind of forced to play a serve and volley style when I was growing up and it just didn't come naturally to me. I do admit that Roger is a great player though.

Fedex
12-24-2003, 09:05 PM
Well, I do know what you mean by Corias drop shots & Nalby's backhand. I think their both spectacular in their own ways. I think David's got the best double handed backhand out their right know, best single-handed i feel is Federers. I like David alot BTW, especially when he beat Roddick! know he would have won that US Open match if he had more rest, & possibly his 1st Slam, considering his record vs. Ferrero!!

*Ljubica*
12-24-2003, 09:13 PM
Well, I do know what you mean by Corias drop shots & Nalby's backhand. I think their both spectacular in their own ways. I think David's got the best double handed backhand out their right know, best single-handed i feel is Federers. I like David alot BTW, especially when he beat Roddick! know he would have won that US Open match if he had more rest, & possibly his 1st Slam, considering his record vs. Ferrero!!

Thanks for the kind words Fedex. They actually showed a lot of the US semi-final on our TV again today during a "special" about Roddick, - still makes my cry to remember it, - but David is still young and if he can keep healthy he should have many more chances ahead of him. The wrist injury still seems to be a problem and surgery still hasn't been ruled out which could sideline him at the start of the year, but I just keep my fingers crossed.

Fedex
12-25-2003, 01:01 AM
Oh BTW, Rosie, do you know of any fan sites for either David or Coria? If you do could you post them? Much Apreciated. :yeah:

WyverN
12-25-2003, 02:14 AM
Serve + volley requires the most skill and if done properly is one of the most effective ways to play tennis.

Fedex
12-25-2003, 02:32 AM
Yes, it is which is & why admire those who use it,(like Federer & Henman). I think tennis would be even more interesting with a few more Serve-Volleyers, & All Court players playing against amazing baseliners like Gullie of David we would se some good matches!!

*Ljubica*
12-25-2003, 09:53 PM
Oh BTW, Rosie, do you know of any fan sites for either David or Coria? If you do could you post them? Much Apreciated. :yeah:

Hi Fedex - sorry I didn't see your question earlier. The two main ones are www.gcoria.com and www.davidnalbandian.net.

They also both have very active "Yahoo" groups:-

yahoo.groups/group/davidnalbandian/ and yahoo.groups/group/guillermo_coria/

Hope this helps.

*Ljubica*
12-25-2003, 09:58 PM
Sorry Fedex, - just realised I got those Yahoo group addresses the wrong way round. Should have been:-

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/guillermo_coria and

http://groups.yahoo.com/davidnalbandian/

Fedex
12-25-2003, 09:59 PM
Thanx alot Rosie :cool: