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I Name the Weapon, You Name the Player.

Stefwhit
02-14-2009, 01:05 AM
For each weapon listed you name the player that did it best. No player can be used more than once so think about where you want to put them and no ties.

This will mean that in some instances your first option wont be available, so pick the next best person at that shot. You can use active or retired players and if you can't think of anyone for a particular shot, it's ok to leave it blank.

If you want to leave comments please feel free to.

I Name the Weapon, You Name the Player.

Serve (Includes first and second combined):
Return of Serve:
Ball Control (changing direction of the ball):

Forehands
Inside-Out forehand:
Down the line forehand:
Cross-court Forehand:
Running Forehand:

Backhands
Backhand down the line:
Backhand Cross-court:
Backhand Slice:

OTHER Shots
Lob:
Volley:
Drop Shot:
Approach Shot::

Stefwhit
02-14-2009, 01:09 AM
Here's my list:

Serve (first and second combined): Andy Roddick- Always has a great percentage, hard to read, and he's got great variety. Although I think Pete's was better I can't use Pete so my next option was Andy. I thought about Goran, Becker, and Krijicek as well.
Return of Serve: Davydenko- Since I couldn't use Agassi or Federer he would be my next best option. I thought about going with Blake, but he needed to be a little more consistent for me to put him above Davydenko.
Ball Control (changing directions of the ball): Andre Agassi- Andy Murray and Rafa have mastered that shot as well.

Forehands
Inside-Out forehand: Jim Courier- I'll give him props on that shot since he was the first to perfect it as a deadly weapon
Down the line forehand: James Blake
Cross-court Forehand: Federer- I thought about choosing Rafa here, it was tit for tat. Also thought about adding Lendl here too.
Running Forehand: Pete Sampras- I sacrificed choosing Pete's for serve, instead put him here. It really could've went either way. Fed was an obvious choice for the top spot here too.

Backhands
Backhand down the line: Djokovic
Backhand Cross-court: Marat Safin
Backhand Slice:Ken Rosewall

OTHER Shots
Lob: Fabrice Santoro
Drop Shot: Andy Murray- I was tempted to dock points because they can get to be predictable, but that doesn't take away from the fact that he owns that shot.
Passing Shot: Nadal- Bow down to the king!!!
Approach Shot: John McEnroeCould have gone with Patric Rafter too.

~*BGT*~
02-14-2009, 01:12 AM
How about: Crazy out of this world winners that come from nowhere?

TMJordan
02-14-2009, 01:13 AM
Stupid thread.

FairWeatherFan
02-14-2009, 01:15 AM
Tennis is really in a sad state when an approach shot is characterised as a 'trick shot', and we don't even have 'volley' in the list.

Ilovetheblues_86
02-14-2009, 01:33 AM
Lol, no volley.

Voo de Mar
02-14-2009, 01:36 AM
Stefwhit: Rosewall and Djokovic :confused: I don't say that idea of the thread is bad but I think those summaries shouldn't include players from such distant eras.

habibko
02-14-2009, 01:45 AM
my list isn't for the best player of the category, but for the players who use said shot as a major weapon:

Serve (first and second combined): Ivo Karlovic, his first serve is too good that it compensates for his second serve liability, I wanted to use Sampras here but I had to use him for running forehand.
Return of Serve: Andre Agassi (also James Blake).
Ball Control (changing directions of the ball): David Nalbandian. (also Andy Murray)

Forehands
Inside-Out forehand: David Ferrer, pretty much his only weapon.
Down the line forehand: Igor Andreev, scary forehand.
Cross-court Forehand: Roger Federer, beyond mastery.
Running Forehand: Pete Sampras, no competition.
Forehand Slice: Fabrice Santoro (you should have added this one :p)

Backhands
Backhand down the line: Novak Djokovic (also Nalbandian and Safin).
Backhand Cross-court: Andy Murray (also Nalbandian).
Backhand Slice: Roger Federer (simply you can not put anyone else here).

Trick Shots
Lob: Lleyton Hewitt.
Drop Shot: Thomaz Bellucci is using it pretty well lately :lol:
Passing Shot: Rafael Nadal.
Approach Shot: Andy Roddick :worship: I don't know who has it as a major weapon


I can't believe you haven't put a category for volleys, oh well no one use them as a major weapon recently anyway (except Steps maybe).

HattonWBA
02-14-2009, 12:20 PM
Murray has the best Backhand in the game and the best lob

Clydey
02-14-2009, 12:48 PM
For each weapon listed you name the player that did it best. No player can be used more than once so think about where you want to put them and no ties.

This will mean that in some instances your first option wont be available, so pick the next best person at that shot. You can use active or retired players and if you can't think of anyone for a particular shot, it's ok to leave it blank.

If you want to leave comments please feel free to.

I Name the Weapon, You Name the Player.

Serve (Includes first and second combined):
Return of Serve:
Ball Control (changing direction of the ball):

Forehands
Inside-Out forehand:
Down the line forehand:
Cross-court Forehand:
Running Forehand:

Backhands
Backhand down the line:
Backhand Cross-court:
Backhand Slice:

Trick Shots
Lob:
Drop Shot:
Approach Shot::

Serve (Includes first and second combined): Karlovic
Return of Serve: Agassi
Ball Control (changing direction of the ball): Nalbandian

Forehands
Inside-Out forehand: Gonzalez
Down the line forehand: Federer
Cross-court Forehand: Davydenko (used my main options on other categories, but it should be Federer) :shrug:
Running Forehand: Sampras

Backhands
Backhand down the line: Murray
Backhand Cross-court: Djokovic
Backhand Slice: Haas

Trick Shots
Lob: Hewitt
Drop Shot: Melzer (one for TMJordan)
Approach Shot: Roddick :cool:

Volleys: McEnroe

Passing shots: Nadal (absolutely peerless when it comes to passing)

Clydey
02-14-2009, 12:50 PM
Tennis is really in a sad state when an approach shot is characterised as a 'trick shot', and we don't even have 'volley' in the list.

:haha:

Like it.

Clydey
02-14-2009, 12:57 PM
Murray has the best Backhand in the game and the best lob

Can only use 1 player per trait, otherwise I would have had Murray as return of serve and the backhand crosscourt and down the line.

habibko
02-14-2009, 01:04 PM
your list is very close to mine Clydey, I would also pick Federer for forehand down the line and passing shots.

KaiserT
02-14-2009, 01:07 PM
Erm Blake has one of the all-time best return of serves? :lol:

habibko
02-14-2009, 01:15 PM
Erm Blake has one of the all-time best return of serves? :lol:

of course not and the thread isn't about all-time bests, it's about players who use a shot very effectively to their advantage, Blake is very aggressive on returns and punish short/weak serves relentlessly and it IS one of his weapons.

same with Agassi but he put more serves back and broke more often so I chose him.

Stefwhit
02-14-2009, 03:26 PM
habibko- thanks!

Boy you guyz are a rough crowd. I tried to come up with a thread that wasn't your standard run of the mill. Even if you don't like the thread idea I had good intentions.

Thanks to those that didn't join the bandwagon and start rippin' into me because you don't like my choices for certain shots. It's just as habibko suggest, it's about players using shots to their advantage and that shot being their best weapon.

As for the "trick shots" I know very well that the shots listed under that name are in fact NOT trick shots. At one point before editing I did have trick shots listed- I actually had a whole other host of shots, but after re-editing that was my list. I simply forgot to change the heading.

For those of you who aren't familiar with me- I feel comfortable putting my tennis knowledge up against anyone's. I'm more of a specialist on the women's game moreso than the men's to be honest. I only really got into men's tennis in the last 5 years but have been religiously following the womens' tour since the mid 80's.

(for the sake of peace- I'll edit... geez)

Clydey
02-14-2009, 03:36 PM
habibko- thanks!

Boy you guyz are a rough crowd. I tried to come up with a thread that wasn't your standard run of the mill. Even if you don't like the thread idea I had good intentions.

Thanks to those that didn't join the bandwagon and start rippin' into me because you don't like my choices for certain shots. It's just as habibko suggest, it's about players using shots to their advantage and that shot being their best weapon.

As for the "trick shots" I know very well that the shots listed under that name are in fact NOT trick shots. At one point before editing I did have trick shots listed- I actually had a whole other host of shots, but after re-editing that was my list. I simply forgot to change the heading.

For those of you who aren't familiar with me- I feel comfortable putting my tennis knowledge up against anyone's. I'm more of a specialist on the women's game moreso than the men's to be honest. I only really got into men's tennis in the last 5 years but have been religiously following the womens' tour since the mid 80's.

(for the sake of peace- I'll edit... geez)

It's not a big deal, mate. You can't please everyone. That is especially true on MTF.

Federerhingis
02-14-2009, 03:41 PM
Murray has the best Backhand in the game and the best lob

I still prefer Nalbandians backhand, it's more powerful, more versatile and I would say a little more controlled for David. Hewitt had the best lobs now there are a few good lobbers including Murray, Nalbi has a very good and deceptive lob as well.

For arguments sake or for instructional videos on lobs you would need to watch some WTA. :lol: :tape: No, seriously Hingis had the most deceptive and effective lobs, she had the wta tour fooled for a good 2-3 yrs with this shot. Sanchez Vicario had a very good lob as well.

Andi-M
02-14-2009, 03:44 PM
Serve (Includes first and second combined): Sampras
Return of Serve: Agassi
Ball Control (changing direction of the ball): Nalbandian

Forehands
Inside-Out forehand: Moya
Down the line forehand:Blake
Cross-court Forehand: Federer
Running Forehand:Sampras

Backhands
Backhand down the line:Safin
Backhand Cross-court:Murray
Backhand Slice: ?

Trick Shots
Lob: Hewitt
Drop Shot: Santoro
Approach Shot: Henman

GlennMirnyi
02-14-2009, 06:32 PM
habibko- thanks!

Boy you guyz are a rough crowd. I tried to come up with a thread that wasn't your standard run of the mill. Even if you don't like the thread idea I had good intentions.

Thanks to those that didn't join the bandwagon and start rippin' into me because you don't like my choices for certain shots. It's just as habibko suggest, it's about players using shots to their advantage and that shot being their best weapon.

As for the "trick shots" I know very well that the shots listed under that name are in fact NOT trick shots. At one point before editing I did have trick shots listed- I actually had a whole other host of shots, but after re-editing that was my list. I simply forgot to change the heading.

For those of you who aren't familiar with me- I feel comfortable putting my tennis knowledge up against anyone's. I'm more of a specialist on the women's game moreso than the men's to be honest. I only really got into men's tennis in the last 5 years but have been religiously following the womens' tour since the mid 80's.

(for the sake of peace- I'll edit... geez)

Next time if you use more than 2 brain cells before pushing the "new thread" button, it will help.

A_Skywalker
02-14-2009, 06:43 PM
Next time if you use more than 2 brain cells before pushing the "new thread" button, it will help.

You mean 3 cells like when you answer posts ?

GlennMirnyi
02-14-2009, 06:53 PM
You mean 3 cells like when you answer posts ?

You don't answer posts, you reply to posts.

Thanks for showing me invincible grammar and brightness. :)

finishingmove
02-14-2009, 06:58 PM
moonball slice - nadull
medical timeout - fakervic
frame shot - club fed

more to be added

dodoboy
02-14-2009, 09:31 PM
:lol:

LinkMage
02-14-2009, 10:09 PM
moonball slice - nadull
medical timeout - fakervic
frame shot - club fed

more to be added

:haha:

You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to finishingmove again. :(

Cloudygirl
02-14-2009, 11:01 PM
You don't answer posts, you reply to posts.

Thanks for showing me invincible grammar and brightness. :)

I always so enjoy reading your delightful and insightful posts. Thanks for making my life that little bit better.

trixtah
02-15-2009, 12:08 AM
You don't answer posts, you reply to posts.

Thanks for showing me invincible grammar and brightness. :)

An argument of semantics? You sure are a bright one. Might want to open a thesaurus once in between naptime and recess. :haha:

Pretty interesting thread but most people have already come to a general consensus on the big weapons.

J'adore.Gilles
02-15-2009, 12:29 AM
Gilles simon has the best backhand down the line and andy roddick has the best serve (1st and 2nd) and richard gasquet has the best backhand across court

drazyc
02-15-2009, 02:45 AM
Ok, I try to be a little bit selective here. I only pick players active today to make it simpler.

Serve (Includes first and second combined): Karlovic (Roddick number two)
Return of Serve: Djokovic (Nadal and Federer also candidates here)
Ball Control (changing direction of the ball): Nalbandian

Forehands
Inside-Out forehand: Tsonga (Gonzalez)
Down the line forehand: Berdych
Cross-court Forehand: Federer (Nadal)
Running Forehand: Nadal

Backhands
Backhand down the line: Youzhny (Djokovic)
Backhand Cross-court: Safin (Davydenko)
Backhand Slice: Murray (Federer)

OTHER Shots
Lob: Monfils
Volley: Stepanek
Drop Shot: Gasquet
Approach Shot:: Blake

It was hard :-)