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Top 10 all time players with most beautiful tennis to watch

jonheres
08-04-2012, 07:00 PM
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! =)

viruzzz
08-04-2012, 07:08 PM
I think you need a little bit of Berlocq in your life.

Sanya
08-04-2012, 07:11 PM
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! =)

Hope my avatar helps. :wavey:

Lopez
08-04-2012, 07:27 PM
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

pray-for-palestine-and-israel
08-04-2012, 07:48 PM
w_QaR4NFpgs

jjc225
08-04-2012, 07:48 PM
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.

buzz
08-04-2012, 08:09 PM
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!

pray-for-palestine-and-israel
08-04-2012, 08:23 PM
federer
rios
nalbandian
safin
almagro and gasquet have the loveliest backhand motions
blake nadal matches in 2006 was incredible

pray-for-palestine-and-israel
08-04-2012, 08:27 PM
ONznVs_KN8Y

MuzzahLovah
08-04-2012, 08:54 PM
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.

Lugburz
08-04-2012, 08:58 PM
HAAS, case closed.

Sanya
08-04-2012, 09:06 PM
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.

:yeah: I stopped watching WTA after May 2008 for some time. :sad:

Vinceremo
08-04-2012, 09:09 PM
ONznVs_KN8Y

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.

ossie
08-04-2012, 09:17 PM
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.

Burrow
08-04-2012, 09:27 PM
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.

Lugburz
08-04-2012, 09:33 PM
Haas
Becker
Stich
Edberg
Federer
Sampras
Kohlschreiber
Wawrinka
Gonzalez
Safin
bonus: Blake - the ultimate gentleman on court :)

sexybeast
08-04-2012, 09:36 PM
From the top of my head:

Federer, Nalbandian, Safin, Stich, Rios, Mcenroe, Edberg, Rafter, Laver

Is that 9? Add Roddick to that list.

Mountaindewslave
08-04-2012, 09:45 PM
Federer's beautiful game is an anamoly

Mountaindewslave
08-04-2012, 09:47 PM
Haas
Becker
Stich
Edberg
Federer
Sampras
Kohlschreiber
Wawrinka
Gonzalez
Safin
bonus: Blake - the ultimate gentleman on court :)

how is Sampras's game beautiful :o

Lugburz
08-04-2012, 09:54 PM
how is Sampras's game beautiful :o

me likes me some S&V :p

btw thats my opinion only.

eskinol
08-04-2012, 10:23 PM
What about Fabrice Santoro? His two-handed groundstrokes are not 'pretty' by conventional standards, but he had exquisite touch.

jcempire
08-04-2012, 10:40 PM
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

you forgot Andre Agassi

thrust
08-04-2012, 10:54 PM
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!

Good list, but I would add Rosewall, who was very similar to Federer in game style. Agassi did not have a beautiful or graceful game IMO. Glad to see Sampras mentioned, not as smooth as Fed, but great style for the type of game he played.

thrust
08-04-2012, 10:59 PM
Haas
Becker
Stich
Edberg
Federer
Sampras
Kohlschreiber
Wawrinka
Gonzalez
Safin
bonus: Blake - the ultimate gentleman on court :)
I only saw Gonzalez once, at Forest Hills late in his career, so forgot about him. I had expected a more rough looking game and was surprised on how stylish and smooth his game was. He had power, but made it seem effortless.

jonheres
08-05-2012, 12:05 AM
Federer's beautiful game is an anamoly

This is a thoughuy i have been having in my head for some time now .. I think the words that describe it the best are elegant, efortless, graceful and textbook ... That is why i opened the thread ..

I mean, i understand theres a lot of people that dont like fed in this forum, but regardless of sympathy, i think a lot of people will really miss seeing him play once a couple of years go by after he retires, realizing that the kind of tennis he played (regardless of results) is something really really weird... the guy barely sweats or makes any noise... crazy ...

I think gasquet and haas are pretty enjoyable to watch too .. even more when they are on ..

Edda
08-05-2012, 12:20 AM
Federer
Sampras
Ferrero

Topspindoctor
08-05-2012, 02:26 AM
Nadal






Everyone else

howyesno
08-05-2012, 02:39 AM
adding Rafter for s&v

seattletennisguy
08-05-2012, 02:47 AM
random order:

Federer
Edberg
Wilander
Krickstein
Nadal
Noah
Becker
Courier
Borg
Muster

emotion
08-05-2012, 03:22 AM
Just of last two generations

1 Federer
2 Haas
3 Ferrero
4 Davydenko

Davy is almost an Agassi lite yet i actually think his game looks more fluid

Almagro is very under rated in terms of beauty of their game

Paylu2007
08-05-2012, 03:34 AM
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.

I was never a fan of hers, but I always enjoyed her matches; she had a gift to make the other players suffer. Specially since in those years, the men were being dominated by Roger, so u had to look women's matches for some drama.

Really sad we dont have a new Henin on WTA tour, Serena doesnt have a main rival and can destroy the tour, literally. I like Serena's game, but it's not that joyful to watch.

chenx15
08-05-2012, 03:48 AM
ONznVs_KN8Y

it's amazing how federer moves so much like rios, if not for the lefty and two hander you'll think it's federer

chenx15
08-05-2012, 03:51 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv3rqpUYU8Q madrid 2012

pray-for-palestine-and-israel
08-05-2012, 05:34 AM
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Jverweij
08-05-2012, 06:29 AM
Can't really include too many players from before 2001 because I haven't seen too many matches.

Roger Federer - don't need to comment on this
Fernando Gonzalez - the combi of slice BH's and devastating FH's *drool*. Also the only player ever to not annoy me when he grunts (only did it when hitting a winner)
Philipp Kohlschreiber - beauty of a BH, great volleys, nice FH
Marat Safin - Serve motion was fantastic, BH was incredible
Michael Llodra - great volleyer, overall exciting player to watch
David Nalbandian - best doublehanded BH I've ever seen
Tommy Haas - that BH (again)
Alexandr Dolgopolov - it's like Santoro with alot more power, great variety


last but not least Donald Young GOAT

MachineGun
08-05-2012, 07:17 AM
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.

He is good at what he does, but come on... This cannot really be considered BEAUTIFUL?! :scared:

VolandriFan
08-05-2012, 07:40 AM
For me: Gaudio, Dolgopolov, Rios, Gonzalez.

Bellucci's game can be quite stunning when he's playing well too, particularly since he's been working on his volleys.

buzz
08-05-2012, 08:11 AM
Good list, but I would add Rosewall, who was very similar to Federer in game style. Agassi did not have a beautiful or graceful game IMO. Glad to see Sampras mentioned, not as smooth as Fed, but great style for the type of game he played.

Didn't see a lot of Rosewall(and Laver). In general I think the pre Connors tennis was just something really different and I can't really judge it.

Agassi was not very graceful, but I find his close to the baseline halfvolley game in an absurd tempo just really nice and talented. Also his strokes are so compact and simple that is has something beautiful for me. It's a lot about timing that makes his game look beautiful.

Sampras had the most smooth service motion ever in my opinion, His footwork was also very smooth or catlike. Ofcourse nice volleys and a bit of an ugly backhand:).

As for Rios who a lot of people mention. Personally I don't like a lot of him besides his backhand. Just very inconsistent but some 'circus' shots were beautiful of course. More a player you want to see the highlights instead of a full match.

Rafters volleys were really cool, he mostly continued moving forward while hitting the first volley which made it look very fluent and athletic. Should have included him in my list.

TBkeeper
08-05-2012, 09:18 AM
If you want some fluid running-timing-shotmaking see Davydenko in 2006 (mostly)
like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGa4rS1Uof4 this and other matches in 2006 then he was most fluid/best timing and confident in his strange footwork he was extra swift then look at his acceleration the point at 3:12
Also:
Federer (GOAT)
Nalbandian
Haas

n8
08-05-2012, 10:30 AM
Rafter
Rios
Moya
Coria
Federer
Nalbandian
Davydenko
Wawrinka
Nadal
Dimitrov

In my opinion of course, and since I started watching tennis more (the list has no order by the way).

JurajCrane
08-05-2012, 10:44 AM
Nadal






Everyone else

I think you have misunderstood the title :smash:

cmoss
08-05-2012, 10:47 AM
Marcelo Rios the talent God.:worship:

n8
08-05-2012, 11:12 AM
I think you have misunderstood the title :smash:

Nadal's movement on clay is one of the most beautiful things in tennis.

thrust
08-05-2012, 12:49 PM
Marcelo Rios the talent God.:worship:

Personality of the Devil.

BroTree123
08-05-2012, 12:51 PM
I think you have misunderstood the title :smash:

U mad bro?

leng jai
08-05-2012, 12:52 PM
Nadal's movement on clay is one of the most beautiful things in tennis.

Yep I'm sure that's exactly what people look to when they talk about beautiful tennis.

jjc225
08-05-2012, 05:11 PM
Here's a beautiful outburst by Lendl, eventually costing him a game penalty in a match against McEnroe. Usually it's McEnroe that causes issues on the court. This time it was Lendl's turn. Lendl was right but should have cooled it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grurxxnewjg

Burrow
08-05-2012, 05:14 PM
Nadal's movement on clay is one of the most beautiful things in tennis.

No.

It's far from graceful.

Chris Kuerten
08-05-2012, 05:16 PM
Rios is the aesthetic GOAT.

jjc225
08-05-2012, 05:18 PM
No.

It's far from graceful.

Yes, Vilas was far more graceful on clay than Nadal. That's why Nadal is running into knee problems. But wouldn't it have been incredible to see Vilas-Nadal in both their primes?

Dougie
08-05-2012, 05:21 PM
Edberg´s game at it´s peak was stunningly beautiful. Rafter and Corretja also come to mind. Of current players, Haas is in a league of his own.

RandomChiller
08-05-2012, 09:42 PM
Federer, Ferrero, Haas :)

Whiznot
08-05-2012, 10:10 PM
Kournikova. I can't seem to think right now.

Shirogane
08-05-2012, 10:53 PM
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ersatto
08-05-2012, 11:00 PM
Nalbandian is ridiculous. Federer an obvious choice. Haas has a nice game, but overrated. Gasquet looks ridiculous when on. Rios is famous. Safin can be devastating and makes it look easy. McEnroe, despite weird strokes, was incredibly talented a shotmaker. Edberg was probably the only guy who deserved the moniker "ballet dancer on court" more than Federer.

Oh and as a cherry on top.

-KbMYYzT8c0

Navratil
08-06-2012, 07:15 AM
Don't forget about Marc Philippoussis and Patrick Rafter!

Wow! Two of my all-time-favorites!