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Who has the most beautiful strokes?

95mphsrv
08-26-2005, 06:01 PM
Who do you guys think has the greatest
1.Forhand
2.Backhand
3.Serve
4.Volley
5.Slice
6.Movement
and a little explanation why.

1sun
08-26-2005, 06:37 PM
1)roger
2)gasquet
3)ivo
4)henman
5)roger
6)roger

*Viva Chile*
08-26-2005, 07:16 PM
1) Gonzo
2) Gaudio
3) Roddick
4) Roger (sp. backhand volley)
5) Roger
6) Rafa

adee-gee
08-26-2005, 10:21 PM
1. Federer (just edged out Gonzo due to more consistency)
2. Guga (at his peak), if not then Gaudio
3. Karlovic
4. Henman
5. David Benabou :D
6. Nadal

oneandonlyhsn
08-26-2005, 11:16 PM
1) Federer - fluid motion, and consistent.
2) Safin - powerful and deals well with most bounces
3) Safin - Great serve, hard to return and be aggressive
4) Henman - Generates speed on the low returns (Roddicks biggest problem) and knows when to come in
5) Roger - Great BH and FH slice which almost always get him back in points when he looks like he is out if it
6) Federer - Looks like he isnt moving, no screeching of shoes, moves so well side to side and comes to the net so effortlessly.

Bilbo
08-26-2005, 11:18 PM
1.Federer
2.Gaudio
3.Karlovic
4.Federer
5.Federer
6.Nadal

adee-gee
08-26-2005, 11:21 PM
I'm surprised quite a lot of people consider Fed to be a better volleyer than Timothy.

oneandonlyhsn
08-26-2005, 11:25 PM
I'm surprised quite a lot of people consider Fed to be a better volleyer than Timothy.

Me too, Fed himself has often said if there was 1 thing he could borrow from a player is Henman's volleys :scratch:

adee-gee
08-26-2005, 11:36 PM
Me too, Fed himself has often said if there was 1 thing he could borrow from a player is Henman's volleys :scratch:

Surely he'd quite like to steal Karlovic's serve too!

Sjengster
08-26-2005, 11:40 PM
1. Sanguinetti
2. Vinciguerra
3. Volandri
4. Massu
5. Soderling
6. Dick Norman

I think those names speak for themselves.

adee-gee
08-26-2005, 11:43 PM
A bit harsh on Soderling!

disturb3d
08-27-2005, 12:33 AM
1.Roger
2.Roger
3.Karlovic
4.Roger
5.Roger
6.Roger

Skyward
08-27-2005, 12:40 AM
1. Sanguinetti
2. Vinciguerra
3. Volandri
4. Massu
5. Soderling
6. Dick Norman

I think those names speak for themselves.

:haha: :haha:

pravda
08-27-2005, 03:10 AM
I'm surprised quite a lot of people consider Fed to be a better volleyer than Timothy.

I'm not. Henman is an overrated volleyer, he makes a lot of mistakes. I'd take Federer over him anyday.

Anyway, no one on tour these days can claim to be a top shelf volleyer. Just watch a tape of Patrick Rafter playing and you can see no one is near that level. He used to be able to play great volleys from returns that were nailed to his toes. No one does that regularly these days, they're all too scared to serve volley.

alfonsojose
08-27-2005, 03:39 AM
Lindsay's forehand :bowdown:

uNIVERSE mAN
08-27-2005, 04:44 AM
1) Federer - fluid motion, and consistent.
2) Safin - powerful and deals well with most bounces
3) Safin - Great serve, hard to return and be aggressive
4) Henman - Generates speed on the low returns (Roddicks biggest problem) and knows when to come in
5) Roger - Great BH and FH slice which almost always get him back in points when he looks like he is out if it
6) Federer - Looks like he isnt moving, no screeching of shoes, moves so well side to side and comes to the net so effortlessly.

Safin great serve? his second serve is 80mph, and he gets broken more than the top 4 combined.

uNIVERSE mAN
08-27-2005, 04:45 AM
I'm not. Henman is an overrated volleyer, he makes a lot of mistakes. I'd take Federer over him anyday.

Anyway, no one on tour these days can claim to be a top shelf volleyer. Just watch a tape of Patrick Rafter playing and you can see no one is near that level. He used to be able to play great volleys from returns that were nailed to his toes. No one does that regularly these days, they're all too scared to serve volley.

Rafter was not a better volleyer than Sampras.

its.like.that
08-27-2005, 08:45 AM
1.Forehand - Federer
2.Backhand - Kuerten
3.Serve - Sampras
4.Volley - Sampras
5.Slice - Federer
6.Movement - Nadal

sanpo
08-27-2005, 09:18 AM
My picks:
1. fh - Roger, it certainly is the best miz of all varities that makes a fh strong (enough pace, spin, style)
2. bh - 2handed = agassi (or Safin on a good day) consistent, and wins them good points
3. serve - 1st serve = roddick of course
2nd serve = federer, very effective and enables him to set up points as well
4. volleys - federer, (and I think henman is overrated, and dent isn't too far from roger. BTW, I've only started following tennis circa 2001 so I had limited chance to see how sampras, rafter, ivanisevic etcetera played.
5. slice - bh = federer, i love it when he slices it mid court or even the dropshot with heavy spin
fh = maybe santoro? But is it a forehand or a backhand? because he plays two-handed :))
6. movement - Nadal/Roger/Coria. I have the impression that Nadal does the 'exerted' running, roger is a bit more graceful, while Coria gets to almost any ball. They just vary on how their running might look like, but they pretty much get the job done.

Rex
08-27-2005, 09:44 AM
Roger- such a fluid consistent shot
Gasquet- same as above- but has good power on the ball
Ivo- but if we consider serving patterns and such i would say roger or resedski
Timmy- angle sharp volleys, truely untoachable
Roger or timmy- both with very good chips onto the charge
Nadal- look at the piggy run, he will run everything down and turn defence onto attack

sampaio
08-27-2005, 09:54 AM
1.Grosjean
2.Gasquet
3.Federer
4.Escudé
5.O.Rochus
6.Coria

Castafiore
08-27-2005, 10:05 AM
1. Forehand: Federer
2. Backhand: Gaudio (I don't know if it's the very best, though but it's a thing of beauty at times)
3. Serve: just talking about serve and nothing else? Karlovic.
4. Volley: Henman
5. Slice: Federer or Henman at times.
5. Movement: Nadal. Why? This article describes quite well why:
Rafa moves better than anyone I believe I have ever seen. Not exactly powerful, not necessarily explosive, but rather, to my eye, his movement is just tenacious. He runs down nearly everything, drives the ball with incredible power and accuracy from totally outstretched positions, and with such balance that he recovers immediately for the next shot, no matter what or where. It is just that simple, you cannot get the ball by him. He is dangerous from any part of the court at any time, he recovers in the wink of an eye, and the Kid is rarely out of position.

And though I am not sure that you and I can match Rafa's intensity or incredible court coverage, there are a few things worth observing, which may trickle down into your own game. When someone is described as a “Great Mover” there are a number of distinct skills that are brought to bear. Starting quickly, hitting on balance, recovering quickly, and timing the split step to the opponent's contact, each and every time. Rafa brings a dancer's awareness to the court, for he is master of the dynamic instability required to run quickly, and in the replays of some of his amazing shots he is leaning into his running strides much like a sprinter coming out of the blocks. When he punishes the ball from the corners from what appears to be a dead run, he is impeccably on balance, no longer leaning out to the ball but now totally upright. Then a moment after contact as he is following through, he totally reverses body weight back to the center of the court, again - the dynamic instability helps him recover better than anyone in the game. Finally, as he readies for the opponent's reply, he times each and every split step to the opponent, totally engaged, ready to run laterally or move forward for the kill.
Source: Jim McLennan, TennisOne Newsletter (8.22.05)

Cervantes
08-27-2005, 10:22 AM
Movement = Roger!!

In my opinion this is the reason he's the best player ever. Defensively Nadal might be better, but it's close. Roger can run down just about anything and he's also capable of getting to those nasty dropshots.

Offensively Roger is by far the best, he's always one step ahead of his opponent, allowing him to take the ball early and gaining tempo from that. He can do this because he's always at the exact right place to hit his best shot. It seems to me this part of the game is underrated, but good footwork is essential for hitting all those winning shots cosistently.

adee-gee
08-27-2005, 11:19 AM
Rafter was not a better volleyer than Sampras.

Agreed

1sun
08-27-2005, 12:10 PM
Movement = Roger!!

In my opinion this is the reason he's the best player ever. Defensively Nadal might be better, but it's close. Roger can run down just about anything and he's also capable of getting to those nasty dropshots.

Offensively Roger is by far the best, he's always one step ahead of his opponent, allowing him to take the ball early and gaining tempo from that. He can do this because he's always at the exact right place to hit his best shot. It seems to me this part of the game is underrated, but good footwork is essential for hitting all those winning shots cosistently.
i agree. federers movement is the best on the tour, and his footwork is just amazing

Cornincrap
10-31-2006, 09:42 PM
:)

Besides Mr. Federer......

Deathless Mortal
10-31-2006, 09:43 PM
You tell me! :p

r2473
10-31-2006, 09:44 PM
Brad Gilbert

Peoples
10-31-2006, 09:44 PM
González

Johnny Groove
10-31-2006, 09:44 PM
Nadal's form is flawless :devil:

Jlee
10-31-2006, 09:45 PM
Gasquet's are pretty...

Deathless Mortal
10-31-2006, 09:45 PM
Feňa! :D :haha:

KaxMisha
10-31-2006, 09:45 PM
Forehand: Federer, followed by Verdasco.
Backhand: Gaudio, followed by Srichaphan and Gasquet.

Ernham
10-31-2006, 09:46 PM
Al-bundy-ian, in general.

Deathless Mortal
10-31-2006, 09:47 PM
Stupid thread. We all know that it is Danai Udomchoke!

+alonso
10-31-2006, 09:47 PM
Gasquet BH is lovely, Gaudio's as well

Nalbandian two-handed BH is a joy to watch as well, looks so effortless
Santoro volleys
etc...

cmurray
10-31-2006, 09:52 PM
Guga has the best backhand ever.

Fena's forehand is no slouch either.

Chileno
10-31-2006, 09:59 PM
Gasquet BH. End of thread.

sampaio
10-31-2006, 10:00 PM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/graphics/gallery/tennis/usopen05/day8/gasquet.jpg http://2005.usopen.org/images/pics/large/b_0904_001rochus.jpg
http://www.eitb24.com/archivos/imagenes/eitb24/politica/2006/05/31/Fernando-Verdasco-2006053110535608hg2.jpg

Murray_no1
10-31-2006, 10:05 PM
Andrew Murrays dropshot and lob :) <look at me avatar :worship:

~*BGT*~
10-31-2006, 10:10 PM
Hate to bring the WTA into this :p , but Golovin probably has the most beautiful and unique service motions I've seen.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=p4uz4EqR74k

But Gasquet and Fed of course. I love Safin and Nalby's backhands.

Cornincrap
10-31-2006, 10:49 PM
You tell me! :p

: ) I like Gasquet's strokes : )

Howard
10-31-2006, 11:04 PM
If we’re going back I’d pick Nastase and Mecir (not counting serves).

federated
10-31-2006, 11:42 PM
easy, the french have it: gasquet and santoro.

NyGeL
10-31-2006, 11:46 PM
Henman's style is so classic... I love it :hearts:

Checho
10-31-2006, 11:56 PM
Nalbandian and Gasquet, they play tennis so naturally.

Allure
11-01-2006, 12:16 AM
Gasquet

frenchie
11-01-2006, 12:17 AM
Davydenko is very fluid too

leng jai
11-01-2006, 12:20 AM
Tommy.

LCeh
11-01-2006, 12:32 AM
Gasquet's strokes don't strike me as beautiful, especially his forehand. His serve isn't that good looking either.

I would say Baghdatis's strokes look pretty good. He doesn't force his serve, but it can be very big. His backhand, though isn't exceptional, looks quite natural and fluid as well. His forehand is also a great shot, doesn't look like a big effort but can generate some great pace, especially on the run.

Horatio Caine
11-01-2006, 12:34 AM
Henman - that topspin forehand is sheer poetry in motion :lol: :retard:

On a serious note though...Gasquet has some flair

hammett
11-01-2006, 12:43 AM
Henman's style is so classic... I love it :hearts:

Agree. Let's see if I can put it into English well what I think.
That Henman down the line approaching shot to attack the net and go for the volley and that Nalbandian "defensive" backhand that he use when the opponent hit a paralel flat stoke down the line that he manage to reach and curl his racket with his left hand for a short super angled shot are just too beautiful to watch.

Hope it's everything clear.:)

Action Jackson
11-01-2006, 12:43 AM
Jeff Tarango and David Benabou.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKnE--CmXs0

yomike
11-01-2006, 09:02 AM
Service - Federer
Forehand - Murray
Backhand - Gaudio

deliveryman
11-01-2006, 09:04 AM
Gasquet's backhand is a work of art.

Voo de Mar
11-01-2006, 09:21 AM
Service: Fish
Forehand: Federer
Backhand: Gaudio
Volley: nobody at the moment :sad:

stebs
11-01-2006, 11:57 AM
Forehand: Federer
Backhand: Gasquet

Overall, I would say Nalbandian, both strokes are quite nice, especially that backhand.

oz_boz
11-01-2006, 12:15 PM
Forehand: Federer
Backhand: Gaudio
Volley: nobody at the moment :sad:

Amen.

stebs
11-01-2006, 12:28 PM
Service: Fish
Forehand: Federer
Backhand: Gaudio
Volley: nobody at the moment :sad:

I disagree. There are plenty of beautiful volleyers around with the same, if not better, technique as the serve volleyers of the past. The only difference is the results are bad because they don't volley enough to have good touch. Technically volleyers today are, for the most part, as good as ever.

supersexynadal
11-01-2006, 12:37 PM
Technique-verdasco and haas come to mind for the forehands
Backhands-safin. 2 handed backhands always beat one handers no matter what;)

Voo de Mar
11-01-2006, 12:54 PM
There are plenty of beautiful volleyers around with the same, if not better, technique as the serve volleyers of the past.

Who?

Xristos
11-01-2006, 01:01 PM
My backhand is pure class..

buzz
11-01-2006, 01:41 PM
JC Ferrero, simple but nice and effective

Fuego Frío
11-01-2006, 05:39 PM
Gasquet's are pretty...

very true:)

Mario Sharapov
11-09-2009, 07:50 PM
We has been discussing about the ugliest ones, what about the most beautiful ones?

I love Youzhny's strokes especially his backhand! :worship::hearts:

docking34
11-09-2009, 08:07 PM
i really enjoy watching youzhny backhand and llodra's wonderful kick volleys and regular volleys made at net. simply wonderful to watch.

Certinfy
11-09-2009, 08:09 PM
Karlovic.

Har-Tru
11-09-2009, 08:14 PM
I have a sneaky feeling this thread has been done before.

Andi-M
11-09-2009, 11:30 PM
Wawrinka 1H BH
Murray, Djokovic, Del Potro, Nalbandian 2H BH
Verdasco, Federer FH

cakedraw
11-09-2009, 11:32 PM
Federror and Muffin