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Old 12-04-2011, 11:38 PM   #1
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Do any players use the forehand slice anymore and if so, which players are the bets at it ?
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Old 12-04-2011, 11:55 PM   #2
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Troimug does it quite often, congrats for flexibility, for defensive baseline game despite strong serve.
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Fed often plays that squash shot
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:01 AM   #4
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I think the top 3 all play it when stretched. Fed has to do it more often as he finds himself on the defensive quite a lot these days. Djoko plays it well on hardcourts.
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Dolgopolov used it on the return against Djokovic at the U.S Open this year, it wasn't a normal chip, it was like a full slice
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1 Dolgopolov
2 Federer
3 Murray
4 Djokovic

Ward is of note also
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Default Re: Forehand Slice

Ah my playing style..

It does look weird unless it's a defensive squash shot in todays era. Having said that weird is good. Dolgo and Flo Mayer are weird. I believe I've seen them both use one of my favourite shots.. the donkey kick forehand faked deep slice gone drop shot thingy mingy.
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I've seen Simon hit it and not only when he is on the defensive.

Here is Federer hitting a forehand slice "offensively". He usually uses this as a fake drop shot though- and I think that is the case on this rally that ends up with another tweener.

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Federer sometimes hits it as an offensive shot when he changes the grip so the opponent expects a dropshot, and then he slices it deep.
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Default Re: Forehand Slice

An offensive forehand slice is really fun to hit. It's kind of like swinging a sword down on the ball. Of course, in my case, the ball flies way out, but I think the pros could use it as a surprise shot every once in a while.
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Federer utilizes it pretty well.
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Old 12-05-2011, 03:59 AM   #12
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An offensive forehand slice is really fun to hit. It's kind of like swinging a sword down on the ball. Of course, in my case, the ball flies way out, but I think the pros could use it as a surprise shot every once in a while.
The only way it can be a surprise shot is when you're pretending to hit a drop shit due to the grip change.
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A player with a good forehand slice is annoying to play against. It's a very dangerous shot, b/c it is unusual and players aren't used to dealing with it, which leads to a lot of UEs. Alternatively players will often hit a relatively safe or spinny response to avoid hitting a UE.

It is thus often utilized as a point reset.

Santoro famously used his 2hander to bait and switch opposing players, often daring them to come to the net very much like the reverse of the federer dying cc bh slice. This is particularly effective against guys who hit very flat shots.

It is also used to crack the rhythm of a power hitter.
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A player with a good forehand slice is annoying to play against. It's a very dangerous shot, b/c it is unusual and players aren't used to dealing with it, which leads to a lot of UEs. Alternatively players will often hit a relatively safe or spinny response to avoid hitting a UE.

It is thus often utilized as a point reset.

Santoro famously used his 2hander to bait and switch opposing players, often daring them to come to the net very much like the reverse of the federer dying cc bh slice. This is particularly effective against guys who hit very flat shots.

It is also used to crack the rhythm of a power hitter.
totally agree i have two great tennis buddies that can't match up with me baseline to baseline, then they discovered i have a problem handling the forehand slice. they give it to me out of nowhere. totally screws up my rhythm. and they usually do it when they are on the defensive when i give them some heavy ground stroke shots. the one advantage now is i have learned to read this and force myself to go to the net more. which is awesome
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Dustin Brown also uses this shot quite often, usually rushing to the net afterwards. I like it
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