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Old 07-21-2012, 05:04 AM   #16
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Definitely Gonzo and Fed. But I also think Nadal. His spin is ridiculous, and that's the shot that has made him so successful for the most part. It can get really powerful too!
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Definitely Gonzo and Fed. But I also think Nadal. His spin is ridiculous, and that's the shot that has made him so successful for the most part. It can get really powerful too!

holy shit. that was like a speeding bullet with topspin.

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here is my list:

1. clay warrior
2. fed
3. lendl
4. gonzo
5. muster


i can add a few more to that list:

6. agassi
7. courier (strange looking forehand but effective as hell and consistent)
8. sampras
9. vilas
10. borg
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anybody for sampras?

i am looking for a forehand that performed best under pressure and also was a devastating forehand with ridiculous finishing power.
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Blake's forehand was huge but pretty one dimensional.

Sebastien Grosjean's forehand was simply genius. Wand like his prime.
Wand like is an absolutely fantastic way to describe it, and I couldn't agree more. Awesome shot.
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Under pressure, Federer's and Nadal's forehands were insane.
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Under pressure, Federer's and Nadal's forehands were insane.
Nadal basically doesn't miss his forehand under pressure.
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Nadal basically doesn't miss his forehand under pressure.


well nadal has lost some of his machine like consistency but you are spot on.

in the past when he was on his game, he never missed with his forehand under pressure and in the clutch.

same with muster and borg. they were machines off the forehand wing.
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oh give me a break with clay warrior shits. something so artificial can't be the best. forehand with no variety can't be the best.

lengai jai, good call with Grosjean, almost forgot how beautiful it was, specially dth
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here is my list:

1. clay warrior
2. fed
3. lendl
4. gonzo
5. muster


i can add a few more to that list:

6. agassi
7. courier (strange looking forehand but effective as hell and consistent)
8. sampras
9. vilas
10. borg
Clearly not bias, there.
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Clearly not bias, there.


actually i am more objective than you ever could be. you see i am not blinded by blind worship.

you are not bright enough for me try to explain.


11 majors while serving with a wrong hand so basically no serve, pathetic slice, miserable backhand, fucked up knees, almost always injured.

and we all know he cant volley so he is limited in so many ways.

you know of anybody else who has managed 11 majors with pretty much one stroke?


i am more objective than you can ever dream to be. i dont have to blindly worship anyone but you do.


i would say it is nadal who has the greatest forehand the world has ever known.


why dont you ask fed about it and he will tell you.

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where is statracket?

he is definitely one of the very best posters here. so his opinion is always worth reading.
That sure feels good to get an individual mention right of the bat in a thread by the renowned Clay Death.

I don't like to comment on players I haven't seen play very often, so my discussion looks at more recent players.

After a bit of thought, I'm going to put Nadal's forehand as number one. It's well known that Nadal's forehand generates more topspin than any other ground stroke ever in the game. This spin enables him to take tremendous rips at the ball and still have considerable margin. This margin means that he rarely misses and this gives him even more confidence in pressure situations. The topspin also makes it so difficult to volley and consistently attack, plus it allows incredible angles. Put this on clay and the vast majority of opponents simply can't handle it. Add leftyness and amazing speed (running around backhands) and you have one of the most effective weapons in tennis, ever.

Nadal's forehand may be best overall, but it certainly isn't the best in all conditions. For all round effectiveness, look no further than Federer. He also generates a lot of topspin, but not as much as Nadal. His forehand is generally hit with more power though. Give Nadal the right forehand and he'll ware you down pretty quickly, but Federer will usually hit a winner quicker. It was scary how dominant Federer's forehand was in his prime. Just slightly more errors are enough to push him back from number one in my opinion.

Often a good way to find players with an amazing stroke is to look at the rest of their game. Moya and Gonzalez didn't have good backhands but were both very good players. Hence their forehands must have been excellent. Moya ran around his forehand heaps and had every right to given that it was one of the best shots in tennis. Kind of like Nadal's, yet flatter and less consistent (and a righty). Gonzalez's forehand was extremely powerful and when he was in the zone, it was virtually unstoppable.



Special mentions to Agassi who was amazing at taking the ball on the rise (on both wings including the forehand) and Sampras with his incredible running forehands. I don't feel brave enough to rank players beyond the top two, but Nadal and Federer have a clear lead (among relatively recent players).
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That sure feels good to get an individual mention right of the bat in a thread by the renowned Clay Death.

I don't like to comment on players I haven't seen play very often, so my discussion looks at more recent players.

After a bit of thought, I'm going to put Nadal's forehand as number one. It's well known that Nadal's forehand generates more topspin than any other ground stroke ever in the game. This spin enables him to take tremendous rips at the ball and still have considerable margin. This margin means that he rarely misses and this gives him even more confidence in pressure situations. The topspin also makes it so difficult to volley and consistently attack, plus it allows incredible angles. Put this on clay and the vast majority of opponents simply can't handle it. Add leftyness and amazing speed (running around backhands) and you have one of the most effective weapons in tennis, ever.

Nadal's forehand may be best overall, but it certainly isn't the best in all conditions. For all round effectiveness, look no further than Federer. He also generates a lot of topspin, but not as much as Nadal. His forehand is generally hit with more power though. Give Nadal the right forehand and he'll ware you down pretty quickly, but Federer will usually hit a winner quicker. It was scary how dominant Federer's forehand was in his prime. Just slightly more errors are enough to push him back from number one in my opinion.

Often a good way to find players with an amazing stroke is to look at the rest of their game. Moya and Gonzalez didn't have good backhands but were both very good players. Hence their forehands must have been excellent. Moya ran around his forehand heaps and had every right to given that it was one of the best shots in tennis. Kind of like Nadal's, yet flatter and less consistent (and a righty). Gonzalez's forehand was extremely powerful and when he was in the zone, it was virtually unstoppable.



Special mentions to Agassi who was amazing at taking the ball on the rise (on both wings including the forehand) and Sampras with his incredible running forehands.


great post as always general statracket.


i watched one of gonzo`s matches at the french open a few years back. he must have hit 25 forehands at breakneck speeds. it was sick when he was really on.

but to be considered the very best of the best, you have to have amazing results with that forehand. and that invariably means big titles.


so for that reason, your post is 100% spot on.

i have to rate nadal`s forehand as the best ever. fed is close second.

i also like lendl, muster, and borg. they too hardly ever missed in the clutch.

same with vilas but i need to watch a few of his matches to get a better idea. i am very impressed with all that i have read. his numbers are crazy.

he did not have a big serve and he was not all that competent at the net. his backhand was a thing of beauty but it must have been his forehand that did the damage.

lets face it. how can you have deadly finishing power off a single handed backhand with a wooden racquet with a sweet spot the size of a dime.
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i have to rate nadal`s forehand as the best ever. fed is close second.
Thanks and glad you agree. I like your knowledge of the games of the greats too.

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