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Old 07-22-2012, 04:10 AM   #91
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1. Fed
2. Borg
3. Lendl

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Del Potro has the hardest forehand I have ever seen. And by a good margin.
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what about berdych?
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:43 AM   #94
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My top 5 in no particular order:

Del Potro
Federer
Lendl
Gonzo
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the problem with d-pot and gonzo:

they dont meet the consistency criteria.

betetr go back to the drawing board.

and lay off the bourbon.
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1. Fed
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3. Lendl

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Running forehand: Davydenko second
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I am surprised nobody has mentioned Nole's forehand. He can finish a great topspin forehand as well as flat.

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sampy`s forehand was not too shabby but it was no match for lendl` forehand.

people also have to remember that sampy`s serve set up a lot of his forehands.

how big is the forehand in rallies? and how clutch is it when it really counts?

does it have deadly finishing power? and finally the most key criteria: consistency.

and you have to guage its true consistency by placing on clay and see if somebody can produce it over and over and again where even 10 good forehands may not be good enough to win a point.

this is why nadal`s forehand has to rate higher than fed`s forehand.

in fact the more i think about it the more i am wondering if lendl`s forehand should be also near the top.

lend started out as a touring pro without a backhand. all he could do was hit a slice and then he developed a consistent topspin backhand as he knew he had to.

he did not like the net and he did not have a dominating serve. in short, he was a grinder and that is why he took his fitness as high as he could possibly take it.

conclusion: lendl`s forehand had to be deadly and it was. and it had machine like consistency. 8 slams and a total of 19 slams finals suggest that it was more than consistent enough.

so i am now making it the 2nd greatest forehand with fed as the 3rd greatest.

so for me, my revised top 3 :

1. nadal
2. lendl
3. fed
And you're telling people to lay off the bourbon LOL. Nadal has a tremendous forehand, but it mainly relies on consistency, placement and spin. Hell, without technology in the strings and racket development, Nadal's forehand wouldn't exist as it is today. Nadal will go through matches barely hitting winners off that wing. It isn't his forehand that wins matches, it is his intangibles that make him great. What an utter joke post. Lendl forehand can obviously be argued over other players, but Nadal's to be over players such as Federer and Lendl, LOL.

You should rename this thread "which forehand benefits most from a runner and technology"
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I am surprised nobody has mentioned Nole's forehand. He can finish a great topspin forehand as well as flat.
and i am the one who is at fault with that general T.

nole has one of the most devastating forehands in the game today.

and it has the machine like consistency that is one of my criteria here.

and of course it absolutely has deadly finishing power.

finally everybody got to find out how tough his forehand is in the clutch last year.
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:25 AM   #100
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sampy`s forehand was not too shabby but it was no match for lendl` forehand.

people also have to remember that sampy`s serve set up a lot of his forehands.

how big is the forehand in rallies? and how clutch is it when it really counts?

does it have deadly finishing power? and finally the most key criteria: consistency.

and you have to guage its true consistency by placing on clay and see if somebody can produce it over and over and again where even 10 good forehands may not be good enough to win a point.

this is why nadal`s forehand has to rate higher than fed`s forehand.

in fact the more i think about it the more i am wondering if lendl`s forehand should be also near the top.

lend started out as a touring pro without a backhand. all he could do was hit a slice and then he developed a consistent topspin backhand as he knew he had to.

he did not like the net and he did not have a dominating serve. in short, he was a grinder and that is why he took his fitness as high as he could possibly take it.

conclusion: lendl`s forehand had to be deadly and it was. and it had machine like consistency. 8 slams and a total of 19 slams finals suggest that it was more than consistent enough.

so i am now making it the 2nd greatest forehand with fed as the 3rd greatest.

so for me, my revised top 3 :

1. nadal
2. lendl
3. fed
Consistency is an important criterion on clay where points are made of endless grueling rallies. On fast surfaces I'll take Fed's forehand over Rafa's any day.

Also I would add that on clay the problem with Fed was the consistency of his backhand (who was broken down by Nadal), not of his forehand.

Hint: where did Rafa hit most of the times in their French open finals?
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And you're telling people to lay off the bourbon LOL. Nadal has a tremendous forehand, but it mainly relies on consistency, placement and spin. Hell, without technology in the strings and racket development, Nadal's forehand wouldn't exist as it is today. Nadal will go through matches barely hitting winners off that wing. It isn't his forehand that wins matches, it is his intangibles that make him great. What an utter joke post. Lendl forehand can obviously be argued over other players, but Nadal's to be over players such as Federer and Lendl, LOL.

You should rename this thread "which forehand benefits most from a runner and technology"
This. Have you people who hype Rafa's forehand as the best read his book? His strategy for playing Federer: wait for him to miss. Since Nadal is more consistent, Fed's got no choice but to go for his shots. Nadal wouldn't be winning anything out side of clay without the strings of today. I think it's so unfair to Borg to compare their W/FO combo when Borg won his on super fast, low bouncing, slick grass with wooden racquets. I'd like to see Rafa play on that type of grass even with today's strings. If he complains about blue clay, God knows what he'd say about grass as it was played on for decades with all the bad bounces. LOL at some of these answers - you'd think tennis has existed only for the past 10-15 years.

OT: that alien scenario should take into consideration not only surface but technology. Who knows what the aliens would choose to play on or with? Who would all you Rafa fans choose then? I know I wouldn't be choosing Rafa on fast grass (or any other surface for that matter) with wooden racquets (the way most greats of the game of tennis have played).
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:45 AM   #102
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And on the women's side: Graf. It's amazing she won 22 GSs with that (relatively weak slice) backhand. Just goes to show how devastating her forehand was.
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true. I think for a while it was possibly the biggest in the game but it's never been better than Federer's obviously.
Maybe never the absolute best forehand in the game but certainly for a period it was up there, so I don't think what these other pros have said is too far off the mark. Have to bear in mind with Verdasco that almost all of his results have been through the forehand - he made it to the top 10 with an unreliable serve, mediocre backhand and world-renowned mental attributes. The forehand had to be pretty damn special.

Also he's far from just a power merchant on that wing - at his best he plays with angle, loads of spin, disguise and even his rallying shot is fairly hefty. Aesthetically not bad either, despite a western grip.
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Fed's Forehand , Not only the best Forehand Ever,but Also the Greatest Shot Ever.
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the problem with d-pot and gonzo:

they dont meet the consistency criteria.

betetr go back to the drawing board.

and lay off the bourbon.
Del Potro's forehand is very consistent. He lacks variety and placement however.
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