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One thing Nadal can actually do well is run around like crazy, especially with allegedly bad knees :D

Depends on the surface anyway. Nole on HC, Andy and Roger on grass and Nadal on clay.

But actual ability to play tennis on those surfaces,rather than just movement? Nadal is last place by far. Facts by Jo Willy.
 

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jowilly has the worst for sure, specially when he runs outta mommy's basement :lol: (still stuck there and in his 40's)
 

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nadal by far
 

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One thing Nadal can actually do well is run around like crazy, especially with allegedly bad knees :D

Depends on the surface anyway. Nole on HC, Andy and Roger on grass and Nadal on clay.

But actual ability to play tennis on those surfaces,rather than just movement? Nadal is last place by far. Facts by Jo Willy.
Nadal is the best in HC but is BH are not great has the Novak BH so seems like Djokovic is better.
 

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Nadal is the best in HC but is BH are not great has the Novak BH so seems like Djokovic is better.
This sums up the stupidity of Nadal fans. Nadal is better than Djokovic on HC? I've heard it all now. Djokovic destroyed peak Nadal on all surfaces, not just HC anyway :) Nadal's backhand is poor thought, only correct thing in your incoherent post. Thanks for the laugh though mate.
 

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Nadal definitely

not only was he the fastest at his prime (nothing could get past, remember all of those insane 'gets'!?) but Nadal has exceptionally good footwork

people give a lot of credit in terms of strokes, serve, mindset- but oddly enough not enough appreciation is given to those who have superb footwork. it takes a lot of effort to really master movement on a tennis court so you almost never are in an uncomfortable position

next would probably be Federer just because he really danced around the court at his best

obviously the like of Djokovic and Ferrer move very well too.

Nadal though was crazy in 2008, 2009 (well 2009 the part where he was not physically ailing)
 

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That's a kind of subjective issue.

But here is ATP data on career games won %. Nadal leads, Djoko second, Fed third., Murray fourth.

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Win %
Nadal 59.5
Djokovic 58.5
Federer 57.5
Murray 57.0
 

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All are great but I have to go with Nadal. He's the king of impossible gets.
Got to make up for his alarming lack of shot making and non existent ability to hit winners. Unlike the others, all he has is defence so of course he needs good movement. His endless fitness helps too, though a few lemmings still believe he has been injured at least once in his career.
 

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Nadal followed closely by Federer.

Federer on his best day, just seems to float around the court. But Nadal has probably the quickest feet the game has ever seen.
 

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define "best movement" coz the way i see it Nadal would be third after Fed and Murray.

If it is about diving from boats i guess Nadal would take it.

He'd take it on running backwards as well (his turning around the BH side has been impressive indeed).

But general movement, tennis movement...it's actually pretty easy to determine -

Take the weakest upper body of them all and you have the winner.

To generate speed and penetration of your shots without much muscle, one needs a perfectly balanced, perfectly positioned and perfect technically swing.

To win 17 Slams and hit the way Roger hits, with the (lack of) upper body muscles he has, it is a mathematical fact that he is inevitably a prodigious mover.

Rafa compensates with arms, Nole with flexibility, Murray with general built. Roger just moves in the right way, as fast as necessary, as precise as no other player and swings through to create what the others create with their other physical qualities.

It's simple math.

Its deterioration with age is also the very prime reason why he doesn't have 25 Slams already and is only third in the world and not 1st.

It's also the reason why he couldn't adjust his game to a daylight final. His movement is everything he's got, plus the talent in the hands and head. But movement is his #1 for me.

And he's with absolute certainty by far first among these guys.
 

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Even though Nadal is very bulked up he still has better footwork than Djok and Murray.

For me, averaging out all surfaces:
1. Nadal = Fed
2. Djok = Murray
 
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