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Beasty54
01-14-2009, 11:43 AM
Who do you think on the ATP Tour has the most fight in them? When there back is against the wall they will dig deep and come back with something spectacular?

thejoe
01-14-2009, 11:47 AM
Lleyton Hewitt. The clutch match king.

bladepdb
01-14-2009, 11:49 AM
Whoever the biggest guy is.




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Gilles Simon and Nadal come to mind.

DarthFed
01-14-2009, 11:59 AM
Nadal,Simon, Murray

I say Murray because of Wimbledon and he had to come back from down quite a few times in the USO if i remember correclty, the Melzer match comes to mind

bladepdb
01-14-2009, 12:05 PM
Nadal,Simon, Murray

I say Murray because of Wimbledon and he had to come back from down quite a few times in the USO if i remember correclty, the Melzer match comes to mind

Until recently, though, Murray also had his fits of mopey-ness...Simon and Nadal don't really go that far when they're down.

miyagi
01-14-2009, 12:14 PM
Nadal has a never say die attitude.....I would go with him hands down.

swedechris
01-14-2009, 12:19 PM
nadal .. monfils .. simon .. hewitt..

Beasty54
01-14-2009, 12:21 PM
Until recently, though, Murray also had his fits of mopey-ness...Simon and Nadal don't really go that far when they're down.


Thats a good point. Nadal is pretty clutch and Simon come backs extremely well.

Roddick also fights really hard.

Kirko
01-14-2009, 12:24 PM
Murray has my vote the way comported himself last summer on the hardcourt circuit. not current or a male player I thought Patty Fendick had a big heart when she played.

Gugafan
01-14-2009, 12:29 PM
Lleyton Hewitt. The clutch match king.

No doubt...His 5 set record speaks volumes about his 'never say die attitude'. You only have to lookback at the AUS OPEN-05 to see what gladiator like fighting qualitys he possesess.

T1000
01-14-2009, 12:38 PM
Hewitt
great 2 set record
AO 2005, dug out of quite a few holes
davis cup tie vs Federer. Fed was serving for the match up 5-3 two sets to none and hewitt came back

Emelia21
01-14-2009, 12:43 PM
Nadal for me

cujays
01-14-2009, 01:07 PM
nadal never gives up so i have to go with him

DoubleDeuce
01-14-2009, 01:20 PM
Federer. Could never get to where he is otherwise.
Never quits or retires, injury or not. He has changed the outcome of several matches because of that. Here is my favorite worth a review.

Federer vs Hidalgo; Final set down 0-4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdNIIlZIUsY)

veroniquem
01-14-2009, 01:21 PM
You know what a player said about Nadal on clay (unfortunately I can't remember who it was)? You can be up 5-0 and 40-0 on your serve against Nadal, you still can't feel confident you're gonna win the set!

Mdubb23
01-14-2009, 01:25 PM
In terms of a "never say die" attitude, Marat Safin comes to mind...

yellowoctopus
01-14-2009, 01:35 PM
Nadal, Hewitt, Ferrer

All-rounder
01-14-2009, 01:39 PM
Federer Hewitt - eye of the tiger spirit

TheMusicLover
01-14-2009, 01:46 PM
Neither of all the mentioned guys would ever have gotten where they came if not for an amazing fighting spirit.
My vote, however, goes to that guy that has NEVER retired from all of his 700+ matches (I've lost count) during his career so far - you-know-who.

The_Steak
01-14-2009, 01:50 PM
Hewitt. 10 chars.

Frankauc
01-14-2009, 02:02 PM
simon. easily. Nadal in second

zagor
01-14-2009, 02:10 PM
Rafael,honorable mention to Hewitt,Federer and Roddick.

RCizzle65
01-14-2009, 02:16 PM
In terms of a "never say die" attitude, Marat Safin comes to mind...

Like what comes to mind, to me he seems like he doesn't care....he is my second favorite player because of his talent but he doesn't seem to care
And to answer the topic question, I would go with Nadal and Hewitt

Beasty54
01-14-2009, 02:22 PM
Like what comes to mind, to me he seems like he doesn't care....he is my second favorite player because of his talent but he doesn't seem to care
And to answer the topic question, I would go with Nadal and Hewitt

I think he was being sarcstic..? Not so sure.

vive le beau jeu !
01-14-2009, 02:50 PM
Hewitt. 10 chars.
lleyton is a good choice... he both gives everything and tries to change of strategy, not all the fighters do that... some players fight hard but stick to a losing strategy. similar to chang in that respect ?


federer was (maybe underestimated because he used to hide his emotions).
how would he have made all these amazing winning streaks day-in day-out without severe losses without some constant fight abilities to save him when he had some (relative) bad days ?...
but (unfortunately) recently i saw less fight in him on several occasion (still can't believe how he made this very ugly volley on the match point against murray at doha... usually, when he misses a shot, at least he does it elegantly ! ;) )
well, not easy to remain motivated everyday year after year, i guess...


i'm surprised nobody mentionned baghdatis yet... it's true he's very inconsistent (he has bad days) but he already put some memorable fights, even if he didn't always get the win at the end.
unfortunate examples against agassi and hewitt (who aren't exactly the easiest players to come back against)... :? more fortunate one against nalbandian ! :)
he's so entertaining... i hope he manages to come back at the top. good luck, marcos !

Mdubb23
01-14-2009, 03:11 PM
I think he was being sarcstic..? Not so sure.

No, yeah, I was being sarcastic. He might just be one of the least clutch players on tour. And it's more mental than physical. Some days I just think he couldn't care less.

The_Steak
01-14-2009, 03:38 PM
Michael Chang also comes to mind.

Beasty54
01-14-2009, 06:00 PM
No, yeah, I was being sarcastic. He might just be one of the least clutch players on tour. And it's more mental than physical. Some days I just think he couldn't care less.

haha absolutely. I think he tries to mainly show up for the slams but even then sometimes he really isnt quite all there.

NamRanger
01-14-2009, 06:05 PM
Pete Sampras. End of story.

Barricade V
01-14-2009, 06:07 PM
monfils...

Shaolin
01-14-2009, 06:31 PM
Hewitt, Nadal, Davy, Murray

Berdych (jk)

miniRafa386
01-14-2009, 06:46 PM
basically all the spanish minus almagro and robredo, monfils, simon, hewitt, federer, bagdatis, and qualifiers.

matchmaker
01-14-2009, 07:00 PM
Look at my avatar. It is obvious, that guy had the biggest heart.

Here you have it in big format:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/1380000/images/_1381858_guga300.jpg

Kirko
01-14-2009, 07:03 PM
Look at my sig. It is obvious, that guy had the biggest heart.

Here you have it in big format:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/1380000/images/_1381858_guga300.jpg

funny and he rates big time in the "heart" dept.

Nadal_Freak
01-14-2009, 07:05 PM
Simon showed some amazing heart in Madrid but I still gotta go with Nadal.

oranges
01-14-2009, 07:06 PM
basically all the spanish minus almagro and robredo, monfils, simon, hewitt, federer, bagdatis, and qualifiers.

That would include Feli and Verdasco, LOL. Speaking of the latter, the Wimbledon match with Ancic was a showcase of winning largely on fighting spirit and heart.

saram
01-14-2009, 10:15 PM
Roger with mono is pretty darn impressive if you ask me. Playing in the heat of the AO with mono and perform at that level is just impressive.

rubberduckies
01-15-2009, 01:01 AM
I think too much is made of Nadal's never-say-die, gladiator whatever image. Most of his losses have come in straight sets. Nadal is mentally tough and clutch, but I wouldn't say that he has 'heart' in they way most people on these boards seem to mean.
Fed's heart is underrated. He came back 0-2 sets down against Rafa in 2005 and almost did it again at Wimby this year.

Breaker
01-15-2009, 02:31 AM
Lleyton Hewitt.

msc886
01-15-2009, 02:36 AM
I'd go with Lleyton Hewitt, Ferrer, Chang etc. Those are the sort of players who couldn't rely on easy points and really have to grind their way to win by being on the court as long as necessary and running down as many balls as they can.

PCXL-Fan
01-15-2009, 02:51 AM
nadal, federer, hewitt, chang

danb
01-15-2009, 09:32 AM
1. nadal
2. gilles simon
3. chang
4. hewitt

pepe01
01-15-2009, 09:33 AM
Nadal for sure.

veroniquem
01-15-2009, 09:33 AM
1. nadal
2. gilles simon
3. chang
4. hewitt
I agree with your choice but I would put Hewitt 2nd, Simon hasn't demonstrated his fighting spirit in that many matches yet.

Jonny S&V
01-15-2009, 09:42 AM
1st team: 1. Hewitt 2. Roddick 3. Nadal

Honorable Mention: 1. Baghdatis 2. Federer 3. Monfils

Overall: 1. Connors 2. Chang 3. Hewitt

MarrratSafin
01-15-2009, 12:03 PM
Who do you think on the ATP Tour has the most fight in them? When there back is against the wall they will dig deep and come back with something spectacular?

Roddick. ppl may disagree with me but he never stops fighting, although his body limits him to a certain level, like he can never run or slide like Nadal.

TennisLover17
01-15-2009, 01:55 PM
Looks like its a battle between Hewitt and Nadal.

My vote goes to Nadal. This guy never seems to die down.

nadal for number1
01-15-2009, 03:09 PM
nadal is the ultimate fighter, but federer is an amazing fighter as well

jrachiever
01-15-2009, 03:51 PM
I've got to give a mention to one of my personal favorites in Nicolas Escude, who came from two sets down to win a slam match no less than 5 times in his career, including 3x in the SAME tournament at the Aussie Open in 98 (not sure but don't think anyone else has done that). He also had a couple epic 5 set wins on grass against Hewitt in 2001, both at Wimbledon and in Davis Cup in Australia. I loved watching that guy play.

Turning Pro
01-15-2009, 04:27 PM
Nadal and Hewitt easily.

JeMar
01-15-2009, 05:12 PM
Nadal, Hewitt, and... Albert Costa. The Roland Garros after he won it alone puts him in my top three. Probably one of my favorite tennis memories.

tangerine
01-15-2009, 07:54 PM
Nadal, Hewitt, Roddick, maybe Simon.

JohnS
01-15-2009, 11:30 PM
Gasquet, Berdych, and Malisse

haha, jk ;)

This generation: Hewitt
Last generation: Sampras

futuratennis
01-15-2009, 11:46 PM
hewitt :) in the syd international alone, he came back from a set down in 2 of his matches

PCXL-Fan
01-16-2009, 01:02 AM
I forgot to mention Ai Sugiyama

Buuurnz
01-16-2009, 04:07 AM
I'll go with GUGA! Today it might be Baghdatis in addition to Rafa and Hewitt!

PCXL-Fan
01-19-2009, 02:29 PM
Big heart. There are lots of forms of big heart. Some people have big heart for things like helping foster kids, but we are talking about big heart in terms of tennis specifically for tennis.

If we start going into other things like percentage of income contributed to various philanthropic organizations we are getting off target.

(big heart as in big heart for the game) I think Baghdatis falls short on the big heart category simply because he doesn't dedicate himself enough to the game as much as +35 other guys who should come on the list before him. Relative to so many of the other top players through out the ages Bagdhatis doesn't even rank 50th in my book. His lack of preparation and planning for the games, such as the Wimbledon 07 semi final vs rafa are indicative of that. As is his sliding down the rankings to 98th place. Bagdatis is much more talented and capable than a 98th place ranking. To me some of big heart for tennis goes hand in hand with dedication.

CocaCola
01-19-2009, 04:35 PM
Nadal for sure.

TheTruth
01-19-2009, 04:44 PM
Gasquet, Berdych, and Malisse

haha, jk ;)

This generation: Hewitt
Last generation: Sampras

Too funny! You forgot Blake!

TheTruth
01-19-2009, 04:46 PM
I forgot to mention Ai Sugiyama

Good one! I'll never forget that tournament she played where she had such a rough time playing singles and doubles, and had to meet Clijsters in the final. She did it, won, and then went on to play doubles afterward. I've been a fan ever since!

TheTruth
01-19-2009, 04:48 PM
Big heart. There are lots of forms of big heart. Some people have big heart for things like helping foster kids, but we are talking about big heart in terms of tennis specifically for tennis.

If we start going into other things like percentage of income contributed to various philanthropic organizations we are getting off target.

(big heart as in big heart for the game) I think Baghdatis falls short on the big heart category simply because he doesn't dedicate himself enough to the game as much as +35 other guys who should come on the list before him. Relative to so many of the other top players through out the ages Bagdhatis doesn't even rank 50th in my book. His lack of preparation and planning for the games, such as the Wimbledon 07 semi final vs rafa are indicative of that. As is his sliding down the rankings to 98th place. Bagdatis is much more talented and capable than a 98th place ranking. To me some of big heart for tennis goes hand in hand with dedication.

Agreed! And Baghdatis only seems to fight sometimes.

TheTruth
01-19-2009, 04:50 PM
Sorry about that!

World Beater
01-19-2009, 08:11 PM
I've got to give a mention to one of my personal favorites in Nicolas Escude, who came from two sets down to win a slam match no less than 5 times in his career, including 3x in the SAME tournament at the Aussie Open in 98 (not sure but don't think anyone else has done that). He also had a couple epic 5 set wins on grass against Hewitt in 2001, both at Wimbledon and in Davis Cup in Australia. I loved watching that guy play.

escude is a beast

costa

muster

Morrowreze
01-20-2009, 01:21 PM
Ancic! He isn't the most talented guy out there but he is focused all the time and puts it all out there every point.

tennisguyak
01-20-2009, 02:50 PM
No one's mentioned Agassi.