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orangettecoleman
02-26-2009, 07:44 AM
So since Santoro is retiring, who are some players still around who throw a lot of junk at the opponent? Murray and Schnyder are known for using lots of droppers, lobs and weird slices. Who else uses that strategy a lot? I'm getting tired of watching people try to blast past the opponent from the baseline, or just get everything back and draw errors. Djokovic tries to drop shot opponents all the time but he's really not very good at it. Who can I watch if I want to see frequent junk shots?

Here's my list so far:
Santoro (retiring)
Murray
Schnyder
Niculescu
Srebotnik (does a fair amount of droppers and lobs)

matchmaker
02-26-2009, 07:47 AM
So since Santoro is retiring, who are some players still around who throw a lot of junk at the opponent? Murray and Schnyder are known for using lots of droppers, lobs and weird slices. Who else uses that strategy a lot? I'm getting tired of watching people try to blast past the opponent from the baseline, or just get everything back and draw errors. Djokovic tries to drop shot opponents all the time but he's really not very good at it. Who can I watch if I want to see frequent junk shots?

Here's my list so far:
Santoro (retiring)
Murray
Schnyder
Niculescu
Srebotnik (does a fair amount of droppers and lobs)

Try to watch Simon, pure junk, but with less creativity than the aforementioned players.

orangettecoleman
02-26-2009, 07:52 AM
Try to watch Simon, pure junk, but with less creativity than the aforementioned players.

well, simon doesn't really hit a lot of junk balls though. he hits everything flat and deep without much pace, and he's definitely a retriever, but I don't know if i've ever seen him hit a drop shot. his game seems to be more about getting everything back until he gets an opportunity to hit his DTL backhand.

Underhand
02-26-2009, 07:54 AM
Hsieh Su-wei

alfa164164
02-26-2009, 08:03 AM
I've heard Dusan Vemic might fall into that category, but have never seen him play. Can anyone confirm?

diegaa
02-26-2009, 08:24 AM
Murray is getting the crown in this cathegory, thats for sure.

vbranis
02-26-2009, 08:38 AM
No one could possibly top Niculescu, she hits more junk than Santoro.

orangettecoleman
02-26-2009, 05:37 PM
No one could possibly top Niculescu, she hits more junk than Santoro.

she's one of my favorites to watch. she does hit tons of junk, but she's not that great at it yet. her fh slices just float into the middle of the court most the time, she doesn't direct them to the corners and what not like santoro does. i think she kind of plays everyone the same way now, but if she matures and works on her shot selection more, she'll start really causing problems for the top players. she's still good for a set of frustration to anyone. should be fun to watch her as she gets better!

vascoboy
02-26-2009, 09:07 PM
what about Stepanek?!? i've seen him drive his opponents cuts...

roundiesee
02-26-2009, 11:27 PM
I was just thinking- the French player Emelie Loit, would she qualify as a "junk-baller"?

Brent Pederson
02-28-2009, 05:13 PM
Nishikori can hit some mean junk when he wants to. Forehand slices, drop angles, etc.

Nadal_Freak
02-28-2009, 05:35 PM
Monfils and Simon though I like watching them play as they can do more then just junk balling. Murray used to junk ball more but he is more powerful now.

Lotto
03-01-2009, 12:45 AM
There's junkballers but tbh Santoro is one of a kind......Murray is NOT the same as him in any way. Like, look at Santoro. Look at everything different he does. Does he have a forehand??!

Vlad
03-01-2009, 09:31 AM
Andy Roddick sometimes plays junk from baseline.

oneguy21
03-01-2009, 09:34 AM
Andy Roddick sometimes plays junk from baseline.

So true. Just watched some clips of him playing Hewitt at Memphis. His forehand is still too loopy and not penetrating enough.