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jeebeesus
03-03-2009, 10:02 PM
while we all know who are those who have the fastest serves, do we know whose groundstrokes are amongst the fastest?

tudwell
03-03-2009, 10:05 PM
I think Monfils holds the record for both fastest forehand and fastest backhand. However, his average groundstroke speed would probably be pretty slow.

jeebeesus
03-03-2009, 10:19 PM
was it timed? like the serves?

SirBlend12
03-03-2009, 10:23 PM
If were talking average, Gulbis, Safin, Almagro.

MajinX
03-03-2009, 10:51 PM
i think federer has pretty fast groundies, and he can rip his forehand or backhand for crazy winners.

roddicks old forehand was veryyy fast, but hes starting to go back to that stage.

Blake has pretty fast ones also as he plays a mainly attacking ball style.

jeebeesus
03-03-2009, 11:05 PM
anybody got any numbers to talk about? is it possible that backhand speeds exceed forehands?

paulorenzo
03-04-2009, 12:03 AM
gonzales forehand record - 120-125? i know its something like that.
a handful of players come to mind on huge forehand groundies, verdasco, blake, gonzales. all these guys, i would say, can crack their forehands up over the hundreds if they were to go for it.

hell, it's noted kramer and villas were able to get theirs' over the 100's back then, not quite as regularly i suppose.

westside
03-04-2009, 12:34 AM
Monfils could really crank that forehand of his a couple of seasons back. Was awesome.

At the moment it's probably Federer. The way he can just step it up is pretty amazing

93sq.
03-04-2009, 01:04 AM
At Marseille Djoko smacked a forehand at 197 km/h.
It was clearly a fluke, he used the speed of a Tsonga's bomb...but that's it...

breadstick
03-04-2009, 01:27 AM
Nadals racquet head speed is pretty intense...

diegaa
03-04-2009, 04:27 AM
gonzalez, blake, del potro hit pretty hard.

henryshli
03-04-2009, 04:32 AM
Talking about forehands, what has happend to Roddicks forehand?

henryshli
03-04-2009, 04:33 AM
My money would be on Tsonga having the fastest forehand at the mo.

saram
03-04-2009, 05:36 AM
Monfils forehand was either 120mph or 122mph. Can't remember--but blistering fast.

saram
03-04-2009, 05:36 AM
Talking about forehands, what has happend to Roddicks forehand?

He got engaged...:)

ESP#1
03-04-2009, 05:57 AM
I've seen alot of pros forehand break 100 mph, Monfils, Djoko, Nadal, Gonzo, Dasco, Gulbis I even saw Gasquet believe it or not, Hardest backhands Dasco, Djoko, Gulbis, Gasquet(im sure im missing a few here)

So i guess if we count one groundstroke I say Gonzos forehand, both wings I say verDasco

cknobman
03-04-2009, 06:04 AM
I would have to throw Korolev in there if we are talking average of all groundstrokes.

Watched him in his delray semi last night and man that guy just pounds the ever lovin crap out of every shot regardless of what position he is in!!

93sq.
03-04-2009, 06:17 AM
Anyone watched Tsonga-Djokovic!?
The commentators were talking about a world record...

Nadal_Freak
03-04-2009, 06:28 AM
Gonzalez, Blake, Gulbis, Tsonga, and Nalbandian I bet hit very hard consistently.

93sq.
03-04-2009, 06:38 AM
Why don't nadal!?imagine if his shots were totally flat...

matchmaker
03-04-2009, 06:38 AM
Forehand: Gonzalez has the highest average speed no doubt.

Backhand: I guess it would be Safin for the 2HBH and Gasquet for the 1HBH.

Off both wings I think a case is to be made for Gulbis.

henryshli
03-04-2009, 07:19 AM
Anyone watched Tsonga-Djokovic!?
The commentators were talking about a world record...

No what was it?

dataseviltwin
03-04-2009, 07:26 AM
almagro was *sick* in Mexico... Andre could rip a forehand back in the mullet/image is everything days... he hit that harder than he served! Marat when he's on, Tsonga too...

93sq.
03-04-2009, 07:53 AM
No what was it?

A 197 km/h forehand..

tahiti
03-04-2009, 08:48 AM
Verdasco (at AO) , Nadal, Gublis and Murray.

AAUS
03-04-2009, 10:31 AM
For average speeds, they showed the speed for every shot in a Safin-Federer rally during their 5-setter in the semis a few years ago
In general Safins groundstrokes were at the mid-high 70s
Federers were in the low-mid 70s, about 3-5 mph slower
and then Federers slices were at about 50 mph

Xuxa Kuerten
03-04-2009, 06:40 PM
Berdych has very powerful strokes when he's on (e.g. first two sets against Federer on last AO). Another (non-mentioned) players: Cilic, Tursunov, Joachim Johansson.

VivalaVida
03-04-2009, 06:47 PM
A 197 km/h forehand..
it was a 187 km/h by djokovic and it was no fluke. Tsonga was getting owned in that rally because djokovic was venting his frustration out on the ball. Finally, djokovic got a high ball and ripped with all his might.

NickC
03-04-2009, 06:51 PM
Almagro hits it pretty hard, as does Gonzo and Glubis. I've seen all of them live and it sounds like a bomb exploded when one of them steps into it and just lets fly. However, Monfils has the record for fastest speed, I believe. 120 mph. That's damn fast.

tennis_hand
03-04-2009, 06:57 PM
overall average speed in games should be Federer, Tsonga, Djokovic and Gonzales.

93sq.
03-05-2009, 12:10 AM
it was a 187 km/h by djokovic and it was no fluke. Tsonga was getting owned in that rally because djokovic was venting his frustration out on the ball. Finally, djokovic got a high ball and ripped with all his might.

Oh thanks...!I wrote it was a fluke just because a 197 km7h shot from djokovic seems to me a little bit incredible...

93sq.
03-05-2009, 12:14 AM
Yes....a video on th tube confirms 187 km/h...my mistake..

SaintClaires
03-06-2009, 01:30 PM
Juan Martin del Potro

deltox
03-19-2009, 01:34 PM
monfils holds the world record for forehand at 118 mph,, its in the guiness book

get it in
03-19-2009, 02:43 PM
I know he's not going to be at the top, but can I throw in Igor Andreev in the mix? He tends to favor his forehands, but they really crackle on TV. I can't imagine what they're like live. His consistency isn't quite there but he tends to bomb his way through a match.

thalivest
03-19-2009, 02:47 PM
Juan Martin del Potro

Laughable. Would someone with the fastest ground strokes be fed bagels by Federer.

Mansewerz
03-19-2009, 02:52 PM
Why don't nadal!?imagine if his shots were totally flat...

What would be the point? He hits a very heavy ball as of now.

jimbo333
03-20-2009, 12:23 AM
I've seen Gonzales play live, and I kept saying WOW at lots of the forehands he was hitting:)

He has the fastest forehand I've ever seen without a doubt, truly amazing!!!

FlamEnemY
03-20-2009, 01:23 AM
Djokovic can hit really hard if he wants to. Ask Tsonga :)
Truth is, every top 4-6 player can crack the ball if he wants to, they just don't have to do this very often.

The-Champ
03-20-2009, 04:55 AM
Why don't nadal!?imagine if his shots were totally flat...


I've actually seen Nadal hit well over 100mph many times. The fastest I've seen him do is 124mph...a really flat one. Djokovic at Queens against Rafa hit one fh well above Nadal's 124 I think.

cknobman
03-20-2009, 05:42 AM
I've actually seen Nadal hit well over 100mph many times. The fastest I've seen him do is 124mph...a really flat one. Djokovic at Queens against Rafa hit one fh well above Nadal's 124 I think.

umm no unless your referring to kph not mph otherwise they would be in the world record book.

caulcano
03-20-2009, 05:42 AM
Why don't nadal!?imagine if his shots were totally flat...

Nadal wouldn't have the same consistency if he started hitting flatter. Also, it'll probably give his opponents a better chance at winning.

McNasty911
03-20-2009, 04:01 PM
Tsonga is defiantly up there.

and what everybody else said.

Jaewonnie
03-20-2009, 04:51 PM
Agassi had a monster forehand. Not sure about the speed though. I don't think they had radar guns back then.

oneguy21
03-20-2009, 05:10 PM
I'm sure if the speed of the shots were measured and averaged there would be a certain player, but based on what I've seen - Gulbis or Korolev.

The-Champ
03-20-2009, 05:40 PM
umm no unless your referring to kph not mph otherwise they would be in the world record book.


today, Rafa hit a cc bh 89 mph 10 feet behind the baseline against Del Potro...that's according to the commentators.

BorisBeckerFan
03-20-2009, 10:51 PM
Agassi had a monster forehand. Not sure about the speed though. I don't think they had radar guns back then.

Are you trying to be funny or do you actually think they didn't have speed guns in the 90's? Speed Guns have been used in tennis for a long long time. They may not have been as prevalent in the 60's and 70's since the radar gun was invented in the 50's but since the 80's they have been standard fare at most of the tournaments. I will add though that measuring the speed of grounstrokes was not as common back then and mainly used for serve speed.

Jaewonnie
03-21-2009, 06:35 AM
Are you trying to be funny or do you actually think they didn't have speed guns in the 90's? Speed Guns have been used in tennis for a long long time. They may not have been as prevalent in the 60's and 70's since the radar gun was invented in the 50's but since the 80's they have been standard fare at most of the tournaments. I will add though that measuring the speed of grounstrokes was not as common back then and mainly used for serve speed.

Thats what I meant.:)

Ocean Drive
03-21-2009, 06:55 AM
Easily Marat Safin, come on, this man is a god.

mental midget
03-21-2009, 08:52 AM
like somebody said, monfils is in the record book.

overall, i think some of the hardest forehands i've ever seen on a fairly consistent basis would be:

- gonzalez
- j. johansson
- philippoussis
- gulbis

Nadal_Freak
03-21-2009, 09:03 AM
Btw Nadal can hit groundstrokes really hard. He just knows that's not a good style for him. Just watch his match against Murray once he became injured. He was going for broke on almost everything.