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ogruskie
03-04-2009, 08:46 PM
I can only think of Tsonga, Del Potro, and Davydenko. Anyone else?

phoenicks
03-04-2009, 08:49 PM
Berdych, Blake, Gulbis, Cilic, Nishikori...

Shaolin
03-04-2009, 08:49 PM
Soderling, Blake, Berdych, Hrbaty, Sanguinetti, McEnroe

Mick
03-04-2009, 09:02 PM
but if you compare those guys to jimmy connors, chris evert, tracy austin, then they don't seem to hit the ball so flat. those guys would hit the ball with some topspin where as these players from the 70s hardly ever used it.

ogruskie
03-04-2009, 09:06 PM
I'm talking about modern players...

What about Paul Henri Matheiu?

Mick
03-04-2009, 09:08 PM
modern players, i would say federer and murray.

Shaolin
03-04-2009, 09:22 PM
modern players, i would say federer and murray.


Fed has the second most RPMs on his fh on the tour.

Mick
03-04-2009, 09:24 PM
Fed has the second most RPMs on his fh on the tour.

in my defense, his shots look flat to me, i guess because whenever i see him play, it's always against nadal :)

Shaolin
03-04-2009, 09:30 PM
yeah its a way flatter trajectory than Nadal but theres still mad spin on it. One of the reasons he finds those sick angles.

vbranis
03-04-2009, 10:02 PM
Soderling, Hrbaty, Blake, Berdych, Stepanek

coloskier
03-05-2009, 09:01 AM
Can't forget Gonzalez FH.

bad_call
03-05-2009, 09:03 AM
don't forget the women pros. my future ex-wife Sharapova to name one. :)

King of Aces
03-05-2009, 09:05 AM
Agassi seemed to hit pretty damn flat. He did have some topspin ....but just barely enough for control.

Its absolutely impossible for anyone to hit completely flat. All balls have some sort of spin on them.

Shaolin
03-05-2009, 10:10 AM
Can't forget Gonzalez FH.


Uh, no its not flat by any means. Apparently you have never ever seen him hit a FH.

NamRanger
03-05-2009, 10:16 AM
Sangunetti, Henman, Sampras, uh.... oh Stepanek.

ogruskie
03-05-2009, 10:26 AM
What about Nalbandian? In the Paris 2007 with Federer, he hit with severe spin. But all the other matches I've seen he seems to hit flat. Does he really?

Jonny S&V
03-05-2009, 10:30 AM
Agassi seemed to hit pretty damn flat. He did have some topspin ....but just barely enough for control.

Its absolutely impossible for anyone to hit completely flat. All balls have some sort of spin on them.

Agreed, flattest hitter out there.

Sangunetti, Henman, Sampras, uh.... oh Stepanek.

Add Blake into that.

What about Nalbandian? In the Paris 2007 with Federer, he hit with severe spin. But all the other matches I've seen he seems to hit flat. Does he really?

No, he hits with a lot of spin, but not so much that his ball is loopy by any means.

Staiger
03-05-2009, 11:26 AM
How about Tursonov , actually it is all the power hitters . Murrays backhand is very flat

coloskier
03-05-2009, 12:49 PM
Uh, no its not flat by any means. Apparently you have never ever seen him hit a FH.

When he is rocketing his inside out crosscourt forehand it is as flat as Blakes. And yes, I have seen him his his forehand many times.

bjk
03-05-2009, 01:27 PM
Gilles Simon has the flattest strokes on tour, by far.

jazar
03-05-2009, 02:15 PM
Gilles Simon has the flattest strokes on tour, by far.

i am inclined to agree with you there

everyday09
03-05-2009, 02:21 PM
When he is rocketing his inside out crosscourt forehand it is as flat as Blakes. And yes, I have seen him his his forehand many times.

no... just because it isn't loopy doesn't mean there is no spin on it. He actually hits with a decent amount to keep the ball in.

93sq.
03-05-2009, 02:23 PM
Can't forget Gonzalez FH.

i don't think so...i watched him in Rome..and he puts a lot of spin in his forehand...

Staiger
03-05-2009, 02:44 PM
i am inclined to agree with you there

I have to disagree with you ! His groundstrokes have abit of topspin on them. He only flatten it out when he attack with his backhand or going for the forehand down the line . Also it is pretty hard for him to get any topspin on a high boncing ball due to his height

Staiger
03-05-2009, 02:45 PM
i don't think so...i watched him in Rome..and he puts a lot of spin in his forehand...

you must be kidding me !
I am surprise that he doesnt hit more of his forehand into the net

swedechris
03-05-2009, 02:48 PM
soderling .. by far . he has totally flat groundies.

yellowoctopus
03-05-2009, 03:06 PM
This question makes me wonder, is Nadal capable of hitting a flat forehand?

I know the guy is capable of a lot, but it seems like it would take an effort for him to do this.

May be this deserves another thread?

NamRanger
03-05-2009, 03:12 PM
This question makes me wonder, is Nadal capable of hitting a flat forehand?

I know the guy is capable of a lot, but it seems like it would take an effort for him to do this.

May be this deserves another thread?



He can hit a ball with a flatter trajectory. He was doing this quite often against Federer in the final of the AO. Used the heavy crosscourt FH to setup a short ball to attack off of.

Mansewerz
03-05-2009, 03:32 PM
Evgeny Korolev

NamRanger
03-05-2009, 03:40 PM
What most people don't understand is that spin doesn't necessarily mean it affects the trajectory of the ball (although it can). When Federer, Monfils, Gonzalez, etc. crack a 100 mph ball, they are also easily putting 3k+ rpms on the ball. It's simply not possible to hit the ball that hard and control it without that much spin.

Andyk028
03-05-2009, 03:48 PM
Nadal at the Australian Open haha

TennisLover17
03-05-2009, 07:51 PM
Gulbis and Blake.

miniRafa386
03-05-2009, 08:30 PM
Uh, no its not flat by any means. Apparently you have never ever seen him hit a FH.

true.

but when gonzo rips it, it is definetly the biggest forehand on tour. no doubt. maybe monfils can come close

ericsson
03-06-2009, 12:27 AM
Simon, Davydenko and Blake come to mind...

cottontail
03-06-2009, 03:46 AM
Kimiko Date-Krumm

Tempest344
03-06-2009, 03:51 AM
Hewitt's Forehand is fairly flat for an (almost) western grip

stepanek, blake, simon, davydenko

halalula1234
03-06-2009, 05:27 AM
steffi graf, marion bartoli, pete sampras, kimiko date, gonzalez, blake also a lot of those classic players

diegaa
03-06-2009, 05:36 AM
berdych, del potro, pim pim.

Shaolin
03-06-2009, 08:17 AM
when gonzo rips it, it is definetly the biggest forehand on tour. no doubt. maybe monfils can come close


Gonna have to disagree with you. Gulbis has the biggest FH IMO.

downthewall
03-06-2009, 09:33 AM
but if you compare those guys to jimmy connors, chris evert, tracy austin, then they don't seem to hit the ball so flat. those guys would hit the ball with some topspin where as these players from the 70s hardly ever used it.

You mean side-underspin?

Rob_C
03-06-2009, 10:58 AM
Sjeng Schalken. If u saw him play up close, the ball looked like it didnt have any spin until it hit the other side of the court.

SaintClaires
03-06-2009, 01:12 PM
Robin Soderling

tkramer15
03-06-2009, 04:16 PM
I agree with a lot of the guys already mentioned, but to me, Marat Safin hits the ball as consistently flat as anyone today. Obviously all pros hit with varying degrees of topspin, but Safin hits much more straight through the ball on both sides. Of course this becomes a high risk, high reward proposition for him. When he's in a good state of mind and feeling confident, Marat's hard, penetrating groundstrokes are difficult for opponents to handle. However, with little spin, Safin has less margin for error, which is why he can misfire in bunches.

hansolo
03-07-2009, 02:15 AM
Tursonov and maybe Stepanek but probably Soderling hits the flattest

Pet
03-07-2009, 04:38 AM
I think that nobody hit flat, but Stepanek plays with litle topspin.