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Ross K
03-08-2009, 12:54 AM
I guess I mean how they move as well as strokes... you know what I mean?... smooth, fluid, great rythym, graceful... as opposed to, say, I don't know, Roddick, or del Potro, and a lot of those ball bashing, slightly ungainly, and often quite big pro guys.

So who is like the most super-smooth, "poetry in motion" pro?...

Or put it another way, if you were advising someone a player to study for the specific qualities of smoothness, fluidity, rythym, grace, etc, who's the man?

Thanks

R.

LanceStern
03-08-2009, 01:05 AM
Roger Federer.

That's all commentators, magazine writers, editorials etc. talk about. And it is truth

Lsmkenpo
03-08-2009, 01:18 AM
Roger Federer hands down, probably the most graceful player in all of sports, not just tennis.

Only other athlete I can think of who's movement was the epitome of his sport that tops Federer, was Michael Jordan in basketball.

blue12
03-08-2009, 01:18 AM
Nalbandian is very smooth also.

P_Agony
03-08-2009, 01:20 AM
Roger Federer. Nobody even comes close.

Ross K
03-08-2009, 01:24 AM
Yeah, Fed is prolly the 1st pro you think of, but who else?... who else is just wonderfully super-fluid and super-smooth?

(BTW, Feel free to post up links too.)

Giggs The Red Devil
03-08-2009, 01:36 AM
Nadal. Very little UEs = Smoothness.

breadstick
03-08-2009, 01:46 AM
You really can't say that anyone is more graceful on the court than Federer.

Federer IS grace. He's like a ****ing gazelle.

edberg505
03-08-2009, 03:20 AM
Michael Stich

caulcano
03-08-2009, 03:25 AM
I guess I mean how they move as well as strokes... you know what I mean?... smooth, fluid, great rythym, graceful... as opposed to, say, I don't know, Roddick, or del Potro, and a lot of those ball bashing, slightly ungainly, and often quite big pro guys.

So who is like the most super-smooth, "poetry in motion" pro?...

Or put it another way, if you were advising someone a player to study for the specific qualities of smoothness, fluidity, rythym, grace, etc, who's the man?

Thanks

R.

Roger Federer.

Tempest344
03-08-2009, 04:02 AM
Federer, Nalby

safin anyone?

MarrratSafin
03-08-2009, 04:04 AM
Roger Federer. No one comes close.

stormholloway
03-08-2009, 04:07 AM
Mecir comes pretty close, historically speaking.

ChanceEncounter
03-08-2009, 04:12 AM
I personally think Monfils looks pretty smooth...

Maybe it's just the sliding.

mandy01
03-08-2009, 05:51 AM
Obviously Federer.Grace and elegance personified.

nalbyvsfed
03-08-2009, 06:03 AM
nalbandian. Nalbandian has no vibration dampener, and still you dont hear alot of voice coming of his racket (almost nothing) , only if he hits flat.

breadstick
03-08-2009, 06:06 AM
Federer, Nalby

safin anyone?
If losing your temper and smashing racquets is considered graceful then yes.

FlamEnemY
03-08-2009, 06:09 AM
Federer.
..
Davydenko.

shissncg
03-08-2009, 06:10 AM
Roger, obviously

mental midget
03-08-2009, 06:49 AM
federer, edberg, mecir, rios.

ESP#1
03-08-2009, 06:58 AM
Nalbandian, Federer, Davydenko are the first that come to mind but i'm sure im missing alot, too early to think straight still

phoenicks
03-08-2009, 07:23 AM
I would also say nalbandian, his FH, BH, volley, touch, serve, is all 1 smooth fluid motion !!!!

tahiti
03-08-2009, 07:29 AM
Shot wise Federer. In motion on the run turning an otherwise would be "winning shot" into a counter winner, Nadal. Smoothlike speed at one with the ball.

Pushmaster
03-08-2009, 07:38 AM
Davenport has the smoothest strokes, not exactly the smoothest mover though.

McLovin
03-08-2009, 08:15 AM
Federer from everywhere on the court, except the net. That belongs to Edberg.

SaintClaires
03-08-2009, 09:34 AM
Simone Bolelli


He's definitely not the smoothest, but he is very smooth!

Ross K
03-08-2009, 09:57 AM
Interesting... as well as Fed of course, Davydenko does spring to mind for me. I'd also argue for Nalby and Safin (when he isn't in tantrum mode!)

jmjmkim
03-08-2009, 10:14 AM
I agree, all of them are "poets" with a racket.

Colecash
03-08-2009, 11:02 AM
Bjorn Borg.
Guga Kuerten.
Roger Federer.

Ocean Drive
03-08-2009, 11:09 AM
Yeah, Fed is prolly the 1st pro you think of, but who else?... who else is just wonderfully super-fluid and super-smooth?

(BTW, Feel free to post up links too.)

prolly???...

kkm
03-08-2009, 11:09 AM
Fluid serve=Sampras. Federer's service doesn't have the same fluidity.

Shaolin
03-08-2009, 11:32 AM
federer, edberg, mecir, rios.


The exact players I was going to going to mention.

imalil2gangsta4u
03-08-2009, 12:12 PM
federer hands down.

Oui, c'est moi.
03-08-2009, 12:29 PM
Marcelo Rios.
Amelie Mauresmo.

gj011
03-08-2009, 12:32 PM
Bjorn Borg.

MethodTennis
03-08-2009, 12:35 PM
Nadal. Very little UEs = Smoothness.

You have to be joking nadal isn't smooth as great as he is he doesn't look gracefull around the court.

matchmaker
03-08-2009, 12:35 PM
I think the nod here would go to former pros: Stich and Rios.

SaintClaires
03-08-2009, 12:43 PM
Radek Stepanek!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Giggs The Red Devil
03-08-2009, 12:51 PM
You have to be joking nadal isn't smooth as great as he is he doesn't look gracefull around the court.

The fact that Nadal is capable of producing great shots from everywhere on court makes his game extremely smooth. But you can say "lucky" instead of "smooth" if you feel like it. :)

MethodTennis
03-08-2009, 12:55 PM
The fact that Nadal is capable of producing great shots from everywhere on court makes his game extremely smooth. But you can say "lucky" instead of "smooth" if you feel like it. :)

If we're talking about who can pull of the greatest shots then i'de put nadal up there and i will say the way he can get the ball to spin and the great accuracy and power from insane positions is beatiful but his movement around the court and his swing are not as beautiful as many of the other players mentioned such as federer

Ross K
03-08-2009, 01:20 PM
The thread is purely about smooth, fluid, rythymical movers/strokers... to me personally, Nadal isn't of that type.

jmverdugo
03-08-2009, 01:20 PM
Federer, Davydenko, Djokovic, Safin.

GugaGuga
03-08-2009, 02:44 PM
Outside Federer...

Hicham Arazi

McLovin
03-08-2009, 04:55 PM
Outside Federer...

Hicham Arazi

I think you need to take a look at your user name. I completely slept on Guga. I think he may even have surpassed Federer. If not, he's a damn close 2nd.

Jimmyk459
03-08-2009, 04:55 PM
clearly Coria on clay... No one could move like he could.

Ripster
03-08-2009, 08:37 PM
Coria, Federer, Nalbandian, Djokovic.

$$$$mony$$$$
03-08-2009, 08:48 PM
gasquet on the BH

dataseviltwin
03-08-2009, 08:56 PM
Recent history: Fed. Justine.
mental midget gets props for Mecir though... had forgot about the big cat...

RoddickAce
03-08-2009, 09:06 PM
Ljubicic has some pretty smooth strokes.

LeftySpin
03-08-2009, 11:02 PM
Its definatly federer, he adds that graceful look to his strokes

kimbahpnam
03-08-2009, 11:54 PM
this guy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0p98tGwgew

Knightmace
03-09-2009, 12:50 AM
Federer
Nalby

Pushmaster
03-09-2009, 05:45 AM
this guy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0p98tGwgew

Smooth he's not, but the kid is an exellent ball striker. Good pace, spin, depth, and consistency off both wings, good stick on volleys too. Serve sucks though.

diegaa
03-09-2009, 07:18 AM
Guga. The man was poetry in motion.
And federer of course.

vive le beau jeu !
03-09-2009, 07:22 AM
among the slam winners, i'd say : federer, edberg, sampras. :)

Ocean Drive
03-09-2009, 09:08 AM
this guy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0p98tGwgew

HAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAA

D-Generated
03-09-2009, 12:49 PM
In a way I also thought of Safin...although I would rather consider him as a "dynamic" player, but if you consider how the ball explodes of his racket and how much effort he has to put in it...I would say he's smooth..

SaintClaires
03-09-2009, 01:06 PM
this guy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0p98tGwgew


I seriously hope you are joking.

kimbahpnam
03-09-2009, 01:13 PM
I seriously hope you are joking.

actually, i hope YOU are joking

hoodjem
03-09-2009, 01:17 PM
I guess I mean how they move as well as strokes... you know what I mean?... smooth, fluid, great rythym, graceful...

Or put it another way, if you were advising someone a player to study for the specific qualities of smoothness, fluidity, rythym, grace, etc, who's the man to study?
El Gato
M I L O S L A V
M E C I R
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2bzlj4ypvw&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QcSnEsoMB0

doublebreak
03-09-2009, 01:21 PM
If losing your temper and smashing racquets is considered graceful then yes.

Safin's (with good knees) style of tennis was one the smoother and refined you could find, specially for relatively tall and big guy. What he did in between points is irrelevant. More specifically, his backhand is to me one of the greatest shots you'll ever see, it's very powerful and yet seems so effortless.

127mph
03-09-2009, 03:40 PM
tier 1: federer
tier 2: safin, rios, kiefer, verdasco, berdych,

SaintClaires
03-09-2009, 03:48 PM
actually, i hope YOU are joking

I'm not joking.

Marius_Hancu
03-09-2009, 03:49 PM
Open era: Ilie Nastase and Roger Federer, hands down.

Mdubb23
03-09-2009, 03:52 PM
Open era: Ilie Nastase and Roger Federer, hands down.

Agreed, but you forgot Vitas Gerulaitis. He was just so graceful on court, all of his movements were just so smooth and flowing.

ubermeyer
03-09-2009, 05:45 PM
federer obviously, but gael monfils is pretty good. his slide move is pretty cool, and he doesn't crack balls all the time, but waits for an opportunity

saram
03-09-2009, 06:30 PM
Roger Federer. Nobody even comes close.

+10000...........

TheTruth
03-09-2009, 07:59 PM
Sampras, Rios, Arazi, Gaudio

Hingis

paulorenzo
03-09-2009, 10:40 PM
I'm not joking.

haha, i guess he was saying that of course, he was joking.

and is concerned with the fact that you couldn't see it.


oh and federer is the first one to come to mind in terms of smoothness, and for a good while, the only one.

kimbahpnam
03-09-2009, 11:14 PM
haha, i guess he was saying that of course, he was joking.

and is concerned with the fact that you couldn't see it.


oh and federer is the first one to come to mind in terms of smoothness, and for a good while, the only one.

thank you for clarifying that for him.

matchmaker
03-09-2009, 11:48 PM
Federer is certainly on top in this category.

Although I would actually rate Michael Stich even higher.

carlos djackal
03-10-2009, 01:08 AM
only one player in mind.......king roger...

Gorecki
03-10-2009, 04:24 AM
Nadal and Hewitt...


Gorecki is a nice guy

MrBen
03-11-2009, 02:30 AM
Most definitely Federer

Yveskim89
03-11-2009, 02:39 AM
Roger Federer and mr.Smooth

6rump
03-11-2009, 07:18 AM
Federer and Richard Gasquet...!!! No question about that....!

Povl Carstensen
03-11-2009, 09:52 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNPaZj4yn00&search=federer
But it was sure nice to watch those Mecir clips as well.

SoCal10s
03-11-2009, 10:29 AM
Ilie Nastase,Gabriela Sabatini, but the best from all the rest is Evonne Goolagong ... hand down ... Evonne Goolagong

KwangSunPark
03-11-2009, 01:38 PM
IMO Murray and Ivanovic

SaintClaires
03-11-2009, 01:49 PM
haha, i guess he was saying that of course, he was joking.

and is concerned with the fact that you couldn't see it.


oh and federer is the first one to come to mind in terms of smoothness, and for a good while, the only one.

If I said that I wasn't joking, then I guess I meant that I wasn't joking. Is that too difficult for you to understand? That guy in the video clip was a weakling.

SaintClaires
03-11-2009, 01:51 PM
thank you for clarifying that for him.

He clarified nothing.

swedechris
03-11-2009, 01:52 PM
Karol Kucera and then Miroslav Mecir.

paulorenzo
03-11-2009, 11:36 PM
this guy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0p98tGwgew

I seriously hope you are joking.

actually, i hope YOU are joking

I'm not joking.
haha, i guess he was saying that of course, he was joking.

and is concerned with the fact that you couldn't see it.

oh and federer is the first one to come to mind in terms of smoothness, and for a good while, the only one.

If I said that I wasn't joking, then I guess I meant that I wasn't joking. Is that too difficult for you to understand? That guy in the video clip was a weakling.

wow, i was just trying to help you out buddy.
he was clearly trying to make you look like a fool by mocking the fact that you didn't understand his sarcasm. of course he was only kidding by posting a video of a guy with some obviously unattractive strokes in a thread titled "Smoothest pro mover/strokes"
now, is that too difficult for you to understand?

halalula1234
03-12-2009, 05:02 AM
i felt federer is very smooth in most of his shots. Serena is also pretty smooth on the women's side

SaintClaires
03-12-2009, 01:14 PM
wow, i was just trying to help you out buddy.
he was clearly trying to make you look like a fool by mocking the fact that you didn't understand his sarcasm. of course he was only kidding by posting a video of a guy with some obviously unattractive strokes in a thread titled "Smoothest pro mover/strokes"
now, is that too difficult for you to understand?

I'm sorry. I guess I'm the idiot.

The guy wasn't SO bad that I thought he wasn't joking in the first place.

It's all good now! Thanks.

paulorenzo
03-12-2009, 06:47 PM
I'm sorry. I guess I'm the idiot.

The guy wasn't SO bad that I thought he wasn't joking in the first place.

It's all good now! Thanks.

haha yeh, sorry about the mixup mate.

SaintClaires
03-12-2009, 06:48 PM
haha yeh, sorry about the mixup mate.

:):):):twisted:

Yveskim89
03-22-2009, 07:03 PM
Roger federer,

musicalmedic81
03-22-2009, 07:15 PM
Federer obviously, Davydenko is there too, Bjorn Borg had pretty smooth strokes, Djokovic, Kholschreiber

kalic
03-23-2009, 02:37 AM
Guga and Rios

petetheileet
03-23-2009, 04:25 AM
Federer, then Nalbandian

charliefedererer
03-23-2009, 08:00 AM
Mats Wilander (7 Slam titles) is the only one who even approached the fluidity of movement in Federer's play.

Grampy
03-23-2009, 08:13 AM
First post, woohoo. I'd say Sampras was the smoothest. In fact, it looked like he was half assing it most of the time. Ashe was also pretty fluid with his shots and movement.

theagassiman
03-23-2009, 05:42 PM
Edberg for sure

OliverSimon
03-23-2009, 05:47 PM
gilles simon is a very clean hitter

World Beater
03-23-2009, 09:53 PM
today fedex and nalbandian easily.

both guys have extroadinary polish in their game on both wings.

federer has the serve and the slice though while david has the return.

deltox
03-23-2009, 10:01 PM
i felt federer is very smooth in most of his shots. Serena is also pretty smooth on the women's side

SERENA? you didnt mean venus? Serena is a heap of muscle and flab hurdling herself into "steps" across the court. shes quick and a great player but smooth and fluid.. hmm.. lemme think about it.



















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