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theagassiman
04-07-2009, 02:19 AM
Pre-2008, the man was definitely Federer, no questions asked, but now I'm not so sure.
I think I'd still go for Federer, but I haven't seen many players outside the top 10 play this year, so I'd like to know your thoughts on this.

jelle v
04-07-2009, 02:22 AM
Federer for me still..

Although I was quite impressed with Dent's volleys last week against Federer.

thejoe
04-07-2009, 02:40 AM
Lopez, Llodra, Stepanek. Of the really top players, it is probably Tsonga. Of the top 4, Federer.

Leublu tennis
04-07-2009, 02:46 AM
I would say Murray. Thats his total game, hit it back until the other player gets an UE.

P_Agony
04-07-2009, 02:59 AM
Federe when he's not afraid to go to the net can hit some eautiful volleys. Stepanek has nice volleys too. But nobody comes close to the level of volley we seen in doubles (Andy Ram for example - the guy is a volley machine).

origmarm
04-07-2009, 03:02 AM
I love watching Llodra volley, just amazing. Other than that Stepanek has his moments, as does Tsonga who has great drop volleys. Federer has moments but can hit some real stinkers also. Dent was looking good recently but it's helped by the serve no question. Santoro had amazing angles/spins sometimes.

Edit: Have people seen the Bryan's volley drill? I got sent this the other day, great to watch they really get going after a while:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH2l9khi5RU

egn
04-07-2009, 04:34 AM
Ancic...when he is on his game.

srvnvly
04-07-2009, 04:56 AM
Berdych, when he is on; I was watching a Legends tour match between Courier and Rafter last night for a bit, and Rafter still can volley like no other, except maybe for Edberg. He (rafter) was quick to the net and his touch is still amazing.

P_Agony
04-07-2009, 05:04 AM
Roddick is, of course.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwbnU4W3S4A

Patrick_St
04-07-2009, 05:12 AM
Rofl at Roddick's volleying.

joachim-babolat
04-07-2009, 05:16 AM
Max Mirnyi

beneszilo
04-07-2009, 05:27 AM
Dent is in the top 10. :)

el sergento
04-07-2009, 05:35 AM
Federer can put away easy volleys, but he's by no means a top volleyer. In fact, in terms of numbers, I bet Rafa's been more solid at the net than Fed has in the past 8 months. Really though, there are no great net players active right now.

For me, in singles the top net players are:

Stepanek
Murray
Djokovic
Llordra
Santoro

Very competent:

Federer
Nadal
Tsonga
Lopez

Telepatic
04-07-2009, 05:54 AM
Tsonga is good in this.

Tennis_Maestro
04-07-2009, 05:57 AM
I love watching Llodra volley, just amazing. Other than that Stepanek has his moments, as does Tsonga who has great drop volleys. Federer has moments but can hit some real stinkers also. Dent was looking good recently but it's helped by the serve no question. Santoro had amazing angles/spins sometimes.

Edit: Have people seen the Bryan's volley drill? I got sent this the other day, great to watch they really get going after a while:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH2l9khi5RU

Great post! Thanks for that, i do a similar drill from the service box, may be just not with as much consistent power and venom in the volley's tho. Bloody hell.

Tennis_Maestro
04-07-2009, 05:59 AM
Federer can put away easy volleys, but he's by no means a top volleyer. In fact, in terms of numbers, I bet Rafa's been more solid at the net than Fed has in the past 8 months. Really though, there are no great net players active right now.

For me, in singles the top net players are:

Stepanek
Murray
Djokovic
Llordra
Santoro

Very competent:

Federer
Nadal
Tsonga
Lopez

Djokovic, volley's? Please tell me your joking? Oh my lord, that, together with an inability to play cat and mouse in and around the net are the worst areas of his game.

Even GJ011 will agree with me.

gj011
04-07-2009, 06:05 AM
Djokovic, volley's? Please tell me your joking? Oh my lord, that, together with an inability to play cat and mouse in and around the net are the worst areas of his game.

Even GJ011 will agree with me.

OK I will agree that his volleys are not the best on tour. I would not put him on that list.

But he is working on them and this is one part of his game that is improved this year comparing to last.

Tennis_Maestro
04-07-2009, 06:06 AM
OK I will agree that his volleys are not the best on tour. I would not put him on that list.

But he is working on them and this is one part of his game that is improved this year comparing to last.

Okay it has, but to put him amongst the best @ the net is ludicrus. lol

el sergento
04-07-2009, 06:10 AM
Okay it has, but to put him amongst the best @ the net is ludicrus. lol

Well, I still think he's amongst the most competent, which is more of an indication of the current game than his actual abilities. On second thought though, I'd bump him down from category and put him in the competent list.

fin-tennis(h)
04-07-2009, 06:11 AM
Llodra is at least one of the best if not the best at the moment.

Tennis_Maestro
04-07-2009, 06:13 AM
Well, I still think he's amongst the most competent, which is more of an indication of the current game than his actual abilities. On second thought though, I'd bump him down from category and put him in the competent list.

You do really have to be competent @ Volleying to make it as even a top 20 player and to be fair the opening post was refering to the "best".

...but yeah, i agree, he's competent.

el sergento
04-07-2009, 06:26 AM
You do really have to be competent @ Volleying to make it as even a top 20 player and to be fair the opening post was refering to the "best".

...but yeah, i agree, he's competent.

Tell that to all the Spanish and Argentinian players that aren't Nadal or Nalbandian.

Felix Mantilla was top 10 and only ever went to net to pick up balls. Alas, net play is optional these days, unless you want to be in the top 5.

OT: Lordra is the best atm.

svijk
04-07-2009, 06:29 AM
would have to go to the doubles side where you need to make volleys more frequently and on balls that are coming really fast at you.....Leander Paes is fabulous at the net !!!!

cucio
04-07-2009, 06:59 AM
At first glance one would think of looking at the doubles specialists, since they are volleying all day.

But...

The doubles specialists only have to cover half of the net and don't have to contend with the best baseliners at the singles circuit, who are able to produce the nastiest passing shots.

Therefore I give the nod to people that have a high rank on singles as well: Tsonga and Stepanek, since they have demonstrated they can cover the net and volley effectively against the very top of the crop.

Sorry OP, but I don't agree about Federer, he'd never appear in a top-10 volleyer list in my opinion.

Gorecki
04-07-2009, 07:04 AM
im really sorry not to post within the context of this topic, but to call volleys to what Stepanek and Federer do (as well as tsonga.. et al.. is... i lack the words... lets say they all look like forehands by comparison!

and i also miss Rafter and Edberg...

Ronny
04-07-2009, 07:29 AM
how can anyone forget santoro? that guy is the wizard :)

origmarm
04-07-2009, 07:37 AM
would have to go to the doubles side where you need to make volleys more frequently and on balls that are coming really fast at you.....Leander Paes is fabulous at the net !!!!

Paes does indeed have amazing hands. I question his ability to move to the volleys though in singles. I saw him play singles at Wimbledon once (or it might have been Wimbledon qualifiers....can't remember, was around 2000) and he was getting passed easier than you would expect. Perhaps an off day but it reinforced my perception for sure.

pc1
04-07-2009, 07:41 AM
Just to throw out his name-Max Mirnyi.

cucio
04-07-2009, 08:16 AM
to call volleys to what Stepanek and Federer do (as well as tsonga.. et al.. is... i lack the words... lets say they all look like forehands by comparison!

Well, we are talking about active players. Let's review what I consider the most impressive display of tennis from a single player in the current millennium:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO6lalt5f6M

A couple of highlights at 5:15 and 7:15. Let me remind you all that Mr. Passing Shot is at the other side of the net, not a random doubles player.

Those seem like mighty fine volleys to me, but I won't deny I am not difficult to please.

Gorecki
04-07-2009, 09:14 AM
Well, we are talking about active players. Let's review what I consider the most impressive display of tennis from a single player in the current millennium:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO6lalt5f6M

A couple of highlights at 5:15 and 7:15. Let me remind you all that Mr. Passing Shot is at the other side of the net, not a random doubles player.

Those seem like mighty fine volleys to me, but I won't deny I am not difficult to please.

sure...

i did not say by this day standards, Tsonga is a bad volleyer. better than me fo sure... but i just dont see those feather touches! just my 2 cents...

heninfan99
04-07-2009, 09:28 AM
Ivo Heuberger (may have retired)
Stepanek
Federer

Nadalfan89
04-07-2009, 10:27 AM
Stepanek, Federer, Djoker and Murray.

Nadal is actually quite good at net but he avoids it like the plague.

nikdom
04-07-2009, 11:15 AM
Federer can put away easy volleys, but he's by no means a top volleyer. In fact, in terms of numbers, I bet Rafa's been more solid at the net than Fed has in the past 8 months. Really though, there are no great net players active right now.

For me, in singles the top net players are:

Stepanek
Murray
Djokovic
Llordra
Santoro

Very competent:

Federer
Nadal
Tsonga
Lopez
I'm a Fed fan and I agree completely. Roger is no exceptional volleyer. Rafa has soft hands and volleys very well for the kind of ferocious baseline game he plays.
In recent history, the most impressive volleys, half-volleys and reaction volleys I saw came from Stepanek and Tsonga (if you count the AUS open 08 against Nadal). I wouldn't put Djokovic up there.

DunlopDood
04-07-2009, 12:26 PM
Michael Llodra. I love watching this guy play singles matches, he's just such a throwback player, reminds me of the 90's.
Max Mirny as well is a great vollyer. Funny how both of these guys are doubles specialists.

Slaz
04-07-2009, 01:18 PM
Don't forget Nicolas Mahut.

Breaker
04-07-2009, 01:32 PM
Pre-2008, the man was definitely Federer, no questions asked, but now I'm not so sure.
I think I'd still go for Federer, but I haven't seen many players outside the top 10 play this year, so I'd like to know your thoughts on this.

Tim Henman was the best pre-2008.

Today, Max Mirnyi is probably the best.

Tsonga and Gasquet the best when it comes to top singles play. All in my opinion of course.

joe sch
04-07-2009, 06:48 PM
At first glance one would think of looking at the doubles specialists, since they are volleying all day.

But...

The doubles specialists only have to cover half of the net and don't have to contend with the best baseliners at the singles circuit, who are able to produce the nastiest passing shots.

Therefore I give the nod to people that have a high rank on singles as well: Tsonga and Stepanek, since they have demonstrated they can cover the net and volley effectively against the very top of the crop.

Sorry OP, but I don't agree about Federer, he'd never appear in a top-10 volleyer list in my opinion.

The doubles players are the best at vollies in modern tennis since they do volley every point. Its not the same as playing singles S/V but actually its harder to pass in doubles since there is less open court. Also, there are very few good singles passers since very few singles S/V players to consistenly pass. This is one reason why Dent can still be so effectly playing S/V tennis, the opponents just are not use to combating that style.

ESP#1
04-07-2009, 07:07 PM
Anyone from France pretty much, i guess with the exception of Monfils

welcome2petrkordaland
04-07-2009, 07:10 PM
1. stepanek
2. llodra
3. tsonga
4. federer

(dent's really good but let him play more before he can be listed)

btw, anyone see rafter's volley's against courier on tennis channel last night?
to quote Gimelstob: . . . "tender"

and edberg's still got mad skills at net rushing and volleying

tudwell
04-07-2009, 07:37 PM
Anyone from France pretty much, i guess with the exception of Monfils

And Simon!!! Absolute worst volleyer in the top ten, maybe top twenty.

roundiesee
04-07-2009, 07:46 PM
Agree with Llodra for active players. And probably Dent, now that he's returned to the tour; hope he stays healthy though.

tryingtotennisit
04-08-2009, 08:29 AM
Best:
1.stephanek
2.Llodra

Compotent:
Federer
tsonga
gasquet
hewitt
Murray

Worst:
roddick
davydenko
simon

Cyan
04-08-2009, 09:50 AM
Stepanek..................

tahiti
04-08-2009, 10:04 AM
When Tsonga is feeling the ball right he is a phenomenal volleyer. He just takes the speed and stops it dead, unreachable even for the likes of Nadal and Murray who are really quick.

el sergento
04-08-2009, 11:09 AM
When Tsonga is feeling the ball right he is a phenomenal volleyer. He just takes the speed and stops it dead, unreachable even for the likes of Nadal and Murray who are really quick.

I'm not that sure about Tsonga, I'm always left with the impression that many of those "unbelievable" drop volleys are more luck than skill. I'm not hating or anything, it's just that alot of them seem mishit or unintentional.

It could also be that his own reaction often tends to be one of disbelief :)

fastdunn
04-08-2009, 11:14 AM
Players like Dent, Stepanek and maybe Tsonga are good volleyers.

tudwell
04-08-2009, 12:34 PM
I'm not that sure about Tsonga, I'm always left with the impression that many of those "unbelievable" drop volleys are more luck than skill. I'm not hating or anything, it's just that alot of them seem mishit or unintentional.

It could also be that his own reaction often tends to be one of disbelief :)

A lot of them do appear rather unintentional, but he must be doing something right, since he pulled off a good 7-8 incredible volleys against Nadal at the 2008 Australian Open (plus plenty of routine volleys).

lilycolefan
04-08-2009, 12:36 PM
Best:
1.stephanek
2.Llodra

Compotent:
Federer
tsonga
gasquet
hewitt
Murray

Worst:
roddick
davydenko
simon

Agreed. There are many more you can add to worst. Such as Djokovic, Andreev etc...

FEDERER>buttpicker.
04-08-2009, 08:11 PM
federer is best voleyer by far.