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christos_liaskos
10-11-2009, 03:20 AM
Which shot do you most enjoy seeing and by which player? It can be a past or present shot/player.

To make this more clear i'll give my vote;

My favourite shot to see is when Nadal hits a forehand winner down the line. The way he stands in that open stance, whips up the ball and gives so much height over the net and bends it into the corner just amazes me. It doesn't have to be necessarily when someone is at the net. The more amazing ones for me are when he is in a cross court rally with someone and he suddenly throws in the change of direction up the line whilst also standing in a position which would suggest he is just going back cross court. This particular shot has become synonymous with Federer-Nadal clay court battles.

What's your vote?....

Cesc Fabregas
10-11-2009, 03:27 AM
The Sampras serve and forehand, there a thing of beauty. :)

jelle v
10-11-2009, 03:38 AM
Federer's forehand cross..

Let me explain, because i don't mean a regular forehand from the deuce side of the court. I mean his forehand from the advantage side of the court. A lot of players just hit that forehand down the line, but Federer still manages to create a sort of cross court angle by letting the ball bounce at the service line.

christos_liaskos
10-11-2009, 03:40 AM
Federer's forehand cross..

Let me explain, because i don't mean a regular forehand from the deuce side of the court. I mean his forehand from the advantage side of the court. A lot of players just hit that forehand down the line, but Federer still manages to create a sort of cross court angle by letting the ball bounce at the service line.

Ah yes, that's called an inside out forehand....good choice

TheMagicianOfPrecision
10-11-2009, 03:46 AM
Federer`s serve down the T, Federers forehand dtl/cross, Feds slice.

Masterclass, fire all tenniscoaches around the world, and instead show the kids videos off Fed playing. Better than all instructors combined.

MarrratSafin
10-11-2009, 03:50 AM
Safin's backhand DTL. Bear in mind not even any pros get it close to that. It's just one of those very special things.

jelle v
10-11-2009, 03:51 AM
Ah yes, that's called an inside out forehand....good choice

I didn't mean the inside out forehand, sorry I must have explained poorly. I mean his forehand down the line on the ad court, but Federer manages it to create an angle away from the opponent. Hmm.. hard to explain.. :(

Jason Vorhees
10-11-2009, 03:53 AM
It's a tossup.............

Safin's BH DTL or Roddick's flat forehand.

Simply because safin's backhand in it's heyday was insane, and we rarely get to see roddick hit a flat forehand winner.

christos_liaskos
10-11-2009, 03:54 AM
Federer`s serve down the T, Federers forehand dtl/cross, Feds slice.

Masterclass, fire all tenniscoaches around the world, and instead show the kids videos off Fed playing. Better than all instructors combined.

Dont want to start a huge debate lol but i'm a coach myself and my favourite player is also Federer. But in terms of teaching kids to play like him, I pick wouldnt use Federer as someone to base your teachings on. Out of the world no1 and no2 I would pick Nadal as someone to copy.

The game 'Federer' cant be taught, it's pure genius and talent, you cant coach someone to play like that and have huge success. Rafa's game however is based on much more high percentage tennis. The use of topspin to give height over then net and bring the ball back into court is what today's game is about.

Another way for me to explain this would be what a commentator recently said (i think during the USopen sometime?). He said that the worse thing you could do for a young talented player would be to take him to watch Federer practice or warm up before a tournament. He is so effortless and makes it look so easy that young player would go away thinking that with much less effort than they previously thought they will end up like Federer. Take that same kid on the other hand to watch Nadal practice and which do you think will give the better results?

I'm not saying that Federer's game isn't based on high percentage tennis, he's possibly the greatest player ever for god's sake! But there is also so much natural talent in there that to try and copy it would be pointless

mTm28
10-11-2009, 04:02 AM
The Federer backhand flicks.

Jason Vorhees
10-11-2009, 04:04 AM
Dont want to start a huge debate lol but i'm a coach myself and my favourite player is also Federer. But in terms of teaching kids to play like him, I pick wouldnt use Federer as someone to base your teachings on. Out of the world no1 and no2 I would pick Nadal as someone to copy.

The game 'Federer' cant be taught, it's pure genius and talent, you cant coach someone to play like that and have huge success. Rafa's game however is based on much more high percentage tennis. The use of topspin to give height over then net and bring the ball back into court is what today's game is about.

I would also pick nadal because he got great by working hard, not neccessarily being a genius at birth.

kngoPITT
10-11-2009, 04:08 AM
I didn't mean the inside out forehand, sorry I must have explained poorly. I mean his forehand down the line on the ad court, but Federer manages it to create an angle away from the opponent. Hmm.. hard to explain.. :(

Inside in forehand?
http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/9195/42014098hardcourt3203.gif

Cesc Fabregas
10-11-2009, 04:20 AM
The Sampras slam dunk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkQ58TnSdug

Sampras forehand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_DFjZvwShU

Sampras serve
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6E3vPigzxI&feature=related

All things of beauty.

jelle v
10-11-2009, 04:23 AM
Inside in forehand?
http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/9195/42014098hardcourt3203.gif

Yes :) but Federer still manages to get an angle.. still hitting the ball away from the player if you get what i mean... :)

mikro112
10-11-2009, 04:24 AM
http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/ae204/kate-and-phil/video-new.gif

TheMagicianOfPrecision
10-11-2009, 04:25 AM
Dont want to start a huge debate lol but i'm a coach myself and my favourite player is also Federer. But in terms of teaching kids to play like him, I pick wouldnt use Federer as someone to base your teachings on. Out of the world no1 and no2 I would pick Nadal as someone to copy.

The game 'Federer' cant be taught, it's pure genius and talent, you cant coach someone to play like that and have huge success. Rafa's game however is based on much more high percentage tennis. The use of topspin to give height over then net and bring the ball back into court is what today's game is about.

Another way for me to explain this would be what a commentator recently said (i think during the USopen sometime?). He said that the worse thing you could do for a young talented player would be to take him to watch Federer practice or warm up before a tournament. He is so effortless and makes it look so easy that young player would go away thinking that with much less effort than they previously thought they will end up like Federer. Take that same kid on the other hand to watch Nadal practice and which do you think will give the better results?

I'm not saying that Federer's game isn't based on high percentage tennis, he's possibly the greatest player ever for god's sake! But there is also so much natural talent in there that to try and copy it would be pointless

Great response Christos, i agree.
Im also a teaching-coach and what I said was based on how much i like Federer and admire him, i wasnt 100% serious about though!:)
I agree that Nadals style of play would be a lot easier too teach than Feds for numbers of reasons, absolutely.

TheMagicianOfPrecision
10-11-2009, 04:27 AM
The Sampras slam dunk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkQ58TnSdug

Sampras forehand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_DFjZvwShU

Sampras serve
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6E3vPigzxI&feature=related

All things of beauty.
I agree, but you have to realize and respect Federer a lot more imo...

Jason Vorhees
10-11-2009, 04:29 AM
Sampras' forehand was uglier than my Grandmum's....................

christos_liaskos
10-11-2009, 04:31 AM
Great response Christos, i agree.
Im also a teaching-coach and what I said was based on how much i like Federer and admire him, i wasnt 100% serious about though!:)
I agree that Nadals style of play would be a lot easier too teach than Feds for numbers of reasons, absolutely.

Glad we both agree, the saying must be true, great minds DO think alike :D

lawrence
10-11-2009, 05:28 AM
have to agree with some other posters and say this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B1lORsq2Dw

there's not many options you can take when he hits that shot
edit:
oh and these drop shots: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvVxfVjlAd0

Tyrus
10-11-2009, 05:52 AM
Yes! The Sampras Slam Dunk is my all time favorite.

Federer's Inside out is a thing of inspiration.

dincuss
10-11-2009, 05:58 AM
Gulbis dropshot/lop.
Thing of beauty.

Sampras Dunk

Federer Smash Return?

Safin backhand DTL

Nadal lefty spin serve ace.

JoelDali
10-11-2009, 06:21 AM
Even though I'm not a huge fan of Rafa, some of the deep backhand cc passes he did against Fed in W 2008 were astonishing.

Serendipitous
10-11-2009, 06:26 AM
Santiago Ventura's backhand....:)

skyzoo
10-11-2009, 06:27 AM
Monfils Forehand RIP! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjFfuXMG0Rg

120 MPH

OliverSimon
10-11-2009, 07:35 AM
Acasuso forehand

lawrence
10-11-2009, 07:52 AM
Monfils Forehand RIP! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjFfuXMG0Rg

120 MPH

such a waste of athleticism :(
if only monfils had a better head on him, i could see him breaking through to the top

kevsaenz
10-11-2009, 08:32 AM
Nalbandian cross court backhand

Jason Vorhees
10-11-2009, 08:42 AM
Monfils Forehand RIP! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjFfuXMG0Rg

120 MPH


Monfils' forehand isn't that special, sure, he can hit one big forehand which was placed perfectly for him to smack but when really any other player with power can do that. Monfils' forehand doesn't rank in the top 10.

shaysrebelII
10-11-2009, 08:52 AM
it's gotta be the dunk, but I don't care who hits it.

sure sampras popularized it, and he's my favorite to watch when it comes to hitting that shot, but whenever someone dunks it, oh man...

skyzoo
10-11-2009, 08:54 AM
Monfils' forehand isn't that special, sure, he can hit one big forehand which was placed perfectly for him to smack but when really any other player with power can do that. Monfils' forehand doesn't rank in the top 10.
Hey thanks man. Glad you cleared that up for me. God I was ignorant. Sorry, Sorry

Jason Vorhees
10-11-2009, 08:55 AM
Hey thanks man. Glad you cleared that up for me. God I was ignorant. Sorry, Sorry

Jason doesn't forgive!

RoddickAce
10-11-2009, 09:30 AM
I can't pinpoint it to just one shot, but here are a few choices:

Fed's inside-in forehand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVxIgFhch5w&feature=related

Nadal's banana shots (go to 0:24): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-kH9P4cGuo&feature=PlayList&p=024B43FEA4E2FE8C&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=61

Roddick's Twist Overhead (go to 0:20) xD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMPW7PioQGE

And Gasquet or Agassi's Backhand

skyzoo
10-11-2009, 10:02 AM
Jason doesn't forgive!
haha, my second choice would be Federer mental game

adista4
10-11-2009, 10:11 AM
andre agassi's cross court forehand

norbac
10-11-2009, 10:13 AM
Wawrinka's backhand
Gasquet's backhand
Murray's backhand
Safin's backhand
Murray's forehand cross court passing shot

mzzmuaa
10-11-2009, 10:19 AM
nadal banana

JeMar
10-11-2009, 10:22 AM
Sampras' overhead dunk and Federer's inside out forehand.

Jason Vorhees
10-11-2009, 10:23 AM
haha, my second choice would be Federer mental game

lol, Haas is worse than Federer, look up his results and the amount of times he chokes on match points. I assure you Haas chokes from time to time.

but then again federer chokes and loses his mind and beats himself against 1 player - which makes him look like a tool.

skyzoo
10-11-2009, 10:26 AM
lol, Haas is worse than Federer, look up his results and the amount of times he chokes on match points. I assure you Haas chokes from time to time.

but then again federer chokes and loses his mind and beats himself against 1 player - which makes him look like a tool.
I'll never be right in your eye's will I? hahah alright maybe it might be Kanye West's forehand.

Jason Vorhees
10-11-2009, 10:28 AM
I'll never be right in your eye's will I? hahah alright maybe it might be Kanye West's forehand.

Nope, 50 cent's forehand is the worst shot in tennis.

maddogz32
10-11-2009, 10:45 AM
the federer lob return of overhead

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAg_UuW1duo

Jason Vorhees
10-11-2009, 10:48 AM
the federer lob return of overhead

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAg_UuW1duo

Federer can shank forehands and it will look good to fedfans.

Why have you got an avatar of the most hated women in the world?

stapler
10-11-2009, 11:03 AM
Djokovic's commanding forehands from the center of the baseline where he can hit to either side of the court from the same stance.

ahile02
10-11-2009, 11:05 AM
Fed's inside-in forehand.

matchmaker
10-11-2009, 11:14 AM
It used to be Rios' dropvolleys

kOaMaster
10-11-2009, 11:28 AM
It used to be Rios' dropvolleys

aaah, I like those A LOT!!! good choice!

personally it's a great joy to watch fed's I/O forehand, the thing I like the most in his game. maybe together with his really tough slice, also at the net (improved in the last 5 years)


and then there was this santoro dropshot -> lob thing...ah how great is that?

Jason Vorhees
10-11-2009, 11:30 AM
I like gonzo's forehand

ubermeyer
10-11-2009, 05:31 PM
ivo karlovic when he fires four 1st serve aces in a row in a game against a great player... fun to watch

Leelord337
10-11-2009, 05:36 PM
richard gasquet acute angle cross court backhand, 10/10

darthpwner
10-11-2009, 06:34 PM
Sampras serve.

SuperDuy
10-11-2009, 06:48 PM
Roddicks Serve!

wilkinru
10-11-2009, 07:01 PM
The Federer backhand flicks.

This. I used to think he was just lucky! :shock:

downdaline
10-11-2009, 07:32 PM
Sampras serve and forehand volley.

Edberg backhand volley.

Federer's approach downdaline FH and topspin 1HBH.

Nadal's inside out FH and all his passing shots in general.

Leelord337
10-11-2009, 10:07 PM
The Federer backhand flicks.

same here. here are some cool vids of him doing those shots

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS-KQjVcqQo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWoKA21Bm4k

bdon
10-11-2009, 10:10 PM
definitely when monfils is 10 ft behind the baseline and slides and hits a miraculous winner. especially on hardcourts.

MasturB
10-11-2009, 10:43 PM
Jumping Federer Forehand... Inside-In and Inside-Out.

Look up highlights of Federer vs Nadal, Masters Cup 2007 and 2006.

lawrence
10-12-2009, 12:44 AM
Federer can shank forehands and it will look good to fedfans.

Why have you got an avatar of the most hated women in the world?

Does youtube not load on your computer or are you just stupid?
How can you even compare that shot to a shanked forehand?

dannykl
10-12-2009, 02:16 AM
Steffi Graf's forehand is not only a lethal weapon but also a beaty to watch.

She often jumps and leaves both feet off ground when she hits a forehand.

Her slice backhand is very elegant but deadly as well.

ericsson
10-12-2009, 02:29 AM
Federer's inside out forehand
Pete's slam dunk
Pete's serve
Pete's running forehand
Becker's backhand
Rios his wicked dropshot

dropshot winner
10-12-2009, 02:39 AM
Safin's backhand-hammer down the line
Federer's forehand
Those sharply angled crosscourt forehands by Nalbandian that clear the net by 1/10 of an inch and still somehow land near the service line.

jwbarrientos
10-12-2009, 02:53 AM
Pete Sampras' serve
Roger's runing forehand (when it works)
Gasquet's stationary backhand/Roger running pararell backhand
Nadal's running forehand (with topspin, please)
Agassi/Nalbandian return (short swing delicious)
Slum ... Pete, who else.
Old school boys' slice Bjorg, Vilas, etc.

maddogz32
10-12-2009, 11:57 AM
Why have you got an avatar of the most hated women in the world?

i dont know what you are talking about she is the most talented singer in the world and she is the best

The_Steak
10-12-2009, 01:08 PM
i dont know what you are talking about she is the most talented singer in the world and she is the best

If you are 5 years old....

maddogz32
10-12-2009, 05:05 PM
If you are 5 years old....

i am way older than five and i still think she is the best

Mikey Fresh
10-12-2009, 05:21 PM
If you are 5 years old....

hey dont make fun of her!

T1000
10-12-2009, 06:14 PM
Federer's forehand
Dimitrovs/Wawrinkas backhand
mac's volleys
sampras dunk
hewitt lob/passing shots

ubermeyer
10-13-2009, 04:40 PM
Federer can shank forehands and it will look good to fedfans.

ban this troll!

Why have you got an avatar of the most hated women in the world?

although i agree with this part of your post

cigrmaster
10-13-2009, 04:49 PM
Lavers running top spin backhand cross court

Johnny Mac's short hop drop shot

Borg's top spin backhand lob

Sampras running forehand winners down the line or cross court.

Sampras serve and volley

1970CRBase
10-13-2009, 04:56 PM
Andres Gomez - backhand slice.