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Lavs
04-14-2011, 11:19 AM
My list:

1. Federer
2. Haas
3. Safin
4. Rafa
5. Hewitt

SystemicAnomaly
04-14-2011, 11:57 AM
Federer seems to have the most efficient & effective footwork of any I've seen. While Nadal is certainly one of the greatest at scrambling/running down shots, his footwork seems less efficient.

JeMar
04-14-2011, 12:12 PM
In his prime, Federer was certainly it. One of the most common compliments commentators would give Federer was about how "quietly" he moved. He never seemed to struggle to get into position. He was always just kinda there.

Now, though... it seems he has trouble getting into position, especially when moving to his right. I'd say others are better overall movers now.

Netzroller
04-14-2011, 12:14 PM
You think Haas had better footwork than Nadal and Hewitt (and lots of others that are not even mentioned):shock:

Bogie
04-14-2011, 12:22 PM
at the moment, djoker probably has the most efficient footwork. the guy is lightning quick and always in position to hit the ball. very difficult to wrong-foot as well

SystemicAnomaly
04-14-2011, 12:24 PM
Of recent players, Djokovic, Murray, & Davydenko have displayed pretty decent footwork as well.

tenis1
04-14-2011, 12:35 PM
Yes where is Djokovic on the list?

dominikk1985
04-14-2011, 12:39 PM
My list:

1. Federer
2. Haas
3. Safin
4. Rafa
5. Hewitt

What? half of those players are not even active anymore or ancient.

the only one of those I would currently in that list is federer.

-haas had a good footwork but played the last time about 2 years ago and is 33
-safin is retired and ****ing porn stars all day.plus footwork never was his strength to begin with
-hewitt is 31 yo

dominikk1985
04-14-2011, 12:43 PM
Federer seems to have the most efficient & effective footwork of any I've seen. While Nadal is certainly one of the greatest at scrambling/running down shots, his footwork seems less efficient.

rafas footwork is not inefficient. his footwork is super great esp. at the net.
rafas nt footwork is certainly underrated, no one covers so much ground at the net.

the reason why his game is so exhausting for him is that he is too defensive and gets run around a lot.

His game is inefficient in some way but not because of his footwork.

other than nadal I would put murray, ferrer, fed and nole up there.
worst in the top10 I think is söderling.

single_handed_champion
04-14-2011, 12:51 PM
Federer and Nadal no. 1 and 2 in no particular order, and it isn't even close. Watch them run around backhands all day (if that isn't supreme footwork, nothing is) and rethink your lists, each of you.

Ludwig von Mises
04-14-2011, 01:07 PM
My list:

1. Federer
2. Haas
3. Safin
4. Rafa
5. Hewitt

my list (with all players currently playing but being judged when they were in their respective primes):

1. Davydenko
2. Federer
3. Djokovic
4. Ferrer
5. Hewitt

Honorable Mention:
Murray, that clown that he is, is probably also pretty close to the top 5.
Ralph- i would not say his movement is inefficient like others claim but its not top level efficient, speed makes up for it though.
Monfils- probably has quite inefficient movement but the speed and length puts him near the top.
Bjorn Phau- fast
What about Chela- not that much natural speed but really effortless movement.
Dolgpolov- smooth, effortless mover- who actually moves his feet quite a bit.

accidental
04-14-2011, 02:40 PM
Fed
Nadal
Djokovic
Murray

Either Ferrer or Davydenko.


Hewitt in 2000-2004 would have been at the top of this list imo

Kobble
04-14-2011, 02:48 PM
Of all time?

Federer
Nadal
Borg
Djokovic
Hewitt

And, Rios, Chang, Muster etc.

Migelowsky
04-14-2011, 08:02 PM
Ferrer has to be there, he's not only fast, but
he doesn't give up and his body language always
says to the opponent that he will have to fight
for every point

SystemicAnomaly
04-14-2011, 09:29 PM
rafas footwork is not inefficient. his footwork is super great esp. at the net.
rafas nt footwork is certainly underrated, no one covers so much ground at the net.

the reason why his game is so exhausting for him is that he is too defensive and gets run around a lot.

His game is inefficient in some way but not because of his footwork.

other than nadal I would put murray, ferrer, fed and nole up there.
worst in the top10 I think is söderling.

One reason I stated that his footwork was inefficient is that he ends up in a closed stance way too often -- this requires an extra step or two after he hits his shot to get to the next ball. He does not glide like Roger does (except perhaps on clay).

Lavs
04-15-2011, 04:33 AM
What? half of those players are not even active anymore or ancient.

the only one of those I would currently in that list is federer.

-haas had a good footwork but played the last time about 2 years ago and is 33
-safin is retired and ****ing porn stars all day.plus footwork never was his strength to begin with
-hewitt is 31 yo
Sorry, I meant best footwork player for last 5-10 years.. 21 century iow.
Haas is definitely one of the best in this nomination - I think only Fed can compete him in term of movement efficiency.
Safin is slow. BUT! His performance index was one of the highest.
Rafa, Lleyton are just really fast..
Yes I forgot to mention Nole.. he is certainly in this list.

whoopinstick
04-15-2011, 06:50 AM
michael chang, his feet were like lightning

wy2sl0
04-15-2011, 02:18 PM
One of the main reasons Roger "looked" so dominant was because of his footwork. He always moved using the path of least resistance, almost gliding around the court. Not only that, he was (key word) insanely talented at holding the baseline and hitting half volley winners or offensive shots like it was nothing, partly due to his great ability to get himself into the perfect position.

RyanRF
04-15-2011, 02:22 PM
Fed
Nadal
Djokovic
Murray

Either Ferrer or Davydenko.


Hewitt in 2000-2004 would have been at the top of this list imo


I like this list.

Rock Strongo
04-15-2011, 02:48 PM
Nobody's mentioning Mecir? I wasn't around when he was in his heyday but from what I can see on YouTube videos he's able to magically appear near any ball...

staxor
04-15-2011, 06:16 PM
*cough* Borg! *cough*