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Tennis_Monk
04-30-2011, 02:14 AM
What in your opinion is the most devastating shot of all time.
In order to qualify, the player who owned that shot must have been a Grandslam champion.

tried to add more choices but something got messed up. My apologies. anyone know how to change this poll now?

soleil
04-30-2011, 02:21 AM
Delpo's rockets ftw

sonicare
04-30-2011, 02:36 AM
Federers forehand. Forehands trump serves anytime simply because they are involved twice as much.

glazkovss
04-30-2011, 02:38 AM
Federers forehand. Forehands trump serves anytime simply because they are involved twice as much.

Not with Goran. On his service games forehands can be not involved at all :)

cocolate
04-30-2011, 02:50 AM
Where is Ivo Karlović's serve? Thats the most devastating shot ever.That shot alone takes sets off Federer and Nadal.That shot alone wins matches for Ivo...

kiki
04-30-2011, 03:44 AM
What in your opinion is the most devastating shot of all time.
In order to qualify, the player who owned that shot must have been a Grandslam champion.

tried to add more choices but something got messed up. My apologies. anyone know how to change this poll now?

Women: Steffi´s Fh

Men:Sampras serve

cocolate
04-30-2011, 04:06 AM
Women: Steffi´s Fh

Men:Sampras serve

Ivo serve>Sampras serve

Andres
04-30-2011, 04:41 AM
Ivanisevic's first serve

Seany
04-30-2011, 05:22 AM
Safin backhand

tenis1
04-30-2011, 05:29 AM
Sampras' serve.

zachattack698
04-30-2011, 05:34 AM
Safin backhand

agreed best shot ever.

Kobble
04-30-2011, 05:54 AM
I'm thinking about the mental damage a shot does, and I would have to say the Sampras serve. It rubbed out more slam hopes than any single shot.

YodaKnowsBest
04-30-2011, 06:34 AM
The King's backhand is the best shot ever. Look how he closed down the set against Puperer in style.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg6j9NUnieE (1:22)

or when he broke Murray
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQpKJYhjEcA (7:19)

He can also produce some great running forehands just like his idol Sampras.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqWsbm1EbHU (6:17)

Cesc Fabregas
04-30-2011, 06:45 AM
Djokovic's backhand isn't close to being the best shot ever. Its not even the best shot in todays game, Nadal and Federer's forehand are better aswell as Roddick's serve.

The-Champ
04-30-2011, 06:51 AM
Where is Ivo Karlović's serve? Thats the most devastating shot ever.That shot alone takes sets off Federer and Nadal.That shot alone wins matches for Ivo...

actually Ivo's serve has beaten federer.



I agree, that's the most devastating shot in tennis.

Clay lover
04-30-2011, 08:01 AM
Has got to be a big serve. Fed's forehand comes in close second.

hollywood9826
04-30-2011, 08:08 AM
Where is Ivo Karlović's serve? Thats the most devastating shot ever.That shot alone takes sets off Federer and Nadal.That shot alone wins matches for Ivo...

But Gorans Serve won Wimbledon and got him to the finals on three other occasions. Andtwo of those he lost to Sampras and Aggasi in 5 sets.

fed_rulz
04-30-2011, 10:23 AM
Where is Ivo Karlović's serve? Thats the most devastating shot ever.That shot alone takes sets off Federer and Nadal.That shot alone wins matches for Ivo...

+1.. can't argue with this.

FeVer
04-30-2011, 10:57 AM
Gonzo's FH?? Where is it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqIHxchIjA8

President
04-30-2011, 11:46 AM
Karlovic's serve is quite a bit more devastating than Sampras' or Roddick's. IT has to be him.

PSNELKE
04-30-2011, 11:56 AM
The King's backhand is the best shot ever. Look how he closed down the set against Puperer in style.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg6j9NUnieE (1:22)

or when he broke Murray
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQpKJYhjEcA (7:19)

He can also produce some great running forehands just like his idol Sampras.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqWsbm1EbHU (6:17)

I thinnk we all:

http://real-college-life.com/fnmeng.info/Pictures/%5BH%5Dard%20Pictures/But%20then%20I%20lol%27d/yo-dawg-at-first-i-was-like.jpg

cucio
04-30-2011, 12:01 PM
The one someone failed to put in Günter Parche's knee before he jumped to the court to stab Seles.

Tennis_Monk
04-30-2011, 12:58 PM
To posters who picked Ivo Karlovic's serve:

Ivo isnt a Grandslam champion (yet). in my book, if a shot hasnt helped a player win a slam, it isnt devastating enough.

eidolonshinobi
04-30-2011, 01:13 PM
To posters who picked Ivo Karlovic's serve:

Ivo isnt a Grandslam champion (yet). in my book, if a shot hasnt helped a player win a slam, it isnt devastating enough.

A most noteworthy conclusion.

PSNELKE
04-30-2011, 01:17 PM
To posters who picked Ivo Karlovic's serve:

Ivo isnt a Grandslam champion (yet). in my book, if a shot hasnt helped a player win a slam, it isnt devastating enough.

True comment. But in Ivo´s case I don´t think so. His serve is truly devastating, but he has NO groundstrokes at all. LOL

Lavs
04-30-2011, 01:27 PM
Safin's groundies...

viduka0101
04-30-2011, 02:06 PM
Karlovic's first serve is the default answer

mellowyellow
04-30-2011, 05:33 PM
The drop shot from Albert Portas aka "The Drop Shot Dragon"

Tennis_Monk
04-30-2011, 06:29 PM
Are there any players solely known for their backhand and won a slam?

Marat ,Djokovic , Hewitt come close but i was looking for a stand out backhand on their game. Eg: Roddick --his serve stands out.

Marat could have won a slam even with out his backhand.Djokovic has way too much arsenal.

Perhaps Gauston Gaudio?

MethodTennis
04-30-2011, 06:37 PM
where is karlovics serve or roddicks serve or gonzos forehand.

Poll failing hard with out these options and an 'other' option.

And why is Connors return even an option. I mean yeah its good but what shot does more damage a 140+ serve or a return of serve which is good when it works but most of the time its nothing exceptional. You know roddick and karlovic are gonna come out killing serves on almost ever ball. Connors return, not so much.

Backhanded Compliment
04-30-2011, 08:47 PM
Nadal's feet?

Djoker's feet?

Those are just funny thoughst but overall it's Pete's serve, it brought consistent doom like nothing else espc in the clutch (not so for Roddick esp wimby 2009).

35ft6
04-30-2011, 09:04 PM
Voted for Sampras.

When he was on, Goran's first serve was way crazier. But overall, day to day, and between 1st and 2nd, Sampras' serve was a bigger weapon.

Lube's serve, when on, back in the day, was up there, too.

PONG
04-30-2011, 09:18 PM
By "devastating shot" I expected to read about some of the worst shanks or miss hits lol

Clay lover
05-01-2011, 01:15 AM
Are there any players solely known for their backhand and won a slam?

Marat ,Djokovic , Hewitt come close but i was looking for a stand out backhand on their game. Eg: Roddick --his serve stands out.

Marat could have won a slam even with out his backhand.Djokovic has way too much arsenal.

Perhaps Gauston Gaudio?

I don't think any baseliner can win a slam without a decent forehand. Gaudio's backhand is good, but his forehand is still a very reliable shot.

The Baseline
05-01-2011, 06:43 AM
The Gonzalez forehand. It is simply the most devastating shot ever because of the sheer pace and the amount of effort gonzalez puts into it. Gonzalez has brought pace to an extreme level.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ReQmejWYy4

Watch from 4:40 on, nobody has ever played with the ferociousness and intensity of gonzalez. Its just such an ispirational style of play.

cknobman
05-02-2011, 08:11 AM
Why multiple choice??? Kinda hard to get accurate results when you can pick more than one.

kiki
05-02-2011, 03:34 PM
Michael Chang´s serving well below his shoulder.Killed Lendl at RG with that...

Manus Domini
05-02-2011, 05:56 PM
Rosewall's and Budge's backhands

Xizel
05-02-2011, 06:00 PM
Michael Chang´s serving well below his shoulder.Killed Lendl at RG with that...

This. His creativity won over one of the GOATs.

Seriously, though, Sampras' serve and Federer's forehand are tied.

rdis10093
05-02-2011, 06:01 PM
The King's backhand is the best shot ever. Look how he closed down the set against Puperer in style.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg6j9NUnieE (1:22)

or when he broke Murray
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQpKJYhjEcA (7:19)

He can also produce some great running forehands just like his idol Sampras.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqWsbm1EbHU (6:17)
for real? you are already calling him the king, let him win some more GS first, then we can talk king

pjonesy
05-02-2011, 07:19 PM
By devastating, are we saying most effective, most explosive, most unique, most memorable or most overpowering? Of the choices, I immediately narrowed it down to Agassi's Return of Serve, the Sampras Serve and the Goran Serve. I have watched tennis obsessively since the late 80s and have watched clips and matches of just about all of the greatest players going back to the early 60s. Sampras and Ivanisevic had serves that no one could handle. But there are other players who have tremendous serves. Karlovic, Roddick, Krajicek, Isner, Phillipoussis etc. Of the serves, i would say Sampras was most effective, because of his disguise, control and variety. Ivanisevic had a lights out first serve. Basically unreturnable, if it was in.

I am trying to be as honest as I can about this question. Using the criteria of the shot(game style etc.) being effective, explosive, unique, memorable, overpowering and (as the thread states) Devastating, I would say that Agassi's return easily beats them all. I've seen big serves. I've seen (overall) better service return games than Agassi. I've seen more explosive groundstrokes, better touch, better ball control, better strategy and just plain better overall tennis talent than Agassi.

However, I have NEVER seen anyone return a 145 to 150 mph serve at the shoelaces of a massive server, except for Agassi. I have seen him do it to Taylor Dent, Roddick and Karlovic. Yes, Federer can return a serve with that pace. But not with the kind of velocity that Agassi did. Look, its really more of a parlor trick. I think Hewitt, Connors and probably Federer had better(or more consistent) overall service return games, but the ability to take the hardest serve in the world, on the rise and put it back over the net for a clean winner or at the feet of the server (who has not even finished his follow through on the service motion), is the most devastating shot I have ever seen in tennis. I remember seeing Taylor Dent's expression after Agassi cleaned up his biggest serve of the day. He really looked like he had seen a ghost. Imagine being able to serve 140+ mph from age 16 up. You are finally on the tour and a 30 something Agassi returns your biggest serve for a clean winner. If no one had ever done that before, I guess it would be very hard to believe it. Or accept it.

NLBwell
05-02-2011, 07:34 PM
I would say Sampras' second serve. Of course not as strong a shot as a first serve, but mentally devastating to an opponent. Usually, they feel like they have a good chance to win a point when someone misses their first serve. When Sampras would crank up a second serve and put the point away, it could just break people.

Kaz00
05-03-2011, 05:46 PM
Blake's go for broke forehand.

staxor
05-03-2011, 07:11 PM
Ivanisevic's first serve

This.

10chars

Mick
05-03-2011, 07:32 PM
has got to be pete sampras' serve because with federer's or lendl's forehand, they have to set up the shot to hit the winner. with pete sampras' serve, it just would just take 1 swing and the point was his. it's very demoralizing if you were sampras' opponent.

Nadalfan89
05-03-2011, 07:44 PM
Sampras could only serve half the match though. He wasn't even able to use his most devastating shot half the time. Federer's forehand is (well...was) always available.

NLBwell
05-03-2011, 07:54 PM
Federer's forehand would only be available for 1/2 the match if Ivanisevic was having a great serve day.

Mick
05-03-2011, 08:24 PM
Sampras could only serve half the match though. He wasn't even able to use his most devastating shot half the time. Federer's forehand is (well...was) always available.

well, not true if federer plays nadal because nadal would hit the ball to his backhand pretty much all the time :)

droliver
05-03-2011, 08:33 PM
Goran or Ivo's are the only serves that belong in discussion for most dominant. Goran's serve was frightening, especially on grass. Sampras' serve was a beast and was uber reliable, but it was returnable to get it in play. Goran's serve was not touchable when in form and it was like watching someone on a string play against him. Some of those wimbledon run's from the early 1990's was jaw dropping. It was ace, winner, ace, winner (repeat).....

Ivo has perhaps taken it up a notch (I think) on all surfaces due to the really awkward angles vertical angles and wicked kick he can dial on. He serves through people in many instances where Goran would paint the corners

Agassifan
05-04-2011, 10:26 AM
Fed's FH in his prime

Marty502
05-05-2011, 04:36 PM
Agassi's return of serve is one damn good call that I hadn't thought about.

Tennis_Monk
05-05-2011, 04:39 PM
Going by the trend, it looks like Roger M Federer's Forehand has the most votes and arguably, the most devastating shot/aspect of all time.

Hard to disagree with 16 slams.

Ray Mercer
05-05-2011, 04:40 PM
Federer's forehand is unreal.

kiki
05-07-2011, 10:51 AM
Lendl´s booming at Mac was it. he said he had learnt it from the aussies, who did it very often in doubles play...

DRII
05-07-2011, 11:08 AM
To me devastating implies consistency and at least some longevity. So I would have to say sampras' serve is the most devastating shot of all time.

If consistency weren't as much of a factor I could say Gonzalez or monfils forehand.

dannykl
05-07-2011, 12:56 PM
In women's tennis, the answer would be Steffi Graf's forehand.

Jeepers
05-07-2011, 12:58 PM
Soderlings volleys or Roddicks 'Rocket' backhand

fed_rulz
05-07-2011, 01:01 PM
The most devastating shot of all time should NOT be surface dependent. That rules out the Pete Sampras serve. Karlovic, OTOH, served 77 aces on clay in a SINGLE match. Now THAT's a devastating shot.

from the list, I pick the Federer FH.

War, Safin!
05-08-2011, 04:03 AM
Marat Safin's double-handed backhand down-the-line...

Wilander Fan
05-08-2011, 06:16 AM
for real? you are already calling him the king, let him win some more GS first, then we can talk king

He is the king of being ranked #2 and #3.

The Baseline
05-08-2011, 06:36 AM
its still the Gonzalez forehand. It wears every opponent out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPve_e7P_28

scbaldwin13
05-08-2011, 06:48 AM
Gonzo's FH?? Where is it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqIHxchIjA8

I agree; Gonzo's FH is incredible. When it's on, he is hard to stop. Somehow, though, he hasn't won a Grand Slam - which is why he isn't on the list. Even though it is extremely devastating, it hasn't been devastating enough to win him a major. And if you haven't won a major, then you can't really be considered for this kind of poll (best shots ever), since winning a GS is the ultimate proof of a devastating shot (since normally it is one shot that contributes more to the player's victory than the others). Still, Gonzo's FH is among the best in the world, no doubt.