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BDuncan
12-12-2011, 10:33 PM
Irrespective whether anyone mentioned is male, female, is currently retired, or even deceased, who are currently your 4 favorite tennis players and please separately say why, for each fave one named.

DeShaun
12-12-2011, 10:47 PM
Laver because his game had the fewest chinks
Federer for similar reasons
Tilden for similar reasons
William M. Johnston for being so scrappy, playing with lots of heart, and always swinging for the fences with an extreme western forehand when such was unheard of.

tennis_pro
12-13-2011, 12:16 AM
1. Safin. Totally unpredictable, laid back, hilarious guy. Could beat anyone at his best
2. Federer, perfect game, a master
3. Henin, ditto but to a lesser degree
4. Don't really know, I like a lot of guys like Del Potro, Murray, Tsonga but was never a huge fan of either of those. Maybe Agassi?

Nathaniel_Near
12-13-2011, 12:32 AM
Active:

Roger Federer - all the skills, all the game, honest in interviews, quite candid, best attitude of all of the major players.

Juan Martin del-Potro - scary forehand, jack-in-the-box, pleasant demeanour.

Jo-Wilfred Tsonga - joyful attacking game, flair, awesome celebration, reminds me of a boxing legend.

Alexandr Dolgopolov - flamboyant improvisor, shot-maker extraordinaire, likes a drink.


Active or otherwise:

Roger Federer - as above

Pat Rafter - sick athleticism and skills, explosive and dynamic style, enjoyable temperament.

Stefan Edberg - class, grace, brilliance, otherworldly volleys.

Ken Rosewall - alluring manner, smooth, slice master, wish I could see more, no less great than Federer or Laver, doesn't get enough respect.


Honourable mention:

Steffi Graf - all around excellence, those feet.

Hood_Man
12-13-2011, 12:53 AM
Federer - Everything. I could watch slow motion closeups of his feet moving about the court for hours, it's just incredible.
Murray - His backhand is incredible, and he's British!
Dolgopolov - The power the "little" guy can generate, it's awesome! And I love his smile, he just looks so happy to be out on court :D
Del Potro - That scary forehand of his. Is scary. Really scary.

Paul Murphy
12-13-2011, 01:02 AM
1) Federer. Easy winner, hands down. The finest strokemaker, classic game, superb to watch. I get excited at the prospect of any Federer match.
With everyone else it depends on the match-up.
Will never be another like him I suspect.

2) Lendl. Loved the power he brought to tennis and the rivalry with McEnroe.
His running forehand and backhand down-the-line were something else.

3) Martina Navratilova. What a player. Loved her style clashes with the likes of Evert. Her emotions on court were something to see too. Her aggressive game was such a counterpoint to most of the WTA.

4) Hewitt. To see someone with so little in the way of weapons
(his movement and competitiveness aside) achieve what he did was extraordinary.

Sentinel
12-13-2011, 01:46 AM
1. Noel - class, funny guy, beast on all surfeces.

2. Davydenko - good baseline play, takes ball early, nice wife, great personality

3. Robin Soderling - beast on clay

tusharlovesrafa
12-13-2011, 09:59 PM
1.RAFAEL-one man sapnish armada..great heart,never tires
2.nadal-great speed and anticipation,great basline play
3.parera-ridiculous forehand and rpm's on the ball...
4.toni-greatest motivator in tennis history

Clarky21
12-13-2011, 10:06 PM
1.RAFAEL-one man sapnish armada..great heart,never tires
2.nadal-great speed and anticipation,great basline play
3.parera-ridiculous forehand and rpm's on the ball...
4.toni-greatest motivator in tennis history


:lol:

10TushylovesRafas

1970CRBase
12-13-2011, 10:10 PM
Currently playing

Tsonga

Mahut

Monfils

Gasquet

Russeljones
12-13-2011, 10:51 PM
Only going to mention 4 players I had the pleasure (and fortune) to watch in my lifetime.

1. Sampras - he is the guy who made me pay more attention to tennis in my late teens. I was 100% into football (soccer) prior to that. Outstanding athlete who always looked driven and showed control over his emotions.

1. Federer - Classy guy, made the game look simple and picked up some incredible records. Everything's been said about him already.

3. Ivanisevic - Inspiring character, real fighter and a thorn in McEnroe's behind, what more can you ask from him?

4. Safin - This guy could hit with the best of them, had his demons but what a character. I'll never forget his David Letterman interview right after wining the USO, explaining what he'll do with his winnings (buy about 14 cars for his family). Miss him and I am sure many others share my sentiment.

stringertom
12-13-2011, 10:52 PM
1. Fed...SexiMasterClassSwissSorceror, the owner of the most beautiful game EVER! Just plain eye candy to watch.

2. Ashe...greatest sportsman of our time and an immense tragedy we lost him so early in his life. Also, author of the greatest upset in our sport's history.

3. Borg...as my ex-coach stated from tour match experience vs the Iceman, "Tom, I played guys who hit as hard as Borg, but no one ever hit as hard as he did so close to the lines as he did". C'mon, FO/Wimby back-to-backs in every year he played both for three years. I'll have to check the stat after this post.

4. Vilas...the original Bull (of the Pampas). 120+ wins in one year! No one plays close to that many matches anymore. Unquenchable thirst for competition. I got ragged so bad for favoring Borg and Vilas over Connors and JMac by my NY tennis friends but I still defend my international tastes. They gave me so much more to admire than those two obnoxious jerks.

Paul Murphy
12-14-2011, 01:04 AM
Only going to mention 4 players I had the pleasure (and fortune) to watch in my lifetime.

1. Sampras - he is the guy who made me pay more attention to tennis in my late teens. I was 100% into football (soccer) prior to that. Outstanding athlete who always looked driven and showed control over his emotions.

1. Federer - Classy guy, made the game look simple and picked up some incredible records. Everything's been said about him already.

3. Ivanisevic - Inspiring character, real fighter and a thorn in McEnroe's behind, what more can you ask from him?

4. Safin - This guy could hit with the best of them, had his demons but what a character. I'll never forget his David Letterman interview right after wining the USO, explaining what he'll do with his winnings (buy about 14 cars for his family). Miss him and I am sure many others share my sentiment.

I miss Safin too - he was larger than life with a game to match.
I think it was Blake who called him "the tortured artist of the tour".
Great line and very true.

dlk
12-14-2011, 02:33 AM
Fed- Grace, class, GOAT

Nadal- Tenacious, powerful, potential to be GOAT.

JMDP- First player to break Fed/Nadal dominance.

Isner- I'm American. IN one of the most memorable matches ever.
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Agassi- At first hated him, but grew to respect him; career slam. About my age.

Mac, Borg, & Connors were who got me into tennis as a kid.

TennisLovaLova
12-14-2011, 03:27 AM
Federer - GOAT
Agassi - jedi returns, the character, the 90's
Edberg - pure class, perfect behaviour on court
Rios or Kuerten - or how to be cool on a tennis court and still crush your opponents

Steffi Graf - GOAT
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario - she never gives up
Hantuchova - she's very cute and I like to see her play very much
Justine Henin - sick backhand

jean pierre
12-14-2011, 04:23 AM
1/ Vilas. The most original, the most interesting, the most intellectual. A tennisman who is not only a tennisman. Beautiful backhand. Incredible season 1977. Won an clay and grass. The biggest worker of tennis history.

2/ McEnroe and Connors. Incredible games. No one has played or will play like that. And what a character !

3/ Borg. Ice Borg. Invented modern game, with Vilas. Won 6 French and 5 Wimbledon : the biggest performance of the history.

Borg, Connors, McEnroe and Vilas are the golden age aof the tennis history.

Tammo
12-14-2011, 06:05 AM
In no order
JMDP
Nadal
Raonic
Stosur (only WTA player who can volley)

djokovicgonzalez2010
12-14-2011, 06:23 AM
1 Gonzalez- So wonderfully emotional, fun to watch, nice guy
2 Tipsarevic- Obviously very smart, good shotmaker, good racquet breaker
3 Montanes- Emotional, fighter, very determined player
4 Hewitt- My former favorite, still lots of fight in him
5 Davydenko- My favorite player to watch, great sense of humor

Honorable mentions: Ferrer, Ferrero, Becker, Monaco, Granollers

Clarky21
12-14-2011, 06:26 AM
In no order
JMDP
Nadal
Raonic
Stosur (only WTA player who can volley)


I thought you were a newly minted *********;I stand corrected.

Tammo
12-14-2011, 06:38 AM
I thought you were a newly minted *********;I stand corrected.

Oh, I just like the way Novak is roaring(I like to do big comon's when I make amazing shots) I'm not really a fan of anyone, but i do like Raonic.

rdis10093
12-14-2011, 06:51 AM
1. Hewitt
2. Nalbandian
3. Federer
4. Simon

lonux
12-14-2011, 06:54 AM
Simon
Berdych
Söderling
Gasquet

In no particular order.

purge
12-14-2011, 07:16 AM
1. federer - the walking definition of tennis
2. safin - talented, completely nuts, entertaining
3. borg - some kind of aura, hard to explain. plus i like the swedish folks
4. tricky.. probably santoro. the ultimate magician

zcarzach
12-14-2011, 07:25 AM
Federer - Ever since his 2001 Wimbledon match with Pete. Class, brilliance, intelligence (on and off the court).

McEnroe - intensity, incredible talent. Fought a lot of demons.

Hewitt- his intensity and drive fires me up and inspires me to play my best tennis.

Borg - I wish I could be as calm as he was / is. Shook off bad points better than anyone, which is a lesson I need to learn.

BHud
12-14-2011, 07:35 AM
Borg - the definition of calm, cool, and stylish with the heart of a warrior.

Fed - grace and elegance under fire

Sampras - the will and mental toughness to dominate. Would just bludgeon opponents.

Steffi - I was always partial to long legs and a killer forehand.

timmeh
12-14-2011, 07:40 AM
Irrespective whether anyone mentioned is male, female, is currently retired, or even deceased, who are currently your 4 favorite tennis players and please separately say why, for each fave one named.

1. Federer. He entertains me, keeps me glued to the tv. There are always so many subplots to his games, and you feel like history is in the making.

2. Tomic. As an Australian, it's always exciting when new talent pops up.

3. Raonic. I think he has the potential to be a superstar. Fun to watch his meteoric improvement, hopefully it continues once he has recovered from injury.

4. Tsonga. Entertains with his shots and personality.

Now. If only these four played a doubles match :D Federer and Tsonga on one team would be fun.

heftylefty
12-14-2011, 08:28 AM
Ashe: Trailblazer, Intellectual, Global Citizen

Wilander: Was my tennis model. His game is simple, clean, and effective.

Rafter: Second tennis model. Athletic, seem to be a very cool and likable person.

Federer: GOAT

TERRASTAR18
12-14-2011, 12:22 PM
1. serena- greatest serve, hits winners from any part of the court, the boat
2. fed- the goat, likable even when he's arrogant, hates djoker and murray.
3. rafter- for me the only interesting guy in the 90's, should have won more.
4. seles- the most talented naturally after serena.
honorable mentions-
leconte- enjoyed watching old matches of his.
roswell- best bh of all time.
baghidatis- a gifted player who if he committed himself could be the true 4th player in the big 4. plus i felt for him when his girl left him for some prince. plus the cameraman in his entourage who has no film but has been making a documentary on him for a couple of years now.
blake- j-block...nuff said.

SLD76
12-14-2011, 02:26 PM
Irrespective whether anyone mentioned is male, female, is currently retired, or even deceased, who are currently your 4 favorite tennis players and please separately say why, for each fave one named.

Federer- no explanation needed

Kvitova- love her power game, has the ability to improve and add more finess. she alone can save the WTA.

Radwanska- good attitude and tremendous versatility. she is like Henin but with a less horrendous personality and less power.

Becker- because he is a sexy beast, and he apparently likes women of color which frankly, is refreshing.

Clive Walker
12-15-2011, 03:58 AM
Tim Henman- not the reason I picked up a racket, but the guy who made me believe a British player could be world class, could win a slam.

Henin- for no other reason than the purest backhand I can imagine

Todd Woodbridge- Sublime doubles player

JW Tsonga- my, if I were a pro, I'd be... Big Shots, suspect temperament, capable of beating better guys and losing to waeker guys, and not the best mobility.

monfed
12-15-2011, 04:50 AM
1. Noel - class, funny guy, beast on all surfeces.

2. Davydenko - good baseline play, takes ball early, nice wife, great personality

3. Robin Soderling - beast on clay


Ahaahhahahaa , you sir are the greatest poaster!

marpiw
12-15-2011, 05:04 AM
I Have Only One Fave Player Of All Times,that Is:


G A B R I E L A S A B A T I N I


For All The Imaginable Reasons....

SLD76
12-15-2011, 05:07 AM
I Have Only One Fave Player Of All Times,that Is:


G A B R I E L A S A B A T I N I


For All The Imaginable Reasons....

I used to heart her so much. Loved her game, but Graf totally pwned her mentally.

zapvor
12-15-2011, 06:43 AM
-federer
-fernando gonzalez
-marin cilic
-tipsy

not necessarily in that order

shogun90
12-15-2011, 06:52 AM
Becker - loved his game in the 80's
Sampras - no need for explanations
Kvitova - something fresh in the women's game
Graf - another legend

Castiel
12-15-2011, 07:11 AM
Federer - he gave me the motivation to watch and play tennis
Delpo - very aggresive, humble and gives a lot of respect
Tsonga - exciting to watch

still thinking about the fourth one...

BrooklynNY
12-15-2011, 07:18 AM
Sampras
Federer
Tsonga
Gonzo
Llodra

because I like all of their games. A whole lot.

MonfilsMadness
12-16-2011, 12:54 AM
Sampras
Agassi
Blake
Safin

Russeljones
12-16-2011, 01:11 AM
lol @ Llodra

batz
12-16-2011, 01:17 AM
1. Murray - because he comes from a place just up the road from me

2. Roddick - because I've always liked him

3. The rest of the Americans - because I look upon them as lost children

power level 800
12-16-2011, 01:45 AM
Rios~ for having so much control and feel of the ball.
Nalbadian~ for amazingly absorbing pace so well and showing us his beautiful 2 handbackhand.
Schuettler~ for his ability to change direction of the ball so smoothly.

I have put all 3 of these great tennis players in my Dan Marino category. All that talent and never winning a superbowl.

Hankenstein
12-16-2011, 03:53 AM
1: Alberto Berasategui
Powerful forehand! Always nice and a gentleman on court
2: Mariano Puerta
Powerplayer! Really fun to watch live. Amazing ballstriker. Heavy spin. Nice dropshots.
( unfortunately though he had some "problems" with doping... )
3: Jonas Björkman, Swedish fighter. Always gave 110 % on court and a very nice person overall
4: Albert Portas, Just LOVED his dropshots!! Best dropshots in the history of tennis, and that´s true!!

nadalwon2012
12-16-2011, 07:55 AM
Nadal, Stosur, Tomic, and the other would be Federer because he was my favorite player in 2003.

BrooklynNY
12-16-2011, 08:02 AM
lol @ Llodra

hahaha you can't not pull for the guy...