Best 'Footwork' Ever.

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  1. Alchemist

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    In my opinion any one needs great 'Footwork' rather than ' Fast Running' to have success in Tennis.
    For player with best 'Footwork' Federer comes in my mind.
     
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    Federer for men, Graf for women.
     
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    This is tough. Borg, Laver, Fed, Nadal all have amazing footwork.

    I guess Fed overall. At his best he was just gliding everywhere.

    But Rafa's footwork on clay is like poetry too.
     
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  4. Alchemist

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    Though I am big fan Of Rafa can't say Rafa's footwork is Good , but you're saying it's poetry:). I think you are biggest fan of King Rafa here.
     
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    How can we Forget this guy :).
    I think he absolute best in every department.
     
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    On clay his footwork is godly. I'm more of a Fed fan. But I can admit when other guys have great qualities.

    People get distracted with Rafa's antics. But if you don't watch his face and put TV on mute, and watch in slow motion, Rafa's footwork is amazing. Try it. I suggest all Fed fans try it :).

    Actually all greats have an amazing footwork. You sort of need it. Footwork is the most important part in tennis, often overlooked. You can have all the shots in the book, but if you aren't in position and balanced to use them, it's like having a Ferrari without tires.
     
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    I have to disagree. Rafa's footwork isn't just good, it's amazing. Darren Cahill seems to think so too.

    QUOTE from Darren Cahill
    "Want a lesson on footwork?... don't watch the ball but just watch Nadal's feet during play. Especially after he lands after serving."
     
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    Nadal's footwork is incredible, second only to Federer's IMO. But it's extremely good.

    Rosewall deserves a mention for footwork too. Movement wise he's like a shorter pre-open era Federer.
     
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    I agree. And a person doesn't even need experts to confirm it, everyone can see it with a naked eye.
     
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    No, what you see is amazing speed. Rafa's footwork actually appears to be less efficient than Roger's. Rafa need to be faster because his footwork is less efficient (and because of his style of play). Roger, who is still fairly quick but not as fast as Rafa, glides to the ball. His footwork is efficient and he is rarely off balance. Can't say the same for Rafa.
     
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    Laver.. Just go watch his 1969 matches from one slam to the next and see that footwork.. Its ridiculous considering he played an all court game while guy's today don't have to. It requires better footwork
     
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    This. The thread could have ended with that post.
     
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    Federer's footwork is the main reason that makes his play look graceful. Agree that Fed for men and Graf for women.
     
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    honerable mention for davydenko. if agassi was faster. but i mean there's agassi type movement to cut angles. all out speed with little footwork like black. i'd say berdych is a great mover especially for a big guy. never seems to have lumbered for a ball like querrey or del potro. maybe we should put them into height categories
     
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    I think this is one category where Federer and Nadal tie for first place. I honestly can't say one is better than the other.
     
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    Laver and Rosewall. Both could play both the exacting footwork of serve-and-volley as well as move as well as anyone in history around the baseline. More well-rounded than today's players.
     
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    Borg and Fed. Kuerten on clay (not Nadal by a whole country mile, no-no. Nadal is a winner but not in best footwork category).

    Graf remains the best (ladies'/women's) mover on court.
     
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    +1 for Graf and federer
     
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    Federer for the men. Haven't watched enough of the women to comment.

    With regards to Nadal, I think he has good footwork. It's his excellent foot-speed and anticipation that makes it look supremely awesome, especially on clay. Unfortunately it puts a lot of strain on his knees.
     
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    What about Henin for women? I thought she had an amazing footwork.
     
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    Missed that one. Maybe not Graf-like but certainly is there and thereabouts.
     
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    How about Conners ?
     
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    Have we already forgotten about "blue clay"? Of the top players, only Federer's footwork was up to the task. Both Nadal & Djoko threatened to boycott if blue clay were to return.

    As I mentioned previously, Roger's footwork is both highly efficient & effective. Rafa's, not so much. His footwork/play style puts him in "scramble mode" quite often -- he uses his amazing speed to compensate for being wrong-footed so often. Overuse of an extreme closed stance on FHs and 2-handed BHs requires extra execution & recovery steps. Roger does have an advantage in this respect since his 1-handed BH is well suited for the extreme closed stance. However, unlike Rafa, it is rare to find Roger hitting a FH where his hips are temporary locked because of a an extreme closed stance.

    Roger's fluidity is unmatched by Rafa and other quick movers. Rafa's movement style is very harsh on his knees and other joints. His time away from the tour last year is a direct result of his movement/style...

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/05/26/sports/tennis/nadals-knee.html?_r=0
    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2010-05-20-rafael-nadal-knee-injuries_N.htm

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    some of you all are confusing foot work with foot speed, or at least overly combinig the two. some of the players with the best foot work are actually slow movers like Davenport. they literally have to have great footwork in order to compensate for their lack of mobility.

    However, some of the greatest have both: Jimmy Connors had amazing foot work and speed!
     
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    I've always found the clip of Federer getting attacked a hilarious example of his good footwork. The guy jumps out of the stands at him, and he reflexively does a smooth cross step away from him.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73SaYzrKHf4
     
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    Yeah, lol. I also remember some clip Fed being tripped and with his amazing footwork he saved himself. It wasn't on a tennis court though. It was some kind of corridor, I think.
    Can anyone find this clip?
     
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    Fed and Nadal are very close. Can't comment on Laver/Rosewall as it's way before my time.
    Fed perhaps get's the nod, because he's so smooth and efficient. But Nadal is extremely fast and is amazing at small steps, when he's running around a backhand.
     
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  38. mbm0912

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    Haven't you ever heard of a 'reverse' follow through? :)
     
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    Nadal and Federer both have great footwork. Fed isn't as athletic as Nadal but in his prime due to his awesome footwork Fed had great defense too.
     
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    Nice single-hander. If only somebody could be bothered to add a second ball into the file so that it looks like Nole is hitting two shots in quick succession.
     
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    Haha. Imagine the guy on the other side, if he returns that ball back, so fast.
     
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    edberg might deserve a mention in the conversation.
     
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    This proves Novak is a pusher. A pusher was once the player who basically bunted the ball back with little to no follow through on their strokes. Now what you see in this video is pushing. WTF is pushing and not pushing is what I want to know?

    Cool vid by the way. What a physically gifted athlete. Built to last, man.
     
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    Mrs. Laver always said she knew when her husband Rod was playing his best tennis because he had his "happy feet," i.e feet that were moving constantly.
     
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    Sharapova. Her legs are sexy to watch.
     
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    McEnroe also had supreme footwork, which aided him in being probably the most precise player ever...
     
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    Mac had better anticipation than anything else and Jimbo, great eye-hand coordination.

    Laver had more raw speed but Rosewall had a better footwork

    Wilander footwork was just amazing.

    there are, of course so many more.I loved seeing Borg and Evonne at their peak on grass; they seemed to float around, something that Stefi Graf also did
     
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    Federer. Edberg was pretty amazing at S&V footwork.

    Graf. Henin.
     
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    NLBwell, I agree totally.
     
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    Yeah, Nadal's footwork is generally a reason why his knees are so bad. It's a combination of running too much during points and not that efficient of footwork.

    Federer's footwork is so efficient, to get from point a to point b. It doesn't hurt that his instincts and hand eye coordiation are superb (that's why he makes the flick shots and half volleys on the baseline look so easy).

    lol at Djokovic having great footwork, if he was as soft on his feet he wouldn't have had that ankle injury and he wouldn't be off balanced in a lot of his follow throughs.

    Murray has really good footwork, it's efficient as well, to go along with his foot speed.

    Ferrer and Olivier Rochus also have great footwork, and they both need it considering they're both short. Rochus in particular because he has a 1HBH, so unlike Ferrer he can't just jump on some of his topspin backhands.
     
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