Best forehand in men's tennis today?

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Best forehand

  1. Federer

    60.4%
  2. Nadal

    6.1%
  3. Verdasco

    5.7%
  4. Gonzales

    9.1%
  5. Berdych

    0.4%
  6. Blake

    1.3%
  7. Djokovic

    0.9%
  8. Roddick

    0.4%
  9. Del Potro

    14.8%
  10. Other

    0.9%
  1. P_Agony

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    Many great forehands, but only one to rule them all. Who do you think has the best forehand in men's tennis?
     
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  2. A forehand that has won 15 slams has got to be the best one...
     
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  3. bottledwater

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    The man in your avatar. And he will always have the best.
     
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  4. Cesc Fabregas

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    1.Federer
    2.Nadal
    3.Verdasco
    4.Del Potro
    5.Gonzo/Tsonga/Monflis (take your pick)
     
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  5. P_Agony

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    Do you honestly think it's been the best FH of 2009 (just 2009, not overall)?
     
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  6. P_Agony

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    Good list Cesc, for once I sorta agree ;-)
     
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  7. wilkinru

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    Delpo.

    He won the most recent slam with his forehand.

    Asked me after Wimbly, I would have said Fed.

    My opinion may change after the next slam.
     
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  8. P_Agony

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    Andreev's FH is an honorable mention as well, but where has he been lately?
     
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  9. Well, do you mean the best one today or since the open era or before that?
     
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  10. Cesc Fabregas

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    Thanks man :)
     
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  11. Blinkism

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    This is a tough poll...

    On one hand (lol no pun intended) we have Federer, but his FH is not what it used to be...

    We have Del Potro, but is his FH as consistent as other top players?

    Nadal's FH is obviously another classic but is probably not the top FH at the moment

    Guys like Verdasco, Berdych, and Gonzalez have very powerful forehands, as does Blake, but "best forehand" should denote some kind of success to go with raw power.

    I'll give it up to Del Potro because his FH won him a USO, basically - whereas Fed won the FO and Wimbledon because of a variety of shots (mostly serve, IMO) and Nadal won the AO because of superior movement and stamina.

    Delpo it is!
     
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  12. P_Agony

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    I want to know both your overall opinion and the 2009 one.
     
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  13. P_Agony

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    I still haven't voted because I can't choose right now between Fed, Nadal and Del Potro. I agree with your argument, but DP's FH was only on fire in the USO. It hasn't been the best FH in other tourneys. Fed's FH this year had many ups and downs. It was fine in Madrid and Wimbly, but it was downright ugly in the Miami SF (for example). And Nadal's FH, while a top shot, isn't what it's used to be these days, it's a bit weaker, shorter, not as deadly.
     
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  14. I think Fed revolutionized the forehand shot technically in 2003/2004 and has had the overall best one since that in general, sure there have been matches where he shanked a lot of f-hands but overall, Federer.
    Best forehand of the 90`s clearly Sampras and Becker
    Best in the 80`s Lendl without a doubt.
     
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  16. akv89

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    1. Federer
    2. Del Potro
    3. Gonzalez
    4. Verdasco
    5. Nadal

    It's not just about how good the shot itself is, but also how well the player uses it.
     
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  17. I dont fancy Nadal at all...but even I think he has a much better forehand than verdasco, verdascos breaks down a lot.
     
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  18. Nadalfan89

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    Obviously Federer...

    I have a feeling this thread was made for the sole purpose of fishing for Federer compliments.
     
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  19. grafselesfan

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    That is a good list though I would also think Djokovic is up there, atleast when he is on his game.
     
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  20. IvanAndreevich

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    Have to go with Del Potro as of right now.
     
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  21. No, im sure that wasnt P Agonys intentions.
     
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  22. Dream_On

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    The best is obviously gonzo, then federer
     
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  23. akv89

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    Nadal uses his forehand very well, but too often it becomes a shot that can't really dictate play. He won't hit a lot of winners and it becomes more of a defensive shot. For the amount of power Verdasco generates, I think he does well in being consistent with his forehand.
     
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  24. I agree about Nadal, especially on fast HC. Not on clay though.
    Well...ive seen Verdasco play 2 times and both times his forehand broke down totally and his shot-selection was really bad.
     
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    roger federer
     
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  26. lambielspins

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    LOL Gonzo gets owned by Federer in forehand rallies. I have said it many times and I will say it again anyway, Gonzo is one of the most overrated players on TW.
     
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  27. P_Agony

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    Hardly, I didn't even vote for him.
     
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  28. bdon

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    monfils. he distributes so much cream when he wants to
     
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  29. Agassifan

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    Today: Delpo
    of all time: federer (too many errors these days)
     
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  30. prattle128

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    It seems to me that a lot of people are sucking Del Po's dick now. It's obvious that he's incredibly good, and should be able to win multiple slams, but after one amazing tournament, a lot of people seems to be acting like he's the GOAT.
     
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  31. P_Agony

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    Anyway I voted for DP. Fed's forehand just wasn't a dominant shot this year, although it did save him that crucial BP against Haas at the FO.
     
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  32. The-Champ

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    you think becker has better fh than agassi? How about Magnus Larsson's?
     
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  33. Tough choice going against Agassi on this one, id say Beckers was a bit more penetrating and Agassis was a lot more consistent.
    Magnus Larssons forehand was a thing of beauty, yes. Unfortunately he didnt reach those heights often enough, but when it was on it was ON !
     
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  34. The-Champ

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    yes...Magnus may not have reached a slam final but at least he beat the best player of his era a couple of times with his forehand, and sometimes in important matches too.
     
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  35. Absolutely, i remember him beating Pete in the final in Grand Slam Cup in Munich in 1993.
    And of course all the DC-ties
     
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  36. The-Champ

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    yep, you can't say that with Verdasco's fh or Gonzales'..
     
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  37. Joker

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    I'd take Fed forehand over anyone elses anyday.
     
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  38. drakulie

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    Top 5 Forehands in the game today:

    1. Offensive (Federer)
    2. Defensive on the run (Federer)
    3. Cross Court (Federer)
    4. Inside out (Federer)
    5. What the FU$#@ was that forehand (Federer)
    6. That Forehand was fu^4en sick (Federer)

    opps. That was 6. Sorry. But it ain't even close. Nobody is close to this guy.
     
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  39. ryangoring

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    I think you really need to "dream on"!!! Pun intended.
     
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  40. quest01

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    Federers forehand is the best.
     
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  41. President of Serve/Volley

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    1990s is Sampras and Jim Courier... that running forehand of Sampras: Greatest running FH of all time.
     
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  42. BorisBeckerFan

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    Agreed, but if Delpo can sustain his current forehand and just add a touch more spin and angle on some shots to go along with the massive blasts he will climb up the list.
     
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  43. BorisBeckerFan

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    If I could pick and choose I would like to have Fed's forehand from the backhand side of the court down the line or inside out. I would like Sampras's forehand from the forehand side of the court down the line or crosscourt.
     
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  44. Ripster

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    Obviously Federer, it's so obvious that I just had to vote for Verdasco.
     
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  46. Blinkism

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    If I knew so many people would answer this question in the overall sense, I would have voted for Federer.

    No doubt he takes the all-time best forehand, amongst the options in the poll...

    But, in terms of at this moment in men's tennis it's a toss-up between Federer, Nadal, and Del Potro with Delpo just edging the other two because he's had more recent success (this year) with his FH than Nadal and Federer did (they used other parts of their game, their FH's have decreased slightly in quality from the years before).

    No Mardy Fish on the poll? :)
     
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  47. zagor

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    It's probably still Fed but I'll vote for Delpo,the guy deserves a few votes for the sheer power and consistancy he showed at USO this year from his FH side.
     
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  48. Cesc Fabregas

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    Del Potro's forehand is getting a little too many votes imo, its an excellent forehand but its an all or nothing shot.
     
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  49. DarthMaul

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    Federer, no doubt about it.
     
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  50. abmk

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    lol, djokovic,murray running FH's aren't close, only nadal's is slightly better

    lol, how many times has nadal's cross court FH been pummelled by the BHs of the likes of del potro, cilic,djokovic,davydenko,soderling ?
     
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