Best forehand of all time

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  1. Roy

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  2. Condoleezza

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    He was joking.
    His mentioning Hingis gave him away easily.

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  3. Grigollif1

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    As far as being Huge on sheer Power : James Blake in my view has on of the Best one. I'm surprised no one has mention him.


    Best overall versitale Forehand: Power, Spin, placement , consistency.. problably: Roger Federer....
     
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  4. clayman2000

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    power yes...blake is better...but if i had to choose i would rather have fed forhand
     
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  5. soundofatrain

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    marcelo rios- talk about variety and he could hit a winner from anywhere on the court.
     
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    Good call there! ;)
     
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    Even though there are modern players who hit the ball harder than Lendl, I'm still going with Ivan for this one. Fernando Gonzalez, Safin, AA, Sampras, Fed...they all owe a HUGE debt to Lendl for a couple of reasons:

    1. Inside-out forehand: Lendl was the first to step around and crank winners. You could never tell where he was going with that shot (dtl or cc), but you knew that if it was waist-height the point was over.
    2. On-the-run: Again, lendl was the first guy who could take a defensive position and pound winners either dtl or cc from a full sprint. Sampras' fh on the run was developed AFTER he spent two weeks training with lendl before the USO 1990. Fed's cc pass, which impresses people so much, was first perfected by Ivan; watching him pass Becker, Mac and Edberg with that shot was unbelievable.
    3. Fear: in the mid- to late-80s, no one in their right mind would play Lendl's forehand. He crushed the ball so hard that people reported being able to hear Ivan practicing from hundreds of feet away. I had the pleasure of watching him practice on centre court at the York University (Toronto, ON, CA) site for the Players International (as it was called then) in 1986: the sound of his forehand was ridiculous, like all the air had been sucked out of the stadium, compressed at the moment of impact, and released in a scary "THWOK!!!" at impact. Impressive, to say the least.
     
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  8. aramis

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    At his best, I'd take Ferrero's forehand anyday.
     
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  9. mctennis

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    I agree -Muster had the best forehand with the most spin. He was a beast on the court.
     
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    I agree with this list too. The 90's was a tough call between AA and Courier though, but people who don't think AA had a huge fh could not have seen him early in his career. I also remember thinking Lendl's quote regarding AA to be tad ironic.
     
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    No way, not Graf. She had funky technique.
     
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  14. emcee

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    He said Hingis had the biggest forehead.
     
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    Yeah but Bud Collins did not call her "Fraudlein Forehand" for nothing :)
     
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    federer but not to mention nadal.
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    Federer, Sampras, Agassi, Borg, Lendl...

    You're right, the backhand is Agassi's favorite shot and it's the one that's most talked about, but his forehand is better. The forehand is the bread and butter shot for almost every player. Watch the Agassi/Fed US Open final and you'll see that Agassi is probably slightly better off the ground than Federer. Fed can do a bit more with the forehand than Agassi, but Agassi can do a LOT more with his backhand than Fed's backhand, so it evens out. The only thing that separated them in that match was the movement and quickness of Federer.
     
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    Federer was going toe to toe with Agassi on the groundstrokes, however his backhand is not solid as Agassi's backhand, and it broke down midway which cost him a set. Therefore, he stepped it up a level and just took away all the fighting energy left in Agassi.



    As to who has the BEST forehand, I'm going with Lendel too. He literally invented the modern era forehand.
     
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    Gonzo, Fernando Gonzalez. his forehand just killed Agassi today.
     
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    Almost no one has a better backhand than forehand, especially if we exclude ambidextrous people. No one runs around their forehand to hit a backhand, but even people with great backhands will do the opposite if they have a chance...
     
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    Overall Federer, with Lendl and Agassi in second. I'll take Sampras on the run though, Fed can pass better than anybody on the run but when Sampras was in his prime he intentionally left the deuce court open to dare opponents to hit to his forehand and if you didn't hit it passed him then boom he'll run and crush it crosscourt for a winner or unreturnable. Back in his prime he didn't want to hit many backhands, that was a play he liked to employ.
     
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    borg's forehand wasn't a weapon like federer, nadal, agassi, sampras, or lendl. it was just solid with a lot of spin and very consistent.
     
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  23. PumpCann

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    Ivan Lendel hands down!! I am byass but he is the reason I love tennis. His combination of patience and power truly ushered in the game we see today with the artistry of conducting solid points and taking total control of anything short and on the dead run!!!



    Sheer Audacity- Fernando Gonzalez

    Power Forehands-Andre Agassi(taking the ball early is the key),Jim Courier,Carlos Moya,Roger Federer,Marat Safin,James Blake,Serena Williams and Lindsay Davenport hits the cleanest ball I ever heard with my own ears, it is the most beautiful sound.


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    Federer has the best forehand of all time. There is no one who can go forehand-to-forehand with Federer and win. No one. Lendl smacked the crap out of the ball but Federer's is hit just as hard with far more action and spin. Gonzalez may hit the hardest forehand of all time, but it is nowhere near the best. Agassi has a very effective forehand in that he uses more of the opponent's pace (by taking it on the rise) than almost any other player. Safin, Blake, Moya, Ferrero (of 2003) all have very powerful and effective forehands as well. But none of them can beat Federer in a forehand battle.
     
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    I agree 100%
     
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    Agassi to this date i think has the best cross court backhand. He doesn't even need to run around it.
     
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  28. KuertenRules

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    1 - Federer
    2 - Agassi
    3 - Lendl
    4 - Muster
    5 - me
     
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  29. Rickson

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    Federer with his awesome speed and followthrough.
     
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