Best overall groundstroke/volley on each side

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  1. madhavan

    madhavan New User

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    Who among the great players do you guys think has/had the best balanced package (elite-level on return, topspin/slice groundstrokes, short ball approach/putaway, volley,lob) on both the forehand and backhand side? Some candidates I can think of (from 70s onwards):

    Forehand package:

    Sampras
    Newcombe - rated at that time to have the best fh and best fh volley

    Backhand:

    Edberg
    Laver
    Rosewall - never hit topspin, but the return/groundstroke was still deadly
    Ashe
    Connors
    Federer
    Murray? Nalbandian? Safin? - all seem to have good backhand volleys, but don't come to net much.
    Becker? Stich? McEnroe? - very good overall, but probably one notch below

    Interesting there seem to be many more bh candidates than fh - I can't think of too many players who had both a great fh groundstroke and a great fh volley.
     
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  2. NatF

    NatF G.O.A.T.

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    Laver might deserve a mention for the FH. Although head obviously in decline during the 70's.
     
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  3. BobbyOne

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    madhavan, It's surely not too bold to say that Rosewall had the best bh and bh volley combination. Second Laver.
     
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  4. chandler bing

    chandler bing Rookie

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    McEnroe - backhand and backhand volley
     
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  5. MethodTennis

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    Haters gonna hate. Nadal on the FH side. Have you ever seen this guy miss a FH volley
     
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  6. SStrikerR

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    While I see your point and recognize that it's valid, allow me to counter. Can Nadal consistently produce the kind of forehand volleys that someone like Sampras made look easy? The answer: Probably not. He can hit some amazing volleys at times, but not as often as some of the guys from previous eras. That's not a knock on Rafa, with the skill he has and the touch he possesses, i'm sure he could do very well if he wanted to and devoted the time into it. But no, he's not the best.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKxUDz6KG4E -nadal playing some dubs.
    (The dude constantly ball watches when Lopez is hitting, lol. bad idea)
     
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  7. JAY1

    JAY1 Semi-Pro

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    Your bonkers!!!
     
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  8. kiki

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    Well, coming to the net every moon station certainly helps to keep such an " unbelievable" statistic.LOL
     
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