Best running forehand ever?

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  1. Cesc Fabregas

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    Would you really call that a running forehand? It wasn't so far from him.
     
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    Sampras was great, but Lendl's forehand was better

    Lendl had more variety on his forehand, inside out, running down the line etc. He hit a running forehand from so far out of the court in Australian one time to Edberg it was astonishing to watch, you couldn't believe that someone could make that shot.

    I agree Sampras' was impressive, but if you saw a lot of footage of Lendl doing his, you would change your mind.

    His power also was enormous. I remember in 1988 and 1989 playing Agassi he would hit a running forehand to Agassi deep in the court and Agassi was in position for it but it just had so much power Agassi couldn't control it.
     
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    I don't know about running forehand, but Lendl's was better stroke. It was powerful enough to hit clean winners on grass, hard courts and indoors. It was steady enough to outrally others on clay too.
     
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    I'm always impressed by Fernando Gonzalez' forhand...
     
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    Nadal has a great running forehand, too. Pete's was sick, though. Nadal is amazing cuz he hits forehands on the run almost as well as if he was set up, but for some reason, Pete hit his running forehand BETTER than if he was just set up. More pace, pin point accuracy, more conviction. Weird.
     
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    yeah, nadals is fun to watch just because he can whack the ball with so much spin, like vs. verdasco in the AO semis, when he hit a running forehand with incredible amounts of sidespin to get it in, just a great shot.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdnwqHUlY_k
     
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    I'm not picking anyone over the other but here's some names to consider, Nastase, Borg, Lendl, Sampras (loved the way he dared people to hit to the opening on his forehand side), Laver, Nadal, Federer (surprised with all the Federer fans that he hasn't been mentioned much), Mecir.
     
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    during his hey days ppl say jimmy connors and JohnnY mac had pretty good running forehands.
    IN my opinion Pete sampras had the Best running forehand, esp when played against guys like agassi and courier. He can go from defense to offense in seconds.
     
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    They both were terrific too and Connors actually had a better running backhand in my opinion.

    One guy who I thought had a terrible running forehand for the player of his level was Agassi. Sure it was good but he was much better when he was controlling play with his forehand. It was nearly as good a running forehand as Sampras.
     
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    Nadal:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUkHnNTtUFY
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLhTjjCIf7A
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROQKOSqHYPs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibxK4dXSzQ0&feature=related

    Fed:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtxoAIT19_M
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5V1v_FTkXk

    Pete:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_DFjZvwShU
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W11gut65AA

    All three have amazing running forehands, so this one is a tough one...I'd have to go with Nadal just because of his crazy curving spins, and how he can cover the court so fast to get to practically any wide shot and rip the shot.
     
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  14. Al Czervik

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    Yeah, the Ape's hook forehand from right to left was sick.
     
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    Pete and Becker.. in that order.
     
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    my guess is lendl probably hit the greatest number of winners off this shot.

    pete won more majors, more highlight clips out there, but lendl's running topspin forehand really took it to a whole new level back in the day.
     
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    is this even a question?
    imo sampras' running forehand is one of the best shots ever seen in tennis, by FAR the best running forehand ever
     
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    the one i hit today... full sprint angled cross-court running forehand and it landed right on the sideline... shame there's no hawk eye at the park courts because i swear i hit it at about 750mph... Just shy of breaking the sound barrier.
     
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    LOL are you serious haha the shot that Sampras hit Nadal can do in his sleep.....Nadal by far has the most impressive running forehand hitting shots that Sampras could never hit
     
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    The order remains.....

    1. Sampras
    2. Nadal
    3. Lendl
     
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    Not too sure about Nadal his grip makes it hard for him on fast surfaces.
     
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    from what Ive seen, running forward: federer; running laterally: nadal and sampras
     
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    llllllllllllllllooooooooooooooolllllllllllllllllllllllll
    nadal has a great running forehand but he definitely isnt able to completely turn the rally over with just one shot the way sampras was doing for so many years
     
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    I would say Sampras. He deliberately left space on that side to tempt his opponent... It was almost like he was saying: "Go on, I dare you. I double dare you to hit it to my forehand corner"
     
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    FEDERER??? do you know what running forehand is? fed has the best attacking forehand during the rally but definitely not even close to sampras or even nadal when we are talking about the running forehand
     
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    Sampras, no doubt. Nadal second.
     
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    Lendl and Borg
     
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    Maybe among women, I'd give it to her, but overall it belongs to Pete. Sampras could hit his running forehand on the moon!!!!!!
     
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    Running fh cc - Sampras

    Running fh dtl - Nadal
     
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    Steffi Graf's forehand is the most dominating single groundstroke in the history of the sport. No question in my mind.
     
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    Against women you mean...
     
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    LOL, so says the man with the objective handle LOL.

    Plain and simple:
    Lendl's running forehand was so much better there's no point in comparing them. Ken Fletcher also had a much better running forehand so did Tom Okker, John Newcombe and a host of other players. Unlike them, Sampras lacked disguise in his shot. It was graceful and it was powerful BUT it wasn't well disguised. Lendl, on the other hand, could hit any type of forehand but not telegraph the shot.
     
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    What does it matter. It is a more dominanting a shot against other women than any other women has against other women, or any man has against other men. If a female swimmer or runner won more golds and was more dominant than any other in history you would say they are the most dominant in history man or women. It wouldnt matter that there were hundreds of men who could run or swim faster.
     
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    Lendl's running forehand #1

    I have been watching tennis for 35 years and no-one in that time has had a better running forehand than Lendl. Sampras was very good, but it didn't have the reach that Lendl had to the far right of the court.
     
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    What about Edberg's?
    I remember some commentators saying in the early 90's that it was the best running forehand in the world, better than Lendl's.

    Strange, since he his rallying forehand wasn't that great.
     
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    ^ Eastern and continental are actually pretty good for pounding/flicking shots on the run. Even now, if I'm really on the move, I might use an eastern forehand grip, especially if I'm running at a low ball.
     
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    So Lendl's running forehand was "SO MUCH BETTER" based on disguise, and he "DID NOT TELEGRAPH THE SHOT"... good to know.

    Objective, from the same guy who said Sampras was "lucky" ad didn;t face great opposition, and no one who dominates does. So Sampras, Borg, Graf, Ali, Jordan, Russell, Gretzky... they all never faced great competition. Wow.
     
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    no, not even close
     
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    huge edberg fan, literally, i'm 7 feet tall, but it would be the definition of FANatic to include him in this conversation.

    i think lendl is the answer to this question, as much respect as i have for sampras.
     
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    I agree. Her slice backhand was good, but it's amazing that somebody, man or woman, could win that many grand slams by hitting mostly slice backhands when they weren't a serve and volleyer, that's how good her forehand and footwork were.
     
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    Steffi's slice was a problem. Many people assume it was a defensive shot. It stayed very low and skidded, and she could also use it to attack. but her foreand was a beast. Best among women.... period. Best running forehand among women.... who but Graf? The didn't call her Fraulein Forehand for nothing.

    Running forehand for men..... thy name is Pistol.
     
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  46. Frank Silbermann

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    Best running forehand ever was Fred Perry. When he was the #1 people often said that it was riskier to make him hit on-the-run than to hit the ball down the middle to him. His extreme continental grip gave him amazing leverage on the racket when all stretched out, and as a rising ball expert he tended to play close in. Put the two together and he could hit amazing angles when stretched out wide.
     
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    I agree, he has the best running forehand, standing forehand and probably sitting forehand:)
     
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    Most popular>>> Sampras.

    Best>>>> Federer.
     
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    Most popular>>> Sampras.

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  50. Cesc Fabregas

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    Rally forehand yes Federer has the better forehand but running forehand Sampras and its not even close.
     
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