Best shots aesthetically

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  1. Federer20042006

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    In terms of pure aesthetics, which shots do you consider to be/have been the most attractive in tennis? Here are mine:

    Serve

    Sampras
    Federer
    Safin

    Forehand

    Federer
    Agassi

    1HBH

    Federer
    Wawrinka
    Edberg

    (not a fan of Gasquet's BH aesthetically - I find it to be flamboyant in a homosexual sort of way. I'm not kidding.)


    2HBH

    Safin
    Nalbandian
    Baghdatis
     
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  2. chrischris

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    Serve
    Newcombe Federer

    Forehand
    Federer Pimpim Johansson

    1Hbh
    Edberg Rosewall

    2Hbh
    Nalbandian Agassi

    Volley
    Rafter Edberg
     
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  3. Omega_7000

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    The best,

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  4. TennisCJC

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    FH: Federer
    BH: Federer, Guga, Vilas
    Serve: Federer, McEnroe, Sampras
    Volley: Edberg, Federer, McEnroe
    Return: Federer
     
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  5. BobbyOne

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    TennisCJC, You forgot:

    Drop shot: Federer
    Lob: Federer
    Half-volley: Federer
    Drop volley: Federer
    Overhead: Federer
    Footwork: Federer
    Face: Federer
    Muscles: Federer
    Outfit: Federer
    Racquets: Federer
    Speech: Federer
    Arrogance: Federer
    Ugliest Shots: Federer
    Weakest era: Federer
    HTH against Nadal: Federer
     
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  6. Polaris

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    This is a question not worth asking. The first five spots in nearly every category are owned by Federer.

    If you make it current players, make that the first ten slots in every category being owned by Federer.
     
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  7. chrischris

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    Hows that for hitting way out in front and high? Nice one.
    Fed is the s...
     
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  8. Le Master

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    I've thought his backhand is the most aesthetically pleasing shot in tennis since I first saw him play.

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    Volley: Edberg and McEnroe
    S&V: Edberg
     
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    Serve: Sampras
    Forehand: Federer
    OHBH: Lendl
    THBH: Nalbandian
    Volley: McEnroe
    Lob: Hewitt
     
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  11. CivicLx

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    ok a little OT but damn I would have loved to see Roger played mixed doubles with Justine:)
     
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    Serve: Sampras/Federer
    Forehand: Federer/Berdych
    OH Backhand: Rosewall/Federer/Henin :D
    TH Backhand: Nalbandian/Safin/Djokovic
    Volley: McEnroe/Edberg
    Lob: Hewitt/Hingis
    Dropshot: Federer
    Smash: Nadal/Federer
     
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  14. jm1980

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    Slice backhand: Djokovic :)
     
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  16. Fed_Djoker_Fan

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    lol..good one
     
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  17. Supertegwyn

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    I've always found Federers backhand to be one of the least aesthetically pleasing shots in tennis, I really do despise it. His forehand looks great but his backhand is just blurgh
     
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  18. Bobby Jr

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    I agree he has a beautiful looking backhand. Functionally, his topspin bh is all that Sampras's was never quite.
     
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  19. Team10

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    Same. I also have found that Djokovic's overhead is the most aesthetically pleasing shots I've ever seen. The way he misses is just beauty to the eye.

    Seriously though, Federer is by far the most aesthetically pleasing player in all areas that I've ever seen. The guy is just so fluid and makes every shot look so effortless. GOAT skills, he has.
     
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  20. smoledman

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    Notice Nadal will never appear on any aesthetic lists.
     
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  21. NEW_BORN

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    Grosjean's forehand was a thing of beauty
     
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  22. PMChambers

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    Backhand - Piolen (sp?) should be considered, its a loopier version of Edberg

    FH volley - Mac
    BH Volley - Edberg

    Please note I can't comment pre-80.
     
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  23. Sid_Vicious

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    Neither do Mcenroe or Connors most of the time, but that doesn't mean they weren't amazing players.

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  24. Vensai

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    Not sure depending on what you mean with aesthetically.
    I'd definitely say Roger Federer for the forehand anyway.
     
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  25. Tenez101

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    Overhead smash - Djokovic
     
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  26. Vensai

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    Oh yeah, that reminds me:
    Jump Smash - Pete Sampras
    Serve (overall) - Pete Sampras
     
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  27. WhiskeyEE

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    Sampras and Federer for everything except maybe backhand.
     
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    Is there an official list or just from mono bubble world?
     
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  29. GoaLaSSo

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    I know this will rustle some jimmies, but I think Nadal's backhand is pretty aesthetically pleasing.

    His forehand isn't as pleasing, but it is really interesting how his technique differs.
     
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  30. helloworld

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    Sampras serve probably has the most perfect form past or present. His backhand looked kinda ugly though. Agassi's backhand is also perfect in form. Federer's movement is the most aesthetically pleasing part in his game. My favorite shot, however, is the Sampras flying smash!
     
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  31. TennisLovaLova

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    The speed of execution combined with the natural elegance of this shot is unmatched
     
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  32. killerboi2

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    This might be a minority opinion, but i find Andy Murray's backhand to be quite aesthetically pleasing. Especially the crosscourt passing shot.

    Nadal's forehand is an obvious one. I think someone once said that Federer doesn't do anything amazing, but just does everything pretty good. I think i'd agree with that.
     
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  33. DolgoSantoro

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    It's these sorts of posts that make people feel you take pleasure in belittling the guy. I don't see much of a reason to get snarky simply because a lot of people think his tennis is easy on the eyes. It's a completely subjective thing anyway. What shots do you think looked the best?

    To answer the question, I like Federer's forehand, Edberg and Wawrinka and Nalbandian's backhands, Becker's serve, Edberg's volleys, and Hewitt's lobs.
     
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  34. hawk eye

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    FH: Berdych
    BH: Korda
    Volleys: Edberg
    Serve & overhead: Sampras
     
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  35. Bdarb

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    fh: Federer
    ohbh: Federer Gasquet
    2hbh: Djokovic
    serve: Federer
    volleys: mcenroe

    I tried not to come up with Fed over and over, but he really does have a great looking game.
     
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  36. Federer20042006

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    He sure generated a lot of "oohs" and "ahhhs" and "that is RIDICULOUS" remarks for someone who "doesn't do anything amazing, but just does everything pretty good."

    Also, I find Nadal's forehand to be the ugliest shot in the history of tennis. But you're entitled to think the elephant man is the best-looking man ever if you wish.
     
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  37. BobbyOne

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    Golden, Which Hewitt? Both have (had) great lobs.
     
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    Serve - Roger Federer, Joachim Johansson and Boris Becker

    Forehand - Federer, Safin and Joachim Johansson

    Backhand - Federer, Safin, Kuerten and Becker

    Volley - Federer And Edberg

    Return - Federer and Agassi
     
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  39. BobbyOne

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    estigma2001, Haas is very under-rated in comparison with Federer.
     
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  40. BobbyOne

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    Fed Djoker Fan, Thanks.
     
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  41. Wynter

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    Fog's play looks so easy at times, very nice to watch

    Serve: roddick
    FH: Fed
    BH: Wawrinka/Safin
    Lobs: Hewitt
    Volley: Edberg
     
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  42. BobbyOne

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    Supertegwyn, Federer's backhand is yet aesthetical. His problem: It does not work against Nadal...
     
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  43. BobbyOne

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    DolgoSantoro, I don't belittle Federer. My post was a reaction to a post where Federer leads in EVERY category.

    Most Federer fans (and current era's tennis fans at all) forget or don't know about the players before Sampras and McEnroe.

    Serve: Pancho Gonzalez had the most effective and yet aesthetically shot.

    BH: Rosewall had the best and most aesthetically shot.
     
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  45. TennisCJC

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    fixed it for you.
     
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  46. SamprasisGOAT

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    Serve Sampras. Federer is close tho.
    Return Agassi
    Volley McEnroe
    Forehand Sampras
    Single backhand federer
    Double backhand Djokovic. Agassi is close tho.
    Smash Sampras
     
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  47. TJfederer16

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    Haas is basically a poor man's Federer in every department aesthetically
     
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  48. tennis_pro

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    Federer is tops in almost every cathegory, except:

    Return: Agassi
    Volley: Edberg
    DH backhand: Nalbandian, Safin

    Nalbandian is also on par with the slices. A thing of beauty.
     
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  49. PMChambers

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    Serve- Boris Becker

    Not the best serve but the whole 30 second preparation, through the shot and even the facial expression and spastic non-hitting arm position at contact was aesthetically pleasing. He looked like he was putting every thing into the shot and his face looked like he was passing everything out his butt. It was a truly brutal display. Even Roddick who hitter harder basically did look like he was making the effort. When Becker missed his 1st serve he still wandered pass the service line like a bull wondering what to destroy and why theres nothing to damage, it was an above human effort.

    Some might say Edberg has a good case as he is the symbol on the Australian Open moniker, but Boris was a beast. Even that fake nervous cough before serving and the huge body sway was imposing.

    I think Sampras serve looks boring, lots of pronation on server loses the fluidity. But I'd take his server over Becker in a match though.
     
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  50. Nickzor

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    Serve -

    Federer (loved it from the first time i saw him play)

    Wawrinka (simple, looks effortless, and can crack the high 130's when he feels like it)

    Djokovic (love his serve motion)

    Forehand -

    Prime Federer (most effective and soul crushing shot ever)

    Monfils (when he's in the zone he hits it harder then anyone does)

    Nadal (wicked wicked forehand

    Backhand -

    Wawrinka (awesome power, consistency, one of the best shots in the world when he's in the zone)

    Gasquet (looks very pleasing to the eye, insane shot making ability)

    Djokovic (When his feeling confident he just smacks some crazy backhand winners, great consistency, great passing shots)

    Nadal (for the most part its not one of the best of all time but he can really crack an insane cross court winner on the run)
     
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