Best volleys among clay players.

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  1. kiki

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    As a matter of fact, if Mac really believes it, then I will start to believe that his net game was just a matter of chance, because he´d knew absolutely nothing about it..thus, he´d be like the 30 or 40 best all time volleyer instead of a top five.
     
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  2. pc1

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    I think McEnroe reacts emotionally and says things on the spur of the moment. He says things and somethings takes it back. I really believe McEnroe thinks Nadal is a very good volleyer for today's game.
     
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  3. kiki

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    Well, in that case we shall give him the benefit of the doubt :)
     
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    Agreed on Mcenroe, he seems in general a spontaneous person who doesn't think before he speaks and lacks perspective at time (surprising, given how many years he's been in tennis now).

    I do think that his hyperbole about modern players might be because he loves the sport and wants to promote it - but perhaps this is me being too optimistic :)

    ClairHarmony, I read your post with pleasure - in fact, it reminds me a lot of a former member here called Tym whose posts I used to actively seek out. He/she also had an affinity for Bruguera and in general had a very detailed and technical knowledge of the game, particularly from the late 80's/90's.

    In particular loved the bit about Sergi growing up in plush West London as Henman's step brother ;)

    On a side note regarding 'sticking' the volley - I caught a bit of Wozniacki vs Jankovic and was quite offended at the shocking lack of power on both women's volleys... seems oversized frames and poly strings can't help you finish a point at the net.
     
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  5. TennisNiche

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    Ok, slightly off topic here as Henman is NOT a clay player, but does anyone remember Timmay's run to the Semi Finals of Roland Garros back in 2004?

    Found a highlights vid of his QF vs Chela - some seriously sexy tennis from Henman here, in fact the first rally of the video shows Tim finishing the poiint at the net with a beautiful crisp volley and continues much in the same fashion.

    Enjoy =)

    http://tennisniche.wordpress.com/20...nacio-chela-roland-garros-2004-quarter-final/
     
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  6. kiki

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    Henman was probably the last true volleyer on the tour.On the other hand, he had that clean, solid, sharp volley ( and pretty unconsistent mind) which remains me a lot of Brian Gottfried.
     
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    chris said after playing Martina in the RG final in 75, that she could not believe anyone could volley on clay as well as Martina did. This was after she had played court, Evonne and BJK on clay a couple of times each. Martina grew up playing on clay. Is that enough to make her a 'clay courter'?
     
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    Yes. I think Gottfried was better. Final at the French, semi-final at Wimbledon, won 25 tournaments.
     
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    Yes, Gottfried had one of the best FH volleys that I can recall of.He was very smooth, indeed.
     
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