fastest ground strokes

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  1. jeebeesus

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    while we all know who are those who have the fastest serves, do we know whose groundstrokes are amongst the fastest?
     
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  2. tudwell

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    I think Monfils holds the record for both fastest forehand and fastest backhand. However, his average groundstroke speed would probably be pretty slow.
     
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  3. jeebeesus

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    was it timed? like the serves?
     
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  4. SirBlend12

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    If were talking average, Gulbis, Safin, Almagro.
     
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    i think federer has pretty fast groundies, and he can rip his forehand or backhand for crazy winners.

    roddicks old forehand was veryyy fast, but hes starting to go back to that stage.

    Blake has pretty fast ones also as he plays a mainly attacking ball style.
     
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  6. jeebeesus

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    anybody got any numbers to talk about? is it possible that backhand speeds exceed forehands?
     
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  7. paulorenzo

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    gonzales forehand record - 120-125? i know its something like that.
    a handful of players come to mind on huge forehand groundies, verdasco, blake, gonzales. all these guys, i would say, can crack their forehands up over the hundreds if they were to go for it.

    hell, it's noted kramer and villas were able to get theirs' over the 100's back then, not quite as regularly i suppose.
     
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  8. westside

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    Monfils could really crank that forehand of his a couple of seasons back. Was awesome.

    At the moment it's probably Federer. The way he can just step it up is pretty amazing
     
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  9. 93sq.

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    At Marseille Djoko smacked a forehand at 197 km/h.
    It was clearly a fluke, he used the speed of a Tsonga's bomb...but that's it...
     
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    Nadals racquet head speed is pretty intense...
     
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    gonzalez, blake, del potro hit pretty hard.
     
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  12. henryshli

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    Talking about forehands, what has happend to Roddicks forehand?
     
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  13. henryshli

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    My money would be on Tsonga having the fastest forehand at the mo.
     
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    Monfils forehand was either 120mph or 122mph. Can't remember--but blistering fast.
     
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  15. saram

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    He got engaged...:)
     
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  16. ESP#1

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    I've seen alot of pros forehand break 100 mph, Monfils, Djoko, Nadal, Gonzo, Dasco, Gulbis I even saw Gasquet believe it or not, Hardest backhands Dasco, Djoko, Gulbis, Gasquet(im sure im missing a few here)

    So i guess if we count one groundstroke I say Gonzos forehand, both wings I say verDasco
     
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  17. cknobman

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    I would have to throw Korolev in there if we are talking average of all groundstrokes.

    Watched him in his delray semi last night and man that guy just pounds the ever lovin crap out of every shot regardless of what position he is in!!
     
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  18. 93sq.

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    Anyone watched Tsonga-Djokovic!?
    The commentators were talking about a world record...
     
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    Gonzalez, Blake, Gulbis, Tsonga, and Nalbandian I bet hit very hard consistently.
     
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  20. 93sq.

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    Why don't nadal!?imagine if his shots were totally flat...
     
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  21. matchmaker

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    Forehand: Gonzalez has the highest average speed no doubt.

    Backhand: I guess it would be Safin for the 2HBH and Gasquet for the 1HBH.

    Off both wings I think a case is to be made for Gulbis.
     
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  22. henryshli

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    No what was it?
     
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    almagro was *sick* in Mexico... Andre could rip a forehand back in the mullet/image is everything days... he hit that harder than he served! Marat when he's on, Tsonga too...
     
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    A 197 km/h forehand..
     
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    Verdasco (at AO) , Nadal, Gublis and Murray.
     
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    For average speeds, they showed the speed for every shot in a Safin-Federer rally during their 5-setter in the semis a few years ago
    In general Safins groundstrokes were at the mid-high 70s
    Federers were in the low-mid 70s, about 3-5 mph slower
    and then Federers slices were at about 50 mph
     
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    Berdych has very powerful strokes when he's on (e.g. first two sets against Federer on last AO). Another (non-mentioned) players: Cilic, Tursunov, Joachim Johansson.
     
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  28. VivalaVida

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    it was a 187 km/h by djokovic and it was no fluke. Tsonga was getting owned in that rally because djokovic was venting his frustration out on the ball. Finally, djokovic got a high ball and ripped with all his might.
     
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  29. NickC

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    Almagro hits it pretty hard, as does Gonzo and Glubis. I've seen all of them live and it sounds like a bomb exploded when one of them steps into it and just lets fly. However, Monfils has the record for fastest speed, I believe. 120 mph. That's damn fast.
     
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  30. tennis_hand

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    overall average speed in games should be Federer, Tsonga, Djokovic and Gonzales.
     
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    Oh thanks...!I wrote it was a fluke just because a 197 km7h shot from djokovic seems to me a little bit incredible...
     
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  32. 93sq.

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    Yes....a video on th tube confirms 187 km/h...my mistake..
     
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    Juan Martin del Potro
     
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    monfils holds the world record for forehand at 118 mph,, its in the guiness book
     
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    I know he's not going to be at the top, but can I throw in Igor Andreev in the mix? He tends to favor his forehands, but they really crackle on TV. I can't imagine what they're like live. His consistency isn't quite there but he tends to bomb his way through a match.
     
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    Laughable. Would someone with the fastest ground strokes be fed bagels by Federer.
     
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  37. Mansewerz

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    What would be the point? He hits a very heavy ball as of now.
     
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    I've seen Gonzales play live, and I kept saying WOW at lots of the forehands he was hitting:)

    He has the fastest forehand I've ever seen without a doubt, truly amazing!!!
     
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  39. FlamEnemY

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    Djokovic can hit really hard if he wants to. Ask Tsonga :)
    Truth is, every top 4-6 player can crack the ball if he wants to, they just don't have to do this very often.
     
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  40. The-Champ

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    I've actually seen Nadal hit well over 100mph many times. The fastest I've seen him do is 124mph...a really flat one. Djokovic at Queens against Rafa hit one fh well above Nadal's 124 I think.
     
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  41. cknobman

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    umm no unless your referring to kph not mph otherwise they would be in the world record book.
     
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  42. caulcano

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    Nadal wouldn't have the same consistency if he started hitting flatter. Also, it'll probably give his opponents a better chance at winning.
     
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    Tsonga is defiantly up there.

    and what everybody else said.
     
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  44. Jaewonnie

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    Agassi had a monster forehand. Not sure about the speed though. I don't think they had radar guns back then.
     
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    I'm sure if the speed of the shots were measured and averaged there would be a certain player, but based on what I've seen - Gulbis or Korolev.
     
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    today, Rafa hit a cc bh 89 mph 10 feet behind the baseline against Del Potro...that's according to the commentators.
     
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  47. BorisBeckerFan

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    Are you trying to be funny or do you actually think they didn't have speed guns in the 90's? Speed Guns have been used in tennis for a long long time. They may not have been as prevalent in the 60's and 70's since the radar gun was invented in the 50's but since the 80's they have been standard fare at most of the tournaments. I will add though that measuring the speed of grounstrokes was not as common back then and mainly used for serve speed.
     
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  48. Jaewonnie

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    Thats what I meant.:)
     
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    Easily Marat Safin, come on, this man is a god.
     
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    like somebody said, monfils is in the record book.

    overall, i think some of the hardest forehands i've ever seen on a fairly consistent basis would be:

    - gonzalez
    - j. johansson
    - philippoussis
    - gulbis
     
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