greatest shot in the history of tennis

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  1. sandy mayer

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    If I could have a shot for myself it would be the Sampras serve (1st and 2nd). Federer'sforehand is aclose second. I choose Sampras' serve because the serve is the most important shot in tennis.
     
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  2. s_andrean

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    This thread has come up a few times, but I thought I would say some thing different.

    Karlovic's serve has gotta be one of the greatest weapons ever. Its stupidly good.
     
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  3. D.  Nelson

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    ...Ivo's FLAT (?!?!?!) serve up the 't' is just stupid-nuts !! I was at Sunrise last year and had a spot directly above that position.....the first one he hit....I just broke out laughing --- as an aoutomatic reaction....HHAHAHAH!!! His 'flat' serve had so much bounce on it, that if you didn't 'try' to hit it on the rise....it was just 'gone' !! I think A-Rod has served faster, but I think that Ivo's has more 'bounce' because of his height !! His 'kicker' is almost as impressive --- it just doesn't have that SPEED !!
     
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  4. stormholloway

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    If you had Sampras' serve you'd be on the tour, period. If you had Roger's forehand, you'd be good, but you can't win matches with just a forehand in my opinion. You can win with just a serve.
     
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  5. pennc94

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    Tell that to Ivo
     
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  6. Andres

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    Goran's first serve and Sampras 2nd serve.

    I'll take Guccione's serve over Karlovic, but only by a small margin.
     
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  7. tennismike33

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    Just ask Andy Roddick!!!!!
     
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  8. Condoleezza

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    The Graf forehand.
    She was called "Miss Forehand" for a reason.

    Condi
     
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  9. stormholloway

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    Andy has a big forehand though. I don't personally like it but it is a winning shot.
     
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  10. avmoghe

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    Goran Ivanisevic - greatest first serve in history. Or maybe Sampras' second serve or the Federer forehand.
     
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  11. christo

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    Supposedly Pancho Gonzalez' serve was deadly. If he had today's racquets...
    Also Donald Budge's backhand was supposed to be a deadly force
     
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  12. federerfanatic

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    Federer's forehand first, Budge's backhand second, Sampras's serve third, McEnroe's volleys fourth, Donald Young's second serve fifth. :)
     
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  13. holera

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    not anymore. i don't know why, but roddick rarely hits his big forehand. now he hits with much more spin.
     
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  14. A.Davidson

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    Yeah, Roddick seems to have toned down his power, especially on forehands, as of late. Oh well...I always like Sampras' serve as the "best shot ever", but I think Karlovic's would certainly be up there with it.
     
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  15. tennismike33

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    It isn't a shot I would like, but I remeber watching Rod Laver(yes, I can remember back that far) run down shots, then storm to net and volley away winners. Iwant Laver's legs.
     
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  16. migjam

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    Seeing Roscoe Tanner drop the net at Wimbledon, when his serve hit the net cord
     
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  17. AndrewD

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    Neale Fraser's serve: couldn't break eggs with his groundstrokes but won 2 US Open's and 1 Wimbledon on the strength of his serve.
     
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  18. slice bh compliment

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    Good one. Laver's legs. Roger's got 'em right now.
     
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  19. zapvor

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    i thought this thread was referring to like the greatest shot made in history, not what kind of shot you consider the greatest
     
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  20. slice bh compliment

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    Mac faking going in after a return to Borg, then stepping back, then actually going in, then hitting a no look FH drop volley to the corner Borg least expected it. Anyone else would have played one deep volley and waited for the pass attempt.

    Connors over Panatta at the US Open. Around the net passing shot.

    Roddick hits an overhead, Federer chases it down and hits a sideways overhead of his own past Roddick down the line.

    Federer sliding backwards as he retrieves a lob, scoops it DTL for a winner.

    Andre against Corretja at the Open. A Bucharest backfire (over the left shoulder lob retrieval, which Nastase did many times) for a winner.

    Yannick Noah, Gabriela Sabatini, Goran Ivanisevic and JC Ferrero, among many others hitting a between the legs lob retrieval for a winner.

    Goran serving, getting caught off guard and hitting a 1/2 volley between his legs, then winning the point.

    Roger with a behind the back groundstroke against Henman at the US Open, then whipping a BH pass on the very next shot.

    Hewitt and Chang running like dogs all through a point. Then flicking the perfect topspin lob winner. Again and again.

    Too many to name, but those are a few that stand out in my mind.
     
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  21. urban

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    Just a few days ago, I saw a Laver-Rosewall grass court match of 1970. Laver hit a miraculous backhand half volley from the baseline, after falling down and lying flat on his knees. He stretched his arm wide out and rolled to the ball like a soccer goalie, but made the pass.
     
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  23. ibringtheHEAT

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    I would say Roddicks serve.........but I'm just a young guy watching modern day tennis.
     
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  24. 35ft6

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    Sampras serve, Federer forehand, Edberg's volleys.
     
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  25. Zets147

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    The Roddick Approach
     
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  26. TennisKevin

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    roddick's approach shot isnt very good....

    at this point in time, i'd go with federer's backhand, gonzalez's forehand, or sampras' serve
     
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  27. mmuubb

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    Fed behind the back crosscourt pass against Suzuki
    Goran hitting a forehand on his knees
    Rios sitting overhead against Agassi
    Sampras second serve ace against Corretja despite puking a few seconds earlier
    to name a few.....
     
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  28. NLBwell

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    I read in Rod Laver's book about a guy who actually opened the gate and went outside the fence to chase down a lob, then got back in the point. That would have been something to see. Anyone still have the book or know who actually did it?
     
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  29. chaognosis

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    The most famous shot in tennis history, and arguably the greatest, is the Budge backhand. Gonzales and Sampras probably had the most renowned serves, and there have been a great many players with legendary forehands: Johnston, Perry, Kramer, Federer, etc.
     
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  30. tenniko

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    Rio's turnaround backhand return when he was wrongfooted.

    i think there's a youtube video of this.
     
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  31. haerdalis

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    Pim Pim's serve and a healthy shoulder.
    Fransisco Roigs backhand.
     
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  32. thelimfactor

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    GOAT???? it has to be SANTORO's slice backhand....or...ummm...is it his forehand????? anyways, 1 of those shots.....!!!!!!!!1(1











    (Only kidding guys)
     
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  33. dima

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    here comes the book again, blah blah with his 50s crap. No one cares! Besides, the "Budge backhand" isn't arguably the greatest shot in tennis, get over yourself.
     
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  34. nice list, slicebh. Scary thing is I can picture most of these.

    About the above, if you're talking about Basel indoors 2002 or 2003, that shot has to be described as a leaping, at-the-back-fence, forehand overhead slice not exactly up the line, but outside the court into the court, around the net post, ON the line pass for a clean winner. Roddick stood at the center of the net totally dumbfounded, then threw his stick at Rog. Never been hit before, never will be again. And the sick thing was, it may have been his only play on the ball in a sense, but it was totally intentional.:eek:
     
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  35. killer

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    I'll second GugaFan's choice here...i've watched that shot on youTube so many times...
    Granted there have been bigger 'clutch' plays in tennis history, but for sheer intent and ridiculousity, that's gotta be it.
    Best 'clutch play' to my mind has to be Iven Lendl hitting a lob winner on the line on match point against Pat Cash at USO '84 semis. Any others?
     
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  36. gimmig1966

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    Remember that shot Budge made with those two cracked O3 Tours you sold him?
     
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  37. tandayu

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    The diving volley of Becker, Noah, Curren. You can't teach that to everybody.
     
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  38. Fossika

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    Can anyone post the youtube links to some of these vids you speak of?
     
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  39. slice bh compliment

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    Absolutely, that shot demanded at least a paragraph. Well done, Gugafan.
     
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    Any videos of those points?
     
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  41. Jules

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    Sampras' serve... In his prime he'd win a match if he got the break!
     
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  42. slice bh compliment

    slice bh compliment G.O.A.T.

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    I see that as one of the best answers in this thread.
    Was there ever a stat ... or did the dude (well-known teaching pro and coach of hotshot juniors) I heard this from make this up:

    Most of the time Pete was ever down love-40 on his serve, he ended up holding serve anyway. Some ridiculously high number like 80% of the time. He did not get down often, but I kinda believe it.
     
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  43. Matthew

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    roddick's second serve would be awesome to have.
     
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    The Bucharest backfire...yes yes yes a wonderful shot. Well done slice bh compliment.

    r
     
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  46. suwanee4712

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    Even though the game continued to evolve into more of a power game during Steffi's career, her forehand was an awesome site to behold in the late 80's. It was shocking to a lot of fans and players who were used to some big shots like Hana Mandlikova's big flat forehand or Catarina Lindqvist's one handed backhand, but nothing as consistently hard and ferocious as Steffi's forehand in the womens game. It was almost paralyzing.

    For an all time single greatest shot, I loved the behind the back passing shot Hana hit against Liz Smylie at Wimbledon 1985. Liz came in off her serve and volleyed back into the deuce court behind Hana, but it clipped the net and held it up just for a moment causing Hana to overun it. No problem.........she just took a swipe behind her back (like a behind the back volley) and hit it up Liz's backhand line for a winner. Even she had to shake her head and laugh about it while Arthur Ashe said incredulously, "did you see that?"
     
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  47. Zimbo

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    Best list:

    Forehead: Fed
    Serve: Sampras
    Backhand: Safin/Agassi/Connors
    Backhand volley: Edberg
    Forehand volley: Mac
    Footspeed: Borg
    Touch: Mac
    Return of serve: Agassi/Connors
    Mind: Wilander
     
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  48. ayoPATRICIO

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    the only thing i would change on your list would be
    Touch: Rios
     
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  49. Wow, look how casually Rios plays the point, before and up until he stumbles. Never mind that it's Andre Agassi stalking the baseline at the other end. Very confident in his ability to come up with defense or offense as needed, I guess.
     
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  50. CEvertFan

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    I would say out of all the 2-handed backhands in the women's game that Evert's was probably the best one of them all.

    As for the serve I would have to give that one to Sampras, hands down. Such an effortless service motion and so accurate.
     
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