Greatest shots in tennis history

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  1. King of Aces

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    These are the greatest shots in tennis history according to Tennis.com....do you agree> Can you add some more?

    • The Serve: Pete Sampras
    • The Return of Serve: Jimmy Connors
    • The Forehand: Roger Federer
    • The Backhand: Ken Rosewall
    • The Forehand Volley: John Newcombe
    • The Backhand Volley: Martina Navratilova
    • The Lob: Ken Rosewall
    • The Dropshot: Manuel Santana
    • The Overhead: Pete Sampras
    • Movement: Roger Federer
    • Head: Billie Jean King

    (I think they mean mind on the last one????).
     
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  2. BlahDow

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    I would have given movement to Nadal
     
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    Serve: Goran Ivanisevic
    Return: Jimmy Connors
    Forehand: Roger Federer
    Backhand: Don Budge
    Volley: John McEnroe
    Movement: Rafael Nadal or Bjorn Borg
    Mental: Rafael Nadal or Bjorn Borg

    Serve: Serena Williams
    Return: Monica Seles
    Forehand: Steffi Graf
    Backhand: Chris Evert
    Volley: Martina Navratilova
    Movement: Steffi Graf
    Mental: Chris Evert
     
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  4. King of Aces

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    • The Serve: Pete Sampras
    • The Return of Serve: Agassi
    • The Forehand: Roger Federer
    • The Backhand: Jimmy Connors
    • The Forehand Volley: Stefan Edberg
    • The Backhand Volley: Stefan Edberg
    • The Lob: Fabrice Santoro
    • The Dropshot: Fabrice Santoro
    • The Overhead: Yannick Noah (He invented the Sampras overhead)
    • Movement: Rafael nadal
    • Head: Billie: Rafael Nadal or Bjorn Borg
     
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  5. matchmaker

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    First serve: Goran Ivanisevic
    First/second serve combination: Pete Sampras
    Return of serve: Jimmy Connors / Andre Agassi
    Forehand: Roger Federer / Jim Courier
    Onehanded backhand: Gustavo Kuerten
    Doublehanded backhand: Connors / Agassi
    Slice backhand: Steffi Graff
    Forehand volley: Stefan Edberg
    Dropshots: Marcelo Rios
    Lobs: Marcelo Rios
    Backhand volley: Martina Navratilova
    Overheads: Pete Sampras
    Movement: Bjorn Borg / Rafael Nadal
    Mental: Rafael Nadal
     
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    • The Serve: Goran Ivanisevic
    • The Return of Serve: Andre Agassi
    • The Forehand: Roger Federer
    • The Backhand: Björn Borg (invented two-handed backhand)
    • The Forehand Volley: Patrick Rafter
    • The Backhand Volley: Stefan Edberg
    • The Lob: Fabrice Santoro
    • The Dropshot: Novak Djokovic
    • The Overhead: Pete Sampras
    • Movement: Björn Borg
    • Head: Rafael Nadal/ Björn Borg/ Pete Sampras(always hit an ace when he had breakballs against him)
     
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  8. King of Aces

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    The moonwalk: Gael Monfils

    The Lawn Mower and Cobra: Lleyton Hewitt.
     
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  9. Andyk028

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    Volley:Johnny Mac...even today his hands are the same as 30 years ago.
     
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    The "adjusting your shirt after every point as if you are extremely dissatisfied with your clothing manufacturer": Andy Roddick
     
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    serve: sampras
    return: connors
    forehand: federer
    backhand: borg/safin/guga
    volleys: edberg
    lob: hewitt
    movement: rafa/fed/borg
    head: sampras
     
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  12. tennisoscar1

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    movement - Nadal
     
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    I don't like the idea of mixing up men and women. They play on different tours, don't they? So there should be a list for each, not a combined list. I would give movement and head to Nadal for sure.
     
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    First Serve: Goran
    Second Serve: Pete
    Return of Serve: Agassi
    Forehand: Fed
    Backhand: Borg
    approach shots (forehand and backhand): Connors
    forehand/backhand Volleys: Edberg
    Half / Drop / Stop Volleys: Mac
    Lob: Agassi
    Dropshot: Novak
    Overhead: Becker
    Movement: Nadal
    Ultimate Fighting machine: nadal
    Freaky amazing unthinkable shots: Fed
     
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  15. King of Aces

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    god one. I hate to say it but.....

    Adjusting ones underwear: Rafa
     
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    Of course :wink:
     
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  17. RoddickAce

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    Backhand passing shots from 10 feet behind the baseline on the dead run: Nadal
     
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    tweener: santoro
     
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  19. King of Aces

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    Longest Ball bounce: The Joker Djokovic

    Making hair pretty with fingers: Maria Sharapova & Roger Federer
     
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    Ironically I remember reading an article in a tennis magazine about 10 years ago written by John Newcombe. He himself rated Lew Hoad as having the best forehand volley.
     
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    Looking good while crying: Roger Federer
     
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    I agree, passing shots on the run: Nadal by a landslide!
     
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  23. cucio

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    It also depends on what you mean by "best." For instance, Nadal's forehand is far from the best to terminate the points with a sizzling winner, but it is sure as heck one of the best to control them: heavy, safe, well placed and nasty to return. Conversely, González's forehand is a winner machine gun. Federer's is a good balance between them.

    Can't tell about history because I was a kid in the 70's, but nowadays I am suitably impressed by:
    - Nadal's running shots.
    - Nadal's round the post forehand. I have three pages of equations in my desk that demonstrate that this shot is absolutely impossible unless you fill the ball with iron scrapings and use a pocket superconducting magnet.
    - Roddick's second kicker serve. How can you make a ball bounce that high from that distance simply escapes me.
    - Djokovic's backhand down the line of doom.
    - Federer's dipping crosscourt forehand, you know, the one that clears the net by half an inch, dips like a dead weight a couple of meters behind, bounces and rockets happily away of the court at an angle of 45 degrees.
     
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    • The Serve: Pete Sampras
    • The Return of Serve: Andre Agassi
    • The Forehand: Roger Federer
    • The Backhand: Ken Rosewall
    • The Forehand Volley: John Newcombe
    • The Backhand Volley: Martina Navratilova
    • The Lob: Fabrice Santoro
    • The Dropshot: Manuel Santana
    • The Overhead: Pete Sampras
    • Movement: Roger Federer
    Mental: Nadal
     
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  25. DMan

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    By Head do they mean biggest ego?

    Then for sure it is BJK.

    But not if it means being the mentally toughest, most competitive, or even smartest.

    Just give BJK another "career service award" and we'll call it a day. But she never owned a "greatest shot" in the history of the game, unless it is for her never ending search to pay women pros more than they deserve, especially equal prize money for unequal work at the majors.
     
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  26. LPShanet

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    In the mental category, I'm a bit surprised no one has mentioned Wilander. Here's a famous quote from Jay Berger, who was active at the time, about what the most dangerous weapon on the ATP tour was:

    "Andre Agassi's forehand is not the biggest weapon in tennis today. Mats Wilander's brain is". (Jay Berger, Quote of the Year, 1988)
     
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    Open Era.

    • 1st Serve: Goran
    • 2nd Serve: Sampras
    • The Return of Serve: Agassi
    • The Forehand: Federer
    • The Backhand: (no one really stands out for me)
    • The Forehand Volley: Edberg
    • The Backhand Volley: Edberg
    • Movement: Federer
    • Head: Nadal
    • Baseline Half Volley: Federer
    • Mid Court Half Volley: Sampras
     
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  29. dannykl

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    Can't agree with you more.
    The best way to help WTA is to ask these women work harder to improve their current poor and boring games, not by spoiling them with the prize they do not deserve.

    As for the best shot,

    Serve: men: Sampras
    women: Venus and Serena

    Return: Connors/Agassi
    Seles

    Forehand: Lendl/Federer/Nadal
    Graf

    Backhand: Rosewall/Kalfenikov
    Henin/Seles/Williams

    Slice: Rosewall
    Graf

    Valley: Edberg
    Navratilova

    Overhead: Sampras
    Navratilova/Graf/Williams

    Drop: Rosewall
    Evert/Hingis

    Lob:Rosewall
    Evert

    Movement: Borg
    Graf

    Strengh of Mind: Borg/Sampras/Nadal
    Evert/Graf
     
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    wow i actually find myself agreeing with the majority of your post here.

    exception

    overhead - Roddick
     
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  31. Mastadon_10S

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    Nadal's heroics on court are the things dreams are made of
    Roddick's serve in general (both first and second) escape me... good stuff!
    Joker's backahand DTL is one of today's most dangerous shots (IMO)
     
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    forehand i'd take lendl & graf followed by federer or borg
     
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  33. TheNatural

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    I think Fed does have some of the best movement ever during baseline rallys especially on hard courts. But there's been a lot of players who move better towards the net, or on clay or on return of serve.
     
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