Making Tennis Look Easy

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  1. JSouza

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    When the idea of pro players making our game look easy is considered, a certain Swiss player comes to mind. But while Stan Wawrinka does have an effortless looking western forehand, I think a few other players ought to be mentioned. I for one, as someone who was only just born in the 90s, find that when I look up matches from that time, Sampras makes the game look far too simple. Bomb a serve, a few easy strides, put away volley. Hey presto.

    Who else tricks you into trying extreme difficulty plays and shots at the club courts?
     
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  2. The Meat

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    Easy playing style as in it looks effortless? Or easy playing style as in I'll put away the ball in a few shots without overexerting myself?
     
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  3. tennissportsrog

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    I think.. Roger is a player who shows tennis easy most.

    But actual. Roger is also troubled by many pains or injury or sick. He has a pain of the back or the waist from the young time. Roger is cutting the Achilles tendon of the ankle in 2005. Or mono, suick of a lung, etc. also, age..


    yeah, All the players are fighting with the slump. However, I am worried. :(
     
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  4. slowfox

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    Former pros: Edberg.
     
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    Berdych's shots look pretty effortless to me. The ball goes much faster than you would expect. At least it looks like that to me.
     
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  6. spinovic

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    Agree on Berdych. Obviously, Federer is so graceful he makes it look easy.

    Watching Nadal makes me feel like I could rip a reverse forehand and bounce the ball to the moon....then I actually try it.

    Sometimes I think I might be able to slide out wide, nearly do the splits, flick my wrist and hit a crosscourt winner like the Djoker. Fortunately, good sense prevails before I actually try that.

    And, of course, watching Michael Llodra makes me want to serve-and-volley.
     
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  7. mental midget

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    rios looked like he was on the phone with someone while playing, gave almost no hint of exertion.
     
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  8. mattennis

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    Yes, that was amazing. When he was on, he could just destroy you, and at the same time he looked as if he wasn't even trying...

    That eastern lefty forehand allowed him to hit so early and make the ball travel so fast without that much effort at all...(an almost the same with his weird two-handed- backhand).
     
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  9. ark_28

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    Isner has a serve which many guys on the tour wish they have indeed former world number 1 Lleyton Hewitt said he would chose that shot to add to his game.

    Courier said that any player on the tour would chose Isner's serve if they could take one shot from any player in the world.

    Isner serves bombs and can do it almost in his sleep we saw this in his 11 hour match at Wimbledon evne when exahsuted he was serving aces and making it look so easy.
     
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  10. Kilco

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    Tomic easily, when he is on he is more effortless than maybe even Federer..Slappy forehand push the 2 hander down the line for endless winners, slice if feeling lazy.
     
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    Isner does make the serve look too easy. But an all around game fed looks effortless when he rips winners, his groundies are so clean
     
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    santoro looks like he's just messing about, which he usually is, but he makes it look like anyone can do it...
     
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    Ken Rosewall - Darren Cahill or Mats Wilander was telling a story about him - a writer told them - at around age 34 - Rosewall mentioned to this writer there was slight pain or discomfort in his right shoulder. Writer said - you've never experienced any pain in your shoulder?
    Rosewall replied - "No this is the first time"

    That's got to be a smooth game!
     
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  14. Agassifan

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    Nadal and to an extent Djokovic make the game look very hard. Two of the greatest of all time, but man, it looks like a chore. Federer, Edberg and even Pete make it look easy.
     
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    If you've ever seen Mcenroe play live, he is very fluid and relaxed in his tennis. His game looks easy, but the style he uses is very hard to master. Quite different than his personality and attitude on the court. When Mac is on, he seems to have the opponent on a string. He is doing very well on the Powershare series tour considering he is the one of the oldest guys out there.
     
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  16. Anaconda

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    Safin, Federer, Nalbandian, Edberg & Sampras all have effotless games.
     
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  17. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Patrick Rafter making monster kick serves look easy, and the dude looked like he had a magnet for the ball at net.
     
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  18. vive le beau jeu !

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    for me: edberg, sampras, rios, federer, baghdatis... they make it look easy. :)
     
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  19. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Easy, or lazy? :)

    I love watching baggy though. With his pleasant, happy-go-lucky demeanor on the court, sometimes he does look lazy.
     
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    Except Raonic's is better (though not by much)
     
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    Maybe 1st serve. But I think Isner's 2nd serve is quite a bit better
     
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    Raonic has the most effortless serve. Looks like he's warming up or something, but it goes rushing by you at 140 mph.
     
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    Yes, KR was smooth. That backhand was pure butter.
     
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    Prime Venus made it look pretty easy. Especially at Wimbledon. Henin did, nobody does as much as Federer though.
     
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    I always thought Edberg's game didn't look easy. It looked graceful and balletic, but it's pretty brutal to be scrambling and lunging at net the way he was.

    Sampras and Federer have 'i make this look easy' style games
     
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    Roger's backhand is the effortless shot, especially against Nadal
     
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  28. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Effortless, yes. I don't know about against Nadal.

    If anything, it's the shot that makes Roger Federer **** bricks.
     
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    Agree with you on this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi8GocGQpGY
     
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    Yeah, he's just trolling trying to get a rise out of someone. He does that often, but he's frankly terrible at it.
     
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  31. Tanya

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    Time for a little estrogen boys...

    I dare say Hingis had a very effervescent style and Billie Jean's net play was equally as beautiful.

    Petra Kvitova has effortless power...doesn't appear to hit it hard at all yet the ball flies through the court for a winner. Nice to watch! (when it goes in)
     
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    I see what you did there OP.

    But anyway, Federer makes the game look easy and effortless, the biggest reason being his grace. Every other human being shouldn't be able to hit 100mph forehands and laser like backhands down the line while his perfect hair flows in the wind and his arms extend like a figure skater landing a triple axel. It's just not possible...it's almost not athletic, it's something else. Poetry maybe?

    While Nadal and Djokovic and Safin and Sampras do incredible things and make them look routine there is certainly obvious effort and work and drive behind everything they do. Take Nadal's reverse forehand spin or Djokovic's running splits. Yes, they stretch the capability of the human body...but it's obvious they couldn't do that without years of physical exertion and dedication. Federer just looks like he was born that way.
     
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    Good call, Tanya. There are some WTA players with fluid games.

    I have always liked how Davenport hit the ball.

    Serena has a very nice smooth service motion.
     
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    safin made it look easy
     
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    For me, Nalbandian makes it look impossible to miss a groundstroke. Same with Clijsters.
     
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    Evonne Goolagong and Hana Mandlikova: Ballet On Grass
     
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    what i found in the beginning when i started watching tennis live was how fast they covered the court. its like they know where the ball is going to be, and they rarely jam themselves by getting too close.
     
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  39. mattennis

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    Yes, Evonne Goolagong was unique in this sense, perhaps the most extreme case of grace, effortless game.
     
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    I'm trying to figure this out in my game. But alas, I'm destined to be a low level hack forever... :neutral:

    Totally agree. Saw a video of her match vs Court. Amazing movement.
     
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  41. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    It's "smooth and easy" because he doesn't do much with the ball.
     
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  43. vive le beau jeu !

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    you think he looks lazy ?
    ummm i don't know... on the other hand, he often defends with a lot of passion and shows a lot of heart.

    now a word that goes well with rios is "nonchalent", isn't it ?
    at times, it was almost as if he wanted to hit the ball with the most possible "i don't care" attitude. ;)
    i thought "not talking about simon" was an implicit rule in this thread because of how unaesthetical his game is.

    please don't do it again, thx. :)
     
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  44. whoopinstick

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    the bryan brothers make doubles look easy
     
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    Federer makes it look easy and hardly breaks a sweat ever. I sometimes get annoyed because he doesn't seem to play with his heart. Borg also had that aura of seemingly being indefatigable. Rios has already been mentioned. I also think clean flat hitters make things look easy as their motions are very simple and straight. I thought Petr Korda or Michael Stich would be a good example of that style. Stich Would seem to be doing a walk in the park while hitting aces. I don't know if there is anyone now with such a smooth style.
     
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    Rosewall already mentioned, and deservedly so. Here's a couple of others from the "way back machine":

    Lew Hoad...even more "butter" than Rosie

    Ilie Nastase...Grandpa Fed, but a head case

    Vitas Gerulaitis...Hopman-infused game was a throwback to Hoad/Rosie

    Johan Kriek...was courtside for his QF night match @Armstrong vs Vitas...never saw two guys able to cover so much court in one match...absolute classic!
     
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    Bill Tilden

    Watching really old footage from his day makes it seem like they're just mindlessly trying to get the ball over the net. But Tilden wrote several books on his playing philosophy. He was madly into strategy, especially when it comes to placement and spin. He does moves his opponents around like they're toys.

    1931: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fM-_i-XTuw
    1921: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBwhBstfxJc
    1927 (v. Lacoste): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBM52H2RKDw
    1927: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEHpMJHTNaM
     
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  48. Mike Bulgakov

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    There are different ways of making tennis look easy. In the summer of 1990, I would often play and practice at UCLA. I was practicing my serve at the practice courts down from the main courts, and Sampras and Edberg took the court at the far end, away from the public. I walked over and sat on the grass to watch them.

    This was the first time I had watched Sampras play in person. He was so quick, powerful, and smooth. While Edberg made the game look smooth and effortless, I remember thinking Sampras made the game look too easy.

    This was a practice set the Sunday before the L.A. tournament. Sampras wore long surfer shorts and had the casual demeanor of a surfer as he bombed serves and forehands, and moved like a cat at the net. Edberg beat Sampras in the final one week later. Sampras won the U.S. Open a few weeks after the L.A. tournament.
     
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