"Nice shot" "Oh yeah" "yep", other visual cue

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  1. BTURNER

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    these are the players that I can remember who might publicly acknowledge an especially great effort, or shot after a rally in a professional competitive match

    Men: Agassi, Becker, Gerulaitus, Noah, Rosewall, Cash, Roddick, Leconte, Federer, Connors

    Women: King, Evert, Wade, Navratilova, Seles, Sanchez, shriver, Hingis, Davenport

    Who am I missing? Let's not count one moment in 50 matches!

    These are the ones I noticed never did it.

    Men: Lendl, Hewitt, Chang, Borg, McEnroe,

    Women: Court, Austin, Mandlikova, Graf, Sabatini, Serena,

    Am I wrong so far? who would you add? and last does it bother you either way? Personally, as long as it its too showy or too frequent, I think it is occasionally a nice gesture, that shows a player isn't entirely self-absorbed or too hung up on 'match psychology' to show a little appreciation.
     
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  2. NatF

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    Djokovic applauds shots quite regularly. Blake used to do it all the time for Federer lol. I've seen Hewitt praise shots by Federer before I think although it's so rare that it might not excuse him from the second list.

    That's all I know from the current players.
     
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    thats the way I like it. I'd remove her from my 'no' list. I swear when I've seen Connors do it, it was a tactic to look like the 'good guy' and curry favor with the crowd. The crowd was just another possible touch shot to employ, like his lob on a windy day..
     
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    I read an article that some rec level pushers compliment their opponent for winners (and even feed them some "assists") so that their opponent feels like a pro and goes for more shots so that his errors increase (might be from winning ugly but I'm not sure).
     
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    Like NatF else has already noted, Djokovic is constantly raising his racquet and tapping the string bed with his palm in appreciation of a nice shot by his opponent. Out of the current players, he visually shows appreciation much more than anybody else.
     
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    Michael Stich did that regularly, esp vs Edberg and Sampras. I think that's also a piece in the puzzle why he didnt achieve more. Stich liked playing more than winning.
     
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    LOL, I remember a practise set I played with a guy who was tremendously proud of his forehand. I noticed in warm-up how low percentage his 'winners' were. I sure complimented both of them figurously. Positively awestruck, I was! he did seem to have a bad day, though . Conceited dude deserved it!
     
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    Does Nadal do it? Never saw.
     
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    He doesn't applaud but will say "Yep" when he knows the opponent's ball is gonna be a winner.
     
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    Manuel Orantes,John Newcombe,Stan Smith,Andres Gimeno.Gentlemen, i supose.
     
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    All aussies do it frequently, except Hewitt. Its rare for him.

    Monica was a racket clapper. Sanchez would stand frozen for half a second in admiration. Actually Navratilova was very generous in this regard, a trait that lasted most of her whole career.
     
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    Rod Laver aknowledged any good shot, just that he was not clowning around with it.

    Hana Mandlikova yeahhded lots of shots, even if they came from her hartred Martina Navratilova
     
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    I honestly don't remember any by Hana. I saw a few efforts at humor, like a hug she gave a ball-boy she ran into,but no acknowledgement of her opponent's play. In a Key Biscayne match, she joked to Evert mid-match about the Florida wind being an Evert ally. Very stoic and 'business like' otherwise, beyond the odd complaint on a lines-call. Very much like Steffi in attitude. Maybe you can show us an example in a clip like was done for Serena above.
     
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    Do not recall if he has done so. However, he is very gracious in post-match interviews, win or lose.
     
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    Of the current top men's players, I have only ever noticed Djokovic doing it. He often nods his head and/or claps his racquet when an opponent hits a good shot. I can't say I have ever seen any of the others doing it.

    Of the current top women players, the only one I seem to recall doing it is Azarenka on occasion. Again, I have never noticed it from any of the others.
     
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  19. McEnroeisanartist

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    Federer does it? I don't think so.
     
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    Yeah well said. Seems legit based on my foggy remembrances of Connors.
     
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    Well these days players are taught to applaud/fist pump their own shots, so much no one else feels the need or desire.
     
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    Re the Evert/mandlikova match you mention, evert doesn't immediately get what mandlikova is saying and clearly looks bemused!
    Yes evert & wade would acknowledge good shots. As did Mary Peirce.
     
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    It was a cute remark Hana made. She's playing in Evert's backyard, off the Florida coast and Evert is throwing up lob after lob after lob at just the right moments, with an absolute perfect sense of when the local gusts she grew up playing in, would carry the lob out of reach or beyond proper timing for an overhead but still in court. The last set was 6-0. Hana said she could not wait to play Evert in her own backyard instead. Evert did not quite get what she was talking about until Mandlikova spelled it out. That Florida wind was Evert's BFF. she played Graf in the final and it did her no good. Graf hits through it with her forehand and avoids hitting overheads or volleys.
     
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    Djokovic most of all current players IMHO. Federer, can't recall any such gesture. Very business like he is...
     
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    I felt that James Blake sometimes did it too much. Obviously on quite a few occasions it was appropriate and a nice gesture, but on some others, he applauded winners that he could have chased down with a bit more effort (especially given his athleticism).
     
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    I would actually say Serena does it more than occasionally, I've watched her a lot over the last few fears especially since 2008.
     
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    look right after the cross-court lob volley on the first point. its definitely a racket clap. she moves both of her hands out of the way of her back-turned body, so that her opponent may be able to see the gesture, but not in such an obvious way that fans will.
     
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    It can be a gamesmanship tactic....
     
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    I really can't abide Serena but to be fair, I have seen her clap her racket a few times- generally against the likes of clisjters & those she respects/likes.
     
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