Question about Pistol Pete's game.

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  1. Sid_Vicious

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    How often did Pete Sampras use drop shots? Was it a shot that Pete avoided hitting his entire career?
     
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  2. GentlemanJohn

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    Never ever seen Sampras hitting a drop shot in my entire life
     
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    Pete hits lots of drop shots when he is close to the net.

    Never see him hitting drop shots from the baseline.
     
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    Pete could do just about anything with a ball. He hit quite a few efficient short-angled volleys and dropvolleys.

    As for dropshots, he did approach with the dropper on occasion. He did not drop shot from the baseline much at all, as far as I remember.

    Those of us who knew him and knew of him in jrs, then as a young pro know what kind of touch the guy had/has. He used the big, effective stuff more, to be sure.

    I remember thinking of him as a nice blend of Lendl and Mac, with some Becker for good measure.
     
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    Here are some more

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_f9LwxurHg#t=2m21s

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETdnT...=relmfu#t=3m2s


    Just for kicks, here is Pete hitting the forehand drop shot, which you have seen Federer utilize in the latter stages of his career, especially in his victory at the French. www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_f9LwxurHg#t=1m47s

    *edit* Apparently some of the clips have been removed, hmmmm I'll try to re-find the clips. I took these links directly from that other thread I mentioned earlier
     
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    ^^^
    Exhibition doesn't say much.

    That's like looking for dropshot in the senior tour and compare to pro who actually played in the real match. Big LOL
     
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    TMF, you certainly choose to respond to certain parts of a post.

    Nevermind the other clips from his pro career, and how I posted an *edit* note saying the clips were removed from youtube, and I will try to find them again.
     
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    Pete hit dropshots from near the baseline. Occasionally, yes, but he did on both sides.
    Obviously, drop volleys and short angles all the time.
    Never a drop shot overhead or drop shot serve.
     
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    of course the ones that didn't make it over the net, are not highlight material, but this sure shows he had the option available off both wings. That some folks did not remember him trying many, probably shows prudent restraint suggesting discipline. Can't imagine a player of his caliber, not having one in the bag-o-tricks.
     
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    watching those vids, pete had the weirdest topspin backhand of the modern era..
     
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    it's because he didn't always get a full shoulder-turn and fought off quite a few from a pretty open stance with a bent-ish elbow. having the world's heaviest racket helped with that. he could rip it when he was in position though.
     
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    Looks what we used to call girlish
     
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    Pete hit a dropper? Hmmm...interesting. I do know he could half-volley with stunning pace and depth!
     
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    Why you so much against Pete? If I may ask? For me, both play similar and are faves. Pete is one of my fave players
     
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    www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kv887zaPjVk#t=25m21

    It's actually the point after the one I link to, it's just that there are 2 amazing shots in a row.

    An on the move down the line backhband over the netpost winner...and then a nice dropshot...
     
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    Nice!

    Thanks for sharing, BrooklynNY. You weren't looking through Sampras vids nonstop since January, were you? ;)

    That backhand DTL was nasty. It was pretty much the most ambitious shot Sampras could have attempted from that position and he nailed it.

    Oh Kucera has an ugly looking serve.
     
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    And.. one of the worst. They used to attack that weak shot at RG... Pete maybe would get out of the 2nd round. If Pete had to play on today's slow hard courts.. he would have had to fix that sorry shot.
     
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    He was outstanding in that regard... I can't remember him hitting many drop shots. His basic game was to HOLD.. HOLD..HOLD.. not work too hard returning serve and go for one break.. or getting to a tiebreak. Great around the net and his overhead was money. :). No one had a better 2nd serve in his era.
     
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  26. BrooklynNY

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    Yeah, they finally let me out of the dungeon...err.. I mean.. basement.... it took me 5 hours to adjust to the sunlight, but alas, i have emerged.

    Nah, I was just watching this match last night, and when I saw the dropper...i thought of you... I mean...this thread... :twisted: :twisted:
     
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    I feel like this isn't so much a question of how much Pete used the drop shot, but rather how much more often it is used in today's game. A combination of longer baseline rallies, increased athleticism of the average players and slower playing surfaces, its generally harder to just hit through players like some in the 1990s. Of course Pete could hit drop shots, he hit plenty of drop volleys but from what I've watched of that era of tennis, the drop shot was not viewed in the way it is today.
     
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