Roddick hit a 110mph forehand

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  1. Matt H.

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    Of all the things the TW posters talk/argue/whine/discuss about, I think this is the one time where all of TW is right: Roddick's forehand.

    We've all been screaming it for a few years now. Wanting Roddick to unleash the infamous 03/04 forehand. Many players have come up and have brought huge forehands to the point it made you doubt Roddick's fh power. His match against Nadal puts that to rest. 110 is absolutely huge.

    Puzzles me why he leaves that shot in the bag.
     
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    This isn't just TW, this is practically the whole world.
     
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    When did this happen? I saw a few big ones in highlights but when the audio is out of sync, it's impossible to tell the difference between 90 and 100.
     
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  5. BeHappy

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    He will go back to his old ways soon enough.
     
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    has he stolen your lunch money in the past?
     
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    110, dang.

    he's in the league with delpotro and gonzalez.
     
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    It was nice, inside out....tons of pace. I'll go back to my Tivo and dig up the exact moment and post it.
     
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    I was watching the match live and I can tell you everyone in my section jumped to their feet after the shot. Being at the stadium I did not see the speed it registered. Only when I was back home talking to a friend about the match, and I mentioned the forehand is when I was told it was 110 mph. Roddick just unloaded on the forehand hardest hit forehand I have ever seen live in person.
     
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJnYfz6tSuo

    Was it the forehand at 3:50? It doesn't look quite as fast as 110, but I may be wrong.
     
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    Whats funny is that Roddick probably has the worst BH in the top 10 and yet his preparation is flawless and his motion though not the prettiest is almost the same every time.
     
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  14. Chris Rizutto

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    I have noticed recently that several of the guys are capable of hitting these 110 bombs.
     
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  15. Overheadsmash

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    Is it the strings, balls, frames, athleticism, or a combination thereof?
     
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    Timing and technique
     
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    Guys are general stronger than before; stronger western grips overall impart more spin along with the string, allowing guys to hit the ball harder while still maintaining control of the ball, etc.
     
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  18. prattle128

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    I wish Roddick wouldn't be such a pusher- he'd be a lot more fun to watch if he'd just play more aggressive. Although I always get a good laugh every time I see him slice that approach crosscourt.
     
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  19. Don't Let It Bounce

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    I'm pretty sure I remember Gonzalez in the most recent U.S. Open hitting the hardest forehand I've ever seen, and the announcers saying it had been 131 mph.

    Does anyone else remember such a thing, or is it possible they were speaking right after the FH of an earlier serve and I just misunderstood? (Note that it's a separate question whether the radar gun was giving an accurate reading.)
     
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  21. Miami Tiburon

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    Thats the one at 3:50 , It was the sound it made and you can tell the racquet head speed he generated. Thanks for posting
     
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  22. Justdoit10

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    Nadals 110 mph was nasty. That thing had insane spin on it as well.
     
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  23. OrangeOne

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    There IBM timing screen says 182 for the serve, and I think the FH looks quicker than the serve.

    182kmh is 113mph, so yeah, I'd support the FH being over 120....
     
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    Ok, Blake's forehand wins, that shot was ridiculous.
     
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    I seriously doubt Gonzalez hit a 131 mph FH. Maybe 118-120 at his best. I hope I see a 131 mph FH someday though:)
     
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    ^^^gonzo did hit a 120mph forehand in the 2004 Olympics, i remember it clearly
     
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  28. Shaolin

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    oh right I think I remember hearing about that.
     
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    It is... but i still think it pales into comparison with the Blake FH earlier in the thread....
     
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  31. AndyArodRoddick

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    Roddick has got the biggest FH along with Monfils, Gonzales and Gulbis. Blakes faster ones have come when the ball is very short ( like against Young).

    I mean Andy did hit 110mph INSIDE OUT, HUGE ANGLE, FAR FROM THE BASELINE!!!!!

    For sure Andy did hit 120mph in 2004. I can bet on that.
     
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  32. OrangeOne

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    a. You don't think you might have some level of inherent bias here? It's normal to see people talk of gonzo and gulbis and delpo with fast FHs, and then maybe Fed, and then some others. Roddick gets a mention at some stage, but not normally 'roddick.... and with x, y and z'.

    b. When we're talking about raw speed, it's actually in some ways easier to hit a faster FH from just behind the baseline to just inside, as the ball has to have length to 'fall' in. So many variables here, not just the speed of the incoming ball.
     
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  33. Cfidave

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    It didn't look anywhere near as fast as Delpotros 109mph forehand at the US open. Must be the radar gun.
     
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  34. AndyArodRoddick

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    Inside-in is the fastest FH for Roddick normally. Andy gets the most rip from that FH. Like DelPotro gets most speed from cross-court FH (on the run maybe?).
     
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  35. JimF

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    I believe Fernando Gonzalez has the fastest forehand ever recorded at 118 MPH.

    If I recall correctly, Pancho Gonzales was timed at 112 MPH back in antiquity and Pancho Segura supposedly hit faster than him, but was never on radar. Still, those guys rarely went for that much because their racquets had sweet spots the size of a walnut.
     
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  36. Roddicked

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    Has anyone have a video clip of Roddick's monster forehand back then in 2003. I remember it was amazing. Spin, depth, it had it all.
     
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  37. KSJ1979

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    I think what people forget about early Roddick was the UE count. He would hit something like 30 or 40 UE's during a match (as opposed to 12-20 UE's now). True, he would hit some amazing forehands (the ones you see in the YouTube vids) but what you don't see in those vids are the large amount UE's that Roddick commits. While I do agree that Roddick needs to be more aggressive, I don't think he should revert to his old ways, but find some kind of balance between the two.
     
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