Sampras or Djokovic Forehand

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Which player (in their prime) has the better forehand?

  1. Sampras

    45 vote(s)
    51.1%
  2. Djokovic

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    48.9%
  1. Start da Game

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    yeah that slice and even his chip return (ROS) were brilliant......his ROS is the most underrated shot of his......
     
  2. Cesc Fabregas

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    Sampras is definitely faster than Djokovic and while Djokovic is a better returner he's fast becoming the most overrated returner of all time. He couldn't put Federer's serve in play this year at Wimbledon and has lost to the likes of Isner, Karlovic, Roddick etc a few times.
     
  3. World Beater

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    Djokovic is definitely faster than Sampras and while Sampras is a better server he's fast becoming the most overrated server of all time. He couldn't serve his way past george bastl's return at Wimbledon and has lost to the likes of delgado, schaller, and yzaga a few times.
     
  4. Evan77

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    bud, you have no clue (Sampras faster than Djokovic, are you really out of your mind, like seriously?) ... go watch something else, tennis is not for everyone, sorry ... I'm really trying to be politically correct here, but it's so hard when you post something so silly :) ... Novak 2.0 haven't played AR in over 2 years, last time Novak played Dr. Ivo was back in 2008 (hello) ... yes Isner def. Novak 2.0 this year but it was a very tight match. Everyone can have a bad day. and don't even start me with Fed and his loses. get your facts together.

    and YES, Djokovic is the best returner ever, like it or not. the only people disagreeing are silly Fed fans and some nostalgic fans of Agassi.
     
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  5. mental midget

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    i'm not sure if djokovic is any faster than pete in his heyday. pete was extremely fast, although i agree djokovic can do more with the ball when he gets there, from the backhand side in particular.

    pete, roger, edberg, nadal, novak, i don't think there's much different in pure 'speed' between this group of guys at their best. guys like hewitt borg and chang were, i think, a bit quicker off the mark, and could change direction a bit better. they all fall into the 'excellent' range overall.
     
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    i will say it again.......the game was played differently before 2000.......

    sampras was fast for what was needed back then to dominate.......djokovic is just as fast for what's needed today to dominate.......you just can't compare william renshaw's speed with djokovic can you? renshaw must have been fast for his time and requirements.......
     
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    borg is very underrated as far as pure speed goes.......he looks blazing in some of those old videos.......
     
  8. Devilito

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    Depends what people mean by “speed”. In terms of getting to the ball there are so many other factors involved like anticipation, ability to change direction, ability to set up for your shot once you reach the ball etc. In that sense Djokovic is fast for sure. But in a 100m dash I’d take Prime Petros over Novak
     
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    agreed.....
     
  10. roberttennis54

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    You really overrate DJokovic's speed. He is fast, but his strength is in his flexibility.

    Sampras was very, very quick, but was a poor defensive player. He would get his racquet on the ball, but not do much with it. The key to Djokovic is his fitness, which allows him to run fast for longer. In the past players picked their points. Sampras is NOT going to be sprinting after a shot at 40-15 on his serve or the opponents. In fact if he had a break he would just not be sprinting at all. To see Sampras' speed you need to watch a point that mattered.

    Sampras' forehand in itself was great one of the best. It had effortless power. Sometimes it barely looked like he swung hard and it flew away for a winner. From a neutral position not even Agassi could go with him forehand to forehand.
     
  11. dimeaxe

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    Sampras' forehand in itself was great one of the best. It had effortless power. Sometimes it barely looked like he swung hard and it flew away for a winner. From a neutral position not even Agassi could go with him forehand to forehand.[/QUOTE]

    That's 'cause Sampras played with smaller,lighter an softer balls, just give this kind of balls and it wouldn't be so effortless like it was.
     
  12. roberttennis54

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    That's 'cause Sampras played with smaller,lighter an softer balls, just give this kind of balls and it wouldn't be so effortless like it was.[/QUOTE]

    True to a certain extent, but he played against a lot of other guys with big forehands. Lendl, Becker and Agassi. Sampras always looked more effortless than those two guys. Heavier balls would not hurt Sampras that much either. He was strong and could still hit through the ball.
     
  13. ctmcarlo

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    LOL....samprass had a forehand ? fail
     

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