Smoothest pro mover/strokes?

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  1. Ross K

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    I guess I mean how they move as well as strokes... you know what I mean?... smooth, fluid, great rythym, graceful... as opposed to, say, I don't know, Roddick, or del Potro, and a lot of those ball bashing, slightly ungainly, and often quite big pro guys.

    So who is like the most super-smooth, "poetry in motion" pro?...

    Or put it another way, if you were advising someone a player to study for the specific qualities of smoothness, fluidity, rythym, grace, etc, who's the man?

    Thanks

    R.
     
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  2. LanceStern

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    Roger Federer.

    That's all commentators, magazine writers, editorials etc. talk about. And it is truth
     
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  3. Lsmkenpo

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    Roger Federer hands down, probably the most graceful player in all of sports, not just tennis.

    Only other athlete I can think of who's movement was the epitome of his sport that tops Federer, was Michael Jordan in basketball.
     
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  4. blue12

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    Nalbandian is very smooth also.
     
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  5. P_Agony

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    Roger Federer. Nobody even comes close.
     
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  6. Ross K

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    Yeah, Fed is prolly the 1st pro you think of, but who else?... who else is just wonderfully super-fluid and super-smooth?

    (BTW, Feel free to post up links too.)
     
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  7. Giggs The Red Devil

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    Nadal. Very little UEs = Smoothness.
     
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  8. breadstick

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    You really can't say that anyone is more graceful on the court than Federer.

    Federer IS grace. He's like a ****ing gazelle.
     
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  9. edberg505

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    Michael Stich
     
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    Roger Federer.
     
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  11. Tempest344

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    Federer, Nalby

    safin anyone?
     
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  12. MarrratSafin

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    Roger Federer. No one comes close.
     
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  13. stormholloway

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    Mecir comes pretty close, historically speaking.
     
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  14. ChanceEncounter

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    I personally think Monfils looks pretty smooth...

    Maybe it's just the sliding.
     
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    Obviously Federer.Grace and elegance personified.
     
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    nalbandian. Nalbandian has no vibration dampener, and still you dont hear alot of voice coming of his racket (almost nothing) , only if he hits flat.
     
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  17. breadstick

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    If losing your temper and smashing racquets is considered graceful then yes.
     
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  18. FlamEnemY

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    Federer.
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    Davydenko.
     
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    Roger, obviously
     
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    federer, edberg, mecir, rios.
     
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  21. ESP#1

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    Nalbandian, Federer, Davydenko are the first that come to mind but i'm sure im missing alot, too early to think straight still
     
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  22. phoenicks

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    I would also say nalbandian, his FH, BH, volley, touch, serve, is all 1 smooth fluid motion !!!!
     
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  23. tahiti

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    Shot wise Federer. In motion on the run turning an otherwise would be "winning shot" into a counter winner, Nadal. Smoothlike speed at one with the ball.
     
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    Davenport has the smoothest strokes, not exactly the smoothest mover though.
     
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  25. McLovin

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    Federer from everywhere on the court, except the net. That belongs to Edberg.
     
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    He's definitely not the smoothest, but he is very smooth!
     
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  27. Ross K

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    Interesting... as well as Fed of course, Davydenko does spring to mind for me. I'd also argue for Nalby and Safin (when he isn't in tantrum mode!)
     
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  28. jmjmkim

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    I agree, all of them are "poets" with a racket.
     
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    Bjorn Borg.
    Guga Kuerten.
    Roger Federer.
     
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  30. Ocean Drive

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    prolly???...
     
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  31. kkm

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    Fluid serve=Sampras. Federer's service doesn't have the same fluidity.
     
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    The exact players I was going to going to mention.
     
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    federer hands down.
     
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  36. MethodTennis

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    You have to be joking nadal isn't smooth as great as he is he doesn't look gracefull around the court.
     
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  37. matchmaker

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    I think the nod here would go to former pros: Stich and Rios.
     
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    Radek Stepanek!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  39. Giggs The Red Devil

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    The fact that Nadal is capable of producing great shots from everywhere on court makes his game extremely smooth. But you can say "lucky" instead of "smooth" if you feel like it. :)
     
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  40. MethodTennis

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    If we're talking about who can pull of the greatest shots then i'de put nadal up there and i will say the way he can get the ball to spin and the great accuracy and power from insane positions is beatiful but his movement around the court and his swing are not as beautiful as many of the other players mentioned such as federer
     
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  41. Ross K

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    The thread is purely about smooth, fluid, rythymical movers/strokers... to me personally, Nadal isn't of that type.
     
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  42. jmverdugo

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    Federer, Davydenko, Djokovic, Safin.
     
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  43. GugaGuga

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    Outside Federer...

    Hicham Arazi
     
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  44. McLovin

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    I think you need to take a look at your user name. I completely slept on Guga. I think he may even have surpassed Federer. If not, he's a damn close 2nd.
     
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  45. Jimmyk459

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    clearly Coria on clay... No one could move like he could.
     
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    Coria, Federer, Nalbandian, Djokovic.
     
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    gasquet on the BH
     
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  49. RoddickAce

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    Ljubicic has some pretty smooth strokes.
     
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  50. LeftySpin

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    Its definatly federer, he adds that graceful look to his strokes
     
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