Speed Demon King: Nadal, Borg or Chang?

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Which player was the fastest (footspeed) out of the 3:

  1. Rafael Nadal

    33 vote(s)
    43.4%
  2. Bjorn Borg

    12 vote(s)
    15.8%
  3. Michael Chang

    31 vote(s)
    40.8%
  1. theagassiman

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    We all know Nadal's crazy footspeed, so excellently showcased in the AO final this year against Federer. His ability to get to balls that other players wouldn't even think of trying to get to is absolutely amazing as we all know.

    And we mustn't forget Borg. He was the pioneer. The first real speed demon.
    His running down of shots everyone else would have left was amazing, even compared to nowadays standards.

    Yet for me, Chang was the most outstanding of the 3. I think this may be because he lacked the heavy topspin and variety that Borg and Nadal had, and just relied on footspeed alone. His calf muscles were famously huge for such a short guy, and his running ability was unmatched in his era.

    So here we have three excellent competitors for the title of Speed Demon King, the fastest (in footspeed) player of all time.

    And now it is up to you to choose who you think deserves the title of Speed Demon King and why.
     
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  2. cknobman

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    Gotta go with Nadal on this one.

    Nadal is playing in a generation of tennis where balls are consistently struck with amazing pace (something that was quite hard to do in Borgs day and not exactly common place in Chang's day).

    I guarantee it takes more overall stamina and speed to run side to side today than in his competitors generations. Ive seen many Borg matches and there is a big difference running side to side trying to chase down groundstrokes that average 40-50 mph versus Nadal running down groundstrokes averaging 80-100 mph.
     
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  3. charliefedererer

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    I thnk Chang may have been the fastest, but Borg and Nadal could produce better shots on the dead run. Borg was a temendous athlete and competitor, but Nadal produces the best shots from what should have been winners against him. I would have loved to see Borg as Nadal's contemporary with today's racquets and strings. I think he may have been able to beat Rafa, but it certainly would be incredible tennis.
     
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  4. msc886

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    Chang. He did this on faster surfaces against serve and volleyers.
     
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  5. rooski

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    Its hard to argue against Nadal...and I saw Borg and Chang play live many times during their hay day. Tomas Muster and the lesser known Mel Purcell were super fast too.
     
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  6. Cesc Fabregas

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    Chang is proably the fastest but Nadal and Borg have better footwork and stamina not to mention they are damn quick as well.
     
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  7. gj011

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    There should be no poll where Chang is compared in any way to Nadal and Borg. It is a travesty.
     
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  8. pc1

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    As far as level of play, you're right but they are asking about speed so he can be compared.

    I'll throw in some other names for speed, I understand Roy Emerson had world class speed, come to think about it Borg beat a high hurdles champion in a Superstars competition in Sweden. Anyway Emerson, Gerulaitis, Laver, Rosewall and Nastase were very fast. Johan Kriek was fast also.

    In reading accounts of him I understand Frank Sedgman had amazing speed.
     
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  9. vtmike

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    Interesting the polls show Chang is beating Nadal & Borg in the speed department...
     
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  10. deltox

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    sadly this poll is about foot speed only, and the fastest person possibly ever on tour isnt on there.
     
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  11. pc1

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    I'm surprised too. Chang was very fast but a lot of people even think Lleyton Hewitt is faster than Chang at his best.
     
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  12. icestorm

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    If we're talking about just plain speed, it's Chang. Close second is Nadal. If we're talking about footwork and best balance, I'd go with Nadal.
     
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  13. FlamEnemY

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    Yep. Have to include Hewitt.
     
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  14. grafselesfan

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    Hewitt is faster than Chang, and yet Nadal is faster than Hewitt. So that being said I am not sure how on earth Chang even makes the poll. Speed was his own biggest attribute and he was the fastest player of his own time, but all time he isnt even in the top 10. On top of that he only moves that great on hard courts, on grass or clay his movement is excellent still but not amazing and not anywhere near Nadal for example.
     
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  15. deltox

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    in terms or pure foot speed, monfils is a long way ahead of 99% of the players considered fast.
     
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  16. thalivest

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    I agree. What a joke Chang having 5 times the # of votes as Borg.
     
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  17. canuckfan

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    This poll is NOT about who is the better player. It is about pure speed and tennis speed (2 related but distinct things). Chang was a beast in the speed department, against flatter hitters and on faster courts. Nadal and Borg are greater players with bigger weapons, but it is unclear if they are/were faster than Chang.
     
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  18. egn

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    Yea seriously Monfils outruns the whole tennis community. Monfils is just a runner...I am still not sure why he did not try a track career instead of tennis, but man if Monfils focused on a power game and worked a bit on footwork with his speed and strength he could be top 5 easily.
     
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  19. JediMindTrick

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    How about Federer?
     
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  20. Sephiroth619

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    Was Chang really that fast? I've watched a few youtube videos and the players back then seem ridiculously slow compared to today's tennis players. Chang looked very slow in that 89 FO.
     
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  21. T1000

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    Hewitt is WAY faster than chang
     
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  22. Winners or Errors

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    As I recall, players often used to hit approaches straight down the middle against Borg, so he wouldn't get the passing angle when he easily ran them down. I've never seen anyone have to employ that tactic against either Nadal or Change, though perhaps it would work with Nadal.
     
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  23. callitout

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    Borg raced a motorized chariot and won. He wrestled alligators with hands tied behind his back...the guy was amazing. Nadal plays the waterdown modern field in which guys dont train as hard as they did.
    Oh I forgot Borg's pulse 30.
     
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  24. Mick

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    chang had the speed but when he got to the ball, he did not have the ability to strike/re-direct the ball like Borg and Nadal could. thus, great speed alone is not enough to reach the very top in tennis.
     
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  25. egn

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    Another reason Borg might as well have been considered an alien.
     
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    http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=39
     
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