The 10 best shots in tennis history

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  1. drwood

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    Please list in your opinion, the 10 best shots in tennis history (in no order).

    No hating, please

    I'll start:

    Roger Federer - Forehand
    Andre Agassi - Return of serve
    John McEnroe - Half-volley (service line to net)
    Roger Federer - Half-volley (baseline to service line)
    Stefan Edberg - Backhand volley
    Pete Sampras - 1st Serve
    Pete Sampras - 2nd Serve
    Pete Sampras - Running forehand
    Andre Agassi - Backhand
    Andre Agassi - Topspin lob

    Love to hear other's opinions -- my list is subject to change if there are some really good suggestions I've forgotten.
     
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  2. Great thread as always drwood! And i have to say that i agree with each and everyone...Id like to ad smash after the ball has bounced, my pick is Agassi, he never missed those!
     
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  3. drwood

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    Thanks! :). Overhead was a tough choice between Agassi, Sampras and Federer for me, so I didn't list it in my top 10.
     
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  4. GasquetGOAT

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    Here is my list:twisted:

    King Rafa - Forehand
    King Rafa - Return of serve
    King Rafa - Half-volley (service line to net)
    King Rafa - Half-volley (baseline to service line)
    King Rafa - Backhand volley
    Rafa Nadal- 1st Serve
    Rafa Nadal- 2nd Serve
    Rafa Nadal- Running forehand
    Rafa Nadal- Backhand
    Rafa Nadal- Topspin lob

    Rafa - Knees
    Rafa - Tiredness
    Rafa - Exhaustedness
    Rafa - Un_100%_ness
    Rafa - Excusesness
     
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  5. jjrl2004

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    Fed - drop shot!
     
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  6. Gorecki

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    i have had several disagreements with you but this list is mostly untackable...

    maybe the first serve option could be subject of scrutiny as far as i believe, by considering Goran and Becker

    and also the half volley options, where there were many great volleyers in the past for me to consider one player (any player ftm) from the 2000's.

    but still a solid list fo sure!
     
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  7. Lol, u my friend are a maniac
     
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  8. jevonclyde

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  9. Maybe u could have added who read the game the best? Who could anticipate where the next shot would be? Id say Wilander/Fed at that category.
     
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  10. Gorecki

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    the sabatweener was a great shot as far as artistic impression goes, but the original credit goes to Mr Guillermo Villas, the "Grand willie"
     
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    Yeah, I limited it to just shots, which doesn't take into account VERY important facets including physical conditioning, mental toughness, clutchness, anticipation, movement, court speed.

    I agree that Fed is great at anticipation; McEnroe and Edberg were great anticipators at the net.
     
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  12. フェデラー

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    what about sampras overhead?
     
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    Connors has the best Backhand. McEnroe had the best forehand volley. Lendl had the best forehand in general. Sampras the best overhead. Now of course this topic is in the wrong room. There are battalion of more knowledgeable poster ready to mention the Rocket's volley, Rosewall's backhand, Tilden's serve etc.
     
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  14. FedFan_2009

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    Another useless thread. Who cares who has some individual "best" shot. All that matters is who the BEST overall package!
     
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  15. drwood

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    The best shots matter b/c they are the shots that should be emulated and appreciated. This is NOT a GOAT thread...stop trolling.
     
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  16. drwood

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    Not in the wrong room, b/c Federer is on the list...
     
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  17. Fedfan1234

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    This is what I think

    1 Federer - Backhand flick / half volley
    2 Federer - Forehand(Slice, top spin, whatever)
    3 Nadal - Top spin Backhand
    4 Sampras - Volley(Same as Federer, but pete had to play it more)
    5 Federer - Slice Backhand
    6 Federer - Backhand smash
    7 Sampras - (dunk) Smash
    8 Agassi - Return of serve
    9 Safin - Flat Backhand down the line
    10 Karlovic - 1st Serve
     
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  18. Connors had the best backhand??? Are you talking as a groundstroke or volley?? Either way its crazy imo
     
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  19. film1

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    I agree with a few of these for the best strokes but this is the best shot:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHk3KEGF5mI
     
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  20. Mkie7

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    Too Funny!!!! :)
     
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  21. Arafel

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    Why? It's certainly up there, and at least the equal of Agassi's. I'd give Connors the return of serve over Agassi. Agassi could be more aggressive with the return, but he swung for the fences and got aced a lot. Connors was much better at getting a racquet on the ball and getting it back in play and forcing the server to make a second shot.
     
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  22. ChrisCrocker

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    Roger Federer - Forehand
    Andre Agassi - Return of serve
    Pete Sampras - Half-volley
    Stefan Edberg - Volley
    Pete Sampras - Karlovic
    Pete Sampras - 2nd Serve
    Pete Sampras - Running forehand
    Andre Agassi - Backhand
    Andre Agassi - Lleyton Hewitt
     
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  23. dropshot winner

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    I didn't know that Agassi had the best Hewitt :).
     
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  24. bluetrain4

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    I'd venture to day that Fed's return during his prime was better than Agassi's. Agassi is of course known for his return and he's a perfectly logical choice. But, Agassi was really the best at hitting a winner or unreturnable off the serve. Fed was incredibly skilled at that as well, but beyond that he got more returns back so that the point started in at least a neutral position so his opponent couldn't attack the first ball. Overall return game, I might vote for Fed. Of course, one could argue that Agassi returned against some of the biggest servers ever.
     
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  25. shaysrebelII

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    the sampras dunk has gotta be #1...
     
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  26. shaysrebelII

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    or that sampras had the best karlovic. lol
     
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  27. dragonfire

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    this is stupid thread, OP, what is the criteria for 'best'
     
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  28. veritech

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    i lol'ed. that's hilarious :)
     
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    I wouldn't give connors the best backhand, but it's up there for sure. Agassi's return was incredible, and he had to deal with much bigger serves than Connors did. I watched Andre return a 122mph from at least a foot over the baseline. That requires incredible coordination. I cannot believe that Connors could do that.
     
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  30. ubermeyer

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    I agree with all of these except 1st Serve??? Obviously Karlovic has a better 1st serve than Pete Sampras!!!
     
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    Serve (overall) - Sampras
    Serve (1st) - Pancho Gonzalez; Ivanisevic; Roddick
    Serve (2nd) - Sampras
    Serve (slice) - McEnroe
    Serve (kick/topspin) - Edberg
    Return of serve - Connors; Agassi
    Forehand - Lendl; Federer
    Forehand (running) - Sampras
    Forehand (inside-out) - Courier; Gonzalez
    Forehand (super topspin) - Bruguera; Nadal
    Backhand (topspin 1-handed) - Budge; Kuerten
    Backhand (topspin 2-handed) - Borg; Agassi
    Backhand (topspin 2-handed, jumping) - Rios; Safin
    Backhand (slice) - Rosewall; Federer
    Volley (forehand) - Newcombe; Rafter
    Volley (backhand) - Edberg; McEnroe
    Half-volley (net) - McEnroe
    Half-volley (baseline) - Federer
    Overhead - Smith; Sampras
    Overhand (backhand) - Rafter
    Approach shot (chip-n´-charge forehand) - Rafter
    Approach shot (chip-n´-charge backhand) - McEnroe
    Diving shot (net) - Becker
    Diving shot (baseline) - Meligeni
    Footwork (overall) - Federer
    Footspeed - Chang; Nadal
    Dropshot - Manolo Santana; Santoro
    Lob - Rosewall; Riggs
    Trick shots - Bahrami; Santoro
     
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  32. Xuxa Kuerten

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    Great list! I couldn't agree more.
     
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  33. grafselesfan

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    Pete Sampras serve
    Goran Ivanisevic serve
    Pancho Gonzales serve
    Roger Federer forehand
    Ivan Lendl forehand
    Stefan Edberg volley
    John McEnroe volley
    Jimmy Connors return of serve
    Andre Agassi backhand
    Don Budge backhand

    You said to pick 10, not neccessarily 1 of each category so I did. I dont believe anyone hit a better lob or half volley for example than these shots.
     
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  34. grafselesfan

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    As for the women the 10 best shots in history:

    Graf forehand
    Seles return of serve
    Serena Williams serve
    Graf serve
    Venus Williams serve
    Navratilova backhand volley
    Evert backhand
    Davenport backhand
    Davenport return of serve
    Serena return of serve

    Honorable mentions: Connolly forehand, Seles forehand, Connolly backhand, Seles backhand, Henin backhand, Graf overhead, Navratilova overhead
     
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  35. dropshot winner

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    Open-era only:

    Forehand: Federer
    Backhand: Nalbandian
    Return of serve (agressive): Agassi
    Return of serve (defensive): 2005-06 Federer
    Half-volley: Sampras
    Volleys (consistency): Edberg
    Volleys (technically): McEnroe
    1st serve: Karlovic, followed by Ivanisevic
    2nd serve: Sampras
    Slice: Federer
    Lob: Hewitt
     
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  36. lessthanjake

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    Serve (1st) - Karlovic
    Serve (2nd) - Sampras
    Serve (slice) - Goran
    Serve (kick/topspin) - Edberg
    Return of serve - Agassi
    Forehand - Federer
    Forehand (running) - Sampras
    Forehand (inside-out) - Courier
    Forehand (super topspin) - Nadal
    Backhand (topspin 1-handed) - Kuerten
    Backhand (topspin 2-handed) - Borg
    Backhand (slice) - Rosewall
    Volley (forehand) - Rafter
    Volley (backhand) - Edberg
    Half-volley (net) - McEnroe
    Half-volley (baseline) - Federer
    Overhead - Sampras
    Overhand (backhand) - Rafter
    Approach shot (chip-n´-charge forehand) - Rafter
    Approach shot (chip-n´-charge backhand) - McEnroe
    Footwork (overall) - Federer
    Footspeed - Nadal
    Dropshot - Santoro
    Lob - Rosewall
     
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    Roger Federer/Nalbandian/Safin - Forehand
    Andre Agassi/ Djokovic/Murray - Return of serve
    John McEnroe/Federer - Half-volley
    Stefan Edberg - Backhand volley
    Karlovic - 1st Serve
    Pete Sampras - 2nd Serve
    Rafa Nadal - Running forehand
    Nalbandian - Backhand
    Hewitt - Topspin lob
    Ivananisevic/Taylor Dent/Rafter - Serve and Volley
    Henman - Chip and charge
     
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  38. sh@de

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    half volley - mcenroe / federer
    volley - edberg
    serves - sampras
    forehand - federer
    backhand - safin / nalbandian
     
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  39. dragonfire

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    federer's forehand is too inconsistent nowadays, it can be great or simple
     
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  40. helloworld

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    Federer's half-volley is the best in history??? What are these people smoking?? Damn...
     
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  41. dropshot winner

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    Federer doesn't have the best classical half-volley, but he can take the balls extremly early on the forehand, and sometimes backhand.

    Crushing the ball right after the bounce with a swinging volley is also considered a half-volley, and very few can do that as good as Federer.

    Here are some examples (both kind of half-volleys):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Oy0VrM4tLw&fmt=18
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E3Bcz13DNk&fmt=18
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIOplnzi6jA&fmt=18
     
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