The Most Athletic Tennis Player

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Most Athletic Tennis Player

  1. Nadal

    4 vote(s)
    15.4%
  2. Monfils

    11 vote(s)
    42.3%
  3. Borg

    4 vote(s)
    15.4%
  4. Sampras

    2 vote(s)
    7.7%
  5. Federer

    5 vote(s)
    19.2%
  6. Other(post the player's name)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. freedomtennis

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    Who do you think is the most athletic tennis player. I have a tough time chosing between Nadal and Borg.
     
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  2. Vyse

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    I would say either Nadal or Monfils. Kinda hard not to choose one of those two. Monfils is probably the answer.
     
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  3. J011yroger

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    Monfils.

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  5. TennisNinja

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    I want to go with Monfils as well. He is a freak of nature!
     
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  6. ubermeyer

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    monfils, though his stamina could be better
     
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  7. prjacobs

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    This may be blasphemy for some, but I consider Nadal an amazing physical specimen, but not an amazing athlete. I don't think that great strength necessarily makes one a great athlete. I love Nadal's game and heart, but his game killed his body. The great athletes stand the test of time, because their technique is fluid and effortless. To me, that's athleticism...
     
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  8. inmate11

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    monfils % fedrer
     
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  9. Mister Goulash

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    They are all phenoms. I like Verdasco from an athletic POV
     
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    I read that Monfils can run 100 m in 12 seconds.. he is good athlete but that doesn't helps him too much in career so far. And he can't avoid injuries
     
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  11. theProdigy

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    if you include all eras then i'd say sampras. but now, i'd say blake and monfils.
     
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  12. Dream_On

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    Murray can run 100 m in 11.2
     
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    i.e the nadal uso match. had he had some better stamina, Nadal would have been out.
     
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    I go with Monfils too. He takes athlerticsm so far as abusive to his body.
     
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  15. anantak2k

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    Monfils!!!
     
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  16. 35ft6

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    I almost want to say Federer. Not because I think he would do the best in an NFL combine. But if we're talking about athleticism that's very tennis specific, he's an incredible specimen. Maybe in terms of raw athletic hardware, he's not one of the top 5 guys, but I feel like his brain, the software managing his physical abilities, is at such a higher level, it's like a BMW 335 going up against a car with more raw horsepower on a winding track. The car with better handling will beat the faster car handily. Roger is great athleticism being utilized at incredibly levels, his operating system is second to none.

    Also, Sampras was up there. At his prime, he looked so much smoother and cat like than his opponent.
     
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  17. rosenstar

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    agreed. I'd say Monfils or Tsonga. I feel like the definition of an athlete is someone who could play any sport at a high level (not necessarily at a professional level, but at a decent level). Roddick too is an impressive physical specimen. He has the least "tennis talent" of any of the top players, but has perhaps the most athletic prowess.
     
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  18. Cesc Fabregas

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    Sampras. Moved like a panther, was deceptively fast and a great spring on him.
     
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  19. Nathaniel_Near

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    Well, McEnroe thinks it's Borg, all time.

    I actually wish we knew more about tennis players abilities athletically by having various stats such as 40 yard dash and vertical, resting heart rates, how far they can chuck a ball (lol) and whatever other funky information could give us clues as to their all around athleticism. Just from looking though it is abundantly clear that Sampras, Federer and Nadal are 3 of the premiere athletes in tennis from the last 20 years.
     
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  20. Nathaniel_Near

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    Funny, it's always Federer who i've seen as a panther. I completely hear ya, though. Couldn't Sampras dunk a basketball?
     
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  21. davey25

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    The greatest athlete I ever saw amongst tennis players was probably Sampras. Amazing raw speed, agility, leaping ability, flexability, everything that makes up a great athlete. For women it would be a toss up between Graf or Navratilova.
     
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  22. davey25

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    I have seen videos of Sampras dunking a baseketball and he does it impressively. His leaping overhead though was about the most awesome thing I ever saw in tennis.
     
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  23. Warriorroger

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    Roger Federer, but Steffi Graf is the best.
     
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  24. Riosfan

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    Sampras was quick and agile, but not like Monfils. Sampras had more power and smarts than Le Monf and that is no knock on the Frenchman. Sampras is probably the second best player in history.
     
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  25. All-rounder

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    Sliderman FTW
     
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  27. freedomtennis

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    yeeeah! Tupac fan!
     
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  28. 35ft6

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    Most guys when they rush the net they look like some accountant running to be first in line for cake when somebody in the office is having a birthday.

    Sampras looked like a cat pouncing on prey, like if the net wasn't there, he would have jumped on his opponent and mauled his face.

    I think it's because he was so natural. Other players, you can tell they've been coached to attack, but with Sampras, it looked more natural, less like a pattern and more unpredictable, like he could attack at any second, more instinctual. Compare that to Roddick, who you can just see has been taught to attack and doesn't seem to naturally understand the geometry and rhythms of the net game.

    Along with his serve, his movement was probably Sampras' biggest asset, because although his volleys were good, nobody would teach somebody to hit their forehand or backhand like Sampras. His forehand in that somewhere in between continental and eastern grip, and his bent elbow on the backhand, that now that I'm reading his book, is probably the after effects of growing up with a two hander. Still, the dude made it work. I think even his blood disorder helped him because he really didn't try for most of the match, coasting on serve, until the 2 or 3 points when it mattered whereupon he would pounce on his opponent. Sampras is a guy you could probably say beat people who outplayed him more than any other. I know that doesn't make sense but he had a really unique approach to point management. That only somebody with his weapons could pull off I might add. Somebody else, bad idea. But give a guy the best serve in tennis history, and incredible mobility to attack, and suddenly playing that way means the other guy gets no rhythm, and Sampras wins another easy 6-4, 7-5 match.
     
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    Yep, couldn't have stated it any better. Federer is the top predator today...has the whole package. Guys who excel in only 1 dimension (e.g. athleticism) are merely snacks for Fed. Sampras was also the top cat in his day.
     
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  30. darthpwner

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    Sampras. He would kick Monfils ass in basketball. He also has a better slam dunk overhead and dive volleys. Monfils just slides better. Jumping ability and diving=athleticism
     
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    Robert Lansdorp helped develop Sampras's groundies, so surely he played a part in Sampras's groundstroke technique?
     
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    I would say Federer is the best TENNIS athlete. As for overall raw athleticism, I would put my money on Monfils. Off the top of my head, I can't think of a sport that Monfils wouldn't be good at. Whereas for Borg, as athletic as he is, I can think of at least one sport that he probably wouldn't be THAT good at: basketball.
     
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    Again.... Perhaps a wacky statement, but I actually think that Sampras' volleying got worse, because his serve became so unreturnable, he didn't have to volley as much. Regardless of what you may think about his personality, etc., I don't think I've ever seen a player hit more unbelievable shots over the course of his career than Federer. His natural talent is amazing.
     
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    Different types of athleticism, but I'd say both Borg and Rafter. I'd like to throw some Cash into the mix.
     
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  36. 35ft6

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    Sure, and I'm sure McEnroe and Santoro had reputable coaches, but still... would you teach a junior to hit like Sampras on the groundies, with his grip and arm position? Not saying he, like all pros, doesn't possess sound fundamentals.
     
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  38. C++ Primer

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    Nicolas Massu in 2004 Athens Olympics
     
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    gael monfils and his lack of brain
     
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  40. canuckfan

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    12 seconds is not special. It's fast, but not remarkable at all. How do I know this? I ran 12 flats in high school. I had no sprint training at all, never worked out at the gym. Just played elite amateur soccer.
     
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  41. canuckfan

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    Exactly. Explosiveness must be matched with intelligence and understanding. Otherwise it's not worth much.
     
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  42. pmerk34

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    Are you serious? It's the main reason he is where he is so far.
     
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  43. pmerk34

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    Can we be any anymore stereotypical? man you sound like a fool posting racist crap like that
     
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  44. canuckfan

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    It's not racist. That's your own issues leaking out there. Monfils does not play smart. He stays way behind the baseline and fails to mix up his game effectively. I don't care what race he is. Your post is the one that looks like it was written by a stereotypical fool. Classy language in your post, btw.
     
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  45. Andyroddickfan

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    monfils is by far the most athletic
     
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  46. pmerk34

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    You have issues
     
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  47. Andyroddickfan

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    i dont understand who that post is racist?
     
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  48. pmerk34

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    more racism
     
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  49. Andyroddickfan

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    ^^ am i missing somthing??
     
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  50. pmerk34

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    Yes, people are singling out one of the few black players on tour as "not smart".
     
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