The Single Most Destructive Forehand In Tennis In The Last 20 Years

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  1. Cesc Fabregas

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    Federer with Nadal 2nd. Sampras, Agassi, Bruguera, Courier, Gonzalez, Blake, Delpo, Soderling, Verdasco having great forehands as well.
     
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    destructive as in changing the course of tennis history.
     
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    Close call between Lendl and Federer.
     
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    lendl lost 11 slam finals. he did not change the course of history with his forehand.
     
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    +1. I've gone to Odds and Ends, and have stopped regular posting. Out here, it is either TDK's stream-of-consciousness dreck, or Death Master's dire need for attention, or Thundervolley's hate-filled, rationality-challenged vitriol.

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    It has been more that 20 years since Lendl's time. Time flies, sadly.
     
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    I agree. On clay, I would take Nadal's; on any other surface, I would take prime Fed. Not only great insid-out forehand, but love his inside-in forehand andhis variety.
    Although for pure fury, got to go with Gonzo
     
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    Too bad Federer couldn't always keep his level up this high on clay, or it would be an easy decision to go with his forehand on that surface as well:

    Nadal vs Federer - Hamburg (2007)

    Insane winners from anywhere on the court those last two sets. Nadal was playing very well but was still helpless.
     
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    "Federer, today, unfortunately came out with no balls... you don't find too many champions in any sport in the world without heart or balls. He might have them, but against Nadal they shrink to a very small size and it's not once, it's every time."
     
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    nadal can hit 3-4 different forehands.

    he can craft points with his forehand.


    he can also produce insane angles with his forehand.
     
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    Federer or Nadal in my opinion.. hard to choose.. maybe a very slight edge to Federer's forehand in general, because he has a more allround forehand. Nadal's forehand primarily is a claycourt forehand.
     
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    I would probably say Federer, up until very recently, the power, consistency and angles from everywhere was a sight to behold. Other notable forehands, Nadal for that whippy spin, punishing opponent's backhands. Would have to also argue Gonzo and Soderling for the power and consistency.
     
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    Between Nadal and Federer Nadal's forehand is way better on clay, a bit better on grass (when both are their best), and about equal on hard courts (when both are their best) so I would go with Nadal overall. However there are others it is hard to know how would compare if they played today like Lendl, Sampras, Laver, so it still hard to say whose is the best or even most destructive ever.
     
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    It is so sad. The OP started this thread hoping people will say you know who but hardly anyone has....and those who has he hung onto their words like a puppy sucking on a teat
     
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    As far as all out destruction, Fed easy. And I'm a Nadal fan.

    1. Fed
    2. Agassi
    3. Blake
    4. Nadal
    5. Roddick
     
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    blake and Roddick?

    you have got to be kidding me.
     
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    Circa late 2010 a well rested Delpo during the 1st-2nd sets. pre-injury.
     
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    ...it's pretty obvious who I'd pick. I should just talk trash about this oblivious thread, for even asking such a bunk question insults Steffi.
     
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    Sampras of course. Flat consistent rocket from anywhere on the court
     
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    ...ugh...:-x
     
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    Nadal has the GOAThand©.
     
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    nadal wasn't named after his forehand.
     
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    they don't even call his forehand a forehand anymore:


    the world calls it "The Fearhand".



    I will have to come up with a nickname for his forehand too.

    or I can just call it the "forehand of death".
     
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  26. aldeayeah

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    Well, most top pros (who aren't one-dimensional ball bashing machines) can.
     
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    Federer had the best forehand in history in his prime.
     
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    Federer and Sampras had the most destructive forehand at their peak.

    Nadal and Courier's forehands are more durable / reliable but not the most fearsome.
     
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    nole and andy murray would disagree with you.
     
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    nadal`s forehand is not a forehand anymore.

    the world calls it "the FEARhand".
     
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  32. wy2sl0

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    You aren't taking into account the myriad of factors that influence this.

    Nadal sure has the best topspin forehand of all time, but Federer's is more versatile across all surfaces, and all speeds.

    I say that because Fed can take the ball VERY early, redirect pace much better than Nadal can, flatten it out arguably better, forehand volley slightly better, on the run forehand slice better, and still get within 80% of Nadal's topspin when he wants to loop it.

    I am by no means demeaning Nadal's, quite the opposite. I think these two are above everyone else by a considerable margin.

    As good as Nadal's forehand has been, he moves well and has great drive. I think if Federer's forehand was a little lower, he wouldn't have been even close to the player he was. His style of play that made him who he is, is his versatility. Nadal could still grind out victories with a slightly less lethal forehand.

    It is even further proven by Federer's backhand, which is his weakness; Nadal's is much stronger.
     
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    Every player's forehand is a topspin forehand.
     
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  34. aldeayeah

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    Slice FH on the run?
     
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    Top 3 in no particular order....

    Sampras's running cross court forehand was the best ever seen. The way he would bait Agassi and others to try to go down the line was a thing of beauty to watch. He would have loved to play Djoker because Djokers proclivity to hit the BH DTL.

    Federer's forehand after serve was the best ever seen. His putaways after an opponents service return is unequaled.

    Nadal's heavy topspin was the best heavy topspin forehand ever seen. The high kicker to the righties BH changed the direction of tennis. However, if he was a righty it would not have been near as effective.

    All three are lethal in their own way.
     
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    Players can and do hit forehands with slice (slice forehand on the run (as you said), drop shots, deep passing shot slice a la Fed), but their forehand at least 99% of the time is a topspin forehand.
     
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    With the "VERY" qualifier, if this were the Federer of 2003-2007 you were alluding to I would agree.
     
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    Are you kidding? Modern power tennis is based on Lendl's game. I am not a huge Lendl fan but he won 11 slams in a highly diverse specialized era. His only weakness was he could not develop a decent S&V game which was a must back then to win Wimbledon. I have little doubt he could have won 15 or more with homogenous slow gritty courts like today.

    His FH was the original killer forehand.
     
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    I think he only won 8 majors. He made at least 1 final for 11 consecutive years... that might be what you're thinking of.
     
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    No, I was quoting the poster before. I'm intrigued about the slice FH on the run because it's not a shot I'm familiar with. I've seen players hit slice FHs while sliding, but not on the run (Sampras, Fed and Nadal tend to hit a reverse/buggy whip FH on the run). Maybe I haven't been paying much attention?
     
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    He won 8 majors and made the US Open Final 8 straight years.

    He lost 11 grand slam finals. (Borg, McEnroe, Connors 2x, Wilander 3x, Cash, Becker 3x)
     
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    http://youtu.be/StUvrjIfGd8

    The shot roger hits here on the run is what I meant. The point also demonstrates a great redirect down the line, and the best inside out fh ever.

    That point also epitomizes the best tennis we have ever seen from two people IMO.
     
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    no doubt JMDP.
    his both Fh CC and DTL are excellent.
    plus very powerful.
     
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    Well, this man had the original fearhand.
     
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    but is it consistent enough?
     
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    Show me the proof :)
     
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    you look for it.


    I am a busy man.

    also isn't the proof pretty much too damned evident?
     
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  48. NEW_BORN

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    In other words, there's no proof :)
     
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    in other words, you are just too damn lazy.


    find the stuff and then post it here.


    that is your assignment for the night.



    cant you see that I am busy doing stuff?
     
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    Are you mental ???

    It's ok if you are, i won't judge :)
     

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