What pro's/s' game/s does your game resemble?

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  1. GotGame?

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    What pro or pros does your game resemble? I never really modeled my game after any pro, but reading through some things on Wilander, it seems like my true game resembles him; at least that is the only pro I could find for now. I'm more of the baseline player with my concentration/mind being my best weapon. Like Wilander, my speed is also my weapon because I'd like to think that I move like a cat and exploit all my opponent's weakness; hopefully I'm right LOL. Playing my best, I'm not too flashy, not really cracking winners and hitting a barrage of aces. But my game must be consistent, like Wilander's was described as, I try to never miss a passing shot and always try to maintain the accuracy of my serve. Like him also, I am developing into an all-courter, developing such things as my slice backhand, and getting my volley to the reliance of my groundies. Wilander won his first slam on the clay, which happens to be the surface I am always dying to play on. Hopefully, I can prove to be adapt on all surfaces like Wilander.

    Thanks in advance for your responses
     
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  2. peter

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    Hmm... Not that my game looks like anything a pro would produce, but anyway - I guess I then would be like Carlos Moya - Big forehand. Lousy backhand & serve. Doesn't like to go to the net. :)
     
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  3. GotGame?

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    yeah, that's exactly the question I'm trying to ask. If your game was something a pro would produce, my advice is get off these boards and start making the big bucks if you really played like Carlos Moya, LOL... So discount the level the pros play it, and I guess ask yourself whose game style you have...
     
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  4. Grimjack

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    Any one of a million 2hbh grinders who have decent serves and use forehands as their only real weapons.
     
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  5. thejackal

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    I'd say Taylor Dent, with Andy Roddick's volley skills....
     
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  6. Power_Player

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    Erm...I'd say my game is similar to Lindsay Davenport's, with hard, flat groundstrokes and a good serve.
     
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  7. Max G.

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    Heh. There isn't any pro that matches my playing style.

    I have:

    Medium-big first serve; I don't take very much off of it for the second, I know some people say that my second serve can be as hard to return as my first. The price I pay for that is that occasionally, when my serve goes "off" for a bit (which it does often enough) I don't know what to do with it, since I don't really have a "safe" serve to go to.

    I have good volleys and good reflexes at net; have got some touch.

    Up until now, there are plenty of serve-volley players who I could call as having a similar game to me...

    ...but then my baseline game just throws off any comparisons...

    I have a full western forehand, and when I'm at the baseline I can really crank up the topspin on it; have trouble flattening it out.

    I have a slice-only backhand.

    On return of serve, I generally hit chip forehand returns as well, unless my opponent is trying to serve and volley.


    Have fun finding a pro that plays like that, in the modern game at least.
     
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  8. Crichton

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    No being a pro, I would say my game most resembles Courier w/out the extreme grips. Big forehand, love the inside out for a winner, 2H backhand, underrated serve and a decent volley. Under estimated speed and willingness to grind out matches if big shots aren't working.
     
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  9. zorg

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    Federer. I have a good forhand, pretty good 1hbh, not much power on serve but I have very good placement and control of it, and I am an all court player.
     
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  10. splink779

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    Safin, because when I play well I play really well but I usually play like crap. Otherwise my physical game might resemble Ferrero.
     
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  11. splink779

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    You sound exactly like a friend I play with, exactly. You're not alone.
     
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  12. Babblelot

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    My "style" was inspired, not by this player, but by the same thing that inspired this player's style of play. I found myself playing nothing but the dreaded "dinkers" on the Chicago public courts, so I decided to go for broke on ever shot. I have absolutely no touch--don't have the grips for soft hands. My goal is to overwhelm my oppenent with power. I go for winners--I don't construct points. My W-to-UE differential < 0, but I don't care. (...it probably has a lot to do with being a control freak.) :D

    So I was shocked a few years ago to find someone in the Top 50 who approaches the game just like me. Have you figured out who I'm describing yet?

    He's one of my favs (#4 overall)...Gonzo.

    Favorite postmatch quote about Gonzo's game.

    "It was like being in the middle of a hurricane," said Schalken after winning a match in which his opponent, Gonzalez, hit 77 winners and 77 UE. LMAO!! :p
     
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  13. ACE of Hearts

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    Andy Roddick :confused: , my backhand needs some work, my forehand is pretty good.i can get my serve up in the 130s.My highest has been 138.
     
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  14. Return_Ace

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    <-------see sig :)

    I just feel that i have talent that hasn't been unlocked :)
    My 'best' is very erratic and can change from blowing everyone off the court to losing to a tennis n00b......
    anyways, pretty good FH, good BH, nice touch, good all court game, can come to the net if i want, so so serve.......
     
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  15. Christopher

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    Roddick.

    For a just turned 16 year old, I have a big serve, been clocked at 98 in, but is usually hovering around the 90s. Well, Im told thats big for a kid my age anyway.

    I have a strong forehand, but the backhand could use some work.

    And my volleyings not great.
     
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  16. Muse

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    Lleyton Hewitt. I'm about the same size as him physically, and I also grind points out from the baseline.
     
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  17. donnyz89

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    i would say ROGER FEDERER... im THE BOSS (quote from tennis magazine aug)
     
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  18. Aykhan Mammadov

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    I'm myself PRO participated in a lot of qualification matches. Despite I beat Fed and Pete a few times in friendy matches I couldn't get through and become champion so I chose for myself another profession.
     
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  19. baselinebrawler

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    My game resembles henin-hardenne, 1h both wings, moves opponent around well then jump on short ball for winner
     
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  20. supersmash

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    i don't think there's a pro out there who could play at such a crappy level as me. man, this thread makes me feel bad.
     
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  21. FedererUberAlles

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    I try to take things from different players. I go pure serve and volley. One handed backhand. Eastern forehand. Good serve depending on how confident I am. Volleys are ok when I remember the mechanics and I am relaxed.
     
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  22. GotGame?

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    This should answer that, supersmash.
     
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  23. fjgarciap

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    Saving the BIG distances between my game and the pros' (lol) I would say Guillermo Cañas: I'm the same height, play mainly from the baseline, run to every ball, have a tenacious game.
     
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  24. Max G.

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    Yay! :)

    [silly ten-character requirement]
     
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  25. TheGreatBernie

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    Hewitt. I'm definitely a grinder who likes spins.
     
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  26. sedwickdotcom

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    Rusedski
    Good Serve, Good Volleys, Shi**y backhand that i almost always slice
     
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  27. Grinder

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    I have a big western forehand and I run around my two handed backhand often, I usually stick around the baseline. I serve around 105-115 on first serves and 85 on second serves. I'd say I most resemble a terrible version of Carlos Moya.
     
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  28. Babblelot

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    Hmmm...now that I think of it, I had been to a number of Challenger tourneys during the mid-to-late '90s and early '00s, and I remember this one dude--don't recall where he was from, only that it was some obscure country. Can't recall his name--something like Aiken Mohammed???? Anyway, he was very explosive but graceful, and displayed tremendous skills--kind of like a cross between Paes and Sampras. I thought, "Now here's a game to model mine after." As it turned out, I wasn't disciplined enough to develop an all court game, so I decided to become a slugger.

    Have always wondered what ever happened to this guy???? Anyone ever hear of him? Aiken Mohammed (I know that's not his name, but it's something like that).
     
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  29. Andres

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    Ivanisevic... but with a one handed backhand... and my shirt always on, and my racquets still intact ;)

    Big serve, nice volleys, but I've got a little Cañas and a little Nalbandian on me. I chase every ball, and shot a lot of nice dropshots.
     
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  30. theace21

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    I like to chip and charge on weak serves - McEnroe
     
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  31. wtennis206

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    Roddick. Not a huge serve (high 90's or low 100's on my 1st serve), but placed out wide. Strong forehand and consistant backhand, but most importantly: CRAPPY VOLLEYS!
     
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  32. nextNalbandian

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    I can't really say. I'm 15 years old and have clocked my serve at 102. Pretty tall, have solid volleys, but when the ball gets rollin I turn into Nalbandian and become a counter puncher. Anyone know of a counterpuncher with a good serve.
     
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  33. pound cat

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    Mansour Bahrani...the idea of bring a chair ot the court and playing from there was the most innovative thing to come to to tennis since Sampras' jumping overhead.
     
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  34. x Southpaw x

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    A left-handed Roger Federer.
     
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  35. Feña14

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    I would say Thomas Johansson, my 2 handed Backhand is my best shot and can do anything with it and I like to hit it pretty flat. My Forehand has more spin and is slightly weaker but can move it round and hit winners. I also love short balls on either wing.

    My serve is ok, but it does the job. Volleys are pretty poor but I can put away easy balls.
     
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  36. Ronaldo

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    Shawn Bradley, slow, awkward, can't jump over a poker chip, Posterized has-been. No forehand, sliced bh, volley stinks, bad 2nd serve, with poor footwork. On a good day
     
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  37. TEAMRAFA

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    Roddick. I'm 5'8" 135 lbs and I can serve about 115. If only I would grow...

    Plus I pretty much only take forehands. I might hit 6 backhands in a set. Maybe thats more comparable to Nadal than Roddick.
     
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  38. Max G.

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    Gael Monfils!
     
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  39. Ben42

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    Todd Martin.
     
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  40. BreakPoint

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    Federer/Sampras

    I mix in some serve and volley, have a big serve, like to finish points off at the net, have a pretty good one-handed backhand, and use a lot of variety in my game. Now if I only had Sampras's running forehand.........
     
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  41. efice32

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    Federer without the movement. Like to keep my opponents off balance and I don't have a really powerful serve but I can control it well and move it around the box. I have a pretty consistent return of serve and I can get back most serves. I have good volleys considering I don't play up there all the time and if I get a short ball, I'll usually make you pay for it. My one-handed backhand could use some work (which is unlike Federer) but i have a great slice that really bites and stays low. I like to mix up the spin on my forehand and keep my opponent guessing.
     
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  42. fantom

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    Definitely Safin for me.

    Strong serve.

    Great 2HBH. (my best shot)

    Good FH. (although mine is more erratic)

    Competent at net.

    Big guy who moves well (I'm 6'3").
     
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  43. AngeloDS

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    I don't know who my games mimmick really. Maybe someone can tell me?

    I'm not sure... My strategy is planning ahead. I'm more of a thinker. I'm a tactical person and usually think my shots 3-4 hits down the road and what I'm going to do. And after the first few matches. I know what I'm going to do to down the road. I'm going to try to tire my oponnent out, try to hit angled shots, and other stuff. I'm really task oriented. I think about what I'm going to do mechanically, rather than the outcome of a point.

    My game is really centered around my forehand and volley capabilities. I have complete control over my forehands during rallies. My volley capabilities is really up there. I can control the ball well. I can place the ball and then have my opponent on the run and then be in perfect place to volley.

    I use two handed and one handed backhands. Two handed for usually down the line with punch. I go for one handed backhands cross court with topspin, occasionally I'll hit down the line but they're not winners. My one handed slice backhands skid off the ground, and with my new racquet. I get a lot of spin on it, it curves in the air and continues taking hard skips. I use my one handed backhand topspin the most, I use one handed backhand slice the second most, and in last is my two handed backhand.

    My ability to serve SUCKS. I can't serve worth for beans. My serves lag way behind my forehands and my backhands and my volleys.
     
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  44. Boy Wonder

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    Nadal

    First of all, my style is not exactly like Nadal's since I'm a righty. I am pretty slim, and I'm not bulky looking almost not at all, probably ectomorph like Nadal. But I have been told" you're stronger than you look." I play safe, heavy topspin groundstrokes, can rely on my wheels, and will scramble for anything and everything. The forehand will always be my stronger side like Nadal's, but my backhand is no slouch either. My serve is the same weapon as Nadal's, which is pretty consistent, but can get off at any time, and it is not really a weapon. My volley is fairly competent also, but I need practice in rushing the net, and hopefully getting more doubles in like Nadal will help this cause. Hopefully, I can truely have Nadal's same attitude!
     
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  45. fedex27

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    if my game resembled a pro, i would be a pro
     
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  46. Phil

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  47. pound cat

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    LOL phil...is he related to mansoor??
     
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  48. Boy Wonder

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    I would assume that all who replied including me are speaking of pro's playing style, not game, because if you were playing at that level, enough said...
     
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  49. joesixtoe

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    i would say agassi, except with a western forhand... one of the ways i learn how to play is by watching the pro's, and agassi is my fav.
     
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  50. bcaz

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    Lefty ... I play like Patty Schnyder ...
     
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