Which legendary stroke would you most want to have?

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Which great shot would you most want to have?

  1. Sampras serve

    55 vote(s)
    37.2%
  2. Federer forehand

    60 vote(s)
    40.5%
  3. Nalbandian/Safin/Agassi backhand

    12 vote(s)
    8.1%
  4. McEnroe/Edberg volley

    5 vote(s)
    3.4%
  5. Agassi/Connors return of serve

    7 vote(s)
    4.7%
  6. Other(specify)

    9 vote(s)
    6.1%
  1. Changmaster

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    As the title says: If you could pick only one all-time great shot, which would you most want for yourself, and why?
     
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  2. nfor304

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    Sampras serve
     
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  3. Dreamcastin

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    karlovic serve
     
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  4. okdude1992

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    hell yea. sampras' serve sucked ;)
    jk. but karlovic just has a monster serve
     
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  5. vndesu

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    Michael changs underhand serve.
     
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  6. boredone3456

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    The Karlovic 1st Serve
    The Sampras 2nd Serve
    and for a change....The Evert Lob :)
     
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  7. i8myshirt

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    Djokovic dropshot.
     
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  8. IvanAndreevich

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    But that always chokes on important points :)
     
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  9. Skabeast121

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    Murray forehand pass that thing is wicked
     
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  10. OHBH

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    Had to pick the Edberg volley. my serve is pretty good i just want to back it up better
     
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  11. papucla10

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    Feds Forehand, it has won him 15 GS
     
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  12. Knightmace

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    Coria's serve jk

    Federer's forehand!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  13. i8myshirt

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    Djokovic randomly hitting one of those dropshots and sinking it to the net has always made me laugh. :)
     
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  14. iamke55

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    Why would anyone pick Agassi's return? You already get half of it if you pick Agassi's backhand.
     
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  15. P_Agony

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    Fed's forehand, but not the current one.
     
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  16. Deodorant

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    i want a 100+mph serve. so i'd have to say the man SAMPRAS
     
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  17. 35ft6

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    Sampras serve. Hands down.
     
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  18. dropshot winner

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    Definately not some pro's serve, even though mine sucks badly.
    I mean what's so great having a great serve when the rest of you game sucks or is average? It would make you another Karlovic.

    Federer's forehand would be nice, but it wouldn't be nearly as good without his footwork, so I'd probably take either Federer's peak movement/footwork (2005), or on clay, Coria's.
     
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  19. MarrratSafin

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    The Karlovic serve, and Safin backhand. That'd be more than enough!:twisted:
     
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  20. lawrence

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    hewitts lob

    because people come in to the net a lot at my level and im too scrubby to pull good passing shots off lol
     
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  21. fps

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    i think i'd want the federer forehand.

    because

    at my level, having the sampras serve would be great for my service games, though incredibly boring for my opponent and me, but not much good when it came to breaking

    whereas federer's forehand could be used game after game after game....

    and i'd get a serious thrill out of hitting a ball like that :)
     
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  22. sh@de

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    Fed forehand, but then not the current one (which isn't the best anymore).
     
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    Marat Safin backhand.
     
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  24. dlk

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    Sampras serve; that would elevate my game tremendously. I probably couldn't handle the return if my opponent could touch it:)
     
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  25. pound cat

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    Federerer's backhand, but not the current one.
     
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  26. Jchurch

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    Federer forehand for sure. It would be fun to rip crazy winners out of my ass.
     
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  27. ronalditop

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    This comment made me lol for some reason.
     
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  28. pc1

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    Being that the serve is the most important stroke, I'll go with the Sampras serve. Like Agassi said (referring to Sampras' ability to hold serve), Pete can play badly for 42 minutes, play well for 1 minute and win the set.

    That's pretty impressive.
     
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  29. jimbo333

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    Connors backhand return!

    Reckon could break serve at any time:)
     
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  30. LafayetteHitter

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    Becker's serve
     
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  31. pc1

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    Now that's an awesome stroke.
     
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  32. PimpMyGame

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    It couldn't be anything awesome and used frequently, otherwise nobody would want to play me...

    Therefore my vote goes for the Sampras smash - looks great and you could have a good laugh with it.
     
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  33. MethodTennis

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    roddick serve
     
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  34. borg number one

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    Bjorn Borg's forehand.
     
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  35. Andres

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    Ivanisevic's serve.
     
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  36. kishnabe

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    Sampras serve is what i's want. I've only emulate and it worked only 5 out 240 times. I would want that motion to be perfect. Federer forehand would be an optiong but anyone can have a great forehand. Maybe not as great as federer's but at least good enough for me. McEnroe volleys, If I had them i would really get into those baseline basher minds. I'd rather want Nalbandian R.O.S than connors and agassi. Nalbandian returns really well when he is on.
     
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  37. NamRanger

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    Goran's serve.
     
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  38. Kobble

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    So hard, but I'm tempted to say the Guga backhand.

    I think the Sampras serve or Federer forehand would get you the farthest, however.
     
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  39. srinrajesh

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    Karlovic Serve

    his serve backed up by my other shots wud be deadly
     
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  40. SirSweetSpot

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    The David Nalbandian down-the-line-backhand winner.
     
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  41. illkhiboy

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    True but one of Agassi's great skills is his quick hands which are especially useful on the return. There are plenty of great returners out there, like Nalbandian for instance. He routinely hits the inside-out backhand on the return which Agassi didn't do much often and not as well as Nalbandian. However what made Agassi's return such a threat was that he hardly ever, or probably never, had to chip that forehand return. Often enough great returners like Federer and Nalbandian are forced to chip that forehand return on the first serve because they are ready with the backhand grip. Personally I struggle to always return that first serve with the semi-western on my forehand. Hence I'd seriously consider Agassi's return as opposed to the backhand alone.

    But if I had Sampras' serve, I can get by with chipping a few forehand returns right?
     
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  42. kOaMaster

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    federers i/o forehand.
     
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  43. vandre

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    do you want that with or without the cramps??? :twisted: jk
     
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    Graf's forehand.

    Why?
    They would call me "Mr. Forehand"!
     
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  45. flyinghippos101

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    If I could have one incredible stroke, I definately wouldn't waste it on Sampras' slam dunk :neutral:
     
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  46. nadalfan1992

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    Sampras serve
    Federer forehand
    Agassi backhand
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    Agassi return of serve
    I wish I could have of that I know you said one But I chose two

    Sampras serve and either Agassi's backhand or Fed's Forehand but for sure Sampras serve.
     
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  47. 35ft6

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    ^ To have Karlovic's serve, you would need Karlovic's height. It's the angle that makes it dangerous.
    That goes for any of the shots. What's the point of having a great forehand... backhand... volley... if the rest of your game sucks? The serve is the most important shot in tennis, so it just makes sense to have that. And not just Sampras. Having any ATP top 50 level serve would instantly make you better. After serve, I would take footwork. If I could be in proper position like the pros it would instantly make my groundstrokes way better.
     
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  48. HunterST

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    Yeah you gotta be pretty stupid not to take the serve. Personally I would take Karlovic's. It would elevate your game way more than any other shot. Federer's forehand is amazing but his success has been from a combination of his all of his strokes and his movement. Karlovic's success has basically gotten success only from his serve.

    I'd guess that I'm a 3.5, with Karlovic's serve I'd immediately jump to 5.0.
     
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  49. 35ft6

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    If you're a 3.5, with Karlovic's motion (assuming you're not 6'10" or however tall he is, therefor the serve will be less potent...), you would be weak 4.5 at best. :)
     
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  50. fps

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    where's the fun in serving like that and having nothing on the return games? if i got a mega shot i'd want to use it all the time and in different situations, not just bang down 4 unreturnables a service game then go back to my rubbish self on the returns, or if the ball magically came back.
     
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