Which player is the most intimidating to play against?

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Who is the most intimidating? (basically who would u be scared to play the most)

  1. Jo Willy Tsonga

    8 vote(s)
    6.9%
  2. Andy Roddick

    4 vote(s)
    3.4%
  3. Roger Federer

    49 vote(s)
    42.2%
  4. Rafael Nadal

    20 vote(s)
    17.2%
  5. Ivo Karlovic

    12 vote(s)
    10.3%
  6. Gael Monfils

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    0.9%
  7. Marat Safin

    3 vote(s)
    2.6%
  8. Fernando "gonzo" Gonzalez

    3 vote(s)
    2.6%
  9. Fabrice Santoro

    4 vote(s)
    3.4%
  10. Serena "Predator" Williams

    12 vote(s)
    10.3%
  1. Leelord337

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    so i was having this discussion w/my friend 'n we were talking about this...which player is the most intimidating to play? I picked tsonga but karlovic was a close 2nd, and i picked roddick as 3rd
     
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  2. MajinX

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    tsonga isnt intimidating to play against since hes quite inconsistent, just hit him hard when hes having alot of UE and when hes on fire just hold ur service games and play it safe. That way you should be able to hold most of ur games and when hes off you can break him once per set or in the tiebreak to win.
     
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  3. Leelord337

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    to me he is, he just rips those forehands so hard, and is just big 'n strong, 'n can hits his serve in the high 130s consistently,
     
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    Intimidating? I think it would have to be Nadal. He imposes his athleticism on you.
     
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    Serena.
    She might actually kill you!! :???:
     
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  6. CMM

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    Federer, unfortunately.
     
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  7. Agassifan

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    fed. No question. There was a time when most people would give up before stepping on court.
     
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  8. Leelord337

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    i've faced a guy in 4.5s that was all serve once, (this huge nigerian guy that looked like a ufc fighter) and when it hit the fence off the serve bounce it sounded like somebody kicking the fence as hard as they could...he said he was clocked in the mid 120s...i couldn't imagine facing a 140mph serve, karlovic would scare me with that serve...as these serves were really difficult just to block back into play.
     
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    Monfils, big and black.
    thats scary enough.


    Just joking lol, probably federer when in god mode
     
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  10. Leelord337

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    ^^^for some reason i wouldn't be afraid to play fed or rafa.(more excited to play either of them than anything)..maybe rafa more than fed, but I would be more afraid of big shots by players, like tsongas huge forehands, karlovic's huge serves, or even safin's backhand....rafa 'n fed have big weapons but not sound barrier breaking power like some guys have
     
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  11. namelessone

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    Depends who you are and on what surface you are playing on. I certainly wouldn't want to play Fed on fast surfaces nor Nadal on clay and slow HC. If you are a grinder type of player power hitter will be your nightmare on HC(usually). If you are a power hitter a grinder will be your nightmare on clay(usually).

    But I think for the average player in the ATP neither Fed or Rafa is very intimidating because they know they don't really have a chance.It's other guys that give them the fits. There were some ATP vids on youtube where they asked player who are their 3 toughest opponents besides the top 2 players and some players gave very interesting answers. As always it's about matchups. Look how santoro drove safin crazy even when safin actually gave a **** about tennis. But santoro will get murdered by Fed or Nadal.

    I can tell you one player they all hate to play against: KARLOVIC. I remember when fed lost to him never getting broken and when Nadal won against him in queens 7-6,6-7,7-6 never breaking his serve. If the guy's serve is on,the fate of the game rests on you breaking him in the crucial moments,usually in the tiebreak. Ivo certainly isn't breaking on your serve so you need split second reactions to break on his or mini-break in the tie. This is frustrating for any player and very intimidating at the same time. Imagine watching serves go by all day long and knowing there is not much you can do about it.
     
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  12. Anaconda

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    Nadal doesn't look intimidating, he just looks stupid running around the court from side to side on the warm up.
     
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  13. Telepatic

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    Fed and Karlovic imo.
     
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    I would not be scared of playing federer, but honored. I would enjoy everything :)
    karlovic with his "ugly" serve abilities and tsonga (don't know why exactly) have something scared around them
     
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  15. Gorecki

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    zivojinovic anyone???
     
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  16. Anaconda

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    I wouldn't get scared against Federer because i would have nothing to lose. I would embrace it and go out with a bang.

    Karlovic,roddick,gonzalez(he has a temper)........
     
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  17. Andres

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    It has to be Karlovic.
     
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  18. Gustavo Kuerten

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    Koellerer when in his psycho mode.
     
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    I voted roddick. I would be scared as hell that he would serve straight through me.. :shock:
     
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  20. IN Slams, without a doubt Federer! The guy who walks into CC with him knows that if i do the match of my life it could be an OK score.
    IN MS-claycourt-tourneys, Yeah probably Nadal although Soderling showed everyone how to bring it on the biggest of stages.
     
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    definitely Nadal, when he sprints to the baseline after the toss, you know you are in for a tough match
     
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  22. boredone3456

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    On Grass- Fed, Karlovic (that serve and the fact he is insanely tall and sticks to the net like glue sometimes would probably rattle me), and Roddick

    Clay- Nadal

    Overall, probably Fed because he can pull off most any shot from anywhere and even his weaknesses are not easily exploitable unless you yourself are really on your game to do it.
     
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    I think a lot of the gals are imtimidated more by Serena than any of the men are by Fed or Nadal.
     
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  24. Leelord337

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    ^^^thats so true, maybe even venus?
     
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    Uhh... Where the heck is Verdasco on that list?!!

    Insane forehand
    Great backhand
    Huge serve (when he chooses to really flatten it out)
    About the size of an ox
     
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  26. Leelord337

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    ^^^yano! i wish i could put him on there
     
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    getting hit by a karlovic scares me!

    I'd be honored to play Federer, not intimidated
     
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    Any of the Open rated players and any touring pro, men and women.

    A club player like myself with no natural athletic ability and not tennis-trained since 5 years old just won't match up. :(

    As Clint Eastwood said in one of his Dirty Harry movies, "A man's gotta to know his own limitations". And I don't want anyone to tell me "You are a legend in your own mind". :)

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  29. mandy01

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    Agreed :D well said.
     
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  30. P_Agony

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    I would have to say Nadal. His intensity, plus his playing style makes things extremley frustrating for his opponent.
     
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  31. Gilles Simon ??? ????????
     
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    I'd vote Karlovic both yes AND no. "No" because in any case, I'd probably run from the baseline (and the court) when he was about to serve to make sure I didn't get hit.
     
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  33. pete92

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    Lleyton Hewitt (especially in prime)
     
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  34. I doubt there is any player who is intimidated by Verdasco
     
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    the most intimidating to play

    They all have awesome games and weapons, but I don't really think that monfils is intimidating. I could see him making you want to throw your racquet because he gets to balls that should be winners and keeps the point going. I vote nadal and tsonga. try hitting a ball by nadal. watch his awesome angles on both wings and that sick topspin. Tsonga's game is big all over the place and he's big!
     
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  36. coloskier

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    I guess I would rephrase the question: Which player is the most intimidating when he is playing at his best (god mode)? When Fed is playing at his best, he would be the most intimidating because you know that no matter what you throw at him, it is going to be returned for a winner. Even when Nadal is in God Mode, you know that he isn't going to beat you with his serve. Even when Karlovic is in God Mode with his serve, you know that you can beat him in a tie breaker, same with Roddick. Murray doesn't have a God Mode, same with Djokovic. When Fed is in God Mode, his serve, his return, everything is a weapon.
     
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  37. bladepdb

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    I think Nadal. Federer's a close second though.

    Obviously Fed's an intimidating opponent...reasons have been mentioned here.

    Nadal I think is a little more intimidating because of his unorthodox style. With Fed, for instance, you know the type of game he's going to bring; he's just going to outplay you with it. With Nadal, however, you have to constantly make adjustments because he constantly makes adjustments as a match progresses. I.e. he'll go from hitting spinny to flat as he sees fit. Fed does this on a lesser extreme, so I think the disorienting factor posed by Nadal is more intimdating.
     
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  38. Warriorroger

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    A Santoro or Nadal type of player, today I played against one at my club. It is so difficult to win a point against that type of player. I play all the risky shots and thye come back from all over the court. A Federer type of player you know you can get blown away by the talent, but he makes mistakes.
     
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  39. grafselesfan

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    I think Serena and Nadal are the most intimidating to play against.
     
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  40. shaysrebelII

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    I think Nadal would be the most frustrating to play, but for intimidating, I'd say Karlovic.
     
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    federer cuz he always win or nadal because of his look and that he will work his butt off every point no matter what
     
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  42. kishnabe

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    Nadal there is a strategy to beat him on clay. Nadal is like borg on clay. Pannata beat borg by serve and volley. Nadal was beat by soderling serve and groundstrokes. So ya with agood serve and volley you can beat him. Since he play with topspin, it is much easier to volley at the net. The arch allows for a easier chip. This is just a hypothesis so dont flame me. The most intimidating would me Marat when he breaks him racquet. It can get into people mind i believe.
     
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  43. Blinkism

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    Depends on what you mean, OP.

    If I didn't follow pro tennis but I had to play one of these guys (so basically, their reputation does not precede them), I'd say the most athletic looking guys with the fiercest attitudes would be the most intimidating - Nadal, Tsonga, Monfils, Gonzalez, and even Roddick

    If we're talking about most intimidating for someone on tour to play, it's probably Federer or Nadal
     
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  44. Tsonga#1fan

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    I'll have to say Tsonga because lets face it, you just don't ever which "Jo-Jo" is going to show up, the one who can be as talented as anyone out there and beat anyone, or the guy who might only show up for a set and seem as though he other places he'd rather be.
     
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  45. Gugafan

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    The way Gonzalez grunts after hitting them huge forehands, is enough to intimidate anyone. See RG this year (against Murray) and Aus Open 07 vs Nadal.

    When the forehand is on, there is not much many of the top players can do.
     
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    I'm really intimidated by a guy who was serving 90mph against Fed and played one good match in his whole life. Yea, that's real scary
     
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    No one is intimidated by a guy who takes 5 hours in between points. They fall asleep before they can get scared
     
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    God.

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  49. raiden031

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    Probably Karlovic. He is one of those players that all the top players know they should beat, but he's so hard to break serve, so it puts added pressure on the other player's serve.

    Fed and Nadal on the otherhand would be like a learning experience, you have nothing to lose because they are the best of the best.
     
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  50. Noveson

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    Federer would be intimidating if you were trying to win haha. As for me right now, Nadal I think, just walking onto the court knowing he is going to try harder than you and is much much fitter than you and wont give up would suck.
     
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