Which pro(s) would you hate to see across the net?

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  1. FlashFlare11

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    As much as I admire him, it would without a doubt have to be Roger Federer.

    He is so relentless, attacking every single ball with so much aggression and moving in as soon as he sees the opportunity. He allows no one any recovery time. And by the time you've mustered enough strength to finish one or two sets against him and are physically distraught, he casually walks to his chair and sits down for his drink, looking totally focused yet at the same time disinterested. That would be enough to just make me give up.

    But that's why he's my favorite player and who I believe to be the GOAT.

    So, as a tennis player, which pro player (or players) would you dread having to play against the most?
     
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  2. Chopin

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    Prime?

    Sampras.

    With Federer or Nadal, at least you'd feel like you'd be able to hit a few balls (assuming you're a very, very good player), but with Sampras, it's lights out--the match is completely out of your control if he's playing his best unless you're among a small handful of people.
     
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  3. kishnabe

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    I would not say why since I would be called a Nadhater.
     
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    Except Sampras didn't play like that. In fact, he would cruise his own serve and often look like he wasn't trying too hard to break. You would think you were in the set because it would go 1-1, 20-2, 3-3, 4-4 and then BOOM he'd lift his game and break you. But for almost the whole set you would think you were right in it.

    Nadal is worse (at least on clay). Like having to play Harold Solomon. You know he'll grind you to death.

    A guy like Karolovic or Isner must require enormous concentration because you know you may only get 1 chance a set.
     
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  5. Don Felder

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    As much as I can't stand him, I'd HATE to see Nadal across the net. You know you're not getting any lazy free points from him, his serve is probably a lefty nightmare, and of course, his topspin would be brutal.

    As much as I love Federer and as much as I know he'd absolutely smoke me (obviously), I feel like I could at least get a few points here and there by boring him with my shots e.g., by getting a few careless shanks.

    I'm a 5.0 former collegiate player, but I have a ****ty backhand to go up against most of these top guys in groundstroke rallying. I do know I could rally with 2011 Roddick though. Horrendous groundies for his level.
     
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  6. dcdoorknob

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    All of them.
     
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  7. FlashFlare11

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    Nadal would be a close second for me. The only reason I chose Federer over him is because you can hardly ever tell what Federer's thinking. Even if you feel like you should be frustrating him, you would never know because his expressions are always the same. At least with Nadal you can sometimes feel that he's frustrated either with his opponent or himself, but you rarely get the same feeling from Federer.
     
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    I wish I had the opportunity to watch Sampras while he was playing (I'm only 18). But from what I've seen, I really like his style of play. You're absolutely right about his game. It's almost like a feeling of helplessness as you're stuck playing a game where almost nothing you do can control the outcome.
     
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    All of them. It does not matter if Federer or Ferrer is standing across the net, you would get killed just as badly by either if you are are an amateur player.

    With that said, I would say Soderling and Berdych. It would be downright scary to see 130-140 mph serves and 95 mph flat groundies passing right by you.
     
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    Tipsarevic. I don't like him, so I wouldn't want to talk with him afterward and wouldn't even want an autograph...
     
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  11. MichaelNadal

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    Agree with everything u said lol.
     
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    I wouldn't mind hitting with a pro. Any top 100 player, including the ones I normally hate.

    I actually think that I would stop disliking anyone who would rally with me for a couple of minutes. It should be unbelievable experience, even if they would probably need to take something off their shots to keep the rallies going.
     
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