Who are currently your 4 favorite pro tennis players and why ?

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  1. BDuncan

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    Irrespective whether anyone mentioned is male, female, is currently retired, or even deceased, who are currently your 4 favorite tennis players and please separately say why, for each fave one named.
     
  2. DeShaun

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    Laver because his game had the fewest chinks
    Federer for similar reasons
    Tilden for similar reasons
    William M. Johnston for being so scrappy, playing with lots of heart, and always swinging for the fences with an extreme western forehand when such was unheard of.
     
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    1. Safin. Totally unpredictable, laid back, hilarious guy. Could beat anyone at his best
    2. Federer, perfect game, a master
    3. Henin, ditto but to a lesser degree
    4. Don't really know, I like a lot of guys like Del Potro, Murray, Tsonga but was never a huge fan of either of those. Maybe Agassi?
     
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    Roger Federer - all the skills, all the game, honest in interviews, quite candid, best attitude of all of the major players.

    Juan Martin del-Potro - scary forehand, jack-in-the-box, pleasant demeanour.

    Jo-Wilfred Tsonga - joyful attacking game, flair, awesome celebration, reminds me of a boxing legend.

    Alexandr Dolgopolov - flamboyant improvisor, shot-maker extraordinaire, likes a drink.


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    Roger Federer - as above

    Pat Rafter - sick athleticism and skills, explosive and dynamic style, enjoyable temperament.

    Stefan Edberg - class, grace, brilliance, otherworldly volleys.

    Ken Rosewall - alluring manner, smooth, slice master, wish I could see more, no less great than Federer or Laver, doesn't get enough respect.


    Honourable mention:

    Steffi Graf - all around excellence, those feet.
     
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    Federer - Everything. I could watch slow motion closeups of his feet moving about the court for hours, it's just incredible.
    Murray - His backhand is incredible, and he's British!
    Dolgopolov - The power the "little" guy can generate, it's awesome! And I love his smile, he just looks so happy to be out on court :D
    Del Potro - That scary forehand of his. Is scary. Really scary.
     
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  6. Paul Murphy

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    1) Federer. Easy winner, hands down. The finest strokemaker, classic game, superb to watch. I get excited at the prospect of any Federer match.
    With everyone else it depends on the match-up.
    Will never be another like him I suspect.

    2) Lendl. Loved the power he brought to tennis and the rivalry with McEnroe.
    His running forehand and backhand down-the-line were something else.

    3) Martina Navratilova. What a player. Loved her style clashes with the likes of Evert. Her emotions on court were something to see too. Her aggressive game was such a counterpoint to most of the WTA.

    4) Hewitt. To see someone with so little in the way of weapons
    (his movement and competitiveness aside) achieve what he did was extraordinary.
     
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    1. Noel - class, funny guy, beast on all surfeces.

    2. Davydenko - good baseline play, takes ball early, nice wife, great personality

    3. Robin Soderling - beast on clay
     
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    1.RAFAEL-one man sapnish armada..great heart,never tires
    2.nadal-great speed and anticipation,great basline play
    3.parera-ridiculous forehand and rpm's on the ball...
    4.toni-greatest motivator in tennis history
     
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  11. Russeljones

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    Only going to mention 4 players I had the pleasure (and fortune) to watch in my lifetime.

    1. Sampras - he is the guy who made me pay more attention to tennis in my late teens. I was 100% into football (soccer) prior to that. Outstanding athlete who always looked driven and showed control over his emotions.

    1. Federer - Classy guy, made the game look simple and picked up some incredible records. Everything's been said about him already.

    3. Ivanisevic - Inspiring character, real fighter and a thorn in McEnroe's behind, what more can you ask from him?

    4. Safin - This guy could hit with the best of them, had his demons but what a character. I'll never forget his David Letterman interview right after wining the USO, explaining what he'll do with his winnings (buy about 14 cars for his family). Miss him and I am sure many others share my sentiment.
     
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    1. Fed...SexiMasterClassSwissSorceror, the owner of the most beautiful game EVER! Just plain eye candy to watch.

    2. Ashe...greatest sportsman of our time and an immense tragedy we lost him so early in his life. Also, author of the greatest upset in our sport's history.

    3. Borg...as my ex-coach stated from tour match experience vs the Iceman, "Tom, I played guys who hit as hard as Borg, but no one ever hit as hard as he did so close to the lines as he did". C'mon, FO/Wimby back-to-backs in every year he played both for three years. I'll have to check the stat after this post.

    4. Vilas...the original Bull (of the Pampas). 120+ wins in one year! No one plays close to that many matches anymore. Unquenchable thirst for competition. I got ragged so bad for favoring Borg and Vilas over Connors and JMac by my NY tennis friends but I still defend my international tastes. They gave me so much more to admire than those two obnoxious jerks.
     
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  13. Paul Murphy

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    I miss Safin too - he was larger than life with a game to match.
    I think it was Blake who called him "the tortured artist of the tour".
    Great line and very true.
     
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    Fed- Grace, class, GOAT

    Nadal- Tenacious, powerful, potential to be GOAT.

    JMDP- First player to break Fed/Nadal dominance.

    Isner- I'm American. IN one of the most memorable matches ever.
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    Agassi- At first hated him, but grew to respect him; career slam. About my age.

    Mac, Borg, & Connors were who got me into tennis as a kid.
     
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    Federer - GOAT
    Agassi - jedi returns, the character, the 90's
    Edberg - pure class, perfect behaviour on court
    Rios or Kuerten - or how to be cool on a tennis court and still crush your opponents

    Steffi Graf - GOAT
    Arantxa Sanchez Vicario - she never gives up
    Hantuchova - she's very cute and I like to see her play very much
    Justine Henin - sick backhand
     
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    1/ Vilas. The most original, the most interesting, the most intellectual. A tennisman who is not only a tennisman. Beautiful backhand. Incredible season 1977. Won an clay and grass. The biggest worker of tennis history.

    2/ McEnroe and Connors. Incredible games. No one has played or will play like that. And what a character !

    3/ Borg. Ice Borg. Invented modern game, with Vilas. Won 6 French and 5 Wimbledon : the biggest performance of the history.

    Borg, Connors, McEnroe and Vilas are the golden age aof the tennis history.
     
  17. Tammo

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    In no order
    JMDP
    Nadal
    Raonic
    Stosur (only WTA player who can volley)
     
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    1 Gonzalez- So wonderfully emotional, fun to watch, nice guy
    2 Tipsarevic- Obviously very smart, good shotmaker, good racquet breaker
    3 Montanes- Emotional, fighter, very determined player
    4 Hewitt- My former favorite, still lots of fight in him
    5 Davydenko- My favorite player to watch, great sense of humor

    Honorable mentions: Ferrer, Ferrero, Becker, Monaco, Granollers
     
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    I thought you were a newly minted *********;I stand corrected.
     
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    Oh, I just like the way Novak is roaring(I like to do big comon's when I make amazing shots) I'm not really a fan of anyone, but i do like Raonic.
     
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    1. Hewitt
    2. Nalbandian
    3. Federer
    4. Simon
     
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    Simon
    Berdych
    Söderling
    Gasquet

    In no particular order.
     
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    1. federer - the walking definition of tennis
    2. safin - talented, completely nuts, entertaining
    3. borg - some kind of aura, hard to explain. plus i like the swedish folks
    4. tricky.. probably santoro. the ultimate magician
     
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    Federer - Ever since his 2001 Wimbledon match with Pete. Class, brilliance, intelligence (on and off the court).

    McEnroe - intensity, incredible talent. Fought a lot of demons.

    Hewitt- his intensity and drive fires me up and inspires me to play my best tennis.

    Borg - I wish I could be as calm as he was / is. Shook off bad points better than anyone, which is a lesson I need to learn.
     
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    Borg - the definition of calm, cool, and stylish with the heart of a warrior.

    Fed - grace and elegance under fire

    Sampras - the will and mental toughness to dominate. Would just bludgeon opponents.

    Steffi - I was always partial to long legs and a killer forehand.
     
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    1. Federer. He entertains me, keeps me glued to the tv. There are always so many subplots to his games, and you feel like history is in the making.

    2. Tomic. As an Australian, it's always exciting when new talent pops up.

    3. Raonic. I think he has the potential to be a superstar. Fun to watch his meteoric improvement, hopefully it continues once he has recovered from injury.

    4. Tsonga. Entertains with his shots and personality.

    Now. If only these four played a doubles match :D Federer and Tsonga on one team would be fun.
     
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    Ashe: Trailblazer, Intellectual, Global Citizen

    Wilander: Was my tennis model. His game is simple, clean, and effective.

    Rafter: Second tennis model. Athletic, seem to be a very cool and likable person.

    Federer: GOAT
     
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    1. serena- greatest serve, hits winners from any part of the court, the boat
    2. fed- the goat, likable even when he's arrogant, hates djoker and murray.
    3. rafter- for me the only interesting guy in the 90's, should have won more.
    4. seles- the most talented naturally after serena.
    honorable mentions-
    leconte- enjoyed watching old matches of his.
    roswell- best bh of all time.
    baghidatis- a gifted player who if he committed himself could be the true 4th player in the big 4. plus i felt for him when his girl left him for some prince. plus the cameraman in his entourage who has no film but has been making a documentary on him for a couple of years now.
    blake- j-block...nuff said.
     
  29. SLD76

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    Federer- no explanation needed

    Kvitova- love her power game, has the ability to improve and add more finess. she alone can save the WTA.

    Radwanska- good attitude and tremendous versatility. she is like Henin but with a less horrendous personality and less power.

    Becker- because he is a sexy beast, and he apparently likes women of color which frankly, is refreshing.
     
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    Tim Henman- not the reason I picked up a racket, but the guy who made me believe a British player could be world class, could win a slam.

    Henin- for no other reason than the purest backhand I can imagine

    Todd Woodbridge- Sublime doubles player

    JW Tsonga- my, if I were a pro, I'd be... Big Shots, suspect temperament, capable of beating better guys and losing to waeker guys, and not the best mobility.
     
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    Ahaahhahahaa , you sir are the greatest poaster!
     
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    I Have Only One Fave Player Of All Times,that Is:


    G A B R I E L A S A B A T I N I


    For All The Imaginable Reasons....
     
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    I used to heart her so much. Loved her game, but Graf totally pwned her mentally.
     
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    -tipsy

    not necessarily in that order
     
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    Becker - loved his game in the 80's
    Sampras - no need for explanations
    Kvitova - something fresh in the women's game
    Graf - another legend
     
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    Federer - he gave me the motivation to watch and play tennis
    Delpo - very aggresive, humble and gives a lot of respect
    Tsonga - exciting to watch

    still thinking about the fourth one...
     
  37. BrooklynNY

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    Sampras
    Federer
    Tsonga
    Gonzo
    Llodra

    because I like all of their games. A whole lot.
     
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    Sampras
    Agassi
    Blake
    Safin
     
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    lol @ Llodra
     
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    1. Murray - because he comes from a place just up the road from me

    2. Roddick - because I've always liked him

    3. The rest of the Americans - because I look upon them as lost children
     
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    Rios~ for having so much control and feel of the ball.
    Nalbadian~ for amazingly absorbing pace so well and showing us his beautiful 2 handbackhand.
    Schuettler~ for his ability to change direction of the ball so smoothly.

    I have put all 3 of these great tennis players in my Dan Marino category. All that talent and never winning a superbowl.
     
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    1: Alberto Berasategui
    Powerful forehand! Always nice and a gentleman on court
    2: Mariano Puerta
    Powerplayer! Really fun to watch live. Amazing ballstriker. Heavy spin. Nice dropshots.
    ( unfortunately though he had some "problems" with doping... )
    3: Jonas Björkman, Swedish fighter. Always gave 110 % on court and a very nice person overall
    4: Albert Portas, Just LOVED his dropshots!! Best dropshots in the history of tennis, and that´s true!!
     
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    Nadal, Stosur, Tomic, and the other would be Federer because he was my favorite player in 2003.
     
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    hahaha you can't not pull for the guy...
     

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