Who had the best Racquet smash ever..

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Who had the best racquet smash ever?

  1. Roger Federer

    24 vote(s)
    19.2%
  2. Rafael Nadal

    5 vote(s)
    4.0%
  3. Novak Djokovic

    1 vote(s)
    0.8%
  4. Marcos Baghdatis

    42 vote(s)
    33.6%
  5. Andy Murray

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. John Mcenroe

    1 vote(s)
    0.8%
  7. Andre Agassi

    1 vote(s)
    0.8%
  8. Marat Safin

    38 vote(s)
    30.4%
  9. Mikhail Youzhny

    6 vote(s)
    4.8%
  10. Goran Ivanisevic

    7 vote(s)
    5.6%
  1. vive le beau jeu !

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    it seems this thread needs some update.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJXKJWpcI6s

    are young guns finally fulfilling their potential ? :)
    (most would agree that gulbis was an early bloomer in that particular department !)

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    goran (the unthinkable brighton episode), safin (challenging goran for the career decimation record), marcos (the streak to beat, plastic or not), gonzo (smooth and violent at the same time, a beauty !), malisse (his unique fence-stuck trick)... such a variety of styles. [​IMG]
    (even fed and djoker had some nice ones, occasionaly !)
     
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  2. Djesus

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    Youzhny...wtf man. He's like the Universal Soldier [​IMG]
     
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    Lol Novak's is so weak in the Bagh match. 3 hits and didn't even dent it [​IMG]
     
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    Vera!

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  6. ScentOfDefeat

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    Federer can't let the others have the cake, not even when it comes to racquet smashing.

    :)
     
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    Gonzales and Baghdatis.
     
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  8. Terenigma

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    Thanks for the video of the Dimitrov smash, it was beautiful to watch. A LOT of fustration was in that smash.

    Also as for the poll, Baghdatis without a doubt. The way he kept taking them out and smashing them beats everything xD
     
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    You're welcome. That was really a bad line calls match which cost his fascinating racquet
     
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    Yeah it was much better live, excellent technique from Dimitrov, the follow through and putting his whole body into it. Smash of the year, i doubt we'll see a better one. Also i love how Murray tried to look away but at the very end of the clip of him, you can see his eyes just sneak a peek. xD
     
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    That is Dimitrov...even racket abuse has to be aesthetically pleasing lol
     
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    Voting for Fed's Miami 09 one.

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    He did it like it was nothing, one clean smash, incredibly fast, totalled the racquet, flicked it over to his bag perfectly, and scratched his nose with a look of complete disgust on his face.

    He was clearly ****ed with himself, not the opponent. :lol:

    Most arrogant smash ever.


    That's right, he can't even let others have this category of achievement. :grin:
     
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    I gotta go with the Baghdatis four in one sitting, but for total destruction, you gotta give it to Safin, who says he broke 1055, by his count!
     
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    The racquet itself must be important. Nice and heavy, head light as possible so the shaft and handle mass is propelled through the hoop:)
    Not so heavy as to slow racquet head speed though.

    Djoker on grass was a laugh!
    Fed very good.

    Does it actually help?

    I remember seeing Borg grenade his racquet with mind power alone, on contact with the ball. The power of the Borg;)
    Hehe it was wood and strung ridiculously tight.
     
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    The Grand Racquet Slam! :lol:

    This one by Isner was pretty good too:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0QN0TFdEB0
     
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    My vote went to Baghdatis...he really grinded it out like on one else before or after. Result-wise, very solid work from Dimi today... all I can say is: Carpe Diem :)

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    There was a thread (??) or at least a video for sure about proper technique of racket smashing... I can't find it anymore, it was hilarious! Who can help?
     
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    Djokovic failing to smash his racquet was hilarious. Goran running out of racquetss also funny. I though that smash Djokovic did against Monfils would have been a better choice.
     
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  21. vive le beau jeu !

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    carpe diem indeed... this picture is awesome, caption included ! :p

    i found these other threads about racquet smashing... but i don't know if there's the vid you're looking for (which i'm curious to see !):
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?p=4886992
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=372551
     
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  22. Rock Strongo

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    I've got to say that as to Novak not breaking the racquet, it did actually break. In the version that isn't cut off they show a shot in which it's completely caved in at around 4 o'clock.
     
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    The only blemish of FedSmash was that after the racket hit the ground, he did a little back off...took abit away from his GOATness...
    Technical Score: 9.5
    Aesthetic Score: 8.5

    But Dimitrov's thrust was so pure and primal...
    Technical Score: 10.0
    Aesthetic Score: 10.0

     
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    Have to agree, but I liked how Fed flicked it perfectly over to his bag, this gif cuts that off.

    Also the look of disgust on his face is funny, he was furious with himself for not being at his usual peRFect standard.

    If we're just talking the smash itself though, Dimi's was better I think. :)
     
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    Relax folks, ...
    Not kidding when I say that recent Dimitrov racket smash is the best I've ever seen. :lol:

    It was, in a word: epic.
     
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    Relax folks, ...
    Did newpball GIF. it up yet? If not, he should. Calling newpball.
     
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    Wow, that's a pretty brutal smash!

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    :grin:
     
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    150mph easy.
     
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    I liked that Dimitrov then stepped on the throat and then broke it into 2 pieces. That made it special.
     
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    I also vote for the '09 Miami Fed smash as #1, not so much for the smash itself, but for the boss-like manner in which he flicks the racquet corpse off to the side.

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    Both Isner and Dimi had epic smashes. Can anyone find footage for Isner in this AO?

    How many great players have never broken a racket? I'm pretty sure Nadal hasn't, and I don't believe Borg ever broke one.
     
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    Borg did break one by accident after he dropped it on a serve. Angriest I've seen him was when he willingly shot a ball out of the court.
     
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    Come to think of it now, one that should be in contention would be Todd Martin for doing this after WINNING against Moya.
     
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    Borg was very tempestuous as a youth. He learned to channel it rather than lash out.
    Not the vid footage of his early days that there is of players today of course.
     
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    Do you mean the one against Muller?

     
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    The Art of Racket Smashing - From Anger to Coolness

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    :grin:
     
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    Good aggression but primitive technique:)

    Do racquet manufacturers encourage the pros to do it? Hoping the great playing public will take it up to be like them and thus increase racquet sales?
     
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    Did you see Sam Groth against Dogopolov? Yesterday.
    Neat racquet destruction by the 6'4" ex aussie rules football player!
    He has some power! Plus some frustration as he could not find a way to win the third set.
     
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    Missed the one against Dolgopolov, but here is the most recent one (from last week in Davis cup)

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    epic :D
     
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    I never saw nadal smashed a racket :eek:
     
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    That's because he never has.
     
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    When I see players smash their racquet it makes me think I'm watching half-a-man, because a real man doesn't throw childish tantrums in the heat of battle.
     
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    Angry Nadal vs Umpires - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_sQLBg3BwE

    Everybody has done something similar in their career. It can get emotional. Anyway, you are speaking like it's the norm. That most players constantly do this. It just tells me that you simply dislike a player for his achievements and/or he is the rival of your favourite player.
     
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    Nah, I never said players constantly do it, I was talking about just ONE occasion.
    Do it once and you've proven to be a child.
    You don't see me throwing things around when I play sport of any kind (or any other competitive occupation).

    And my comment had nothing to do with rivals, as Nadal has no rivals.
    Federer was supposed to be (but Nadal leads him 9-2 at slams).
    Djokovic was supposed to be (but Nadal leads him 9-3 at slams, including the last 4).
    And I wasn't even thinking of either of those guys when I mentioned the half-man tantrums etc.

    The first that came to mind was Dimitrov's AO tantrum (and Nadal has never lost to him, so nothing to do with 'rival').
     
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    Well, the seriousness and importance of the occasion is much more massive than your normal club match or competitive game in any sport. A whole lot is at stake. Why do racquet smashes only count as "childish tantrums" but causing a scene with the umpire isn't? Rafa has done this on multiple occasions, like every player has.

    And yes, Nadal has rivals believe it or not...
     
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    Well, if something is at stake why would you lose your head?
    Federer doesn't smash racquets.
    Nadal doesn't smash racquets either.
    And they have won the most slams.
    Its like a great businessman (when millions of dollars are on the line) doesn't lose his head.
    I think its because most tennis players were not raised properly.
    They never became adults, because they grew up in a childish environment (playing games).
     
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    And racquet-throwing is nothing like arguing with the umpire.
    Arguing with the umpire is (in Nadal's case anyway) within reason (a difference of opinion).
    Throwing a racquet, is what children do with their toys.
     

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