Your favourite pro shot

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  1. christos_liaskos

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    Which shot do you most enjoy seeing and by which player? It can be a past or present shot/player.

    To make this more clear i'll give my vote;

    My favourite shot to see is when Nadal hits a forehand winner down the line. The way he stands in that open stance, whips up the ball and gives so much height over the net and bends it into the corner just amazes me. It doesn't have to be necessarily when someone is at the net. The more amazing ones for me are when he is in a cross court rally with someone and he suddenly throws in the change of direction up the line whilst also standing in a position which would suggest he is just going back cross court. This particular shot has become synonymous with Federer-Nadal clay court battles.

    What's your vote?....
     
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  2. Cesc Fabregas

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    The Sampras serve and forehand, there a thing of beauty. :)
     
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    Federer's forehand cross..

    Let me explain, because i don't mean a regular forehand from the deuce side of the court. I mean his forehand from the advantage side of the court. A lot of players just hit that forehand down the line, but Federer still manages to create a sort of cross court angle by letting the ball bounce at the service line.
     
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  4. christos_liaskos

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    Ah yes, that's called an inside out forehand....good choice
     
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  5. Federer`s serve down the T, Federers forehand dtl/cross, Feds slice.

    Masterclass, fire all tenniscoaches around the world, and instead show the kids videos off Fed playing. Better than all instructors combined.
     
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  6. MarrratSafin

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    Safin's backhand DTL. Bear in mind not even any pros get it close to that. It's just one of those very special things.
     
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    I didn't mean the inside out forehand, sorry I must have explained poorly. I mean his forehand down the line on the ad court, but Federer manages it to create an angle away from the opponent. Hmm.. hard to explain.. :(
     
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  8. Jason Vorhees

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    It's a tossup.............

    Safin's BH DTL or Roddick's flat forehand.

    Simply because safin's backhand in it's heyday was insane, and we rarely get to see roddick hit a flat forehand winner.
     
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  9. christos_liaskos

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    Dont want to start a huge debate lol but i'm a coach myself and my favourite player is also Federer. But in terms of teaching kids to play like him, I pick wouldnt use Federer as someone to base your teachings on. Out of the world no1 and no2 I would pick Nadal as someone to copy.

    The game 'Federer' cant be taught, it's pure genius and talent, you cant coach someone to play like that and have huge success. Rafa's game however is based on much more high percentage tennis. The use of topspin to give height over then net and bring the ball back into court is what today's game is about.

    Another way for me to explain this would be what a commentator recently said (i think during the USopen sometime?). He said that the worse thing you could do for a young talented player would be to take him to watch Federer practice or warm up before a tournament. He is so effortless and makes it look so easy that young player would go away thinking that with much less effort than they previously thought they will end up like Federer. Take that same kid on the other hand to watch Nadal practice and which do you think will give the better results?

    I'm not saying that Federer's game isn't based on high percentage tennis, he's possibly the greatest player ever for god's sake! But there is also so much natural talent in there that to try and copy it would be pointless
     
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  10. mTm28

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    The Federer backhand flicks.
     
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    I would also pick nadal because he got great by working hard, not neccessarily being a genius at birth.
     
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    Inside in forehand?
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    Yes :) but Federer still manages to get an angle.. still hitting the ball away from the player if you get what i mean... :)
     
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  16. Great response Christos, i agree.
    Im also a teaching-coach and what I said was based on how much i like Federer and admire him, i wasnt 100% serious about though!:)
    I agree that Nadals style of play would be a lot easier too teach than Feds for numbers of reasons, absolutely.
     
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  18. Jason Vorhees

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    Sampras' forehand was uglier than my Grandmum's....................
     
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    Glad we both agree, the saying must be true, great minds DO think alike :D
     
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    Yes! The Sampras Slam Dunk is my all time favorite.

    Federer's Inside out is a thing of inspiration.
     
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    Gulbis dropshot/lop.
    Thing of beauty.

    Sampras Dunk

    Federer Smash Return?

    Safin backhand DTL

    Nadal lefty spin serve ace.
     
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    Even though I'm not a huge fan of Rafa, some of the deep backhand cc passes he did against Fed in W 2008 were astonishing.
     
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  24. Santiago Ventura's backhand....:)
     
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    Acasuso forehand
     
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    such a waste of athleticism :(
    if only monfils had a better head on him, i could see him breaking through to the top
     
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    Nalbandian cross court backhand
     
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    Monfils' forehand isn't that special, sure, he can hit one big forehand which was placed perfectly for him to smack but when really any other player with power can do that. Monfils' forehand doesn't rank in the top 10.
     
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  30. shaysrebelII

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    it's gotta be the dunk, but I don't care who hits it.

    sure sampras popularized it, and he's my favorite to watch when it comes to hitting that shot, but whenever someone dunks it, oh man...
     
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    Hey thanks man. Glad you cleared that up for me. God I was ignorant. Sorry, Sorry
     
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    Jason doesn't forgive!
     
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    haha, my second choice would be Federer mental game
     
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    andre agassi's cross court forehand
     
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    Wawrinka's backhand
    Gasquet's backhand
    Murray's backhand
    Safin's backhand
    Murray's forehand cross court passing shot
     
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  37. mzzmuaa

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    nadal banana
     
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    Sampras' overhead dunk and Federer's inside out forehand.
     
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  39. Jason Vorhees

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    lol, Haas is worse than Federer, look up his results and the amount of times he chokes on match points. I assure you Haas chokes from time to time.

    but then again federer chokes and loses his mind and beats himself against 1 player - which makes him look like a tool.
     
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    I'll never be right in your eye's will I? hahah alright maybe it might be Kanye West's forehand.
     
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  41. Jason Vorhees

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    Nope, 50 cent's forehand is the worst shot in tennis.
     
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  43. Jason Vorhees

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    Federer can shank forehands and it will look good to fedfans.

    Why have you got an avatar of the most hated women in the world?
     
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    Djokovic's commanding forehands from the center of the baseline where he can hit to either side of the court from the same stance.
     
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    Fed's inside-in forehand.
     
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  46. matchmaker

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    It used to be Rios' dropvolleys
     
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    aaah, I like those A LOT!!! good choice!

    personally it's a great joy to watch fed's I/O forehand, the thing I like the most in his game. maybe together with his really tough slice, also at the net (improved in the last 5 years)


    and then there was this santoro dropshot -> lob thing...ah how great is that?
     
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  48. Jason Vorhees

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    I like gonzo's forehand
     
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  49. ubermeyer

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    ivo karlovic when he fires four 1st serve aces in a row in a game against a great player... fun to watch
     
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    richard gasquet acute angle cross court backhand, 10/10
     
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