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Pete Semper 05-16-2007 06:03 AM

The most impressive footwork...
 
What is the 5 most impressive footwork you ve ever seen


1 Borg
2 Nastase
3 Santoro
4 Chang
5 Agassi

Ljubicic for number1 05-19-2007 06:52 AM

Dont know about top 5, but of the current crop of players Daveydenko is awesome.

thor's hammer 05-19-2007 07:32 AM

If you're specifically considering footwork, (which is related to but different than speed around the court), then I'd have to put Connors at the top of the list.

The Gorilla 05-19-2007 08:59 AM

connors, he wasn't that fast but got to everything

!Tym 05-19-2007 09:16 AM

Graff, 'nuff said.

!Tym 05-19-2007 09:18 AM

...oh yeah, and the dancing bumblebee Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario too.

...oh yeah, and cutey patootie, Amanda "Freakin' We Luvs Ya Hun" Coetzer, too.

Shaolin 05-19-2007 10:04 AM

Davydenko has AMAZING footwork, Ive never seen so many quick little adjustment steps.

I also loved Rios' footwork, so effortless and smooth, he was like a cat. Fed's footwork is like that also.

NoBadMojo 05-19-2007 10:28 AM

I've gotta go with Nadal...lots of baseline slammers move side to side very well..up and back is another story..Nadal does this better than anyone i've ever seen before and can do it for a full 5 sets. He can transition from defense to offense because of his footwork better than anyone i think.

goober 05-19-2007 10:37 AM

I am surprised nobody has Fed in their top 5.

tintin 05-19-2007 12:25 PM

Federer's footwork's outrageous when playing well

pow 05-19-2007 12:35 PM

Federer has great footwork.

Nadal is insanely fast.

Supernatural_Serve 05-19-2007 12:47 PM

At their peak, Rios and Hewitt seemed to simply glide around the court better than anyone.

tintin 05-19-2007 01:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Supernatural_Serve (Post 1455348)
At their peak, Rios and Hewitt seemed to simply glide around the court better than anyone.

speaking of Hewitt,he's been playing very well and players better watch the hell out cause Hewitt's in the house and unless he gets injured last minute I expect him to make the 2nd week at RG this year;he's playing that well:)
and I'm no fan of his

sandy mayer 05-19-2007 01:24 PM

Connors was renowned for his footwork. Once they found he moved his feet 27 times in 1 shot which didn't require him to move!!! His footwork was a huge factor in his brilliant return. Connors was very fast, but not Borg/Nadal/Chang fast. But his footwork (which isn't the same thing as speed) is in my view the greatest ever, and easily too.

drakulie 05-19-2007 01:27 PM

Roger Federer. The guys looks like he is playing on skates he so smooth.

FedSampras 05-19-2007 02:01 PM

before the knife incident, monica seles moved as quickly and effortlessly as anyone who has ever played the game. two-handers are supposed to have limited reach, and when she hit with two hands on both sides we might suspect she would not get to everything, or at least be reaching or off-balance. players who hit the ball quite hard have reduced recovery time as the ball crosses the net and returns more quickly than would occur with a defensive player – and remember no one hit the ball any harder than monica. and finally, compared to the muscular athleticism we see on the women's tour today, monica was not a super human specimen. well that said, how then did she move so well? the story is told in her knack for the split-step and how she converted this floating move into a sudden yet effortless start, time and time again. seles employed two moves that have only recently entered the teaching lexicon – the one-legged split-step landing, and the open stance running recovery.

CEvertFan 05-19-2007 03:46 PM

Footwork and footspeed are two different things. A player can have great footwork and not be the fastest runner, and that is what enables him/her to still get back a lot of balls. It's definitely a bonus if you have both, (Borg and Graf come to mind), but most players usually have more of one attribute than the other. The Williams sisters are a perfect example of a player having tremendous footspeed, but they can sometimes have sloppy footwork, hence the excessive unforced errors.

CEvertFan 05-19-2007 03:58 PM

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Originally Posted by FedSampras (Post 1455468)
before the knife incident, monica seles moved as quickly and effortlessly as anyone who has ever played the game. two-handers are supposed to have limited reach, and when she hit with two hands on both sides we might suspect she would not get to everything, or at least be reaching or off-balance. players who hit the ball quite hard have reduced recovery time as the ball crosses the net and returns more quickly than would occur with a defensive player and remember no one hit the ball any harder than monica. and finally, compared to the muscular athleticism we see on the women's tour today, monica was not a super human specimen. well that said, how then did she move so well? the story is told in her knack for the split-step and how she converted this floating move into a sudden yet effortless start, time and time again. seles employed two moves that have only recently entered the teaching lexicon the one-legged split-step landing, and the open stance running recovery.

I am a HUGE fan of Monica Seles, but I would have to disagree with you on this point. If there was one thing I could say about her game, it wouldn't include the term graceful. She would often barely get to balls, but her great wrists and hands, combined with her strength and power and good footwork, allowed her to still hit an offensive shot. I never considered her game to be graceful at all. Ferocious, yes. Graceful, no.


I do think she was quicker with regards to footspeed before the stabbing and that part of her game, which I never thought was a real strength of hers to begin with, really suffered because of the layoff and the weight gain and she was noticeably slower when she returned.

CEvertFan 05-19-2007 04:04 PM

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Originally Posted by sandy mayer (Post 1455395)
Connors was renowned for his footwork. Once they found he moved his feet 27 times in 1 shot which didn't require him to move!!! His footwork was a huge factor in his brilliant return. Connors was very fast, but not Borg/Nadal/Chang fast. But his footwork (which isn't the same thing as speed) is in my view the greatest ever, and easily too.

I completely agree. Put a Connors hardcourt match in the VCR or DVD player and just sit back and close your eyes and listen to the constant noise that his tennis shoes make from all the minor little adjustments.

LowProfile 05-19-2007 05:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Shaolin (Post 1455113)
Davydenko has AMAZING footwork, Ive never seen so many quick little adjustment steps.

I also loved Rios' footwork, so effortless and smooth, he was like a cat. Fed's footwork is like that also.

On that same line, Gasquet has incredible footwork. He takes a ridiculous amount of adjustment steps.

Nalbandian's footwork isn't extremely graceful or fluid, but his superb court positioning allows him to reach basically everything without too much exertion on his part.

Ferrero used to have top-notch footwork back around 2003 when he was at the top of the game, but it's loosened up somewhat and his results have suffered accordingly.


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