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timnz 12-11-2008 11:10 PM

Design the Ultimate Player
 
For all of these strokes & tennis abilities - who had the best ever?

First Serve
Second Serve
Forehand
Backhand Topspin & /or Drive
Backhand Slice
Overhead
Forehand Volley
Backhand Volley
Tenacity/Fighting Spirit
Tactical Brain
Physical Strength & Endurance

timnz 12-11-2008 11:15 PM

My go at it
 
First Serve - Sampras
Second Serve - Sampras
Forehand - Lendl (I know a lot of people think that Sampras had a great running forehand, but some of the things that Lendl would pull off on the forehand were amazing)
Backhand Topspin & /or Drive - Hard one - Federer?
Backhand Slice - Rosewall
Overhead - Sampras, Hoad, Connors
Forehand Volley - Hoad
Backhand Volley - Roche
Tenacity/Fighting Spirit - Connors, Gonzales
Tactical Brain - Rosewall?
Physical Strength & Endurance - Lendl, Emerson

Combine all that into one player would be pretty scary.

wyutani 12-11-2008 11:16 PM

First Serve Roddick
Second Serve Davydenko
Forehand Nadal
Backhand Topspin & /or Drive Gasquet
Backhand Slice Santoro
Overhead Sampras
Forehand Volley Mcenroe
Backhand Volley Edberg
Tenacity/Fighting Spirit Tsonga
Tactical Brain Murray
Physical Strength & Endurance Muster

wyutani 12-11-2008 11:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by timnz (Post 2926103)
First Serve - Sampras
Second Serve - Sampras
Forehand - Lendl (I know a lot of people think that Sampras had a great running forehand, but some of the things that Lendl would pull off on the forehand were amazing)
Backhand Topspin & /or Drive - Hard one - Federer?
Backhand Slice - Rosewall
Overhead - Sampras, Hoad, Connors
Forehand Volley - Hoad
Backhand Volley - Roche
Tenacity/Fighting Spirit - Connors, Gonzales
Tactical Brain - Rosewall?
Physical Strength & Endurance - Lendl, Emerson

Combine all that into one player would be pretty scary.

sorry, i think mine is better. :) j/k

timnz 12-11-2008 11:28 PM

Concede some points only
 
I think Muster is a good pick.
Your pick for backhand topspin drive - well he's certainly up there.
I like Edberg's backhand slice - apparently Roche's was rock solid.
Have to say I am not moving on Lendl's forehand. He could hit is inside out, running, down the line - all with huge power.

Fun though :)

lendledbergfan 12-12-2008 12:10 AM

First Serve - Sampras
Second Serve - Sampras
Forehand - Federer
Backhand Topspin & /or Drive - Nadal / Edberg
Backhand Slice - Maybe Sampras
Overhead - well..... Sampras :)
Forehand Volley - Edberg / Mac
Backhand Volley - Edberg
Tenacity/Fighting Spirit - Rafa / Connors
Tactical Brain - Wilander
Physical Strength & Endurance - Rafa / Lendl

timnz 12-12-2008 12:19 AM

Wilander
 
Wilander - yes he was a very clever player.

GameSampras 12-12-2008 12:51 AM

Mental toughness Category?

Pete and Rafa

CEvertFan 12-12-2008 03:31 AM

I'll do one for the women:

First Serve - Serena Williams
Second Serve - Serena Williams
Forehand - Steffi Graf
Backhand Topspin & /or Drive - Chris Evert
Backhand Slice - Steffi Graf
Overhead - Martina Navratilova
Forehand Volley - Billie Jean King
Backhand Volley - Martina Navratilova
Tenacity/Fighting Spirit - Chris Evert
Tactical Brain - Suzanne Lenglen
Physical Strength & Endurance - Martina Navratilova

I would add one more category though and that would be:

Footspeed and footwork - Steffi Graf

wyutani 12-12-2008 03:37 AM

im surprised i see no henin. you still hurt that she retired?

zagor 12-12-2008 03:51 AM

First Serve-Goran
Second Serve-Sampras
Forehand-Federer
Backhand Topspin & /or Drive-Guga
Backhand Slice-Edberg
Overhead-Sampras
Forehand Volley-Mcenroe
Backhand Volley-Edberg
Tenacity/Fighting Spirit-Chang
Tactical Brain-Gilbert
Physical Strength & Endurance-Muster

srinrajesh 12-12-2008 08:54 AM

First Serve - Boris Becker
Second Serve - Sampras / Federer
Forehand - Nadal
Backhand Topspin & /or Drive - Nadal / Kuerten
Backhand Slice - Federer
Overhead - Sampras
Forehand Volley - Becker
Backhand Volley - Edberg
Tenacity/Fighting Spirit - Rafa / Connors
Tactical Brain - Nastase
Physical Strength & Endurance - Rafa

robertg06 12-12-2008 08:58 AM

First Serve: Sampras
Second Serve: Federer
Forehand: Gonzales :)
Backhand Topspin & /or Drive: Gasquet
Backhand Slice: Nadal
Overhead: Roddick
Forehand Volley: Tsonga
Backhand Volley: Federer
Tenacity/Fighting Spirit: Nadal
Tactical Brain: Federer
Physical Strength & Endurance: Nadal the ox :)

lendledbergfan 12-12-2008 09:04 AM

just realized, one important thing is missing in the category

Return of Serve - Agassi

380pistol 12-12-2008 09:15 AM

First Serve Pete Sampras
Second Serve Pete Sampras
Forehand Roger Federer
Backhand Topspin & /or Drive Gustavo Kuerten
Backhand Slice Stefan Edberg
Overhead Pete Sampras
Forehand Volley Stefan Edberg
Backhand Volley Patrick Rafter
Tenacity/Fighting Spirit Jimmy Connors (or Nadal)
Tactical Brain John McEnroe
Physical Strength & Endurance Bjorn Borg (maybe Nadal)

SirBlend12 12-12-2008 09:22 AM

1 serve: Pace and spin of Sampras, variety of Fed
2 Serve: Sampras with some Edberg qualities..
Forehand: Fed and Gulbis' lovechild
Backhand: Guga
Slice BH: can't decide... Edberg probably
Overhead: Sampras
Both volleys: Edberg
Spirit: Santoro (see USO 2005)
Tactics: Mac and Borg
Physical: Borg

Michael Bluth 12-12-2008 09:38 AM

First Serve: Speed of Roddick, placement of Fed
Second Serve: Sampras
Forehand: Federer
Backhand: Gasquet for the one hander, Safin for the two hander.
Slice: Edberg
Overhead: Sampras
Both Volleys: Edberg
Returns: Agassi
Fighting Spirit: Nadal/Connors
Tactical Brain: Federer/Gilbert(the guy wouldn't have even cracked the top 100 without that).
Phsyical Strength/Endurace: Nadal.

CEvertFan 12-12-2008 10:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wyutani (Post 2926290)
im surprised i see no henin. you still hurt that she retired?

Whatever gave you the impression I was such a big fan of Henin's? I liked her but she was never one of my favorites.

freelancer 12-12-2008 11:27 AM

Guys:

First Serve - Sampras
Second Serve - Sampras
Forehand - Federer
Backhand Topspin &/or Drive- Safin/Gasquet
Backhand Slice - McEnroe
Overhead - Sampras
Forehand Volley - McEnroe
Backhand Volley - Edberg
Tenacity/Fighting Spirit - Hewitt/Chang
Tactical Brain - Borg/Conners
Physical Strength & Endurance-Borg/Nadal
Return of Serve -Agassi

Ladies:
First Serve - Davenport
Second Serve - Serena
Forehand - Graf
Backhand Topspin & /or Drive - Henin/Evert
Backhand Slice - Henin/Graf
Overhead - Navratilova/Hingis
Forehand Volley - Navratilova
Backhand Volley - Navratilova
Tenacity/Fighting Spirit - Seles/Evert
Tactical Brain- Hingis
Physical Strength & Endurance - Clijsters/Jankovic
Return of Serve - Davenport

kiki 12-17-2011 09:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 380pistol (Post 2926720)
First Serve Pete Sampras
Second Serve Pete Sampras
Forehand Roger Federer
Backhand Topspin & /or Drive Gustavo Kuerten
Backhand Slice Stefan Edberg
Overhead Pete Sampras
Forehand Volley Stefan Edberg
Backhand Volley Patrick Rafter
Tenacity/Fighting Spirit Jimmy Connors (or Nadal)
Tactical Brain John McEnroe
Physical Strength & Endurance Bjorn Borg (maybe Nadal)

great list, but this would be valid just for the 1980-2010 period.For the 30 years before, here is mine

Serve:Gonzales and Newcombe
Backhand:Rosewall and Laver
Forehand: Kramer and Gimeno
Volley:Hoad and Sedgman
Dropshot:Santana and Nastase
Overhead:Hoad
Lob: Rosewall and Santana
Fighting spirit: Laver and Gonzales
Endurance/Strength:Emerson
Tactics: Laver and Gonzales

It would be the ultimate match your list vs mine


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