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    Federer/Edberg all time great strokes combo

    Was watching an old clip of Federer practicing with Edberg at Indian Wells and was struck by the amazing combination of all-time great strokes/quality on that court: - Federer's forehand - Federer's backhand topspin/slice - Federer's ROS both sides - Federer's serve - Federer's footwork -...
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    For Indian Guys: Who is broadcasting French Open

    Like many other sports, cricket is fascinating to watch when you know the game/players/history/etc. For eg. I think baseball, soccer and american football are boring as hell (except for the short highlights of goals/touchdowns). Trust me, a good well played cricket match between 2 top teams...
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    Most aesthetically pleasing one handed backhand?

    Stefan Edberg's backhand-from-the-gods in the 80s - absolute pinnacle of elegance and explosiveness, baseline/return/slice/volley/everything on that side. More than made up for the other side :)
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    Who had better volley skills; McEnroe or Edberg?

    Folks who claim that Mcenroe has faulty volley technique should watch it in slow-mo. Like all his strokes, it's a wonderfully compact motion with all the fundamentals covered. The motion is short with the wrist firm through contact. It's an illusion of the arm movement after contact that...
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    Losing faith in Federer

    He's great for his age and can still win any single match against anyone. But what gets worse as you age is the ability to recover quickly and play at a high level for several matches/days in a row. So he's able to make it deep into tourneys, even get past some top foes, but then run out of...
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    French Open 1984 vs French Open 1989

    Met and talked with Edberg many years ago and asked him about this loss. He said he wasn't too disappointed about it at that time since he felt confident he would get more chances to do well there for a few more years. didn't happen that way...
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    Chris Evert on Federer matches.

    Nothing creepy about Chris's comments, that's how many fans also react. I'm also a huge Federer fan, but his Wim12 win was a big bonus and anything after that I treat as gravy. Now I've accepted that he's not going to be winning consistently anymore and just enjoy the play without caring...
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    Best overall groundstroke/volley on each side

    Who among the great players do you guys think has/had the best balanced package (elite-level on return, topspin/slice groundstrokes, short ball approach/putaway, volley,lob) on both the forehand and backhand side? Some candidates I can think of (from 70s onwards): Forehand package...
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    Greatest All Time Serve and Volleyer

    Should have been more precise - Rosewall's peak was in the early 60s (maybe late 50s too), but he was still deadly early into the 70s.
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    Greatest All Time Serve and Volleyer

    Rosewall needs to be in these lists as an absolutely top class volleyer (without a dominant serve also). In the late 60s/early 70s, his volleying was considered second only to Roche and at least the equal of Laver.
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    The best backhand ever?

    Rosewall's backhand in detail If you want to study the Rosewall backhand and volleys in detail, get the video `Tennis to Win - Vol 1' - it's from the 70s, but is still available (in VHS, don't know about DVD)...
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    Canadian Open 1959 - Any Media Available

    Sorry, don't have any links for you, but read that you actually played against your brother in the finals. Must have felt strange, did you enjoy it or was it awkward? Would be great if you could share some of your interesting experiences from that tournament or your playing career in general...
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    Did Agassi make his forehand takeback more compact as years went on?

    In an article I recall reading in the early 90s, Agassi said that McEnroe had helped him out by advising him to shorten the backswing on his forehand and this had really helped him adjust to playing on grass and winning Wim92 (where in the process he thanked Mac by thrashing him in the semis!)...
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    Who had the better backhand?

    I think Fed has a much faster trigger on the backhand than Guga since his backswing is a lot more compact. As a result, his backhand return of serve is better on the faster surfaces + he can play closer to the baseline than Guga did. His quick trigger also enables Fed to execute those sick bh...
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    Who had the better backhand?

    Meant to say in my last post that Edberg's BH was inconsistent till about 1988, looks like my 8) got converted into a smiley!
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    Who had the better backhand?

    Edberg for me had the best backhand among those 3. He was a master of everything with it - baseline, passing shots, return, slice, approach, angles, touch, you name it. His topspin was somewhat inconsistent at the start of his career (until about '88), but he tightened up his technique...
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    Great clip of today's Edberg/Becker exo!

    Both of them hitting some very cool trick shots and having fun! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDHQuJ3JO4o
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    The Lendl Backhand: How good did he hit it?

    lendl's topspin backhand was superb on groundstrokes and passing shots. It looked like a really heavy shot. His return was somewhat streaky though (esp against Edberg's high kicking serve).
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    Most "watchable" tennis player of all time...

    Precisely, anyone who thinks Sampras was nothing more than a serve is clueless. He was amazing to watch back in the mid-1990s - could hit spectacular shots from anywhere. One thing that cannot be denied however is that he was quite happy to conserve energy and go hit-or-miss on most of...
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    Most "watchable" tennis player of all time...

    My picks for players who I've enjoyed watching the most Edberg (fantastic backhand, volleys and movement) McEnroe (tried to copy his strokes for a long time in the early 80s!) Kuerten (what an amazing fluid game he had!) Federer (great at everything!) Connors (awesome backhand and...
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    I 'm going to play with Courier, Edberg & Co. today

    I met Stefan in 2003 at a tennis camp and was able to chat quite a bit with him several times. He was friendly and VERY approachable. I was very interested in how he hit his volleys and backhand and he gladly picked up his racquet, showed me his grip and technique and gave me some tips as...
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    Legends Live - for all Edberg fans - SPOILERS

    Great to hear that Edberg can still play really well. Would you have any photos/videos you can post? I'd love to see them. Did Mcenroe have any of his outbursts? Did he seem to take the loss well? Any interesting post-match comments?
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    Greatest shot ever?

    If I could have a single shot, I'd take Fed's forehand over Pete's serve since the forehand would help you both hold and break.
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    What does Sampras do better then great Federer?

    Serve is of course Pete - fed has a good serve, but Pete was awesome Net game - Pete by a long way. Fed has good volleys, but is often fairly loose (AO final was great though). Pete's volleys were crisp and had great variety. When Fed follows his 2nd serves to the net and picks off hard...
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    Who has the best-looking 1 handed backhand?

    Apart from Edberg, I think Guga has a super looking stroke as well, though the backswing is a bit awkward. Haven't seen Gasquet much, Gaudio's looks terrific too. Fed is smooth, but somewhat abbreviated, his backswing is not as long as Edberg or Guga, so it doesn't look as aesthetically...
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    Who has the best-looking 1 handed backhand?

    Edberg, for me, had absolutely the most gorgeous backhand ever. Time stood still when he took that marvellous windup and then exploded into the ball finishing with a wonderful high and straight follow thru. For some of the young fellows here, if you haven't seen it, you are really missing...
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    Ugly & Pretty Strokes... you decide

    Going back a little while, I think Stefan Edberg's topspin backhand is the most stylish shot to ever grace a tennis court (check out Wimbledon 88 or 89 finals for several superb bhs from him)
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    One-handed backhand Questions!!

    1. Make sure to turn your shoulders/hips and step across with your front foot for both the slice and the topspin backhand. For the topspin, you'd remain sideways until contact, but then a good follow-thru with the arm swinging out freely will cause your body to gradually open up &...
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    god i hate slices

    The 2 main keys to hitting a slice are: a. Take the racket back by turning your shoulders/hips, which will also allow you to: b. step diagonally across and out with your front foot with your weight going forward If you do these 2 things, the stroke itself will come quite naturally - just...
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    How Federer gets ball early

    Federer's initial foot-movement, racquet take back, shoulder turn and left arm extended are quite conventional (i.e. similar to other pros today). However what sets him apart and why he hits much earlier than others is almost immediately after, he drops the arm/ racquet head quickly and then...
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