Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by zesty-man, Jul 20, 2004.
Who do you think is the best active lefty today?
Rafael Nadal :wink:
Federer if he wanted to play Left handed
And just when I was thinking that, for once, Federer can't be the answer to a 'who's the best' question. :lol:
But since left-handed Rafa beat right-handed Rogi this year, I'm sticking with my original answer. :wink:
Maybe Nadal though, but rankings point to my boy feliciano
Mickels... I mean, Nadal.
F-Lo is 5 years older than Rafael. Looking into my crystal ball:
Barring injury, by the time Rafa is Lopez's age, his ranking will be much higher than F-Lo's, and he will have won a lot more titles.
In fact Rafa already has more ATP titles. F-Lo has none, and Rafa has two ATP doubles titles. :lol:
Just this past week David Ferrer said:
"Rafa is very strong, physically and mentally. I know him (Rafael) very well, and I think he's going to be the next No. 1."
And even Fed said the same thing recently. Not to mention, Costa, Moya, and a few tennis commentators.
No one is saying that about Lopez.
Rankings-wise, Lopez. But potential-wise, I would say Nadal, not nearly as big a serve as Lopez, but has a better ground game and can get more balls than Nadal. Nadal beat Federer in staight sets this year, and that is pretty impressive.
You're the best, Camilio.
wow, lots of nadal fans... unfoutunately, ive never heard of him....... didnt mean to offend anyone there. where is he from?
Hicham Arazi. May not have the best career results, but he's the funnest to watch.
Nadal is from Spain, is 17 (maybe 18 now?), and was #48 in the world last year I think, has amazing first year results beating Moya and Costa on clay, Federer on hard now, etc. He's supposedly the next great player to come.
wow, that sounds like quite a resume! you mean to tell me that young guy has beaten those big names! wow! does he have a big lefty serve?
Fernando Verdasco !
The best active lefty is definitely this guy from the other side of the city named Junebug. Sure he's somewhat of a lying, stealing crackhead, but man oh man, can the guy play tennis as a left hander. I'm telling you all right now, Junebug is the best. Don't bother him if he's sleeping on the bench or something though, because he'll go crazy swinging his arms and hitting anything in site. It could be a side effect of all the crack, but that's besides the point. All in all, Junebug is the best, hands down.
Wish this question had been asked 2 weeks ago. I would have said "MARCELO RIOS!".
Yeah Verdasco is a very good player, but not quite as good as Nadal. It always seems to me that Lefties have "ugly" strokes, different strokes, for different folks I suppose.
No, Nadal's serve is by no means a strong point, it still needs a lot of work. But he has a great forehand, a pretty good backhand, and runs a load of balls down. His ground game is his strength.
I agree, Nadal2. Although I think his greatest strength is his mental attitude. He's like Hewitt in that respect. Lots of similarities between him and Hewitt, except he's a bit bigger and has a monster forehand. And he can play on clay.
He did get up to No. 34 this year and made the semis in Estoril, when he pulled out with an injury. He's just rejoining the Tour now.
Susan, the more you talk about Rafa the more I'm becoming a fan. Now you're saying he's just as intense as one of my faves, Hewitt? Is that a "C'mon" I see from him on your sig?
Yeah, I was just talking about his game. Just watching the tail end of the El Aynaoui match at last year's Open and seeing some highlights from the Federer match you could see how hard he worked to track down everything. In respect to his mentality, Nadal is much different than his idol for the better.
:lol: No -- his English is pretty bad.
It's a `Vamos!'
It's the Spanish version of "Come on!" And it's definitely his favorite word.
If you like Hewitt, you are going to love Nadal. Believe me. :lol:
You may be interested to know that when Rafa lost to Hewitt at the Australian Open, Lleyton told him at the net that he (Rafa) would win a slam one day. :mrgreen:
Bamse Bula just sent some clips of him from Bastad. You can see the fist pump-thingy going on in the one titled 'Vamos.'
And if you want to see just how excited this kid gets (granted, it is Davis Cup), go to:
And then go to 09/02/2004 and click on "Rafa Nadal gana el punto definitivo y da la victoria a España en la Copa Davis". It's in Spanish, but you'll get the drift. And the kid can volley. He beat Ancic at Wimbledon last year. :mrgreen:
hmmm, i know what you mean. however, try doing this. you know posters show professional's forehands and backhands step by step? try looking at them in a mirror. its odd, because seeing nice strokes reversed looks really weird and ugly. thats something you should try to do. maybe its an optical illusion or something...
I agree, zesty-man. It's just so odd watching left-handed players, and I've heard that from a number of folks. It's something we aren't used to, but just because it's different, doesn't mean it isn't good. :wink:
hehe, im a lefty . i was complaining to one of my coaches how everytime theres a step by step picture in a magazine showing groundstrokes, its always a right handed player. my coach told me to look at it in a mirror, and i was like, WOW thats GENIUS!
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