I wish my backhand was that technically flawed.You must be new here, it's a well known TW fact that Blake's backhand is technically flawed.
Bjorkman was one of the first to spring to my mind. Stepanek is also a similar case, especially because both had weaker forehands than backhands.Hewitt maybe Had average groundstrokes in terms of power but he still was an excellent baseliner with his consistency and footwork. I don't think he is a fit here.
I think Björkman might be a good case, his ground game wasn't terrible but he wasn't a great baseliner (and often played serve and volley because of that).
(On Edberg) Just like McEnroe. Both got to French Finals, so they knew how to stay back when they had to – and still win. Both were S/V so you should not expect great groundgames, though.Agree! Everyone of his shots was a variation of a volley, which is great on return but when he had to generate pace on his own, his forehand was pretty ugly ( though the results weren't as bad as his form seemed).
Hahahaha! Yes, excellent analysis. Only thing average about Hewitt's groundstrokes was power. Like the poster after you said, he was a baseliner who got to #1. The original poster asked about an "average ground game" not just the strokes. To say he had average "groundstrokes" but argue it was made up by speed and consistency is silly. You can't separate those things out from his groundstrokes. His ability to be consistent, his movement and ability to hit on the move IS his groundstrokes. If you focus only on how well he hits the ball standing in the same spot, I'm sure guys like Krajicek and Ivanesevic would outhit Hewitt. Make them move and suddenly their groundstrokes don't fare so well.Guess he made it to #1 for two years with the strength of his serve and volley game...
In terms of consistency, placement, ability to take the ball early Hewitt's groundstrokes are all very good, much better than average. The only way you could argue his groundstrokes were average or close to it is if you focus only on power. It should be obvious but you don't put up the kinds of return numbers he did without good groundstrokes, unless you think he had the GOAT return or something.
Exactly. Edberg had a mediocre forehand that is true, but he had a great backhand, both topspin and slice. So not sure he qualifies here as someone with a mediocre ground game...Edberg did not have a powerful forehand but it was good enough to get him to a French Open final.
Yeah those two probably didn't have a bad ground game (like say karlovic) but it also wasn't a big plus, so average (for a top50 player) is probably a good description for their ground game.(On Edberg) Just like McEnroe. Both got to French Finals, so they knew how to stay back when they had to – and still win. Both were S/V so you should not expect great groundgames, though.