Greatest All Time Serve and Volleyer

Who is the greatest all time serve and volleyer?

  • Jack Kramer

    Votes: 3 1.4%
  • Pancho Gonzalez

    Votes: 9 4.2%
  • John Newcombe

    Votes: 1 0.5%
  • John McEnroe

    Votes: 58 27.1%
  • Stefan Edberg

    Votes: 78 36.4%
  • Frank Sedgman

    Votes: 1 0.5%
  • Pete Sampras

    Votes: 64 29.9%

  • Total voters
    214

pmerk34

Legend
Yes, all great players have natural talent, some just have more than others. It's well known that Mcenroe really never practised (thus played dbls. instead), where as Lendl was a work horse on and off the court. As for Edberg, IMO he looked like it was hard work, serve and volleying.
Edberg's way of playing is very stressful on the body yes. But great technique can only take you so far. Lot's of Edberg's contemporaries hit technically sound BH volleys much as he did but lacked the strength and balance to stick them the same way he did. You can see why players resort to taking PED's
 

pmerk34

Legend
Yes, all great players have natural talent, some just have more than others. It's well known that Mcenroe really never practised (thus played dbls. instead), where as Lendl was a work horse on and off the court. As for Edberg, IMO he looked like it was hard work, serve and volleying.
Lendl could also hit a lot harder than McEnroe no matter how much Mac practiced.
 

Tennishacker

Professional
Edberg's way of playing is very stressful on the body yes. But great technique can only take you so far. Lot's of Edberg's contemporaries hit technically sound BH volleys much as he did but lacked the strength and balance to stick them the same way he did. You can see why players resort to taking PED's
Edbergs massive leg strength was the foundation for his big kick serve and ability to get him to the net, quicker than most.
 

kiki

Banned
Le´s just say that JMAC and Stefan were 2 extraordinary S&V´rs, just that Mac had a more artistic style while Edberg´s was a much more trained, although technically perfect one.
 
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