Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by mdhubert, Nov 30, 2007.
Yes it is.
He and Allen Iverson, and Kungfu masters are what come to mind.
I don't know how that can be determined, but I'd say "Yes" anyway.
If that vid doesn't turn you on, then you have problems.
It's impossible to quantify, but I feel pretty safe saying that, while a few others might have had equally incredible footwork, no one has ever had better footwork. He reminds me of a young Muhammed Ali with the way he floats. I've been tempted before to show non-tennis friends videos of Fed just because I think any athlete would be impressed by his footwork. It's just beautiful.
For some reasons, I never really felt Roger's footwork that smooth. Looks very graceful though.
He is smooth but not the smoothest I've ever seen. To me, he moves somewhat upright and looks stiff at times.
Miloslav Mecir, Kucera, Coria, Sampras are the typical "cat-like" mover. Very quiet, super smooth resilient mover. Actually Mecir's nickname was "big-cat" and
these players are often quoted as "cat like mover".
Coria is a bit different. He glides around the court like "melting iceberg on glass table" (actual quote from Luke Jensen).
IMHO, these are the real "smooth" mover. Federer is a "graceful" mover, not necessarily smoothest I've ever seen.
I always liked Connors and Moya at the baseline, Edberg, and J. McEnroe in the transition and at net.
As far as some guys from the past, from old footage, Fred Perry and Lew Hoad were great on their feet.
I agree. Coria's footwork is smoother than Fed. He's like a rabbit out there. The guy just seems so light around the court.
Fed's movement is the most graceful movement ever though, but not the smoothest.
A comment made by Carrillo about how little dust there is on his socks during his matches on clay at the French Open attest to how light he is on his feet, even for how much court he covers. This is another big reason why he's virtually without injury, as opposed to Nadal and his foot problems.
I think it is..
The guy just seems to float across the court.. sometimes it looks like he is just walking on air (don't mean his nikes) and it seems to cost him no effort whatsoever. He also has the best defense on hard court from the baseline in my opinion, all due to his footwork. It's the reason why he can step in the court so much and hit the ball so early with his forehand. Roger Federer shoudl be enough motivation for every child beginning with tennis, to work hard on the footwork.
(maybe Federer is even capable of walking on water with his footwork.. I wouldn't dismiss the possibility )
It looks smooth, but I don't know exactly how to measure the smoothness of footwork, but I would say yes... :?
Nastase and Goolagong. Budge Patty and Bueno. Like silk. And Frank Shields, when he was sober.
If it's not, it's up there. Heh, to whatever extent possible, soccer/FB should be mandatory for all tennis players in their earlier development.
I don't know if it's the smoothest ever but, in all the years I've been watching tennis, I've never seen a player, male or female, whose overall movement is so beautiful to watch. Obviously his footwork has a lot to do with that.
Steffi Graf has the most graceful footwork I have ever seen.
I would say he is the smoothest mover I have seen.
Even when he pushes off, he doesn't seem to be putting any effort into it. incredible.
like whipped cream
u feet fetishists!=P
yes its very kewl
he is very graceful, makes pete's groundstrokes look gorilla-like. this is why he doesnt waste a lot of energy and doesn't really get injured. when guys like roddick and nadal stomp around all the time, thats a lot of impact on the body as well as cutting their endurance.
Fed has smooth footwork no doubt. I don't think it's any better than Mecir though - who really didn't look like he was exerting himself at all.
Exactly, therefore I'd say top 5 for sure, probably top 3
I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that compared to edberg Federer looks like an chimp
Federer is a graceful and astute mover. But he moves somewhat tall. If you see the clip of his early years in ATP, he moves even taller kinda upright. Nowadays, he often hits his backhand pretty upright when he is tired but in his early days he hits it very tall all the time. I am pretty sure he has been trying to stay lower when he moves.
Plain and Simple... the best there has ever been. Most complete player ever. The Willy Mays of tennis...can do it all.. and he wants to play until he is 35??? I was only a few feet from him a few years ago when he was playing an early round match in Canada... he makes almost no noise when he is playing.. it is like he is floating.
It most definitely is an exaggeration. It would be closer to the truth if you switched the names Federer and Edberg in that sentence.
Great video. He sometimes just float. Amazing.
And his footwork used to be a little bit crispier last year than this year, I think.
Never seen this one before. Agassi gave a really PO look in that one.
Its very smooth. My coaches tell me that its smooth because he takes long strides and then tiny mini steps right be the stroke. He also runs on the upper balls of his feet which makes him incredibly quick. One more thing that you guys might have missed his that he always leads with his head when he runs. The head the is heaviest part of the body so its great to launch the head forward as it will drag the rest of the body along with it.
Charlie sheen korner
Borg and Federer are the smoothest movers ever among the men, and Graf matched them on the WTA.
An adult human head typically weighs 10-13 lbs. Roger strikes me as a 170-180 lb man. Hardly the heaviest part of the body.
Yes smooth like butta!
Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee!
Separate names with a comma.