Most entertaining shots in tennis

Cenc

Hall of Fame
lets see what you say here :)
not best shots by players (like best forehand best backhand etc) but some special shots that you remember
ill start

gorans serve
sampras' slam dunk
berasateguis short crosses
rafters ball feeling
moyas forehand attacks
sampras' running forehand
guga's down the line backhand
agassi's serve return
changs movement
sampras' mentality
federers overall forehand power
 

Hot Sauce

Hall of Fame
Good list. I'll add:

Gasquet backhand down the line pass
Federer ace on a break point
Nadal passes
Roddick volleys (just funny to watch)
 
obviously, the sampras overhead is a given. it's THE shot in tennis. i really haven't seen anything that comes even remotely close in terms of style, athleticism and effectiveness. it's quintessential assertion of manliness--on the court. it's like an animal peeing to mark his territory.

-sampras's forehand half-volley scoop
-sampras backhand volley off of a return to the ankles; the way he jumps in the air is so clumsy looking but awesome to watch! it's like he hits it while running on hot sand! (hard to describe the shot but those who've watched him consistently know wha ti'm talking abooot)

PS.i think you're not following your own rule about not listing generally good shot :)
 
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Kcraig

Professional
:A good ole "Sabatweenie" The "tweener" is a great shot. I have to attempt one atleast every match--I'm good for it about 50+% of the time--:)
 

*breaksracquet

Semi-Pro
Sampras' Service games held percentage in the 90's (something equal/greater than 90%)

agassi service return is classic.

Venus' body serve @ 120+ MPH (the look on any receivers' face can sometimes be classic)
 

chaognosis

Semi-Pro
There are a few shots that people continued to talk and write about decades and even generations after a player left the stage: the serves of McLoughlin, Tilden, Vines, and Gonzales; the forehands of Johnston, Perry, and Segura; the backhands of Lacoste, Budge, and Rosewall; the volleys of Kramer (more the approach, really) and McEnroe. The list could go on, of course. Certain players left a lasting overall impression on everyone who saw them by their touch (Brookes, Cochet, McEnroe) or their power (Vines, Hoad), and some were more remembered for their speed (Perry, Borg) and/or their overall athleticism (Perry, Gonzales, Emerson, Nastase, Borg).
 

MajinX

Professional
roddick's serve i heard was crazy in real life, and its already crazy enoughh on tv.

murrays volleys are nice as well
 

oranges

Hall of Fame
No one mentioning Marat's two-hander tsk tsk. Ancic's net game anyone? From among the oldies, Edberg's volleys make me nostalgic.
 

matchmaker

Hall of Fame
Rios' dropshot.
Goran's serve.
Kuerten's backhand.
Nadal's topspin forehand and passing shots.
Federer's approach forehand.
 
lets see what you say here :)
not best shots by players (like best forehand best backhand etc) but some special shots that you remember
ill start

gorans serve
sampras' slam dunk
berasateguis short crosses
rafters ball feeling
moyas forehand attacks
sampras' running forehand
guga's down the line backhand
agassi's serve return
changs movement
sampras' mentality
federers overall forehand power
Care to explain yourself?
 

Leelord337

Hall of Fame
Sharp acute angles from the baseline, its like saying "bittttch move" without words, i especially love it when they come up with it in the middle of a rally, philip kohlschreiber uses the acute angles well

Roddick volleys (just funny to watch)
that fly swatter motion up to down in front of his face, it is funny, they've improved though (a little)
 
volley: mc Enroe, edberg, becker, navratilova
half-volley: edberg, rafter
backhand: kuerten, mauresmo, henin, gasquet
mental: nadal, borg, sanchez, seles, connors
forehand: sampras, graf, agassi, gonzales
drop shot: evert, hingis, rios, agassi, santoro
smash: sampras, noah
forehand attack: becker, federer, djokovic
approach forehand: federer, navratilova, mc enroe
approach backhand: edberg
service return: agassi, seles, connors, kuerten
passing shots: nadal, borg, evert
lob: nadal, borg, evert
flexibility: jankovic
serve: ivanisevic, sampras, venus williams, davenport... and Dementievas
 

Serve_Ace

Professional
Federer's down the line "flicker" backhand the crazy part is that he actually aims right on the line!!
and Federer's inside out forehand
 

bolo

G.O.A.T.
lets see what you say here :)
not best shots by players (like best forehand best backhand etc) but some special shots that you remember
ill start

gorans serve
sampras' slam dunk
berasateguis short crosses
rafters ball feeling
moyas forehand attacks
sampras' running forehand
guga's down the line backhand
agassi's serve return
changs movement
sampras' mentality
federers overall forehand power
These days the inside out forehand from nadal from way in the backhand corner. Vaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamos.

Previously, the sick cuts that sampras would do once in while to cut of volleys on the way to the net at wimbledon. After that sampras also used to get some serious pop and control with his forehand wrist flicks on the ROS, volleys and half volleys. Remember the lunge and half volley into the corner on the last shot in final game of the sampras/agassi qf from 2001?

In the middle, the fed. forehand from the middle of the baseline, perfect combination of power, touch, angle and disguise.
 

matchmaker

Hall of Fame
volley: mc Enroe, edberg, becker, navratilova
half-volley: edberg, rafter
backhand: kuerten, mauresmo, henin, gasquet
mental: nadal, borg, sanchez, seles, connors
forehand: sampras, graf, agassi, gonzales
drop shot: evert, hingis, rios, agassi, santoro
smash: sampras, noah
forehand attack: becker, federer, djokovic
approach forehand: federer, navratilova, mc enroe
approach backhand: edberg
service return: agassi, seles, connors, kuerten
passing shots: nadal, borg, evert
lob: nadal, borg, evert
flexibility: jankovic
serve: ivanisevic, sampras, venus williams, davenport... and Dementievas
Well that is about all male and female players who have ever existed on the face of the earth.

I must agree, however, on Dementieva's serve being a funny, even ridiculous at times, shot.
 

Lotto

Professional
Federer's down the line "flicker" backhand the crazy part is that he actually aims right on the line!!
and Federer's inside out forehand

The flick backhand is crazy. It's come in use a few times for myself and I'm sure for others aswell. Thanks for teaching us that Fed.


The Inside Out Forehand is lethal. He leaves so much space though on his forehand side I'm suprised he wins so many of the points.
 

Cenc

Hall of Fame
@jane:
when did you start watching tennis? i dont know how noah hit any ball :D
seriously, when did u start watching tennis?
 

cknobman

Legend
Nadal butt pick.

Venus's face when she loses long rally or goes for dtl and misses.

Bartoli's two handed forehand that looks like some kind of abbreviated chop and the ball.
 
@jane:
when did you start watching tennis? i dont know how noah hit any ball :D
seriously, when did u start watching tennis?
I 1988 when I was 9. First match I remember is Graf vs Evert (AO), I loved Evert, not Graf, later I was a big Steffi's fan. After that, I remember Wilander/ Agassi at French. Thought Agassi was fun, long hair, grunge;-) I loved Becker and Wilander. Loved Noah too. I enjoyed his look, his game. Remember Navratilova and Evert in W's semi the same year, a fantastic match. I knew about their rivalry. The first big match was that incredible USO final when Wilander won epic. I felt in love with tennis. In my opinion, it's the better match ever played. But I've never seen Borg live. neither Mc Enroe. I saw the Wimbledon's final on DVD. Great but not the same when not live. I thought tennis was the most entertaining sport when Chang defeated Lendl at French, it was crazy. I've tried to watch every Grand Slams. live or not. men and women. Did not see a lot of Australian's. Jet-lag ;-) Wilander/Lendl (USO), Chang/Lendl (FO 89)- Edberg/ Becker (W 90), Chang/ Connors (FO 91), Connors/ Krickstein (USO 91), Seles/ Graf (FO 92), Agassi/Ivanisevic (W92), Edberg/ Chang (USO 92), Seles/ Capriati (USO 91), Sabatini/ Fernandez (FO 93), Graf/ Novotna (W 93), Sampras/ Courier (FO 96), Sampras/ Corretja (USO 96), Graf/ Sanchez (FO 96), Graf/ Hingis (FO 99), Agassi/ Medevedev (FO 99), Ivanisevic/Rafter (W 01), Sampas/ Agassi (USO 2001), Capriati/ Clijsters (FO 01), Gaudio/ Coria (F 04), Agassi/Blake (USO 05), Nadal/Federer at Wimbledon last week are my all time favorite matches. so far
 
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MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
When Nadal does the down the line forehand with the opponent in the middle of the court and it completely curves around them to hit the back of the baseline.
 

fgzhu88

Semi-Pro
yeah, Nadal's curve shot is sweeeet!!!!

So is Federer's improvisation passing shot (be it the flicker, the slice lob, etc). My favorite shot.

Also Santoro's slice is sick! Also he occasionally makes a passing shot with so much spin that it half circles a player (like semicircle trajectory, no joke)

Oh yeah, and Federer's backhand overhead: no one can hit that but him.
 

pabloJD

Rookie
^^^^^^ Oh, yes! Everything from Mecir except for the serve.
Goran's serve
Edberg's volley
McEnroe's volley
Korda's backhand
Enqvist's backhand
Sabatini's "gran willy" (shot between the legs)
Leconte's groundstrokes
Nadal's running passing-shots
Berasategui's forehand
...
 

Cenc

Hall of Fame
I 1988 when I was 9. First match I remember is Graf vs Evert (AO), I loved Evert, not Graf, later I was a big Steffi's fan. After that, I remember Wilander/ Agassi at French. Thought Agassi was fun, long hair, grunge;-) I loved Becker and Wilander. Loved Noah too. I enjoyed his look, his game. Remember Navratilova and Evert in W's semi the same year, a fantastic match. I knew about their rivalry. The first big match was that incredible USO final when Wilander won epic. I felt in love with tennis. In my opinion, it's the better match ever played. But I've never seen Borg live. neither Mc Enroe. I saw the Wimbledon's final on DVD. Great but not the same when not live. I thought tennis was the most entertaining sport when Chang defeated Lendl at French, it was crazy. I've tried to watch every Grand Slams. live or not. men and women. Did not see a lot of Australian's. Jet-lag ;-) Wilander/Lendl (USO), Chang/Lendl (FO 89)- Edberg/ Becker (W 90), Chang/ Connors (FO 91), Connors/ Krickstein (USO 91), Seles/ Graf (FO 92), Agassi/Ivanisevic (W92), Edberg/ Chang (USO 92), Seles/ Capriati (USO 91), Sabatini/ Fernandez (FO 93), Graf/ Novotna (W 93), Sampras/ Courier (FO 96), Sampras/ Corretja (USO 96), Graf/ Sanchez (FO 96), Graf/ Hingis (FO 99), Agassi/ Medevedev (FO 99), Ivanisevic/Rafter (W 01), Sampas/ Agassi (USO 2001), Capriati/ Clijsters (FO 01), Gaudio/ Coria (F 04), Agassi/Blake (USO 05), Nadal/Federer at Wimbledon last week are my all time favorite matches. so far

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ok... but why do you say then that 90s era was weak lol all your favourite matches (nearly all) are from these period including one of my favourite between sampras and corretja lol


about shots... santoro rules too :)
 
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