Hall of Fame
Who is/was the best at crafting points and implementing the right tactics.
McEnroe got by on talent, not strategy.I mean it's rote, but probably Federer. Throughout his career he's been able to use all-court tennis against his opponents and knows when to do it. There's probably some lower ranked players that severely outperform their talent via tennis IQ, but Federer is the first player that pops into my head.
Djokovic is good at crafting points, but his relative lack of arsenal through most of his career (despite very solid groundstrokes as weapons) make the ability to craft points from the baseline more of a necessity than an advantage.
I've only been watching since the early 2000s, but from what I hear McEnroe is in contention for it when we start talking all-time.
Perfect answer.McEnroe got by on talent, not strategy.
The "rote" answer is probably Brad Gilbert. The correct answer is Wilander.
Hingis' court intelligence is overblown. What people really saw from her was a quicker attention to detail than the other players'.Amongst great players / legends, Wilander and Connors for the men and Evert and Hingis for the women.
For non-major winners, Gilbert and Mecir for the men and Kimiko Date for the women.
Chang's forehand and speed were great weapons. He didn't have a "big" forehand but could control points very effectively with it. Also had great court sense and could close the net in a way that would make today's buffoons sigh in longing.Chang. No real weapons but found a way to win 30+ titles. Ronald Agenor tried to use Chang's FO tactics against him in vain.