McEnroe probably knows a thing or 2 about volleys one would guess and he repeatedly says Rafa is the best volleyer!Since Sinner comes to the net just to shake hands, who gives af about what he thinks about volleys? If he had any interest in that aspect of tennis he would volley more than 3 times a year.
Federer - Nadal record is 3-3 in 5 set matches.I disagree with the mental strength. Djokovic is #2 on 5-set win %, to Borg. Nadal has been sliding the list for years. In '17-18, he lost 4 straight 5-set matches!
Djokovic is top 3 in TB win %, along with Isner and Federer, 2 great servers. Nadal is down the list!
Just look at 5-set matches among B3: Djokovic-Nadal 2-1; Djokovic-Federer 4-0; Federer-Nadal 2-2
Nadal has had the case of the nerves in many recent matches, that he should've won: '17 ag AO Federer; '20 AO ag Thiem; '21 AO ag Tsisipas
The best hands at the net. I think playing doubles has helped Rafa's volleying skills a lot. Right now he is the best. He knows exactly when to play a volley. Some people confuse this with S&V as in Micha Zverev but that's not what we are talking about.Sinner understands the good tennis.
Seriously though, Nadal has some great hands at the net.
I do think Nadal's handskills get underrated at times for sure. I mean he beat Thiem at RG 2018 at the net.The best hands at the net. I think playing doubles has helped Rafa's volleying skills a lot. Right now he is the best. He knows exactly when to play a volley. Some people confuse this with S&V as in Micha Zverev but that's not what we are talking about.
Maybe because Djokovic hits better passing shots and forces more errors than Mugdvedev.2019 Wimbledon Final had 422 points.
Federer came to the net 65 times (won 51).
2019 US Open Final had 341 points.
Nadal came to the net 66 times (won 51).
Ah, but you aren't giving the Medman enough credit. Look at his expert Wikipedia entry:In the current top 20 there is a grand total of ONE player who approaches the net less than Nadal in Tennis Abstract's database -- Diego Schwartzman. That list includes several players suffering a serious case of net allergy, including PCB, RBA, Rublev, Zverev, Medvedev.
While he undeniably has competent hands at the net, I find it impossible to name him the best volleyer of this era (let alone all time) when he is that selective.