Ranking the Big 4 in Each Department

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
This was inspired by Brad Gilbert's checkboards before big matches.
This is my list; of course you won't agree, so please comment your own thoughts on this list.

Serve:
Federer
Djokovic
Nadal
Murray

Return:
Djokovic
Nadal
Murray
Federer

Forehand:
Nadal
Federer
Djokovic
Murray

Backhand:
Djokovic
Nadal
Federer
Murray

Slice:
Federer
Murray
Nadal
Djokovic

Volleys:
Federer
Nadal
Djokovic
Murray

Lob:
Murray
Djokovic
Federer
Nadal

Overhead:
Nadal
Federer
Murray
Djokovic

Shot Consistency:
Djokovic
Murray
Nadal
Federer

Fitness:
Djokovic
Federer
Nadal
Murray

Stamina:
Nadal
Djokovic
Murray
Federer

Mental Strength:
Nadal
Djokovic
Federer
Murray

Variety:
Federer
Murray
Djokovic
Nadal

Off-court Personality:
Djokovic (THE icon of tennis)
Federer (a great ambassador for sport)
Nadal (humble champion)
Murray (very nice and funny guy behind the scenes)
 

Incognito

Legend
To the OP: Federer and Murray are better returners than djokovic.

Also, Djokovic has more stamina than Nadal.
 
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True Fanerer

G.O.A.T.
Not sure if I agree with Nadal having better stamina than Djokovic. FH category also debatable between Fed/Nadal.
 

TheFifthSet

Legend
Sure, I'll bite

Serve:
Federer
Djokovic
Nadal
Murray

Return:

(return itself or return game as a whole? I'll assume it's the former)

Djokovic
Murray
Federer
Nadal

Forehand:
Federer
Nadal
Djokovic
Murray

Backhand:
Djokovic
Murray
Nadal
Federer

Slice:
Federer
Murray
Nadal
Djokovic

Volleys:
Federer
Nadal
Murray
Djokovic

Lob:
Murray
Djokovic
Federer
Nadal

Overhead:
Federer
Nadal
Murray
Djokovic

Fitness:
Djokovic
Federer
Nadal
Murray

Stamina:
Djokovic
Nadal
Federer
Murray

Mental Strength:
Nadal
Djokovic/Federer
Murray

Variety:
Federer
Murray
Djokovic
Nadal
 

Devin

Semi-Pro
Serve:
Federer
Djokovic
Nadal/Murray

Return:

Djokovic
Murray
Federer
Nadal

Forehand:
Federer
Nadal
Djokovic
Murray

Backhand:
Djokovic
Murray
Federer
Nadal

Slice:
Federer
Murray
Nadal
Djokovic

Volleys:
Federer
Nadal/Djokovic
Murray

Lob:
Murray
Djokovic/Federer
Nadal

Overhead:
Federer
Nadal
Murray
Djokovic

Mental Strength:
Nadal
Djokovic/Federer
Murray

Variety:
Federer
Djokovic/Nadal/Murray
 
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Guest
This was inspired by Brad Gilbert's checkboards before big matches.
This is my list; of course you won't agree, so please comment your own thoughts on this list.

Serve:
Federer
Djokovic
Nadal
Murray

Return:
Djokovic
Murray
Federer
Nadal

Forehand:
Federer
Nadal
Djokovic
Murray

Backhand:
Djokovic
Murray
Federer
Nadal

Slice:
Federer
Murray
Nadal
Djokovic

Volleys:
Federer
Nadal
Murray
Djokovic

Lob:
Murray
Djokovic
Federer
Nadal

Overhead:
Federer
Nadal
Murray
Djokovic

Shot Consistency:
Djokovic
Murray
Nadal
Federer

Fitness:
Djokovic
Murray
Nadal
Federer

Stamina:
Djokovic
Nadal
Federer
Murray

Mental Strength:
Nadal
Federer
Djokovic
Murray

Variety:
Federer
Murray
Djokovic
Nadal

Off-court Personality:
Federer (he is tennis)
Nadal (has a lot of charisma and is mentioned together with Federer)
Djokovic (tries too hard but is still a great champion).
Murray (every era needs a Chang).
 

justasport

Professional
Overall:
1. Roger
2. Rafa
3. Nole
4. Andy

This is just as of right now. Things could change drastically in 2018! Or maybe not.
 

TheFifthSet

Legend
Both, his return game more-so sure, but we are still underrating his return imo.
I guess it's a matter of perspective. I tend to think Nadal's return is overrated immensely because the stroke itself (good, but rather ordinary compared with the rest of the Big 4) is conflated with his otherworldly ground strokes and movement.
 

dgold44

G.O.A.T.
Connors was superb too and could neutralize a serve

M and D are superior because they rarely get aced as much
 

Fabresque

Hall of Fame
Serve:
Federer
Djokovic
Murray
Nadal

Forehand:
Federer
Nadal
Djokovic
Murray

Backhand:
Djokovic
Murray
Nadal
Federer

Volley:
Federer
Murray
Djokovic
Nadal

Overhead:
Federer
Nadal
Murray
Djokovic

Slice:
Federer
Murray
Nadal
Djokovic

Lob:
Murray
Djokovic
Federer
Nadal

Stamina:
Djokovic = Nadal
Murray
Federer

Fitness:
Djokovic = Federer
Nadal
Murray

Consistency:
Murray
Djokovic
Nadal
Federer

Creativity:
Federer
Murray
Nadal
Djokovic

Variety:
Federer
Nadal
Djokovic
Murray

Mental Strength:
Nadal
Djokovic
Federer
Murray

Offense:
Federer
Nadal
Djokovic
Murray

Defense:
Nadal = Djokovic = Murray
Federer

Off The Court:
Federer - Wonderful person. Ask someone who doesn't know tennis, they'll know Federer, incredible icon
Nadal - Humble, calm, and runs a tennis academy in Spain. Very intelligent man.
Djokovic - Incredible person. One of the nicest players off court, full of love for everyone. Peaceful man.
Murray - Humble, funny guy. Genuinely has the best sense of humor off the court from all of them.

As a young player:
Federer - Huge temper, numerous racket smashes, and general disrespect to the sport. Learned lesson: Yes
Nadal - Calm, humble, knows what he's doing, and most successful at his age. Learned lesson: What lesson? He's been a great person age 17 or 31.
Djokovic - No respect for opponents, problems with Federer and his camp, retirements for no reason. Learned lesson: Yes
Murray - Had some spats with players like Delpo, but generally remained low and seemed decent. Learned lesson: Sure

Worst Attributes:
Djokovic: Cheated on his wife (allegedly). Crappy personal life.
Nadal: Accusations of doping and silent bans by numerous sources.
Federer: Acts arrogant at times, when he's mad, he's a ******.
Murray: Pretentious dick on the court, people dislike playing him.
 

Jackuar

Hall of Fame
I'm gonna go a step ahead and give points 4-1 for each category.

Serve:
Federer
Djokovic
Murray
Nadal

Return:
Djokovic
Nadal
Murray
Federer

Forehand:
Federer
Nadal
Djokovic
Murray

Backhand:
Djokovic
Nadal
Murray
Federer

Slice:
Federer
Murray
Nadal
Djokovic

Volleys:
Federer
Nadal
Djokovic
Murray

Lob:
Murray
Federer
Djokovic
Nadal

Overhead:
Federer
Nadal
Murray
Djokovic

Shot Consistency:
Djokovic
Murray
Nadal
Federer

Fitness:
Federer
Djokovic
Nadal
Murray

Stamina:
Federer
Nadal
Djokovic
Murray

Mental Strength:
Nadal
Djokovic
Federer
Murray

Variety:
Federer
Murray
Nadal
Djokovic

Off-court Personality:
Federer (a great ambassador for sport)
Nadal (humble champion)
Murray (very nice and funny guy behind the scenes)
Djokovic (THE icon of tennis)

Total out of 56
Federer 44
Nadal 35
Djokovic 33
Murray 28
 

TheMaestro1990

Hall of Fame
Serve:
Federer 5/5
Djokovic 3/5
Nadal 3/5
Murray 3/5

Return:
Djokovic 5/5
Nadal 4/4
Murray 5/5
Federer 4/5

Forehand:
Nadal 5/5
Federer 5/5
Djokovic 4/5
Murray 3/5

Backhand:
Djokovic 5/5
Nadal 3/5
Federer 4/5
Murray 5/5

Slice:
Federer 5/5
Murray 4/5
Nadal 4/5
Djokovic 3/5

Volleys:
Federer 5/5
Nadal 4/5
Djokovic 3/5
Murray 4/5

Lob:
Murray 5/5
Djokovic 5/5
Federer 4/5
Nadal 4/5

Overhead:
Nadal 5/5
Federer 4/5
Murray 3/5
Djokovic 2/5

Shot Consistency:
Djokovic 5/5
Murray 4/5
Nadal 4/5
Federer 3/5

Fitness:
Djokovic 5/5
Federer 5/5
Nadal 5/5
Murray 4/5

Stamina:
Nadal 5/5
Djokovic 5/5
Murray 4/5
Federer 4/5

Mental Strength:
Nadal 5/5
Djokovic 5/5
Federer 4/5
Murray 2/5

Variety:
Federer 5/5
Murray 4/5
Djokovic 3/5
Nadal 2/5

Total points:

Federer: 57
Nadal: 53
Djokovic: 52
Murray: 50
 

MSK

Rookie
Sorry on what planet does Federer have more Stamina, and is fitter than Andy Murray - Who has based his entire game on athletic ability and is arguably one of the fittest on tour?
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Ass:
Nadal
Murray
Federer
Djokovic

Looks:
Nadal
Federer
Murray
Djokovic

Oh, you mean we weren't discussing those departments? ;)
 

Krish872007

G.O.A.T.
Serve:
Federer
Djokovic
Murray
Nadal

Return:
Djokovic
Murray
Federer
Nadal

Forehand:
Federer
Nadal
Djokovic
Murray

Backhand:
Djokovic
Murray
Federer = Nadal

Slice:
Federer
Murray
Nadal
Djokovic

Volleys:
Federer
Nadal
Djokovic = Murray

Lob:
Murray
Federer
Djokovic
Nadal

Overhead:
Federer
Nadal
Murray
Djokovic

Shot Consistency:
Djokovic
Nadal = Federer
Murray

Fitness:
Djokovic = Murray
Nadal
Federer

Mental Strength:
Nadal = Djokovic = Federer

Variety:
Federer
Murray
Nadal
Djokovic

Off-court Personality:
Murray
Federer = Nadal = Djokovic
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Djokovic (THE icon of tennis)

In Serbia and nowhere else. I can't imagine even making this claim when Novak is almost on par with Lendl as the most disliked dominant number one player. He is not a tennis icon. The only tennis icons of the past 40 years are Borg, Fed and Nadal. Americans might toss in Andre as well.

That's not hating on Djoker's, but referring to him as a "tennis icon," is not factual, but fanboyism to an epic degree. He's done nothing to change tennis, plays a traditional game and is widely disliked. Maybe you need to look up what "iconic" means.
 
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