The Humble Dropshot: Who Did/Does it Best?

RaulRamirez

Legend
It seems as though quite a few players have a pretty good dropshot in their arsenal -- more than I can remember from past eras.

So, who do you think had and has the best dropper -- in these four basic categories?

WTA (past): I'll still go with Evert as the gold standard. Also: Aga Radwanska
WTA (today): I love Swiatek's. She even hits it from difficult positions and with extraordinary accuracy.

ATP (past): ? Santoro?
ATP (present): ?

Oddly enough, I don't have definitive selections for the ATP, and am ready to be reminded and convinced.
 
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Arak

Hall of Fame
It seems as though quite a few players have a pretty good dropshot in their arsenal -- more than I can remember from past eras.

So, who do you think had and has the best dropper -- in these four basic categories?

WTA (past): I'll still go with Evert as the gold standard.
WTA (today): I love Swiatek's. She even hits it from difficult positions and with extraordinary accuracy.

ATP (past): ?
ATP (present): ?

Oddly enough, I don't have definitive selections for the ATP, and am ready to be reminded and convinced.
How about Gaston?
 

Arak

Hall of Fame
Well, he certainly did it a ton and pretty effectively (now, I forget the match...was it in last year's RG versus...?), but I haven't seen him enough to judge it.
It was against Thiem at RG. I have seen him do it continuously in his matches. It’s like his signature shot.
 

RaulRamirez

Legend
It was against Thiem at RG. I have seen him do it continuously in his matches. It’s like his signature shot.
I thought it was v Thiem....I really don't remember watching him all year.

Any dropshot artists in the past for you, or on the WTA?
 

Goof

Semi-Pro
Paire hits the most spectacular ones. Novak is the most successful with them. Rafa's are mediocre in execution, but he generally uses them at great times and really sets himself up well for the next shot with them.
 

RaulRamirez

Legend
Novak’s dropppers itself aren’t that good. But he’s very good at using them at the right time when his opponent is pushed back.
I'm slightly mixed, but mostly positive. His disguise/timing is usually good and his placement and slice - especially short to the deuce court side - can be great. I think Rafa has a great one from the FH side, and can really pull it out last-second, unexpectedly. Great hands.
 

Sir Weed

Professional
Melzer eventually cut back on the dropshots but there was a time when it was like

if (countShots > 12)
dropshot();
 

RaulRamirez

Legend
Coria in the recent past had a great drop shot. I think Janowicz used to have a good dropper too?
Yes, to Coria....I think so on Jerzy, but it seems like ages since he last played...knee injuries?
If a good one, then maybe, its a feature of Polish players, as Radwanska had a brilliant one, and I really like Swiatek's as well.
 

RaulRamirez

Legend
Jerry looked destined to be a top 10/20 player. One of those players that get lost to time.
Yes, I remember him not being terribly polished, but he already had some big wins under his belt. Big guy (of course), who I thought could move, and wasn't all about ppwer - though he had a huge serve, But yeah, I may need to pull up a clip, as it seems like 20 years ago.
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
Yes, I remember him not being terribly polished, but he already had some big wins under his belt. Big guy (of course), who I thought could move, and wasn't all about ppwer - though he had a huge serve, But yeah, I may need to pull up a clip, as it seems like 20 years ago.
He was Berrettini'esque. Big serve and forehand but also good hands. Think he was a better mover than Matteo but he didn't have as good a forehand.
 

Kralingen

Hall of Fame
Sonego hits some nice ones

Djokovic has the best BH drop shot though it’s pretty unbelievable how he’s better off that wing than on the FH

Alcaraz looks to have some potential.
 

RaulRamirez

Legend
Sonego hits some nice ones

Djokovic has the best BH drop shot though it’s pretty unbelievable how he’s better off that wing than on the FH

Alcaraz looks to have some potential.
Good names.
Yeah, I can't picture Novak hitting a dropper off his forehand (not counting drop volleys, of course).
Rafa's the opposite - has a great one from the forehand, but I really can't picture his BH dropper.
 

GoldenSwing

Rookie
Federer's dropshots when hit have crazy amounts of sidespin and he makes it look extremely casual

Djokovic's dropshots look more efforted, but I have to admit he is the best on tour at the moment, and he uses it the most. It literally won him 3 slams this year.

As others have said, Nadal probably has the #1 forehand dropshot.

Personal Favorites: Murray, Dologpolov, Kyrgios
 
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