Verdasco's fh, most underrated shot in tennis?

The-Champ

Legend
Verdasco's fh is my all time favorite fh. It has good spin and the power is devastating when he flattens it. Roddick once said it Verdasco has the biggest fh in the game. Federer obviously has the greatest fh but Verdasco must be at least on par with Blake, Del Potro, Gonzalez, Berdych, Söderling, Roddick on the fh department.

Check out the highlights of his matches he won against Murray, Djokovic and Nadal.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmaaAfhwMFM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kth3AWCLxDs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkH4q8FQ5Rs
 

merwy

G.O.A.T.
I'm more surprised by how hard and flat Djokovic hits his first serve there. What happened to it? I like topspin in groundstrokes and 2nd serves but I'm not a fan of spinny first serves. Those should just be bombs. Are we going to see topspin volleys as well 10 years from now?

About Tabasco: I thought it was already pretty common knowledge among tennis fans that he has (or at least used to have) one of the best forehands in the game. Very powerful, excellent technique with the right amount of topspin.
 

Elite

Semi-Pro
Yes, his forehand can be lethal when he applies it correctly. Unfortunately, I'd have more luck finding Donald Young's lost talent than seeing Verdasco adopt it on a consistent basis.
 

Disgruntled Worker

Professional
It is quite monstrous. But when you're 6' 2" and built like a linebacker, you're going to get some series revolutions. The guy is ridiculously ripped even by ATP standards.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
Not underrated at all. When's he's playing well enough to play visible marquee marches (which has been a while), lots of people acknowledge his forehand. Commentators always noted it when he was a top 10 player.
 

The-Champ

Legend
Probably not underrated but we always forget his fh when we talk about elite fhs. He has also a very good serve. If only he has a mentality of a Nadal or Djokovic...
 
Probably not underrated but we always forget his fh when we talk about elite fhs. He has also a very good serve. If only he has a mentality of a Nadal or Djokovic...
I can kind of see that point. Gonzalez forehand gets lots of mention, but Verdasco's is also bad ass, plus lefty. That's tricky stuff.
 

sonicare

Hall of Fame
^^^^^^^^^^^^^
IMO he has top 3 best looking forehands ever. Straight arm, lefty and that viscous shoulder turn. I actually prefer it over Fed's, aesthetically speaking.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Verdasco's fh is my all time favorite fh. It has good spin and the power is devastating when he flattens it. Roddick once said it Verdasco has the biggest fh in the game. Federer obviously has the greatest fh but Verdasco must be at least on par with Blake, Del Potro, Gonzalez, Berdych, Söderling, Roddick on the fh department.

Check out the highlights of his matches he won against Murray, Djokovic and Nadal.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmaaAfhwMFM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kth3AWCLxDs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkH4q8FQ5Rs
Rare to see the bolded fellow included in great fh lists.
 

Elite

Semi-Pro
I haven't seen a better forehand in motion than Verdasco's when he versed Nadal at the 2009 AO.
 

Sid_Vicious

G.O.A.T.
Roddick had a phenomenal and super aggressive fh prior to 2006. Something happened to it when he started collaborating with that Connors guy..
Connors? Nah, it was Goldfine and John Roddick who took Andy to the gutter. Connors actually gave him a much needed confidence boost in 2006. Roddick lost in straight sets to "baby-Murray" and dropped out of the top 10 for the first time in years. Once he hooked up with Jimbo, he won Cincy, got to the USO final. With Connors, Roddick at least got consistent. His ranking went back up to 3 in 2007.
 
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