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If you could design the greatest tennis player of all time, how would he/she play?

Well, I am going to design a sample player here:

Serve: Raonic

Forehand: 2005-6 Federer

Backhand: Gasquet

Volleys: Edberg

This is only one combination that I have thought of. Here's another:

Serve: Sampras

Forehand: Nadal

Backhand: Kuerten

Volleys: McEnroe

For the greatest female player, how about:

Serve: Serena Williams

Forehand: Graf

Backhand: Henin

Volleys: Navratilova

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Serve: Ivo Karlović.

Currently holds the world record for the most aces in a match against Agassi, and still lost because of Agassi's return ability.

Forehand: Novak Djokovic,

a forehand that kept improving to bring him into #1 and beat all the current great players breaking or Tie-ing a world record winning streak of McEnroe. example Big forehand return for the usopen against Federer

Backhand: Andre Agassi

Best Returns in the world and also in 2005 during the US OPEN he hit more dropshot winners with 1 hand. a very dynamic backhand

Volleys: "the Magnificent Bastard" "The Magician" Fabrice Vetea Santoro

with his Chip shots, Approach shots and reading ability followed up by the other shots he would be unstoppable.

Speed: Chang, is there any faster?

Fitness: Thomas Muster, was there any stronger?

Mental: Poncho Gonzales, Was there any tougher?

Gamesmanship: Nastase

My player would crush and BE the GOAT on top of the Mountain


Santoro for the volleys? I haven't seen too much of his volleys.

what tim are you nuts you never seen Santoro Volley.

here are some examples

and also defense

I'll have to check these out later tonight. The library I'm at bans youtube. lol

I'm  a huge Magician fan too, but in all these videos there are very little examples of actual volleys.  But I think I know what you mean, to have Santoro's "short game" which can be diabolical. 

the name of this player is

CoachV NastaseGonzalesChangSantoroAgassiNovakKarlović. the  third

HAHA. the third, eh?

"The Rocket!"  See, that was easy!

Although, IMO, The Rocket was the most complete, balanced player of all time, since Coach V asked me to play the game right, here are my choices shot by shot:


Serve: Pete Sampras/Pancho Gonzales (draw)

Forehand: Roger Federer

Backhand: Andre Agassi/Rod Laver (draw)

Forehand volley: Stefan Edberg

Backhand volley: Tony Roche

Smash: Pancho Gonzales

Athleticism: Rod Laver

Mental toughness: Bjorn Borg

Ah, very interesting! Gonzales makes the serve and smash. I always liked his serve motion. No fuss, no muss. Simple yet devastating.

Well, Agassi backhand! Agreement with Coach V.

Definitely agree with Borg for mental toughness.

Hmm, Roche over Edberg on the backhand volley. Rule is, you can only pick one volleyer. lol

It wouldn't be a stretch to pick Roche over Edberg on forehand volley too.  But, Edberg had such a solid forehand volley and, for a big guy, he got down as well as anyone every did.  Honorable mention to Pat Cash and Patrick Rafter in that respect. 

Here's a video of Laver vs. Roche from the 1969, AO, semi.  Not the best quality video or perspective, but, you can see what a great net player and volleyer (two different things), Roche was against the best return and ground game in the history of tennis with a wood racquet.  Turn up the sound and enlarge the screen:

Yeah, Roche looks super solid in that AO 1969 footage. I remember watching it a year ago and was very impressed. Well, I still wonder how Edberg and Roche get so much stick on that forehand volley!


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