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  • John McEnroe

    3 30.00%
  • Stefan Edberg

    1 10.00%
  • Boris Becker

    0 0%
  • Henri Laconte

    0 0%
  • Pete Sampras

    0 0%
  • Roger Federer

    5 50.00%
  • Rafael Nadal

    1 10.00%
  • Other

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    Great strokes. BH volley. ATP.

    Another crowded field, but at least one change.
    McEnroe. He was also great on the BH side, but there is something. He ruined everybody’s else volleys because of his habit of coming to net with his racket dangling made everybody else imitate him. The best friend of countless teachers that then had to repair thousands of volleys, for a price. Not great technique, but for a while, as good a side as his FH.
    Stefan Edberg. Slice wide, lunging deep BH volley into the wide open court. Again and again. Never got tired of watching him do that.
    Henri Leconte (thanks Woody). Although… at the 1988 RG final, he had a wide open, high BH volley to win the first set. He proceeded to “Leconte it”: He tried to hit it so hard he missed THE ENTIRE COURT (meaning, it went even out of the doubles lines). Of all his wild sides, this was his wildest.
    Boris Becker. This was his better side. And this was the side he tumbled more often. His true continental grip on this side helped him better.
    Pete Sampras. Another solid volley from this man. In reality, if he made it to the net, you were in deep trouble. Really deep trouble. And it was the last stoke he hit on a professional court. For a winner.
    Roger Federer. I have nothing else to say about this man. I have no metaphors left. The magnificence is too much.
    Rafael Nadal. What?! P, you have to put down the bottle, please!!! No, look at him. On the BH side, Nadal can punch the ball deep or hit a lovely cross court volley that squirts and leaves the court like a watermelon seed squeezed between fingers (I ran out of metaphors for Roger, not everybody!)

    Honorary mention.
    Santoro. Still magical.
    Feliciano. Solid.
    Henman. Textbook again. If he had played in the 1960’s, he would have won one slam (three were played on grass, remember?). His technique was great.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

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    Re: Great strokes. BH volley. ATP.

    I was very tempted to vote Santoro here.
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    Re: Great strokes. BH volley. ATP.

    Also a shout out to Bjorkman and many others who were considered doubles specialists.
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    Re: Great strokes. BH volley. ATP.

    Bjorkman was ranked high enough in singles (and reached one Slam Semi) for me to have to consider him. My bad indeed. At least in the honorary mention (but his better side was the FH. At the net).
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