I thought I would kick this series off with a somewhat cliched topic, but what the heck!
Here’s my shortlist amongst current players:
Roger Federer – Silky smooth movement and can hit form any part of the court. The template for the modern day forehand.
Rafael Nadal – Rafa has twice the amount of rotation on the ball than any other player. Like a bull whip on a clay court.
Juan Martin Del Potro – Huge wind up and Boom! Probably the fastest ball off his racket.
Marin Cilic – Federer like in action with great footwork. He can also hit great on the run.
Robin Soderling – Like a sledgehammer, players often remark on The Sod’s ‘heavy ball’. On clay he has more time to crank the lever.
Novak Djokovic – The Djoker can disguise his forehand so well, you don’t know if he’s going to hit a drop shot or pummel it.
Andy Roddick – Still powerful with lots of top spin depending on his mood can still win plenty of matches with the 1-2 punch.
Fernando Gonzalez – Gonzo is nearing retirement now, but at it’s peak, considered one of the best.
Gael Monfils – Reportedly hit the fastest forehand ever and with his physique I’m not surprised.
Fernando Verdasco – Hot Sauce can really let them fly on his day and has the lefty angles too.