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Offline Jamesdster

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« on: January 25, 2005, 10:06:51 PM »
Watching the AO always reminds me of Pat Cash and Patrick Rafter.  Was there ever anybody with prettier volleys than these Aussies?  I guess you could name Edberg, McEnroe, Stan Smith, Becker, Laver, Geuralitas (sp), Nastaste, Henman, LeConte, etc as maybe having the best volley ever...but who else comes to mind?
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2005, 10:30:45 PM »
I never really thought Rafter's volleys were pretty.  In fact, his whole game reeked of effort.  I got leg cramps just watching him.  Very athletic, but fluid and pretty?  No way.

Henman, McEnroe, and Edberg all had/have pretty volleys.

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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2005, 07:08:46 AM »
I always enjoyed watching Rafter.  I do not recall if his volleys were pretty in form, but they were nice overall.  I miss Rafter, so few serve and volley players left.  And Heck, even TIm Henman has half abondoned the serve and volley method.  He seems to be baselining it a lot these days.  I am sure that will change for the Big W.
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2005, 02:26:36 PM »
Edberg had the best midcourt volley in the history of tennis..his first volley after the serve was pure art.

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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2005, 02:29:45 PM »
He was just wrapping up in his career when I started playing and watching tennis.  I wish I would of seen him play more, especially since I serve and volley.
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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2005, 02:32:24 PM »
The great thing about Edberg was his footwork and hands..he was so quick to the service line..it was like he was there before his serve bounce in the court.  He was so fluid..

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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2005, 02:38:02 PM »
We should get a video clip of it and post it here.  I wanna see!
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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2005, 02:51:14 PM »
Edberg certainly was smooth.  Man, think how many doubles titles he could have won with his game if he had played more doubles in his career.
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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2005, 03:35:10 PM »
I wish more of the top men would play doubles like some of the top women do.  Hingis did and I thought it was great.  So did the William sisters, and several more.
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« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2005, 09:55:26 PM »
If nothing else it would help their serve, volley, returns and overheads.  I don't understand why more don't play dubs.
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« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2005, 08:09:11 AM »
Edberg's volley's were technically sublime, and tidy tidy tidy.  He always used to say volleying was about the legs, all about getting your body into the right position so the racket did minimal work.  

Rafter's volleys were something I never could relate to.  He had a strange volleying style.  When he was taken out wide, he would often hit like this topspin volley with a continental grip.  And damn could he hit a high backhand volley with pace.

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« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2005, 08:15:04 AM »
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The great thing about Edberg was his footwork and hands..he was so quick to the service line..it was like he was there before his serve bounce in the court.  He was so fluid..
Edberg was on Center Court, the interview show on TTC, and he said until he was about 17, he had a powerful serve.  I forgot what he said caused him to change his motion and not go for so much, but it was some kind of physical problem.  I know he also used to have a two handed backhand, so it's just fun to imagine all the limitations that caused his game to evolve the way it did.

First off, his forehand is probably the worst of the Open era for a man who made it into the top 10, maybe even top 25.  His female counterpart possibly being Pam Shriver.  I don't know why nobody ever changed his grip but staying at the baseline was NOT an option.  

Changing to a one-handed backhand allowed him to develop a better slice, better volleys, and play a more attacking style.  Probably.  Anyway, the serve thing is very interesting because it wasn't all that.  The only thing he had going for it, really, was it gave him a lot of time to get to the net.  His first serve was less potent than Roddick's second, and I really wonder how well he would do on the 21st century tour.  Part of me thinks he'd get eaten up.  Guys would attack his forehand mercilessly.  I wonder if they'd eat his serve up, too.