Every player has his own strengths and weaknesses. For example, some have blistering forehands but weaker backhands; others have blistering backhands and weaker forehands. Some have a great game but lack the mental strength to really enforce it.
So, what would the perfect tennis player look like? Whose forehand would he have? Whose backhand? Serve? Volley? Footwork? All to be answered.
By the way, I am NOT being sexist; I just couldn't fit the word "men's" inbetween tennis and player. So for caution, this is for the men's game only. Mind you, I have wondered what a man grunting like Maria Sharapova would sound like...
They might say "his serve is on the decline" and that "he's not what he used to be."
However, it's all rubbish, at least as far as the serve is concerned. Roddick's serve still beats most, with the possible exception of Ivan Ljubicic. But in my opinion, the Croatian's serve is a little predictable, and since Andy is smaller than some, his serve ends up being harder to read.
Not many forehands that are better than that of Rafael Nadal, but I mainly chose Nadal's forehand because he is able to use it on the run as well as when he is stationary. His looped forehand a leaves great margin for error, while still being very effective due to the top spin and speed.
I was looking a Djokovic's backhand on Sunday, and I was amazed at just how effective it is. Cross-court, down the line, no problem. Its consistency is remarkable, and it has been a major factor in his success so far this year.
What you see in the picture is the trademark Djokovic slide/split. Djokovic keeps the lead foot sliding while actually sliding on his trailing foot with his laces. Not very easy, and I wouldn't try it, because if you get it wrong, you may not be able to have children.
Yet, he does it, and he uses this skill to great effect. He is now a better returner than Nadal, and he makes you hit that last ball, which can really be a pain.
Tsonga's volleying was commendable during Wimbledon. His drop shot volleys were spectacular and so were his crowd-pleasing trademark drives, as shown. These dives actually work, and they take a lot of skill to pull off. He seems to make one at least every match, which is both entertaining and effective.
One of the nicest men on tour, Djokovic has earned his nickname, the "Djoker" by making impressions of other players and through various YouTube sketches. Yet, on the court he is calm and funnily enough is extremely pumped at the same time. His mentality has improved and many tennis players could learn from him.
Nadal, or Federer? I think I would choose Federer, mainly because he has won more Grand Slams. Yes, he has had more chances, but he still has the fullest trophy cabinet.
Any thoughts? Please comment. Thanks!