Also, he is only the second player to serve 10,000 aces or more in his career.
Other contenders: Milos Raonic, John Isner, Roger Federer
“A player should have a deep and penetrating forehand. Roger’s forehand is the best”, said Sampras, himself a holder of 14 Slam titles.
Other contenders: Juan Martin Del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Rafael Nadal
The Backhand (Double Handed)
The backhand return pushes the opponent deep into the baseline and ropes him into a defensive position for the Serb to pounce and attack.
Other contenders: Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori, Tomas Berdych
The Backhand (Single handed)
The shot has helped the Swiss star to win 11 finals in a row, including 3 Grand Slams.
Other contenders: Roger Federer, Richard Gasquet, Dominic Thiem
The Drop Shot
Federer’s drop shot stays low and comes as a complete surprise to the opponent. With proper backspin on the shot, Federer draws his opponent out of his comfort zone to strike a stinging blow.
Also, the Swiss is probably the best player of drop volley as well, with him using it majorly in the 2012 Wimbledon final.
Other contenders: Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic
With his slice, Federer can control the pace of the ball, draw the opponent into the net, force him to play defensive and get an upper hand in the rally. Federer uses his slice in almost all his matches, especially when other things don’t seem to work.
Federer’s slice is thick and keeps the ball extremely low, setting him up for a backhand down-the-line.
Other contenders: Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic
Andy Murray is probably the second best defender after Djokovic in the men’s game today.
But when it comes to lobbing a threatening opponent at the net, Murray stands tall.
Other contenders: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer (slice-lob)
Coming Soon- A look at some of the best playing attributes of players, including mental strength, physical bearing, focus, motivation and more.
Written by Mayank Sharma
A third year Engineering student at Delhi Technological University. An avid tennis fan and a die hard fan of Roger Federer. Loves writing articles on Tennis and developing Web pages.