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Tennis Smash: 10 Tennis Players With the Best Overhead Play

Asking a specific question, including who has the best tennis smash is an issue of deep contemplation. A smash should be easy to evaluate compared with other tennis strokers—only it isn’t.

If you visit various tennis forums with fans answering the question, you will only have the same names. These are Roger ~ freaking awesome ~ Federer, Andy Roddick, Pete Sampras, Rafael Nadal, Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi, Pat Rafter, and Ken Rosewall, among others.

In a Match Charting Project that analysed more than 3,500 tennis matches, it came up with a list of the best smashes in tennis. The Project measures it by winner/win per smash (W/SM) ratio.

These are the tennis players with the best W/SM ratio as measured against the points won per smash or (PTS/SM).

1) Jo Tsonga | 78% W/SM | 90% PTS/SM

The best smasher in men’s tennis is Tsonga, winning a point 90% of the time he hit a smash. It was all about the quality of his overhead shots that won him an extra point every 600 points compared with other ATP players.

2) Tomas Berdych | 76% W/SM | 88% PTS/SM

Berdych’s best tennis plays involved a forehand smash. His smashes connect 76%of the time, earning him 88% points won for every smash.

3) Pete Sampras | 75% W/SM | 86% PTS/SM

Sampras hits 84% of the smash opportunities with 75% WSM. These hits convert to points 86% of the time. Other than Agassi, Sampras is the only tennis player to have consistent match rates. 

4) Roger Federer | 73% W/SM | 86% PTS/SM

Federer also hits 84% of the smash opportunities afforded to him, and he hits about 50% per smash opportunity. This could mean that the Fed’s smashes are more difficult than other players.

5) Jelena Jankovic | 73% W/SM | 83% PTS/SM

Jankovic is the leading women’s tennis players with the highest percentage of W/SM at 73%. A high percentage of her wins was because of a smash. She even used her famous forehand smash against Williams.

6) Serena Williams | 72% W/SM | 81% PTS/SM

Williams creates 72% wins for every smash she had, converting to 81% of points. 

7) Rafael Nadal | 69% W/SM | 84% PTS/SM

Nadal is the fifth men’s tennis player who creates 69% W/SM. His smashes convert to 84% of points. Again, it is also about the quality of his smashes that are able to generate more points for him.

8) Stefi Graf | 61% W/SM | 81% PTS/SM

When it comes to the quality of smashes, however, Graf holds dominance. She creates 61% W/SM that gives her 81% more points per smash. Her smashes are few, but they almost always convert to points.

9) Svetlana Kuznetsova | 70% W/SM | 79% PTS/SM

Kuznetsova wins tennis matches because of her 70% W/SM record. This converts to 79% points per smash.

10) Simona Halep | 66% W/SM | 76% PTS/SM

Halep’s known for her quick thinking and quicker responses on the court, giving her 66% wins per smash. About 76% of these converts to points.

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If you are to choose, who is the best tennis smasher of all time?

Five of the Greatest Men’s Tennis Players of All Time

Every tennis fan has their list the greatest of all time—their GOATs. That’s why it’s rather tricky to debate who the greatest men’s tennis players in tennis history are.

The stats cannot be the sole basis, though, because we are talking about pre- and the Open era. It means training, technology, and equipment are very different then. Tennis players have their preference also, excelling in grass or clay.

But, there is a need to establish who the GOATs are in the men’s tennis division. Here are our choices.

#5 – Pete Sampras

Sampras is famous for his powerful serve. The American dominated the tennis scene of the 1990s, ranking #1 consistently between 1993 and 1998. Turning pro in 1988 and retiring in 2002, Sampras has one of the stellar professional careers among men players.

Sampras, who seemed to be in his best elements when playing on hard and grass courts, has a total of 64 titles, 14 Grand Slam titles. His Grand Slams was the number to beat during his time. 

During the 2002 US Open, he beat Andre Agassi, his longtime rival. Even before the rivalries of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, theirs was considered as the rivalry of all time. The epic match made the 1990s a great decade for tennis. 

In 2007, Sampras was inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame.

#4 – Rod Laver

For some, Laver deserved to be the GOAT in tennis history. He won 200 tournaments throughout his career. He also has 11 Grand Slams and 9 Pro Slam titles. Laver won all Grand Slam titles for men’s singles within the same year. And he did it twice!

Also called “The Rocket,” Laver ranked as the world’s #1 between 1964 and 1970. He was inducted in 1981, two years after he retired in 1979.

#3 – Novak Djokovic

Djokovic is known for his fantastic backhand, which already won him 75 titles and 16 Grand Slams. In April 2019, he defeated his longtime rival Nadal in the Australian Open. He also beat Federer in 2019 Wimbledon.

The Serbian national is currently the world’s #1 tennis player. But he is no stranger to this spot; he held the same ranking in 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015. 

He is also expected to win more Grand Slams throughout his last few years playing tennis. He was 32. Some even claimed he is well-positioned to surpass Federer’s Grand Slam record.

#2 – Rafael Nadal

Nadal has 84 titles and 19 Grand Slams as well as an Olympic gold medal under his belt. That’s thanks to his incredible agility and power on the court. This is more so on clay courts where he typically plays his best tennis. He has 12 French Open titles!

While he is nearing retirement at age 33, there is so much more to expect from Nadal. If not Djokovic, Nadal nay potentially snatch the most Grand Slam wins record from Federer.

#1 – Roger Federer

Federer is the men’s tennis all-rounder who deserves the top spot. The Swiss player has 102 titles and won 20 Grand Slam titles and speak for his tennis prowess.

Nadal’s greatest rival is recognized by Tennis Magazine as the leader in men’s tennis in its ranking of the 50 best tennis players of all time.

 

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10 Highest-Paid Tennis Players of All-Time

Playing tennis sure has its many perks and privileges. The prize money, which is getting higher by the year for both male and female categories, is just one of these.

Have you ever wondered who the wealthiest tennis players are? Here are the answers.

1) Novak Djokovic ($133.1 million)

Winning the 2019 Wimbledon single’s title, Djokovic recently out-earn Federer. While his statistics, title-wise, fall short compared with that of Federer, this year’s earnings skyrocket and put him on the top. He had won 74 overall titles. Djokovic has 15 Grand Slam titles: seven Australian Opens, four Wimbledons, three US Opens, and one French Open. Djokovic has separate earnings from his endorsements also, which are usually long-term deals. 

2) Roger Federer ($123.6 million)

The Fed has 101 overall titles and had already won 20 Grand Slam titles. Most of these titles are won at Wimbledon (8), Australian Open (6), US Open (5), and French Open. Federer was the highest-paid tennis player for 13 consecutive years. Forbes also reported that his off-court earnings alone are higher than any other tennis player on this list.

3) Rafael Nadal ($106.9 million)

The Spanish player has 81 overall titles, 17 of which are Grand Slam titles. He had already won 11 French Opens, three US Opens, two Wimbledons, and one Australian Open. Nadal earns millions from his endorsements too as well as from the tennis academy he put up in Manacor, Spain, his hometown.

4) Serena Williams ($88.6 million)

Serena is the leading female tennis player with the highest winnings. She has 23 Grand Slam titles with 72 overall titles. Serena has won seven Wimbledons, seven Australian Opens, six US Opens, and three French Opens. Serena has several sponsors. She was also ranked at the top 1% of the most marketable athletes in the world.

5) Andy Murray ($61.1 million)

Murray has three Grand Slam titles—two Wimbledons and a US Open. The Scottish has 45 overall titles.

6) Pete Sampras ($43.2 million)

Steffi Graf’s better half has 14 Grand Slam titles, 14 of which are Wimbledons. He also has five US Opens and two Australian Opens. He has a total of 64 titles.

7) Venus Williams ($41.3 million)

Venus has seven Grand Slam titles, with five Wimbledons and two US Opens. She has 49 titles.

8) Maria Sharapova ($38.5 million)

Sharapova has already won five Grand Slam titles including two French Opens and Wimbledon, US Open, and Australian Open. She has 36 titles under her belt. Earnings from her endorsements are not included in the figures, though. Sharapova is one of the highest-paid women athletes.

9) Caroline Wozniaki ($33.8 million)

The Danish has one Grand Slam title under her name. However, she has amassed 30 titles throughout her professional career. She has several endorsements also and her own sunglasses line.

10) Stan Wawrinka ($32.4 million)

Wawrinka’s biggest earnings come from his three Grand Slam titles (Australian Open, French Open, and US Open). He had already won 16 titles in total.

 

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