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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?

How Ridiculous Tennis Bad Boy Nick Kyrgios Can Get? This Is HOW

It’s important to find balance between Pokemon and training. ~~Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios.

The name itself conjures ugly sights and memories—perhaps the ugliest moments in tennis.

Who is Nick Kyrgios?

Nicholas Hilmy Kyrgios is an Australian tennis player who turned pro in 2012. Kyrgios reached his highest ranking in October 2016 at No. 13. He was the highest-ranked Australian player men’s tennis singles. 

Kyrgios is the third player to upset Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic the first time he played against each. 

An admittedly aggressive player on the court, Kyrgios has six career titles.

While fans adored him for his character, it is also the same reason why spectators and the media loathe Kyrgios.

He has a reputation for being hot-tempered, but these are some of the most ridiculous things he did so far.

Threw a chair onto the court

In May 2019, after a losing match against Casper Ruud at the Italian Open, Kyrgios threw a fit quite literally. 

He smashed his racket, kicked a water bottle, threw the chair, and shouted at the spectators. He did all these after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was called on him.

Kyrgios was disqualified and fined $25,000.

Picked a fight with Stan Wawrinka

One for the books, Kyrgios told Wawrinka that his friend, Thanasi Kokkinakis banged his girlfriend during their 2015 Rogers Cup match. 

He was even heard saying that Wawrinka was “banging 18-year-olds.”

Kyrgios was fined ($13,127) and given penalties ($32,818). He was also banned at the ATP tours for 28 days. 

He said that he already apologized. But Wawrinka denied any apols from Kyrgios.

Admitted tanking at least eight tournaments

Kyrgios has always been accused of tanking or deliberately playing less of his abilities since 2015. He usually does so when his opponent was not that popular. He was even booed for such on-court behaviour one time.

In 2017, he admitted that he did tank when he would rather be doing something else than playing tennis.

At one time also, he openly discussed his lack of interest in tennis. He does not love the sports at all; he’s not the guy who belongs to “one-percenters” or those who are more dedicated and want to get better at it.

Asked for a beer during a match

Kyrgios loves his beer. In Wimbledon 2019, Rafael Nadal who he once called ‘salty’ beat him in the second round because he was out the night before (with journalists) drinking.

But what happened at the 2017 French Open after losing to Kevin Anderson after four sets was unforgettable.

He smashed several rackets before asking a fan for a bottle of beer. Kyrgios reportedly said, “Get me a beer now… Get me one now.”

While stepping out the court, he did not sign a single autograph. He was caught sating “it’s a joke.”

Clashed with umpire Fergus Murphy

During a Cincinnati Masters match, Kyrgios attacked Murphy when the umpire called his attention for taking too much time serving.

The Aussie did not like it, calling Murphy the “worst referee in the game.” He also referred to the umpire as a “f***ing tool.” It was also reported that he spit at the umpire.

He proceeded with smashing two rackets. 

Kyrgios was fined $25,000 and received a 16-week suspension. He was also fined $113,000 for five other cases of unsportsmanlike conduct following the Cincinnati Masters incident.

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Nadal vs Federer vs Djokovic: Which is the Best Tennis Rivalry?

Which tennis rivalry is considered the best?

Tennis fans mull over which is the better rivalry: Nadal vs Djokovic or Federer vs Djokovic. Nonetheless, the third and equally important rivalry is Nadal vs Federer. 

There is mutual respect between the two, and thus, their fans do not consider them as rivals although they are.

1) Nadal vs Djokovic

A rivalry that started in 2006, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have met each other for 54 times with Djokovic prevailing at 28-26. Nonetheless, theirs is considered as an underappreciated tennis rivalry.

Djokovic leads the finals with 15 against Nadal’s 11. However, Nadal is ahead with their Grand Slam matches at 9-6. Nadal also leads the French and US Opens while Djokovic leads the Australian Open and Wimbledon. 

The two played on hard courts (26), clay (24), and grass (4). Djokovic owns the hardcourt while, knowing Nadal as the King of Clay, he prevailed in clay. They are 2-2 on the grass court, though. Djokovic famously said also that “[Nadal] was beatable on clay.”

Some of their most memorable matches are the 2013 French Open and 2018 Wimbledon semifinal games. The latter lasted for five sets played for more than 5 hours.

This rivalry was dubbed as the third greatest men’s tennis rivalry of the 2000s.

2) Federer vs Djokovic

Roger Federer and Djokovic played with one another for 48 matches. Djokovic also leads the rivalry with 26-22. Despite this, this tennis rivalry is also underappreciated compared to the last one.

They met at the Grand Slam about 16 times —10 semifinals and five finals. Djokovic also leads their Grand Slam standings at 10-6. 

The most exciting aspect of this rivalry is that Federer used to be ahead of Djokovic until 2010 with 13-6. Djokovic grabbed the lead from Federer in 2011 with his record 20-9.

Yet another notable aspect of the rivalry is they are the only male tennis players to beat one another in Grand Slam titles. The two holds the record for the most number of Grand Slam tournament meetings.

Federer and Djokovic are the only two players who achieved the Sunshine Triple or those players who won the Australian Open, Miami Masters, and Indian Wells. Djokovic did it thrice while Federer, twice.

Their match results are even regardless of the surface they are playing. 

Although they have faced each other in the majors and other ATP matches, their 2019 Wimbledon’s final match has been the most remarkable. It was the longest match in the history of this major with 4 hours and 57 minutes.

3) Nadal vs Federer

The Nadal-Federer rivalry is one of the most historic rivalries of all time, if not the most historic.

Nadal and Federer played one another for 40 times. Nadal leads with 24-16; he also leads their finals meeting count with 14-10. 

The two have played in 14 major meetings, which Nadal also dominates at 10-4. Nadal leads the French and Australian Opens with 6-0 and 3-1, respectively. Federer owns Wimbledon with 3-1. They haven’t met at the US Open yet.

They played on hard courts (20), clay (16), and grass (4). Federer leads the matches on hard court and grass while Nadal dominated the clay court. 

Their most memorable tennis game was the 2008 Wimbledon final. Nadal and Federer played for 4 hours and 48 minutes.

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