Tennis Players With the Best Forehands

The Top Ten

1 Rafael Nadal Rafael Nadal

Rafa's forehand is the best because he hits it with so much topspin and so much accuracy and it is the most effective and his forehand has really made him the king of clay.

Rafa generates about 3400rpm topspin on his forehand on a normal day. Other player average 1500rpm tops. Imagine how much the opponent has to flip his racquet while returning. Play it with a flat racquet and you'll find the ball land at your feet.

VAMOS RAFA! So much powerful and precise! With great topspin! Watch him run to his left and hit the greatest forehand down the line!

You won't be difficult to find a player with depth, pace groundstroke in any era but Rafa's one is something really really special. He hits it with so much spin and high accuracy. Rafa could make magic with that kind of shot. His "banana" down the line forehand is unique. No one can ever hit it so many times like Rafa.
The King of clay Rafa is. But in my mind, Rafa is the King of Tennis. No one could have such an amazing career like him, not to mention that he has countless time spending in the hospital treating his injuries.

Vamos Rafa!

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2 Roger Federer Roger Federer

His forehand is the best ever. He can create every rotation with it - not only topspin as Nadal does but also flat shots. He can hit powerful shot as well as do it softly. At his prime he could hit it precisely at the place he wanted, this was just a flawless shot back then.

Federer has the most variety in his forehand and can hit flat to penetrate the court and topspin to keep opponents deep, come on! Has everybody forgotten how federer's forehand was before he got old?

Nadal's is VERY good, but Federer's peak forehand was the best shot in the history of the sport. He could hit it hard and with huge angles for a winner from anywhere on the court.

The amount of topspin is not the only factor nor a decisive one to determine who has the best forehand, and even if it was, yes Nadal would be number 1 but Federer would probably be in the top 3.
Having said that, Federer is top class when it comes to attacking with his forehand (top spin, flat, inside-out, inside-in, down the line, running forehand either cross-court or down the line, drop shot, passing shots, angles, deep, short, drop shot, attacking lobs, volleying, half volley).
And yes he can use it with the same efficiency when defending, from flicks and half volleys to defending lobs. I've seen him using these shots in countless games with extreme accuracy and consistency and if I left a shot behind he can probably do it as well

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3 Juan Martin Del Potro

Del Potro's forehand is not with a lot of topspin it is very flat but it is one of the fastest.

It is the fastest forehand in tennis at this present moment. Just requires more consistency

When del potro is in a good form then nobody can outpower his invincible forehands. He hits them with ultimate power and speed

Fastest forehand on the tour so far!

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4 Fernando Gonzalez

He's called Forehand-o Gonzalez for a reason. Gonzalez provides great topspin as well as stunning power for his forehand. He's great on the run, can spin it, can drive it extremely flat... He almost has federer's variety

Gonzalez has also a very fast forehand but it is not the same as Tsonga and Del Potro because it is more topspin power.

He has the fastest and the most consistent forehand in tennis history!

One of the fastest and most powerful forehands I have ever seen.

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5 James Blake

Fastest forehand ever hit (125 mph - 2011 US Open)

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6 Andy Murray Andy Murray

Murray's forehand is really solid with a lot of topspin

7 Fernando Verdasco

Verdasco's forehand is with a lot of topspin and speed and he uses a lot of slice.

8 Novak Djokovic Novak Djokovic Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No.1 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals.

Djokovic's forehand is with a lot of topspin but his backhand in my opinion is better and much more solid

His Fh is underrated because his Bh is so highly rated as the best ever. His Forehand may also be the best ever. Early in his pro career his Fh broke down at times, but that is clearly not the case since 2012 or so.

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9 Tomas Berdych

One of the best flat forehands in open era. He has a great technique of the forehand and not necessary use many power to do very fast strike

10 Gael Monfils Gael Monfils

Monfils's forehand is very solid and fast.

I love his forehand, may if he practice like that in every training and match he can be back in the top five

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The Contenders

11 Marin Cilic
12 Nick Kyrgios Nick Kyrgios

He has a rare thing called'the whip' and he is able to generate a very powerful forehande whilist being accurate

13 Jack Sock
14 Andy Roddick Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick has a hard forehand when it's high in the air, but when it's low, he's good at picking it up. For example, when someone hits a slice, he brushes it up and makes them consistently.

Roddick doesn't have a great forehand when compared to Gonzalez, Tsonga or Delpo. But Roddick has a wimpy forehand which can be really dangerous sometimes.

15 Ernests Gulbis
16 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Tsonga's forehand is really similar to Del Potro's Tsonga hits it harder but Del Potro's is faster.

Tsonga's forehand is not at all similar to Delpo's. Tsonga has a pure flat forehand, pretty much similar to Gonzalez's.

Maybe the 2ond best Fh when it is on and when he gets a good look at the ball, only coming after Djokovic. Nadal and Fed make their Fh seem better because they are such great movers and receive the ball so well, but do not have the Fh quality of Djokovic or Tsonga.

17 Milos Raonic Milos Raonic
18 Mikhail Kukushkin
19 David Ferrer
20 Juan Carlos Ferrero

His forehand is wicked. The topspin and power he generates for a small framed guy is amazing. He really pulverises the ball on the forehand wing.

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1. Rafael Nadal
2. Roger Federer
3. Fernando Gonzalez
1. Roger Federer
2. Juan Martin Del Potro
3. Fernando Gonzalez
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