The Best: Roger Federer
For me there is no doubt that Federer has had, and does have, the best forehand in the game.
The thing about his forehand is that he can play so many different shots off it - the traditional cross-court forehand, the down-the-line forehand, the off-forehand and then he can do the magical thing, moving up to the net to half volley into the corners.
There is nobody who can do so many things with their forehand. In the history of the game there has been no-one with that talent. He stands head and shoulders above the rest.
I really don't think there is anyone who can compare with Federer, I think he's taken the forehand to a new level, because he can do so many things with it and also because he can bring it out when he needs it.
At Roland Garros he was getting creamed by Tommy Haas. He was break points down in the third set, two sets down. He'd missed with his forehand a few times and it had been getting him in to trouble.
But he was still going for it and managed to hit an amazing cross-court shot that turned the match.
It's not just his abilty with his forehand but also the fact he can produce the goods on key points.
The best of the rest:
Rafael Nadal is so much about movement and surprise - you never feel he can make an attacking shot off it. It's all about the surprise of the movement.
He looks as though he's not going to get to the shot and that even if he does he'll have to play a defensive - but he doesn't. It's just total surprise. Because of his extreme grip he can do so many surprising things with his forehand - Federer can do more but Nadal can do more surprising things. I think Nadal's up there.
Back in the 90's, Jim Courier really stood out for me. He had a butchering forehand that won him several Grand Slams - sheer power and again an extreme grip. He could really tear into the ball and hit down the line, cross court, the off-forehand. He won so many cheap points just off his forehand.
At the turn of the century Mark Philippoussis had a staggering forehand. The sheer power of it was as strong as anything we've had in recent years.
The two guys who have taken up the mantle now are Fernando Gonzalez and, even bigger for me, is Robin Soderling.
Soderling's forehand is just immense. We saw when he played Nadal at Roland Garros that he can, on his day, beat anybody on any given surface, when that forehand is as crushing as it was then.
Gonzalez too when he had that run to get to the final of the Australian Open in 2007 - it was extraordinary.
Pete Sampras also had a really good especially on the run. Along with the serve that's the classic Sampras shot - the running forehand when he looked out of the point but could hit a blazing winner down the line.