Patrick Mouratoglou

Skills the great players need

Patrick Mouratoglou

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Last week I started looking at the incredible diversity that exists in the game of tennis and running through the different aspects of the game.

Some players possess qualities that are way above average and it is interesting to take a look at the main aspects of the game and the players that best demonstrate such tactics.

And here I will continue to look at those features and single out my favourite three players that embody that skill.

6. The best game mixers

1. Roger Federer

2. Olivier Rochus

3. Marin Cilic

These players know how to play the ball a number of different ways so they never give their opponent a look at the same ball. They know to move forward as soon as their opponent plays a short ball, they can generate deadly strokes thanks to the speed of the footwork and more importantly they can execute their shots at very fast pace. Roger is the master at this.

7. The most relaxed players

1. Roger Federer

2. Andy Murray

3. Xavier Malisse

Each of these athletes is completely relaxed. It is much harder to generate speed, be in control of a point and hit the ball cleanly if you are not relaxed. Of course anyone can see that some players are much more relaxed than others.

8. The best hands

1. Andy Murray

2. Novak Djokovic

3. Richard Gasquet

Touch is not as common as it used to be. In the modern era, players are keen on playing with power instead of using soft hands - but these three players are better than most at playing with the latter technique.

9. The most unusual players

1. Florian Mayer

2. Aleksandr Dolgopolov

3. Dustin Brown

A list of three extraterrestrials living in the tennis world that you must go and watch. They are ranked among the top 100 players with non-common looks and an unusual style of play.

10. The best fighters

1. Rafael Nadal

2. Lleyton Hewitt

3. Novak Djokovic

These three players never give up, they never throw in the towel. Their opponents are aware the match will not be won until the very last point has been played. You know you're in for the fight of your life when you play against them and it is mainly thanks to this great skill that they have managed to reach the top.

11. The most temperamental players

1. Daniel Kollerer

2. Victor Hanescu

3. Mikhail Youzhny

We lost the most temperamental player of all when Marat Safin retired. Along with Goran Ivanisevic, he held the sad record for the number of racquets broken in one season.

Austria's Kollerer is nothing but an incredible bag of nerves and I have included in the list Hanescu for his behaviour at Wimbledon when he insulted a spectator, spat in his direction, then retired. 

Also nobody will forgot Youzhny's gesture when he smashed his head with his racquet in Miami two years ago. He continued playing against Nicolas Almagro whilst bleeding a lot.

To be continued ...

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