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We are enjoying a rather luxurious time in tennis. Of course, legends like Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic have surpassed all expectations. But now, as new and exciting players emerge, we are seeing shots that many of us never thought were possible. And such exciting talents have prompted a bit of debate as 2021 draws to a close. What are the three best shots on tour right now, and who possesses them?
I’ve had plenty of fun thinking about this topic, and I sincerely hope you enjoy reading the results! So, without wasting any more time, let’s dive into these details below.
Incredible weapons on the ATP Tour
When I say weapons, I really do mean weapons of serious destruction! The shots I’m about to talk about can almost single-handedly win matches for the players that have them. Just read on to see why:
Matteo Berrettini has gained the nickname ‘The Hammer’ on tour. He’s a big guy, no denying it, and he can smoke a groundstroke. But while he can hit his backhand relatively hard, it’s the forehand that is just off the charts. He doesn’t hit it with enormous spin on all surfaces, and when he flattens the ball out, points can end rapidly. This was particularly evident during his run at Wimbledon 2021 when he made the finals.
Of course, he also managed to take the first set against Novak Djokovic, but he did ultimately lose. Regardless, it’s a joy to watch Berrettini unload on a forehand. And I have a feeling that he will be hitting a fair few winners from this wing at the ATP Finals next week.
Come on, I had to include this one. John Isner has one of the best serves I’ve ever seen. Mind you, it does help that the guy is 2.08m tall. He can rain down serves on any opponent, and the number of aces he hits is just remarkable. Remember the game he played against Mahut back in 2010 at Wimbledon? Sure, this was the longest tennis match of all time, but he hit 113 aces! Just imagine being able to hit that many aces in a single tennis match.
And while his first serve is awesome, his second serve is pretty spectacular too. He can kick the ball so much that opponents are returning the ball above their head!
I had a tough debate with myself for who has the greatest backhand on tour right now. I really wanted to put Djokovic, but watching Medvedev of late, I’m going for him. I love the way that he can flatten out the shot, take it early, and blast winners. That’s actually how he manages to get so many wins on tour. He uses his backhand to tremendous effect, and it must be a nightmare to play against.
But while he is great at controlling the point with his backhand, he is amazing from a defensive standpoint on this wing. When pushed, Medvedev can step up and smoke a winner past almost anyone – hence his selection here!