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Pancho
02-07-2006, 06:07 AM
Who do you think on tour now has the best backhand slice?
Federer?
Anyone else?

norcal
02-07-2006, 06:33 AM
Santoro. Or is that a forehand slice? Fabrice slices and dices so much he can make Julianne fries on court.

babbette
02-07-2006, 06:39 AM
Gasquet?:?

Rickson
02-07-2006, 06:41 AM
Roger Federer and Taylor Dent.

vllockhart
02-07-2006, 06:41 AM
Most of the players who use slice have very good slice, Federer, Nadal, Mauresmo, Henin, Henman. It's all good.

VGP
02-07-2006, 06:42 AM
Rosewall, Edberg, Graf.

tenalyser
02-07-2006, 06:51 AM
Gasquet?:?

:roll: ehh..babette its about the best backhand slice not the best backhand Gasquet is well known for his lethal backhand but not the slice. You do know the difference between a backhand slice and a normal backhand do you?

Back to the original topic, I think that Federer has the best backhand slice he turns it from defensive to offensive when he wants to, just watch last years Us open semifinal against hewitt or the 2005 Wimbledon final.

Shabazza
02-07-2006, 07:01 AM
Rosewall, Edberg, Graf.
I agree with Edberg, but...
Who do you think on tour now has the best backhand slice?

I'll go with Federer - it's a great defensive shot and he uses it for offense as well!
Santoro his the best FH slice, but he's the only one to use it regulary ;)

GRANITECHIEF
02-07-2006, 07:01 AM
Roger Federer and Taylor Dent.

Good Call Rickson. I would also throw in Henman and believe it or not ARoddick.

Side note: How'd you like the Iceman's KO?

Mr.Groundstroke
02-07-2006, 07:03 AM
Federer, Santoro, Roddick and Safin!

VictorS.
02-07-2006, 08:52 AM
Santoro's FH slice is two-handed, no? And isn't his right hand on the bottom part of the grip?

As far as the best slice BHs are concerned....I would say Federer, Haas, and maybe Feliciano Lopez (just because he uses it so much).

Rickson
02-07-2006, 08:55 AM
Good Call Rickson. I would also throw in Henman and believe it or not ARoddick.

Side note: How'd you like the Iceman's KO?
Good side note! Chuck was gonna knock out Randy no matter what. Randy was a good champion in 2 weight divisions, but right now Chuck is the man in the 205 class.

Rickson
02-07-2006, 08:57 AM
Santoro's FH slice is two-handed, no? And isn't his right hand on the bottom part of the grip?

As far as the best slice BHs are concerned....I would say Federer, Haas, and maybe Feliciano Lopez (just because he uses it so much).

Santoro's slice is actually a left handed backhand slice and not a true forehand slice. Coria uses a true forehand slice on his dropshots.

Rabbit
02-07-2006, 09:36 AM
Ken Rosewall, hands down.

Pancho
02-07-2006, 09:46 AM
Back to the original topic, I think that Federer has the best backhand slice he turns it from defensive to offensive when he wants to, just watch last years Us open semifinal against hewitt or the 2005 Wimbledon final.


I agree. Federer's one-handed backhand slice is the best in the business and looks so effortless, like he doesn't uses much strengthen at all - a beauty to look at. He can make it a neutral shot, defensive, offensive or an approach shot. He did it way better than Sampras.

killer
02-07-2006, 09:51 AM
I'd add Greg Rusedski to this list, if only because he uses his slice backhand as much if not more than his topspin.

araghava
02-07-2006, 10:06 AM
In the top 10, Federer is the only one who uses the slice as an offensive weapon. All the men can slice and use it to either change up the pace or because they're in a defensive position and can't drive the ball. Federer is the only one who uses the slice to either bring the opponent in or to approach himself.

oscar_2424
02-07-2006, 10:07 AM
Roger Federer

jeebeesus
02-07-2006, 05:31 PM
Younes El Alynaoui

Max G.
02-07-2006, 05:50 PM
I'd add Greg Rusedski to this list, if only because he uses his slice backhand as much if not more than his topspin.

He uses his slice MUCH more than his topspin, it's not even close...

hyperwarrior
02-07-2006, 06:42 PM
Gasquet?:?

What gender are you? Babbette sounds funny isn't it???

LMAO

badger_badger
02-07-2006, 06:47 PM
federer hands down. he has the best anything. i know i'm asking to be bombarded with criticism but by 'best' i dont mean fastest or hardest. i mean that federer uses all of his strokes so efficiently and at the most right time

YooT0PIA
02-07-2006, 08:08 PM
currently federer has the best slice backhand. agassi has a mean slice when he occasionally uses it. rafter had an effective slice that was both a defensive and offensive shot.

legolas
02-07-2006, 08:12 PM
federer and santoro

rfprse
02-07-2006, 08:27 PM
among the players now on tour, Henman & Federer, Haas is not so bad either.

mr.fitch
02-07-2006, 08:36 PM
Federer, maybe Dent, Fabrice Santoro, Rusedski, Justine HH.

theace21
02-07-2006, 08:49 PM
Men - Ken Rosewall
Women - Steffi Graf

vkartikv
02-07-2006, 10:24 PM
I would say Steffi Graf but people would think I am a Joe Pike or Michael Haller impersonator :)

TheNatural
02-08-2006, 12:45 AM
Woodforde and Woodbridge. Federer's slice needs a lot of work. Didnt everyone notice how it lacked bite and fell too short way too often- but word is Roachie is helping him improve it.

asman
02-08-2006, 01:03 AM
Federer, absolutely.

gotcher boy
02-08-2006, 01:49 AM
I agree. Federer's one-handed backhand slice is the best in the business and looks so effortless, like he doesn't uses much strengthen at all - a beauty to look at. He can make it a neutral shot, defensive, offensive or an approach shot. He did it way better than Sampras.
man...there's nobody beating federer's slice..he uses it well on the defensive as well as offensive...not to forget approach shots.grace is what it is all abt..

alfa164164
02-08-2006, 06:14 AM
Federer's rally slice is obviously excellent, plus it is hard to read whether he will go deep with it or feather it over for a drop shot.
As far as approach shot slices go, Vitas Gerulaitis, Stefan Edberg, and Tim Henman are/were all stand out (imagine that, all players not afraid to volley).
Gianlucci Pozzi and Fabrice Santoro are players who currently/recently use the slice frequently and effectively.

tennissavy
02-08-2006, 06:31 AM
Jennifer Capriati has a great slice with underspin and sidespin, deadly.

alfa164164
02-08-2006, 10:06 AM
On the women's side, Rita Grande had a nice effective slice.

Aykhan Mammadov
02-08-2006, 10:31 AM
Santoro, Federer.

Tennis_Nickmo
02-08-2006, 12:27 PM
Henman- has to be good as it allows him to get to the net comfortably, for easier volleys. Also good as an attacking shot, like at the Paris Masters 2003.

Ash_Smith
02-08-2006, 12:42 PM
yep, Henman. Can take it early, go short angle cross court, down the line approach or use it defensively. It's also what helps to be one of the best returners on the tour (in terms of returns in play).

156MPHserve
02-08-2006, 10:04 PM
Federer has the best to me no doubt.

Roddick has a nice one too, Nadal and Safin have good ones too I believe.

hari2
02-09-2006, 01:27 PM
Gasquet?:?
I've never saw Gasquet doing a backhand slice in my all life.

PM_
02-09-2006, 01:46 PM
Here's your answer:
http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/reuters/20060112/03/3015490550.jpg

rfedx15
02-09-2006, 05:29 PM
I wrote a short article about Federer's slice on my blog: http://the-tennis-blog.blogspot.com. The article may interest you.

jBayjoey
02-09-2006, 06:04 PM
Well, I plan to read rfedx15's article after I post this, but here are the reasons why I think Federer's slice is the "best."

1) The bite he gets on it, and his control of that bite.
2) The depth he gets on it, and his control of that depth (short)
3) The relatively good speed he gets on it, not allowing it to sit up.
4) His method of using it to disrupt the rhythm of a point, drawing an error, setting up his atomic forehand, or a smooth volley.
5) His ability to get biting sidespin on it when he has his opponent tied to the ad-court.
6) His ability to use it over and over again from any part of the court from any contact point.
7) The deception he gets from also using a one-handed topspin backhand.
8) The ability to neutralize any of his opponents power with a smooth stroke.
9) The fact that he has more stategy surrounding it more than most pros.

chair ump
02-09-2006, 07:52 PM
Nice analysis! You may have won me over there. I was seeing it as a tossup between Fed/Dent/Henman.

alienhamster
02-09-2006, 08:51 PM
Federer is the obvious answer here (for all the reasons given above), but I'm glad others said Roddick as well. His approach slice needs some work still, but his rally slices are really quite nice. Even if the times they sit up a bit, they stay really deep in the court. And he seems to be able to move it around well (angles, DTL, middle of the court on the baseline).

To throw in a random name for the women, I remember thinking that Loit had a really, really nice slice BH.

rfedx15
02-10-2006, 09:31 AM
I definitely agree with jBayjoey. That what I was basically trying to say in my blog, that how Federer uses his slice is probably more important than the slice itself.