Beautiful Backhands

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  1. Jerry Seinfeld

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    In your opinion which female and male players have/had the best looking, most fluid/effective backhands? Henin Hardine amazes me with hers, but my favorite of all-time has to be that of the Big Cat, Miloslav Mecir...it was a work of art in motion Others?
     
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  2. Peter Samprer

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    men: federer, kuerten

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  3. Kirko

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    Yeah Mecir fluid & I really liked Sabatini's .
     
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    I've looked extensively through the video captures of backhands that are maintained by a tennis website so I could try to emulate them (technique, etc.) - to improve my stroke. The player with the smoothest stroke overall (in my opinion) is Roger Federer. It's smooth...the grip transition, position of feet, stillness of his head...everything is ideal. Kuerten has a great backhand, but appears to take more effort. Federer - hands down (now, this is only the 1-handed backhand that I'm referring to. Got to say Agassi for the two-hander with Safin a close second).
     
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  5. sseemiller

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    Men: Tommy Haas

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  6. chad shaver

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    Men: Calleri, Edberg, Agassi, Rios

    Women: Henin-Hardenne, Sabatini...can't think of any 2 handers that look nice...maybe Davenport
     
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  7. joe sch

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    Steffi Graf had the best slice bh ". "
    It was really beautiful the way she would totally rip under the ball and it would clear the net by mm's and head consistently deep to the baselines. Even though she could hit topspin bh winners like her feared fh, she almost never did with the bh, just kept slicing it back to an opponent daring them to attempt to put in in on the fh side. Its too bad that most of todays players almost never hit slices, they make for beautiful bh's when done correctly and take soo little effort compared to topspins.
     
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  8. Feña14

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    What about Ferrero, the ammount of racket head speed, spin and the way he uses his hips is amazing. the follow through also looks very nice, what a backhand!

    I think he copied me!

    anyone agree?

    Liam
     
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  9. @wright

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    2 hander: Rios,Safin
    1 hander: Federer, Korda, Kuerten
     
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  10. Fat Boy

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    Rusedski's drive backhand has to be the most feared stroke in pro tennis.

    Just poetry in motion...
     
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  11. borisboris

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    :wink: Becker was huge-just watched final of 1996 World Champ vs. Sampras
    Lendl was lethal from the baseline and made good approach shots look juvenile
    Edberg = obvious
    Federer = spot on
    Agassi = sweet spot
     
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  12. AAAA

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    Korda, Stich, Krajicek, Guga, Becker, Pioline.

    I'm not too sure about Federer's bh yet. At the Aus Open he was missing too many against Hewitt and Nalbandian.

    I can't recall ever seeing Edberg rip the bh for clean winners?
     
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  13. Vanja Ljubibratic

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    Definitely Kafelnikov, followed by Safin maybe. Enqvist's was very nice too. I liked Haas' and Guga's one handers. Thw women have no aesthitic beauty in their shots, although I guess I can say that I like Davenport's backhand. JHH always looks so off balance when she's hitting her backhand, that I find it really ugly. It's also too jerky; it doesn't have the flowing characteristics of a Federer or Guga. But the Y-man is definitely my pick for best looking and effective backhand.
     
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  14. edge

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    Best one-hander: male: Edberg, Lendl, Korda, female: Hana Manlikova, she had probably the best strokes and technique of any female player, moved gracefully. She was so talented but her weakness was her mind. Go to the videotapes!
     
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  15. galain

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    My God

    Edge has seen the inside of my head!

    Men's backhands - very hard to go past Edberg, Korda and Lendl's drive b/h (his slice wasn't that pretty).

    In any consideration of aesthetics you'd have include Stich for all shots.

    In the modern game I think Tommy Haas has the best one hander. I also love the flow of Arazi's backhand.

    Two handers - for effectiveness it's hard to overlook Agassi. For pure visual appeal I really like to see Malisse hitting his two hander - seems very easy for him.

    Women - indeedy - Hana Mandlikova - the most graceful ball striker in the modern era. Steffi's slice, naturally, and of the current crop I will always pick Mauresmo over JHH anyday and twice on Sundays.
     
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  16. Shaolin

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    what @wright said.

    Add on Ferrero for 2 and Calleri for 1. Ive always loved Ilie's 1 hander as well, rips the living crap out of the ball.
     
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    Men: Federer, Pioline, Edberg, Vilas, Srichaphan, Joachim Johansson, Corretja, Robredo, and Sampras, yes, Sampras.

    Women: Henin-Hardenne, period.

    I can't think of any two-handed backhands that are "beautiful", with the possible exception of Borg.
     
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  18. Camilio Pascual

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    Chris Evert's 2H BH was not only effective, it may be the single most important and influential stroke during the Open Era. As Jack Kramer was to the S&V game, so is Chris Evert to the power baseliner game.
     
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    Ah, but was it beautiful, Camilio? I'd say no. Effective and important yes, aesthetically pleasing, no. Now, Ms. Evert herself, that's another story...
     
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  20. Sean Dugan

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    Edberg, Korda, Haas, Federer, Gomez, Pioline, Muster, Corretja, Henman, Kuerten all had/have pretty one handers.

    Agassi, Safin, Kafelnikov, Connors have/ had pretty two handers.

    There are just so many at the touring pro level.
     
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  21. Nosoupforyou

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    nalbandian, ferrero, and safin cuz he just crushes the ball
     
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  22. Alvaro Costa

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    One handed: Kuerten, Federer, Edberg.

    Two handed: Agassi, Safin.
     
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  23. Sean Dugan

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    and Llodra!
     
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  24. Verbal_Kint

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    Pioline, Stich OHB Topspin, Krajicek for Slice, Arazi for both.
    Twohander: John van Lottum, I don't know wether anyone hads seen him play but he's a righthanded lefty ;)

    Marnix
     
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    Federer, Lendl, Edberg, Becker, Kuerten all have beautiful but most importantly effective backhands with variety and slice, especially on passing shots.
    Graf: Epitome of slice as a weapon. Set your shots up with the slicer!!
     
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  26. andreh

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    In the beautiful department no one comes close to Edberg, ever, IMO. It may not have been the most effective one, though.
     
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  27. Camilio Pascual

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    Agreed, Python, it's not the most beautiful.
     
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    i happened to know andrei pavel (rom) also has a very fluid, well-balanced, easily-convertible-to-aggression 1hbh like fed's.
    out of the fistful of women 1hbh'ers i'll pick mauresmo despite the huge improvement of henin's
     
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  29. sambapati

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    Yeah, pavel does have a nice backhand. On the mens side I also like :
    kuerten: I think he used to make a lot of winners with it
    Pioline: looked nice but he used to frame too many balls.
    For two handed backhands: kafelnikov and safin. Can you say effective.
    On the womens side:
    Sabatini: beautiful to look at, not that powerful.
    seles: powerful but not that beautiful
    Mauresmo: maybe both??
    also add serena and anke huber(anyone remember her?)
     
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  30. @wright

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    I think what's important is having variety in addition to aesthetics. Rios could hit his beautiful two hander with lots of spin and very tight angles, or he could flatten it out and really drive it down the line. He could also take it extremely early, or jump up and hit his signature kicking backhand. Someone like Safin has a great two hander, but not nearly as much variety IMO as Rios, while both strokes are easy on the eyes.
     
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  31. Greg

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    Henin-Hardenne wins.
     
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    oops! I totally forgot about Mr. Rios. I should be ashamed because I have the nerve to call myself a Rios supporter. True he did have a lot of variety to his back hand. I guess I forgot because I haven`t seen him play in ages!
     
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    The problem with JHH and Mauresmo's BHs are that they both open up to much in the afterswing. This can throw them off balance. I think they would have more consistency and power if they stayed down like Edberg. However, Guga opens up also but he has good consitency and power.
     
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  34. Ronaldo

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    Vilas and Nalbandian have wonderful BHs. Sabatini's was sweet.
     
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    men: federer, kuerten, pavel
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  37. Jack Romeo

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    men - one-handers: fed, haas, guga, stich
    men - two-handers: safin, agassi
    women - one-handers: sabatini, henin-hardenne, novotna (slice)
    women - two-handers: hingis, hantuchova
     
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  39. @wright

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    Forgot to mention Nalbandian and Coria
     
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    2 Handers: Rios, Safin/Kafelnikov, Escude, Spadea, Arazi, Kucera

    1 Handers: Olivier Rochus, Federer, Edberg, Guga, Gasquet
     
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  42. Verbal_Kint

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    Since when does Arazi have a 2-hander? ;)

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    He did hit ONE against Rusedski on grass right before Wimby last year. It was a clean winner, too. Probably the last one he will ever hit....
     
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  44. Stinkdyr

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    guga, justine
     
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    My Bad, marnix...

    Throw in Gaudio for 1 hander too... I think he has the sweetest looking 1 hander along with Rochus and Federer
     
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    Ok i'll speak for the one handers. Amongst the women Hana Mandlikova had the most gorgeous backhand i've ever seen in female tennis, slice or top. I'm not saying it was the best tho of course. Catarina Lindquist's topspin backhand was also a ripper looks wise, and probably more stable and effective than Hana's. Steffi had the most effective slice i've ever seen. Today Henin has possibly the most effective backhand i've ever seen, male or female given the gender difference.

    Of the men Stefan had possibly the most aesthetically pleasing in history, and it was very effective as well. Korda's was also very nice on the eye, and a great backhand to boot. Lendl's was as good as any but very stiff. Today Haas, Gasquet and Fedex have very nice backhands, and they are extremely effective to boot. Guga's is a top shot, but not quite as pleasing as the others mentioned, and his big windup hurts him on the faster courts.
     
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    Hey JohnThomas!

    Another Aussie on the boards! Woohoo - I thought it was just me and some tumbleweeds from down here. Where are you?
     
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    Men's: Nalbandian

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    Le vengeur masqué (the masked avenger) : Henri Leconte
     
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