Best one handed backhand

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  1. Rickson

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    I believe Justine Henin-Herdenne has the best backhand on the women's side and Roger Federer on the men's.

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  2. Django

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    I'd put Mauresmo right behind Justine, and Guga in front of Fed.
     
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  3. Rickson

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    I agree that Mauresmo has an awesome backhand too, but Kuerten's backhand is not as controlled as Federer's IMO.
     
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  5. alfa164164

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    Kuerten's backhand seemed more controlled than Federer's at the French this year!
     
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  6. TwistServe

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    Guga definitely the best one hander in the game.
     
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  7. kreative

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    edberg and jhh
     
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  8. PureCarlosMoyaDrive

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    Mauresmo on the womans, Federer on the mens, followed closely by Kuerten.
     
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  9. lelopez

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    The racquet Fed has in that picture sure looks like a PS 6.0 85 with a Hyper Carbon paintjob.

    Ivan Lendl's backhand was pretty sweet.........for the guys on tour now, I'd say Federer, Guga, and Gaudio (beleive it or not) have the best one-handers.....
     
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  10. Matt H.

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    Tommy Haas.
     
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  11. Progressive10s

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    I agree with Matt. Watch the clips from the Gerry Weber Open on their website. Click WebTV on their website and you will understand why Haas has a great backhand.
     
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  12. VamosRafa

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    For the men, I agree with Matt above: Tommy Haas.

    Women: JHH, no debate there.
     
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  13. drakulie

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    FEDERER!!!!!

    Womens? Who cares.
     
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  14. Ronaldo

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    Edberg had a BH volley to die for, if you only live twice.
     
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  15. Rickson

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    Almost every pro uses a one handed backhand volley, I was referring more to ground strokes and I still believe it's Fed and Herdenne.
     
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  16. Matt H.

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    i love any player using a 1 handed backhand, because it just has a more stylish and graceful look then bashing with 2 hands.


    However, IMO, the difference between Haas and the rest is that of them all, Haas' 1-hand backhand is the most attacking and ends points. I watch my DVD from the '02 Aussie Open of Haas vs. Federer all the time, and Haas just rips some sick backhands. The down-the-line is just nasty.
     
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  17. irishbanger

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    Is that sweat on Rogers forearm in the opening pic? Guess he'll lose his nickname as the man who doesn't sweat!
     
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  18. TwistServe

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    Haas doesn't have the huge knee bend that Guga has on the backhand. Haas may have a more attacking backhand, but Guga's techinique and style is beautiful!!!!
     
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  19. sandiegotennisboy

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    the fed ex and hardenne. just a beauty to watch.

    2nd: guga and mauresmo
     
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  20. Deuce

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    Why is the photo so LARGE?

    Learn about compression, please.

    ... and the nicest 1-hand backhand I've seen belongs to Calleri.
     
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  21. Defcon

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    Gaudio is definitely up there with the best of them. In fact I think I like his technique the best out of all 3 (Feds, Guga, Gaudio).

    Guga has a pure clay court backhand - huge backswing and follow through, big looping stroke that requires tons of preparation and timing to execute. Almost impossible for a non pro to learn.

    Gaudio has a much more compact stroke, with good extension forward as he finishes, using all of his body weight. I really enjoyed his play at the French.

    Feds, what can I say, he is so difficult to categorize :) It seems he can do whatever he wants with any shot, but his bh is much more similar to Gaudio/textbook than Guga's.

    I would classify the top 1h-bh's into two types-

    1. Players who can really rip it, who rely on the stroke to contruct and to end points. They prefer to come over the ball, and also almost never slice unless stretched out. - Haas, Guga, Robredo, Gaudio, Pavel

    2. Players who use it more as a control shot. They can hit slice, flat, topspin, but lack some of the power of #1 and are not as predictable. They use the bh strategically to change the pace of the match, bring the opponent in etc. Not as consistent blasting groundies but more variety. - Federer, Rafter, Sampras

    Henin definitely belongs in both camps - she's in a class of her own :)
    Feds like I said has a little too much talent for his own good - he can choose to play any way he likes.
     
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  22. 007

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    'ol Al Costa has a damn fine BH...so does Arazi. Gotta agree that Calleri has the most stylish these days, but Haas' is the biggest 1-handed weapon.

    Most stylish of all time: Pioline & Korda.
     
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  23. @wright

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    Stich, Korda, Guga, Fed, Gaudio, Calleri, Squillari is no slouch, Pioline, Haas.
     
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  24. mileslong

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    i think feds and JHH are the epitome of backhands. im surprised that no one has mentioned verkerk. he can rip a flat one hander like a missle....
     
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  25. Verbal_Kint

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    But it looks like crap..

    Marnix
     
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  26. fjgarciap

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    Guga lacks use of slice with his backhand, but I still find his back shots more harmful than Federer's.
     
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  27. f98-jah

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    Edberg had the most stylish and elegant backhand ever. Combined with his movement it really was a sight...

    Today maybe Kuerten has the most effective backhand but I dont like his grip on his racket, just doesnt look that good to me...
     
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  28. jayserinos99

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    currently, it's federer. but the probably the best of all time?...edberg imo.
     
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  29. shroom

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    I'd say Edberg and Justine, but was quite impressed by Hyung Taik Lee (sp?)'s recently at the Queens tourney. First time I'd watched him play.
     
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  30. Rickson

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    The best 2 hander belongs to Agassi on the men's and Kim Clijsters on the women's IMO.
     
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  31. StewieGriffin

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    I think Fed's is more versatile than Guga's.

    Guga has an extreme Eastern grip, so he's not that effective against lower shots, but anything high-bouncing, it's a nasty offensive weapon. He's got a pure Clay-court BH... he can hit awesome angles with it to pull his opponent way-off the court... like what Agassi does. In fact, he can outdo Agassi when they get into those cross-court backhand battles.

    However, Fed can do anything with his.... Fed has a really nasty slice, he can nail it really flat and hard, or he can loop it at a really extreme angle for a passing shot or winner.

    On clay, Guga has th better backhand, on any other surface, Fed has the better BH.

    I used to hit with Guga's grip, but I switched to Fed's grip... it's harder to hit higher shots, but I can still hit a great sharp cross-court, and I can still do a nasty slice.
     
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  32. activentures

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    Pioline, Federer, Guga, Costa

    Henin, Mauresmo
     
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  33. Rickson

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    Federer can hit a topspin backhand too. He may not do it as often as the slice, but when he wants to generate some speed, he puts topspin on his backhand.
     
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