Does the slow surface of the FO benefit the 1HBH?

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by Golden Retriever, May 20, 2009.

  1. Golden Retriever

    Golden Retriever Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2004
    Messages:
    1,950
    Many former FO winners have distinctively great 1HBH like Guga, Gaudio Costa. They didn't fare too well on other surfaces but shined at the FO.
     
    #1
  2. Bud

    Bud Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2007
    Messages:
    31,168
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    A slower surface will always benefit a 1HBH... however, a slower surface also gives those with a 2HBH the same extra time to position themselves.

    So, it's an advantage, regardless of your BH type.
     
    #2
  3. wihamilton

    wihamilton Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2007
    Messages:
    1,535
    Location:
    Washington, DC
    I think the problem w/the FO clay is that the ball bounces higher up. So you may have not time to prepare but you'll be hitting more balls out of your comfort zone. That's why Nadal has been so successful against Federer -- the ball kicks up super high to Fed's BH.
     
    #3
  4. Nadal_Freak

    Nadal_Freak Banned

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2006
    Messages:
    10,625
    Location:
    Harker Heights, Texas
    Tell that to Federer and Sampras. lol Depends on what type of backhand grip you have for that ohbh. Players like Wawrinka and Almagro do like slower clay courts.
     
    #4
  5. Golden Retriever

    Golden Retriever Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2004
    Messages:
    1,950
    I am talking about players with exceptional 1HBH. Federer's 1HBH isn't exceptional.
     
    #5
  6. Nadal_Freak

    Nadal_Freak Banned

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2006
    Messages:
    10,625
    Location:
    Harker Heights, Texas
    Gasquet prefers Wimbledon.
     
    #6
  7. Cesc Fabregas

    Cesc Fabregas Legend

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2009
    Messages:
    8,318
    Haas prefers fast surfaces as well.
     
    #7

Share This Page