Gaudio's backhand

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  1. fjgarciap

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    I'd like what you folks think about Gaudio's one-handed backhand, I find it huge, really underrated. Just wondering "what-if" Federer had it ...
     
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  2. TwistServe

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    It's not as good as Guga's
     
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  3. Kobble

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    Gaudio wants to be Guga off both wings.
     
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  4. mileslong

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    federers is just as good as claudios, so is verkerks for that matter...
     
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  5. rafael

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    He has a very similar motion as Guga and federer. I think it is just a big deal because he is smaller than they are and we are all just used to seeing guga and fed.
     
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  6. ragnaROK

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    Yeah it's pretty smooth like Guga and Fed's, although it doesn't look quite as smooth when he hits it down the line IMO. His backhand's jus getting more attention because he's deep into the tourney.
     
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  7. James Brown

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    its a clay court backhand. while federers is fluid and smooth, gaudios has a assload of topspin on it. its really nice too because he has this huge motion and you wonder how he doesnt mishit more often :> not as nice as feds but definetly more consistent
     
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    similar to Guga.. less so Federer.. but it is a very fluid shot.. and certainly up there with the best of the single handed BHs.
     
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    I think that Gaudio has the greatest 1 hander in the game.

    He just never makes mistakes on it. It may not be the best for power, but it has loads of spin and control and most importantly consistancy.

    He hits wicked angles and I think its absoloutely faultless.

    What I would do to have a backhand like that!!

    Man's a legend!!!

    Come on Gaston!!!

    -Liam
     
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  10. rafael

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    You are totally going to jinx him like you did Henman.
     
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    The thing that impressed me most about Guadio's backhand is when he would go to hit a defensive shot and suddenly it would become an offensive shot. Hewitt would spack a forehand to the baseline and instead of sticking it back Guadio would actually go through a full motion and be sliding backwards after his shot.
     
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    Gaudio's backhand, to me, is as good as Fed/Guga in the motion itself. I'd say it's not as developed as theirs and it probably doesn't always hold up, but it's a valuable weapon with alot of power and spin and he can really rip it. Gaudio/Guga/Fed have a backhand that is a higher level than a Tim Henman, who really just blocks it back without much added power.
     
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    I consider Gaudios backhand the best. He has good timing and hits it well in front of him. To me, he has even better technique than Guga, has a smaller and more manageable backswing and just concentrates on making a clean contact with ball.

    What I don't understand is how so many people consider Federer's backhand great. Yes, it looks fluid and he can alternate it with good slice, but it lacks the consistency, spin and power that for example Guga and Gaudio have. You seldom see Federer constructing baseline points with his backhand, whereas Gaudios backhand is the cornestone of his game.
    Just my humble opinion...
     
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  14. JohnThomas1

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    I'm 90% sure Federer said not long ago that Gaudio's backhand is better than his, in his opinion.
     
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  15. Brad Smith

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    Gaudio has a clay court backhand whereas Federer has a hard court backhand. While Gaudio can certainly flatten it out and Federer can certainly put more spin on it, they are really two different kinds of shots in the same way Sampras' forehand and Moya's forehand are both different but equally effective strokes. Most of the one handed backhands in the pro game today are found among the clay courters -- it's really the best backhand for a slow court in which guys have time to execute the stroke and are returning serve from 10 feet behind the baseline. If you have time (and good technique) you can hit a one hander with more pace and spin than a two hander.
     
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  16. JohnThomas1

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    I'm not sure Gaudio's is any better than Guga's from what i saw of the early matches.
     
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  17. Astennix

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    You guys need to see Gaudio's backhand LIVE. I saw him practice in Buenos Aires many times -when he was a junior- and particularly against Guga in the first round of Australian Open in 2000. I can assure you that -after Heidi Klum- Gaudio's backhand is the nicest thing I ever saw. I also have VCR tapes of other matches of Gaston against Guga, Fed, Corretja, Calleri and others and in the backhand exchanges Gaudio's backhand is a tremendous weapon. Guga has a pretty big serve to back it up...Fed has everything....Gaudio's weapon is only his own backhand and great "touch".
     
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    Somewhat similar yes, but Gaudio hits it flat, Guga's is more loopy.
     
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  19. gofederer

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    i saw gaudio playing for the first time just now in the french open final, and his backhand is the best i've ever seen by a country mile... while his other shots including volleys were very good too, it was his fluent, powerful and consistent backhand that injected the all important rock solidity expected in a high-quality tennis match...
     
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  20. fjgarciap

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    That's what I'm talking about man! That backhand imposes, kind of "don't just look, admire me I'm majestous". Imagine Fed with that backhand, come on Roger if I could improve mine you can do this :eek:) Guga's backhand is enormous too but so is his serve (underrated for me), in Gaston's case this is HIS shot.

    You have to try it on court, makes your entire arm, shoulder and chest muscles work, it's incredible, great feel and consistency.

    Thanks to all for your replies folks.
     
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  21. Phil

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    Guga hits incredible angles with his BH-balls that hit the sideline and just CAREEM off the court. Gaudio's is GOOD, but not quite the weapon that Guga's is...Gaudio keeps the ball very deep and high. His motion reminds me more of Alex Coretja's BH.
     
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  22. mileslong

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    please dont try and tell me that claudio hits a harder backhand that federer. and for the record no one hits a harder backhand than verkerk...

    dont you hate it when people say "for the record" like its all official or something :)
     
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  23. JohnThomas1

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    Is there a better down the line backhand than Guga's?
     
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  24. C_Urala

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    in the beginning of the finals, it's his backhand that caused most his UEs. I mean it's not THAT consistant.
     
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  25. C_Urala

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    Safin's? :wink:

    Just kidding. I know, he's from the other team.
     
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  26. JohnThomas1

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    Yeah it ain't a bad one tho. I think i'd definitely swap lol
     
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