Most Elegant Two Hander?

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  1. Golden

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    I'm curious. Who do you think has the best looking two handed backhand? I think Djokovic would be my vote, he seems to have a very fluid motion, very compact, and very effortless. And please keep it to current players.
     
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    I think Murray is more fluid with his two hander than Djokovic. But, I think Nalbandian is the finest in this regard.
     
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  4. kiki

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    Gene Mayer.No doubt about it.I would also mention Mc Millan, the great doubs player.

    Gildemeister was solid as a rock but not elegant.Never watched Segura, who may have been the best double handed player ever.
     
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  5. TheCheese

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    Nalbandian. Baker's is sweet. I actually like Nadal's as well.
     
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    Safin followed by Nalbandian. I would also mention Kafelnikov
     
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    safins and nalbandians, but murray's is pretty smooth too
     
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    Disclaimer: A two-handed backhand is a functional, stable and safe tennis shot with many advantages. Elegance is not one of them :) .

    With that out of the way, I would vote for Nalbandian among current players and Miroslav Mecir and Chris Evert among past players.

    Djokovic, not so much. And the less said about Nadal, the better. If any aspect of Nadal's game appears elegant to you, then I could also convince you that I am George Clooney.
     
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    Nalbandian, Agassi, Safin in no particular order. If I ever wanted to use a double hander I'd look upon their backhands.
     
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  10. smoledman

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    Nishikori has the best 2-hander in the game.
     
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  11. Speranza

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    Very good :)
     
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    The one aspect of Nadal's game that looks effortless to me is how he moves on the red clay of European events.
     
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  13. vive le beau jeu !

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    i like baghdatis' 2HBH.
    gulbis' is nice too (where the hell is ernests, by the way ? he didn't play the qualies !).

    and among retired players, i'd say rios.
     
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    Nice ones, vive le beau jeu!.

    I can't believe I forgot this man....Nikolay Davydenko, anyone?
     
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    Safin' got my vote.
     
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    Nalby by far.
     
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  18. President

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    Kafelnikov and Agassi had very clean backhands.
     
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  19. forzamilan90

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    Big fan of how Nalbandian works that two hander. Very effective, but even aesthetically it looks good.
     
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    There are too many exemplary backhands to name just one, but purely to look at I think Mathieu's is one of the most fluid and easy on the eye. And Borg's had a memorably quirky grace to it, in the way he'd swing with both hands but only use his right for the follow-through.
     
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    Dolgopolov duh!!!
    jk! I liked watching murrays backhand, it looked so effortless, especially live
     
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    Nalbandain....the smoothness of his backhand....my god.
     
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    I don't know how anyone can pick Safin for this. It was a great stroke and very compact, but it sure as hell didn't look nice.
     
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    Let's logically analyze one yet mentioned player's arsenal and resume...player A won slams on all surfaces, was #1 for, at the time, a record number of weeks and competed/won against greats from three distinct eras. Player A had a rubbish serve, finicky forehand and only adequate volleys/overhead. What he did have was a classic 2hbh that he used to punish his opponents in baseline rallies, ROS, net approaches and passing shots.

    Player A is James Scott Connors and no one ever had such a devastating 2hbh weapon. The elegance of it was his supreme timing generated through graceful footwork...he never seemed hurried or out of balance when striking his backhand. Also, his ability to carve a bit of sidespin on high balls without going one-handed was totally unique.
     
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    It was a great shot but ugly as sin. It has no place in this thread.
     
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    Monfils, nalbandian, tipsarivic!safin, davydenko, etc

    Not murray
     
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    Nishikori has a sweet one, forgot to mention him.
     
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    ^^This. Nalbandian and Safin are at the top as well.
     
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    Cilic when on...

    or Nishi...
     
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    berdych sooo clean
     
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  32. bluetrain4

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    It is smooth and great, but I still don't think it's exactly "elegant." It's a really good question, OP.
     
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    Djokovic
    Murray
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    Safin, then Nalbandian's.
     
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    The words "elegant" and "two-hander" do not belong in the same sentence.
     
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  36. PhrygianDominant

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    When I think of elegance in the twohander, I think of very clear unwinding of the body and an evident Kinetic chain, so my vote would probably be Djokovic, but it looks better in slow motion. Soderling also had a pretty smooth two hander.

    have to think on this.
    agassi, nalbandian and co. have great 2hbhs, but I wouldn't think of them as elegant per se.

    honorable mention: Juan Carlos Ferrero
     
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  37. Polaris

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    Agree. JCF is a good example.
     
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    I think the "ugly as sin" image in your memory was the forced scrambling on the other side of the net in reaction to that beautiful 2hbh. It's not ugly to take shots on the rise when you "pure" them every time. As I said, that ability was all in his superalitive footwork. He was a mirror image of Segura's 2hfh and many consider that stroke as close to perfect as anyone has ever hit.
     
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  40. jwbarrientos

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    I'd go with Nalbandian, Agassi, even Nole
     
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    I think Nadals banana forehand is elegant, now convince me that you're George clooney!
     
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    Safin's was effortless power. And according to other players on tour when Safin was active, his backhand was the most respected shot back then.
     
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    Most 2hb today look like the player is having a seizure but i like the Gulbis BH.

    I think Li Na actually has the smoothest because she has great footwork. Ferrer is not too bad either.
     
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  45. McLovin

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    I'm shocked no one has mentioned Del Potro's backhand. It's very fluid, can rip it down the line or cross court, and he gets down & stays down nicely for a big guy:

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    Watch his balance & weight transfer, especially @ 1:17 - 1:22:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QA4QQMDuqg
     
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    I'd have to go with Agassi. Safin, Kafelnikov and Nalby are great too.
     
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    David Nalbandian.
     
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  48. pennc94

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    Not sure about most elegant. Never really seen a 2HBH look elegant.

    I will say I admired how smooth Mecir's 2HBH looked.

    Safin's 2HBH even made the 2HBH look manly.
     
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    Murray's is very smooth & controlled but Nishikori's backhand is very nice as well. Nole's I feel can be a little wild sometimes. Ferrer is steady...and ofc Nalbandian is dirtsquad w/ his bh
     
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    Mayleen Ramey?
     
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