Who has the best backhand Slice?

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  1. Pancho

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    Who do you think on tour now has the best backhand slice?
    Federer?
    Anyone else?
     
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  2. norcal

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    Santoro. Or is that a forehand slice? Fabrice slices and dices so much he can make Julianne fries on court.
     
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  3. babbette

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    Gasquet?:?
     
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  4. Rickson

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  5. vllockhart

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    Most of the players who use slice have very good slice, Federer, Nadal, Mauresmo, Henin, Henman. It's all good.
     
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  7. tenalyser

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    :roll: ehh..babette its about the best backhand slice not the best backhand Gasquet is well known for his lethal backhand but not the slice. You do know the difference between a backhand slice and a normal backhand do you?

    Back to the original topic, I think that Federer has the best backhand slice he turns it from defensive to offensive when he wants to, just watch last years Us open semifinal against hewitt or the 2005 Wimbledon final.
     
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  8. Shabazza

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    I agree with Edberg, but...
    I'll go with Federer - it's a great defensive shot and he uses it for offense as well!
    Santoro his the best FH slice, but he's the only one to use it regulary ;)
     
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  9. GRANITECHIEF

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    Good Call Rickson. I would also throw in Henman and believe it or not ARoddick.

    Side note: How'd you like the Iceman's KO?
     
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  10. Mr.Groundstroke

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    Federer, Santoro, Roddick and Safin!
     
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  11. VictorS.

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    Santoro's FH slice is two-handed, no? And isn't his right hand on the bottom part of the grip?

    As far as the best slice BHs are concerned....I would say Federer, Haas, and maybe Feliciano Lopez (just because he uses it so much).
     
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    Good side note! Chuck was gonna knock out Randy no matter what. Randy was a good champion in 2 weight divisions, but right now Chuck is the man in the 205 class.
     
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  13. Rickson

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    Santoro's slice is actually a left handed backhand slice and not a true forehand slice. Coria uses a true forehand slice on his dropshots.
     
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    Ken Rosewall, hands down.
     
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  15. Pancho

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    I agree. Federer's one-handed backhand slice is the best in the business and looks so effortless, like he doesn't uses much strengthen at all - a beauty to look at. He can make it a neutral shot, defensive, offensive or an approach shot. He did it way better than Sampras.
     
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    I'd add Greg Rusedski to this list, if only because he uses his slice backhand as much if not more than his topspin.
     
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  17. araghava

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    In the top 10, Federer is the only one who uses the slice as an offensive weapon. All the men can slice and use it to either change up the pace or because they're in a defensive position and can't drive the ball. Federer is the only one who uses the slice to either bring the opponent in or to approach himself.
     
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    Younes El Alynaoui
     
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  20. Max G.

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    He uses his slice MUCH more than his topspin, it's not even close...
     
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    What gender are you? Babbette sounds funny isn't it???

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  22. badger_badger

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    federer hands down. he has the best anything. i know i'm asking to be bombarded with criticism but by 'best' i dont mean fastest or hardest. i mean that federer uses all of his strokes so efficiently and at the most right time
     
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  23. YooT0PIA

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    currently federer has the best slice backhand. agassi has a mean slice when he occasionally uses it. rafter had an effective slice that was both a defensive and offensive shot.
     
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    federer and santoro
     
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  25. rfprse

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    among the players now on tour, Henman & Federer, Haas is not so bad either.
     
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  26. mr.fitch

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    Federer, maybe Dent, Fabrice Santoro, Rusedski, Justine HH.
     
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    I would say Steffi Graf but people would think I am a Joe Pike or Michael Haller impersonator :)
     
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  29. TheNatural

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    Woodforde and Woodbridge. Federer's slice needs a lot of work. Didnt everyone notice how it lacked bite and fell too short way too often- but word is Roachie is helping him improve it.
     
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  30. asman

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    Federer, absolutely.
     
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  31. gotcher boy

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    man...there's nobody beating federer's slice..he uses it well on the defensive as well as offensive...not to forget approach shots.grace is what it is all abt..
     
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  32. alfa164164

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    Federer's rally slice is obviously excellent, plus it is hard to read whether he will go deep with it or feather it over for a drop shot.
    As far as approach shot slices go, Vitas Gerulaitis, Stefan Edberg, and Tim Henman are/were all stand out (imagine that, all players not afraid to volley).
    Gianlucci Pozzi and Fabrice Santoro are players who currently/recently use the slice frequently and effectively.
     
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  33. tennissavy

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    Jennifer Capriati has a great slice with underspin and sidespin, deadly.
     
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    On the women's side, Rita Grande had a nice effective slice.
     
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  35. Aykhan Mammadov

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    Santoro, Federer.
     
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  36. Tennis_Nickmo

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    Henman- has to be good as it allows him to get to the net comfortably, for easier volleys. Also good as an attacking shot, like at the Paris Masters 2003.
     
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  37. Ash_Smith

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    yep, Henman. Can take it early, go short angle cross court, down the line approach or use it defensively. It's also what helps to be one of the best returners on the tour (in terms of returns in play).
     
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  38. 156MPHserve

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    Federer has the best to me no doubt.

    Roddick has a nice one too, Nadal and Safin have good ones too I believe.
     
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  39. hari2

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    I've never saw Gasquet doing a backhand slice in my all life.
     
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  40. PM_

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    Here's your answer:
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  42. jBayjoey

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    Well, I plan to read rfedx15's article after I post this, but here are the reasons why I think Federer's slice is the "best."

    1) The bite he gets on it, and his control of that bite.
    2) The depth he gets on it, and his control of that depth (short)
    3) The relatively good speed he gets on it, not allowing it to sit up.
    4) His method of using it to disrupt the rhythm of a point, drawing an error, setting up his atomic forehand, or a smooth volley.
    5) His ability to get biting sidespin on it when he has his opponent tied to the ad-court.
    6) His ability to use it over and over again from any part of the court from any contact point.
    7) The deception he gets from also using a one-handed topspin backhand.
    8) The ability to neutralize any of his opponents power with a smooth stroke.
    9) The fact that he has more stategy surrounding it more than most pros.
     
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  43. chair ump

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    Nice analysis! You may have won me over there. I was seeing it as a tossup between Fed/Dent/Henman.
     
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  44. alienhamster

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    Federer is the obvious answer here (for all the reasons given above), but I'm glad others said Roddick as well. His approach slice needs some work still, but his rally slices are really quite nice. Even if the times they sit up a bit, they stay really deep in the court. And he seems to be able to move it around well (angles, DTL, middle of the court on the baseline).

    To throw in a random name for the women, I remember thinking that Loit had a really, really nice slice BH.
     
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  45. rfedx15

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    I definitely agree with jBayjoey. That what I was basically trying to say in my blog, that how Federer uses his slice is probably more important than the slice itself.
     
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