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matchmaker 12-07-2008 02:58 PM

Best slice backhand ever?
As title says.

Mick 12-07-2008 03:00 PM

steffi graf . slice backhand was her specialty.

morten 12-07-2008 11:49 PM

Graf yes, Edbergs was good, Mac, Stich.. actually Rusedskis slice was good and Rafters. Probably a lot of players from the wood era were even better, like Laver, Rosewall, atleast the clips i`ve seen they look great.

wyutani 12-08-2008 12:20 AM

ivan lendl...the BEST in the world.

morten 12-08-2008 12:32 AM


Cenc 12-08-2008 01:17 AM

sampras by far

morten 12-08-2008 01:19 AM

Sampras was good, but to me not brilliant, too much a stab shot in a way, not as elegant or versatile as the very best IMO.

OrangeOne 12-08-2008 01:29 AM

Graf, when a FH and a slice backhand = 20+ GS's, then that says something.

In person, and watching from court level, hers was sublime.

FiveO 12-08-2008 02:01 AM

Ken Rosewall.


TennisExpert 12-08-2008 04:14 AM


Originally Posted by FiveO (Post 2917615)
Ken Rosewall.


Same to me.

purple-n-gold 12-08-2008 04:31 AM

3 votes for Kenny.

helloworld 12-08-2008 04:33 AM


Originally Posted by Cenc (Post 2917590)
sampras by far

Sampras's approach slice is amazing, but his normal slice ain't that great.

robertg06 12-08-2008 05:14 AM

What about Nadal? He really bites into the ball.

urban 12-08-2008 05:33 AM

Rosewall. His slice wasn't a real sharp spinning underspin slice, but more a solidly hit, very hard underspin drive - with deadly precision.

Borgforever 12-08-2008 05:48 AM


Originally Posted by urban (Post 2917788)
Rosewall. His slice wasn't a real sharp spinning underspin slice, but more a solidly hit, very hard underspin drive - with deadly precision.

Yes! Well put. My vote would also go to Kenny -- with a clear No. 2 to Laver, who also hit a hard, precision BH slice similar to Rosewall's...

heninfan99 12-08-2008 06:09 AM

And the answer is...
Graf's was amazing but the greatest slice of all time was owned by Hicham Arazi.

Warriorroger 12-08-2008 07:52 AM

Steffi Graf, she could do anything with that shot, the shot got better when she changed coaches in 1992. Gunthard taught her to hit the slice wide, so opponents would get out of position. Such an underrated and underestimated shot by so many, except the ones who played against her. I remember a Masters match against Sabatini (Sabatini won), Steffi twice hit a slice which went out the court and landed back in. I think it was the year when Gaby won the open and was approaching a lot. (Then Steffi still had her old coach)

380pistol 12-08-2008 08:24 AM

I'd go with Graf obviously. Rafter had a very good one so did Edberg. Sampras' was vastly underrated, but also very good.

Rosewall, as how can you be one of the greatest ever when it's said he never came over his backhand???

tennisdad65 12-08-2008 08:50 AM

~6 votes for rosewall :)

graf on the ladies side.. no dispute on this I guess

matchmaker 12-08-2008 05:23 PM

Thanks for the reaction guys,

Graf would also be my first option. I gues because it was the only shot she played on the backhand side, she reached an incredible point of perfection with it.

I have never seen Rosewall paly, does anyone have a link with footage?

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