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theagassiman 03-17-2009 10:48 PM

The best backhand ever?
 
One of the most beautiful shots tennis had ever seen:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTK3uOngTYM

hoodjem 03-18-2009 06:03 AM

Yes, Edberg's and Laver's backhands were two of the best.

Also, Lendl's topspin and Rosewall's slice, skidder backhand.

origmarm 03-18-2009 06:24 AM

It's definitely up there. I would have to say that Gasquet and Guga have really great motions also

Nellie 03-18-2009 06:48 AM

Too bad he had the worst forehand ever (and I am a big Edberg fan)

kanjii 03-18-2009 06:50 AM

Lendl's was beautiful to watch, power and accuracy.

GPB 03-18-2009 07:15 AM

I know he deserves no place in this thread, but I was impressed with Nicolas Almagro's backhand against Monfils in Mexico. I've never seen (or even heard of) Almagro before, but his backhand was a beauty to watch!

jaggy 03-18-2009 07:28 AM

I am a fan of the onehander and would go with Edberg. However, Safins 2 hander is amazing

ericsson 03-18-2009 09:41 AM

My vote goes to Becker!

hoodjem 03-18-2009 10:48 AM

Becker's was very good also, maybe outshone by his forehand. Good balance off both wings.

Rule26 03-18-2009 11:18 AM

Don Budge deserves consideration

BTURNER 03-18-2009 01:12 PM

I go for Connors. That backhand could do anything for him. Not the most beautiful shot in history, but he could hit any spin to any part of court including moderate top, flat , slice and sidespin, return serve, approach, rally on any surface, lob, and volley with both hands on the racket. other honorable mentions in the doublehanded category include Borg, Agassi, and Wilander (first one I know to develop a 1 handed slice to compliment his two hander) For one handers besides Edberg: Vilas, Sampras, Pat Cash,and Federer cannot be forgotten.

theagassiman 03-18-2009 11:15 PM

We're talking about one handers here though. Although I definitely admire Connor's two-hander. Have you seen Agassi's though...

jean pierre 03-19-2009 09:09 AM

Vilas of course, and Laver for slice.

Cesc Fabregas 03-19-2009 09:16 AM

The best backhand I have ever seen is Agassi's.

hoodjem 03-19-2009 09:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jean pierre (Post 3226849)
Vilas of course, and Laver for slice.

Yes. But Laver could do a slice or a huge topspin BH.

He had tremendous variety on his backhand. That's a big reason it's one of the best of all-time.

CyBorg 03-19-2009 09:59 AM

Rosewall, Budge, Laver, Borg, Edberg, Kuerten come to mind.

adidasman 03-19-2009 10:57 AM

Muster. Mantilla. Corretja.

theagassiman 03-19-2009 02:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by adidasman (Post 3227156)
Muster. Mantilla. Corretja.

All these guys we're mentioning yes, they all had awesome backhands.
But Edberg, Rosewall, Laver and maybe even Federer hit their backhands all with an effortlessness about them and that was what made them so special.

True, Muster certainly had a powerful backhand, but it wasn't hit with the same effortlessness and grace that Edberg or Rosewall hit theirs.

Michael Bluth 03-19-2009 05:54 PM

Guga for the one-hander, Safin or Agassi for the two hander.

no_dark_things 03-19-2009 07:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by theagassiman (Post 3227701)
All these guys we're mentioning yes, they all had awesome backhands.
But Edberg, Rosewall, Laver and maybe even Federer hit their backhands all with an effortlessness about them and that was what made them so special.

True, Muster certainly had a powerful backhand, but it wasn't hit with the same effortlessness and grace that Edberg or Rosewall hit theirs.

I think Guga had the best one hander. I would have mentioned Federer but I can't go with someone who runs around their backhand. I was surprised when I noticed Muster virtually had no loop to his back hand. Seemed like he drew it back and down and muscled it which while effective you're right about it lacking grace.

Is this limited to guys only cause I know it's an easy response but I do like Henin's backhand as well.


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