Originally Posted by Matt H.
i think i'm alone on this, but i really don't think Pete's backhand is all that bad.
It wasn't terrible, and he could definitely rip it, but his normal body shot was pretty short and loopy. Not short like Nadal forehand kicking like a kick serve short, but just short. Never understood how he could come over the ball on the backhand with a bent elbow.
Maybe my memory is bad, but I don't remember Sampras hitting a lot of crosscourt backhand winners. It almost seemed like he only had two speeds on his top spin backhand: a loopy one he used to keep the point neutral by hitting crosscourt, and a down the line bomb. No heavy, 85% speed backhand he could use to push his opponent back.