There's a lot of talk about the modern forehand, but very little about the backhand. Most pros now hit heavy, topspin forehands, and often attack the opponent's backhand. I think a trend is starting to develop in the game, to counter that strategy: The flat, or relatively flat 2hand backhand taken at around shoulder level. Two of the best at this shot are Djokovic and Murray. In other words, it's not so modern after all. Some of the advantages I see are: 1) The shorter, more compact stroke of the 2 hander makes it easier to time hitting on the rise. 2) Taking the ball around shoulder height (or slightly lower), on a flatter shot, gives you more margin for error than if the ball was lower. You can hit it flatter and harder. 3) The mostly linear shot is simpler and more precise, and makes going cross court or down-the-line possible. The 2 hander will never be able to hit as much topspin as a forehand, but this shot is able to neutralize and sometimes turn the tables on a typical forehand to backhand exchange by using pace, placement, sometimes depth, and by taking time away from your opponent b/c the flatter shot travels through the air quicker and will give your opponent less time to get to and hit a shot. This same strategy works on return of serves as well. You can't hit every shot like this, but you can look for an opportunity to hit it and take control of the point. IMO, it is a much more difficult shot for a 1 hander to hit with precision. For awhile, James Blake was pretty good at it, and as a result did pretty well against Nadal.