Highest level of double handed backhand performance?

zill

Hall of Fame
Which player and in which match displayed the highest level of double handed backhand performance ever?
 

Sport

G.O.A.T.
Talking about the Slam level:

On grass: Djokovic Wimbledon 2011 final.
On hard: Djokovic US Open 2011 final.
On clay: Nadal Roland-Garros 2019 semifinal.
 

Sysyphus

Talk Tennis Guru
The Federati don't tell you this, but I remember that Kei Nishikori was spitting fire with his backhand in this match, against a player who has a respectable two-hander himself. Wide cross-court angles or ruthlessly down-the-line -- everything was firing on this day.


Nalbandian also had some very special backhand performances in those masters where he went through the big three. Wild changes of direction just for fun.
 

Jason Swerve

Professional
This one.


This is why doubles along with singles makes you tougher. (y)

>Hilarious to witness literally everyone here choosing matches by the oh-so stringent criteria of "did they play one of the Big 3". Not surprised in the slightest. I guess that Rosol has one of the best backhands ever, then. How about showing one of these overrated clowns driving straight through two top doubles players on a championship-point first serve, and maybe you'll impress someone outside of this forum.
 
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Red Rick

Bionic Poster
The Federati don't tell you this, but I remember that Kei Nishikori was spitting fire with his backhand in this match, against a player who has a respectable two-hander himself. Wide cross-court angles or ruthlessly down-the-line -- everything was firing on this day.


Nalbandian also had some very special backhand performances in those masters where he went through the big three. Wild changes of direction just for fun.
One day I'll find that special someone that I'll love as much as this guy loves Nishi's backhand.
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
It would be nice if statistics like number of Backhand winners in a match, tournament or career are easily available or even BH average speed/spin RPM etc. Tennis continues to bury its head in the ground and deny its fans of any significant statistics whereas all other pro sports are realizing that stats keep fans passionate about the sport. So, all arguments in tennis remain completely subjective because fans are deprived of all objective metrics unlike other sports. Then they wonder why the sport doesn’t attract young fans.
 

Gizo

Hall of Fame
It's not a match that I've watched back, but at the time I thought that the Agassi vs. Kafelnikov 2000 Australian Open final was an excellent display of backhand hitting from both players. There were a lot of backhand to backhand cross court exchanges between both players, and despite losing I thought that Kafelnikov's trademark backhand down the line was still very effective.
 

tsurismo5

Semi-Pro
Madrid 2011 Final Djokovic

Each time Djokovic hit his double hander, Nadal went 3 steps back in the rally. Outrageous!

This is pretty much the default answer. If you’re doing this to nadal on clay, your backhand wins. Crazy how some Madrid final was such noteworthy backhand performance that it immediately comes to mind.
 

6august

Hall of Fame
Djokovic Madrid 2011.

No one else in tennis history could deal with Rafa's FH ON CLAY the way Djokovic did that day.

Agassi, Safin, Nalbandian.... throw them in a clay match vs Rafa and we will see the difference. People like to talk about the match-up advantage between Djoko and Rafa but it's Djoko's BH that creates the advantage. That's why I put Djoko's BH as the greatest BH ever.

And I've seen all those guys since their debut, before someone is gonna say I've just watched tennis since 2011 LOL.

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BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
On grass: Djokovic Wimbledon 2011 final.
On hard: Djokovic US Open 2011 final.
On clay: Nadal Roland-Garros 2019 semifinal.
This has to be the epitome of recency bias. Tennis was indeed played before the last decade. ;) Just off the top of my head, some insane BH performances:

Safin 2000 USO final
Agassi 1995 AO final
Connors 1982 and 1983 USO finals
Edberg 1991 USO
 

topher

Hall of Fame
No Agassi, Connors, Wilander, Borg, Hewitt, Murray, Safin, etc.? All of those guys turned in performances that should be on a short list of great two-hander matches. Recency bias = the story of this board, as always.
How about the matches that formally announced the 2HBH was more than just a woman’s stroke? Connors over Rosewall in 74 Wimbledon and USO.

From clips and descriptions I’ve seen, the Connors backhand return was probably like nothing Rosewall had played against before.
 

Jaitock1991

Hall of Fame
One of those peaking Safin games surely have to be up there. Same goes for Nalbandian. To me, watching him at his best with that backhand was an artistic experience only rivaled by watching Fed.
 

WildRevolver

Semi-Pro
Talking about the Slam level:

On grass: Djokovic Wimbledon 2011 final.
On hard: Djokovic US Open 2011 final.
On clay: Nadal Roland-Garros 2019 semifinal.
That Novak Wimbledon performance was the first thing that came to mind. It was the first match I've watched where a player's backhand was completely dominating and making the opponent search for answers futilely.
 

WildRevolver

Semi-Pro
This has to be the epitome of recency bias. Tennis was indeed played before the last decade. ;) Just off the top of my head, some insane BH performances:

Safin 2000 USO final
Agassi 1995 AO final
Connors 1982 and 1983 USO finals
Edberg 1991 USO
That Agassi AO final is interesting for this thread. Yes, his backhand was a monster that day. But I'd argue his serve and return was what won him that match more than his backhand.
 

Jason Swerve

Professional
This has to be the epitome of recency bias. Tennis was indeed played before the last decade. ;) Just off the top of my head, some insane BH performances:

Safin 2000 USO final
Agassi 1995 AO final
Connors 1982 and 1983 USO finals
Edberg 1991 USO
Most of them are children. I'm convinced.
 

metsman

G.O.A.T.
I gave this thread a day+, yet no one has said Safin and conclusively ended the thread. This whole place needs to be banned before things get much worse.
 

Jason Swerve

Professional
I gave this thread a day+, yet no one has said Safin and conclusively ended the thread. This whole place needs to be banned before things get much worse.
One day it's Safin, the next it's Baghdatis, the next it's Sinner. It's a joke a day here while we wait for one of these 20-something grown men to finally beat Djokodal at a slam.
 

Clay lover

Hall of Fame
Considering how many backhands Hewitt made Nalbandian hit this has to be up there in terms of consistent backhand brilliance. Didn't hit many BH winners but this is partly due to Hewitt having one of the most tenacious backhands even post-decline. I liked this match a lot not just because of what it told us about Nalby but also how it does Hewitt justice -- tenacious, super balanced off both wings, and not without aggression. For a person labelled a counterpuncher he was probably more aggressive than a lot of players today.

 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
Considering how many backhands Hewitt made Nalbandian hit this has to be up there in terms of consistent backhand brilliance. Didn't hit many BH winners but this is partly due to Hewitt having one of the most tenacious backhands even post-decline. I liked this match a lot not just because of what it told us about Nalby but also how it does Hewitt justice -- tenacious, super balanced off both wings, and not without aggression. For a person labelled a counterpuncher he was probably more aggressive than a lot of players today.

This match......what an absolutely thrilling and consistently rewatchable battle! Super underrated.

 

Sport

G.O.A.T.
This has to be the epitome of recency bias. Tennis was indeed played before the last decade. ;) Just off the top of my head, some insane BH performances:

Safin 2000 USO final
Agassi 1995 AO final
Connors 1982 and 1983 USO finals
Edberg 1991 USO
This has to be the epitome of nostalgia bias (Rosy retrospection).

The sport evolves, and subsequently the level increases with years. The quality of the baseline groundstokes in the 1990s was overall inferior. It logically follows that a primarily baseline shot like the backhand will have produced the better shots in the 2010s.
 

Sport

G.O.A.T.
7 winners 13 UFE??? Djokovic's backhand against Rafa in 2015 was way better.
No, it wasn't. Djokovic made 20 unforced errors with the backhand in that match, so not a reliable shot. And his winners count is inflated against the worst ever version of Nadal (a Nadal that basically gave up in the third set). Why didn¡t you choose Djokovic's backhand stats against Nadal in RG 2012, RG 2013 or RG 2014? Because he was facing prime Nadal, and so his numbers were not so inflated.

Carlos Moyá signed as the new Nadal's coach on December 2016. With moyá, Nadal's game acquired a more offensive style, which was particularly noticieable in the backhand shot. Nadal's backhand from 2017 onwards has been more offensive than in the past. The pinnacle of this change can be observed in the RG 2019 SF, where he was able to execute 7 backhand winners, with only 13 unforced errors, despite playing in windy conditions. The windy conditions make it more difficult to execute winners and easier to make unforced errors.
 
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