Long Live The 1 Hand Backhand: Tommy Haas

asifallasleep

Hall of Fame
Tommy Haas in the first set against Ferrer shows what a beautiful, magical, varied and elegant stroke the one hand backhand is. Old school all court tennis is such a joy to watch!!!! Hope Tommy can pull the match out.
 

6-1 6-3 6-0

Banned
Haas? Just another Jerzy Janowicz, beats a top player then makes a deep run in a Masters 1000. Won't ever have an impact anywhere else. :p
 

Sid_Vicious

G.O.A.T.
Haas? Just another Jerzy Janowicz, beats a top player then makes a deep run in a Masters 1000. Won't ever have an impact anywhere else. :p
Haas is a solid player with a great career. He is a 4 time GS semifinalist, former world number 2, won 13 titles including 1 masters 1000 title in there, and won a medal for his country at the olympics.

Janowicz does not even belong in the same sentence as Haas.
 

Ehh

Banned
I don't think Haas's 1hbh is particularly great, because it doesn't utilize the sole benefit a 1hbh has over a 2hbh: topspin.

Haas hits it very early and very flat, like a 1hbh version of Davydenko. But not as good. The 2-hander will always find it easier to hit flat, on the rise and re-direct shots.

Gasquet, on the other hand, takes full advantage of his backhand being a 1-hander, as he gets the kind of topspin that 2hbh's (and, heck, most forehands) can only dream of.
 

zagor

Bionic Poster
No love for Federer? I guess you agree with Sureshs in that Federer can't hit a backhand. :)

Anyways, you can add Wawrinka and Kohlschreiber to that list.
He's a longtime Petey die hard here who basically considers Fed to be a CC specialist who has an inflated slam count due to homogenized conditions and basically isn't even in the same league as Sampras and other GOAT candidates.

He also loves Gasquet and his 1HBH and laments the fact that Gasquet was born in this slow conditions era that defensive pushers like Fed are perfectly suited for (even though Fed is a much more aggressive player than Gasquet and stand closer to the baseline)

P.S. he also has another account here:

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/member.php?u=236
 

snr

Semi-Pro
For sure. The number if players with one handed backhand is quickly dwindling... I definitely see an advantage drivers for the juniors with two handed backhand, however I wish there were more of a variety of the two on tour. I really think that when it comes down to it, it's the homogenization if the surfaces may come into that.

I mean even if you have juniors who are Federer fans.. they see what happens to his backhand when he plays Nadal and just want to avoid the issue! (Yes I realize it's match up for them and not just the stroke, but that's for another post)

Hopefully dimitrov can continue with his somewhat all court game!
 
Right now the full/extreme eastern 1hbh like Haas' is a viable weapon... problem is guys like Stan and Almagro do have the champion level tennis IQ that a guy like Guga had to make it work.

Picking Haas to win Munich and knock off someone huge at RG...
 
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coloskier

Legend
Interesting to note that 3 of the 4 semifinalists in Munich play 1 hand backhands. (Haas, Kohlschreiber, Brand). Haas takes the final against Kohli 6-4. 7-6.
 

Ehh

Banned
Right now the full/extreme eastern 1hbh like Haas' is a viable weapon... problem is guys like Stan and Almagro do have the champion level tennis IQ that a guy like Guga had to make it work.

Picking Haas to win Munich and knock off someone huge at RG...


Tommy Haas has nowhere near an Extreme Eastern or even a 'Full' Eastern 1hbh grip. His grip is more conservative than Federer's, even.

Wawrinka has a Weak Eastern, yet strangely gets insane topspin with it, and Almagro and Gasquet both use Full Eastern backhands, with Gasquet's nudging ever so slightly towards Extreme Eastern.

Kohlschreiber uses Extreme Eastern.

And yeah, I noted that 3/4 of the semifinalists at Munich had 1hbh's (and, coincidentally ( - or not?) were German). I dunno what this says about the 1hbh - maybe these days it is still a viable option when the draw is weak and the tournament is small, but will always lose to 2hbh in big matches...? (Federer nonwithstanding).
 

hawk eye

Hall of Fame
Youzhny has a great one hander too. But he's also 30 something.
His flat DTL killer shot is still one of a kind imho.
 

BevelDevil

Hall of Fame


Tommy Haas has nowhere near an Extreme Eastern or even a 'Full' Eastern 1hbh grip. His grip is more conservative than Federer's, even.

Wawrinka has a Weak Eastern, yet strangely gets insane topspin with it, and Almagro and Gasquet both use Full Eastern backhands, with Gasquet's nudging ever so slightly towards Extreme Eastern.

Kohlschreiber uses Extreme Eastern.
Wow, that actually looks like a continental grip, held in a "hammer" like fashion.

Interesting that both Haas and Wawrinka also open up their chests a lot on their bhs.




And yeah, I noted that 3/4 of the semifinalists at Munich had 1hbh's (and, coincidentally ( - or not?) were German). I dunno what this says about the 1hbh - maybe these days it is still a viable option when the draw is weak and the tournament is small, but will always lose to 2hbh in big matches...? (Federer nonwithstanding).
It's still a viable weapon, it's just less common and still needs to be part of a complete package (like any stroke). Imagine if Haas were 25 or if Wawrinka never had a problem choking. Gasquet and Dimitrov are also held back by non-backhand issues.

Also keep in mind that when Djokdal aren't beating up on 1-handers, they are beating up on 2-handers.
 
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