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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.
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.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.
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.
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...
Wow, that actually looks like a continental grip, held in a "hammer" like fashion.
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.
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.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).