Most Beautiful 2HBH

#51
1. Mecir - elegant, soft, wonderful disguise
2. Hingis - smooth, proficient, flexible
3. Nalbandian - clean, beautifully controlled power
4. Nishikori - compact, versatile
5. Safin/Venus - sharp, fierce, simplicity at it's finest.
I actually like this list but Venus and Safin should be higher. A lot of these newbies never saw the peak Venus backhand. She was like a surgeon with it and extremely powerful.
 
#52
Each one of his shots is a joy to watch. But the overall game could be a pain sometimes being a fan of him.
I know exactly what you mean... I hate how he can be up 40-0 or 40-15 and lose it, both on serve or on return... He's got all the shots to be great, but not the overall game.
 
#55
Safin's 2HBH wasn't aesthetically pleasing. He was a brute who could pummel the ball. He used an extremely low powered racquet too, the original Prestige Classic.
 
#56
You can only like what you have seen/experienced.
Come on all you young punks, Youtube is your friend!
Check out a few Mecir matches before you make your pronouncements.
 

skaj

Professional
#58
What are we talking about here? Esthetics or effectiveness? Hello, it's Djokovic. Nobody comes even close. Shall I post some videos?

Yes, Nalbandian was great. It looked pretty. Safin too. I'm a big fan of both of them.

Djokovic on the stretch ... can destroy you with his BH. Is everyone silly nowadays :)?
Hmm, nobody comes close to what? Nalbandian's is at least as effective, plus prettier. The latter of course is a matter of taste. I've heard a commentator saying that Novak looks like he is using a broom when he is hitting his backhand. Personally, I find it to be one of the better looking two-handers, although not among the most beautiful ones.
 
#75
Just saying, if you're being sincere, I think you're the only one in the world who believes this. Even people who bash Federer's backhand admit that it's beautiful to watch. I don't even like Federer but I think his backhand is not only pretty, but is much more effective than most people give it credit for, and it used to be even better.
 
#76
Just saying, if you're being sincere, I think you're the only one in the world who believes this. Even people who bash Federer's backhand admit that it's beautiful to watch. I don't even like Federer but I think his backhand is not only pretty, but is much more effective than most people give it credit for, and it used to be even better.
Oh that, it's a myth of a sort, Federer's backhand being beautiful. I have explained it somewhere in this forum already.

I've heard people saying that Federer's backhand is aesthetically pleasing, but it's sort of a myth I would say, and I am not talking about the crazed fans here. I think people see his style of play as classic and beautiful(I agree of course), and think that one-handed backhands are always pretty(prejudice), they also connect beautiful classic playing styles with beautiful one-handers, so the conclusion goes => "Federer's backhand must be beautiful", while in reality it's a rather awkward shot. It might look pretty sometimes, from certain angles, but if you pay attention it is not a nice looking stroke at all - his upper body looks quite stiff while he's hitting the ball, like he has some kind of a spasm in the neck/shoulders area, his right shoulder is too high, shrugging almost, his head goes down too low, and his racket doesn't roll over the ball nicely, the impact is simple and not too fluid. Also that left arm looks odd back there, elbow, wrist and fingers are bent in an ugly way; and the arms look funny when separating, a bit like an exaggerated "here it is” gesture...

The rest of his game is quite gorgeous though :):love:
 
#80
We always talk about the beauty and finesse of the one-handed backhand, but there are definitely some who pull off the 2-hander with just as much if not more grace.
For me there's a clear #1 on this front:


I know some others favor Nalbandian, Mecir, or Djokovic. Whose 2-handed backhand was the most aesthetically pleasing?

Wow, Safin getting loved. It was only two days ago I was fighting for him being rated above Hewitt. Lol. And from a Djokovic fan no less!
 
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