NOVAKS FOREHAND OVER BACKHAND

I WAS ANALYZING NOVAKS AND RAFAS GAMEPLAY A LITTLE BIT AND 1 COMMON THING I NOTICED WAS THAT THEY BOTH CONVERT BACKHAND BALLS AND HIT A FOREHAND BUT BOTH OF THEM HAVE A GREAT BACKHAND AND CAN EASILY DOMINATE THE OPPONENTS SO WHY THEY GO FOR CONVERTING OF SHOTS ?
 

Djinn

Rookie
Because as good as their backhands are, their forehands are clearly better than their backhands. This is absolutely true for Rafa. It's not as clear for Djokovic, but it's true in his case as well. There are very few Pros who have their non-dominant shot be better than their dominant shot. Examples include Gasquet.
 

mavsman149

Hall of Fame
I’d argue Mardy Fish is one of the few who had better backhands too

Venus on the womens side

edit: also Benoit Paire
 
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skaj

Legend
Djokovic has a significantly better backhand than Nadal, who cannot easily dominate opponents from that side. However, even if you have one of the best backhands ever like Djokoloco, you will dictate from the forehand side most of the time(unless your forehand is rubbish).
 

skaj

Legend
I’d argue Mardy Fish is one of the few who had better backhands too

Venus on the womens side
Nalbandian was one of not many players whose backhand was so good that he could dominate with it as much as with his (very solid)forehand.
 

mavsman149

Hall of Fame
Nalbandian was one of not many players whose backhand was so good that he could dominate with it as much as with his (very solid)forehand.
Incredible 2 hander, I still think Nalbandian’s forehand was better though.

of course if you’re ranking his strokes versus the field his backhand would be ranked better than his forehand
 
Nalbandian was one of not many players whose backhand was so good that he could dominate with it as much as with his (very solid)forehand.
I guess Nadal forehand is a complete package of power top sin as well as control so that's why he prefers it might be acc. to me
 
Incredible 2 hander, I still think Nalbandian’s forehand was better though.

of course if you’re ranking his strokes versus the field his backhand would be ranked better than his forehand
I guess Nadal forehand is a complete package of power top sin as well as control so that's why he prefers it might be acc. to me
what's your views
 

Mad Jon

New User
I WAS ANALYZING NOVAKS AND RAFAS GAMEPLAY A LITTLE BIT AND 1 COMMON THING I NOTICED WAS THAT THEY BOTH CONVERT BACKHAND BALLS AND HIT A FOREHAND BUT BOTH OF THEM HAVE A GREAT BACKHAND AND CAN EASILY DOMINATE THE OPPONENTS SO WHY THEY GO FOR CONVERTING OF SHOTS ?
WHAT????
 

socallefty

Legend
Maybe this article will help the OP understand as the %s are higher to win the point when you hit an inside FH from the BH corner even for those with the best BHs.


This research paper in the conclusion says that the player who hits the most inside FHs usually wins the match as it is a very offensive style of play that wins more points.

 
Maybe this article will help the OP understand as the %s are higher to win the point when you hit an inside FH from the BH corner even for those with the best BHs.

thanks man
 

skaj

Legend
I guess Nadal forehand is a complete package of power top sin as well as control so that's why he prefers it might be acc. to me
Not sure what that has to do with my post. Anyway, Nadal has one of the best forehands ever. So does Gonzalez. Neither have one of the best backhands, so no wonder both were choosing their forehand most of the time. But either way, forehands are just more dominant in general. People who had the best of the both worlds usually had a forehand as their dominant shot(Davenport, Agassi, Henin, Serena).
 
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