I constantly marvel at just how potent and powerful Laver's backhand was, but most amazing to me is how it seems like a complete anachronism as a stroke. He was telling the tennis future way before it happened and his backhand stroke mechanics look basically as modern, free flowing and fluid as modern day one-handers. More remarkable still though is that Laver was using a wooden racket with a smaller head size and sweet spot where the chances of a miss hit are much higher when taking such exaggerated and accelerated swings at the ball. Laver's forehand doesn't stack up quite so well in terms of offering immediately transposable technique to the game of today, Borg's for example was significantly more evolved. However, his backhand was extremely nostradamic and I believe that Laver's game was more or less as modern as Borg's -- if not in style (all encompassing all-court style no longer modern place) -- then in the mechanical sense, despite coming along much earlier.