The best backhand ever?

hoodjem

G.O.A.T.
Yes, Edberg's and Laver's backhands were two of the best.

Also, Lendl's topspin and Rosewall's slice, skidder backhand.
 
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GPB

Professional
I know he deserves no place in this thread, but I was impressed with Nicolas Almagro's backhand against Monfils in Mexico. I've never seen (or even heard of) Almagro before, but his backhand was a beauty to watch!
 

jaggy

Talk Tennis Guru
I am a fan of the onehander and would go with Edberg. However, Safins 2 hander is amazing
 

BTURNER

Legend
I go for Connors. That backhand could do anything for him. Not the most beautiful shot in history, but he could hit any spin to any part of court including moderate top, flat , slice and sidespin, return serve, approach, rally on any surface, lob, and volley with both hands on the racket. other honorable mentions in the doublehanded category include Borg, Agassi, and Wilander (first one I know to develop a 1 handed slice to compliment his two hander) For one handers besides Edberg: Vilas, Sampras, Pat Cash,and Federer cannot be forgotten.
 
We're talking about one handers here though. Although I definitely admire Connor's two-hander. Have you seen Agassi's though...
 
Muster. Mantilla. Corretja.
All these guys we're mentioning yes, they all had awesome backhands.
But Edberg, Rosewall, Laver and maybe even Federer hit their backhands all with an effortlessness about them and that was what made them so special.

True, Muster certainly had a powerful backhand, but it wasn't hit with the same effortlessness and grace that Edberg or Rosewall hit theirs.
 
All these guys we're mentioning yes, they all had awesome backhands.
But Edberg, Rosewall, Laver and maybe even Federer hit their backhands all with an effortlessness about them and that was what made them so special.

True, Muster certainly had a powerful backhand, but it wasn't hit with the same effortlessness and grace that Edberg or Rosewall hit theirs.
I think Guga had the best one hander. I would have mentioned Federer but I can't go with someone who runs around their backhand. I was surprised when I noticed Muster virtually had no loop to his back hand. Seemed like he drew it back and down and muscled it which while effective you're right about it lacking grace.

Is this limited to guys only cause I know it's an easy response but I do like Henin's backhand as well.
 

matchmaker

Hall of Fame
For me Kuerten and Becker had the best onehanders.

For twohanders I am looking at Connors, Agassi, Rios and Nalbandian.
 

adidasman

Professional
All these guys we're mentioning yes, they all had awesome backhands.
But Edberg, Rosewall, Laver and maybe even Federer hit their backhands all with an effortlessness about them and that was what made them so special.

True, Muster certainly had a powerful backhand, but it wasn't hit with the same effortlessness and grace that Edberg or Rosewall hit theirs.
Yes, Muster's backhand was/is not pretty, but brutally effective. I'd put Mantilla's backhand over almost anyone's, though - man, it was just perfect. Pioline had a beauty as well. I brought those three up because I knew no one else would (and I happen to really like all three as players). However, there's no way to top Laver and Rosewall, the best backhands ever.
 
Alright I have to check out footage of Rosewall and Laver. I can't picture their backhands in my head.

It seems like all French players have nice one handed backhands. Maybe it's something in the water.

If Phillippoussis hasn't been mentioned his one hander was a cannon. I don't know if anyone had more pace than he did. I suspect some hit harder but I've never seen anything like it.
 
Alright I have to check out footage of Rosewall and Laver. I can't picture their backhands in my head.

It seems like all French players have nice one handed backhands. Maybe it's something in the water.

If Phillippoussis hasn't been mentioned his one hander was a cannon. I don't know if anyone had more pace than he did. I suspect some hit harder but I've never seen anything like it.

Take a look at this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We3Hf9C-PP8
 

pc1

G.O.A.T.
Alright I have to check out footage of Rosewall and Laver. I can't picture their backhands in my head.

It seems like all French players have nice one handed backhands. Maybe it's something in the water.

If Phillippoussis hasn't been mentioned his one hander was a cannon. I don't know if anyone had more pace than he did. I suspect some hit harder but I've never seen anything like it.
There's a clearer picture of Laver's backhand in this video. Actually at this point in time Connors probably had the better backhand.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SptdffCeVmM

During Laver's time, he and Rosewall were considered to have the best backhands and I believe Kenny's was considered a bit better.

Check out Laver's backhand at 4:34. Laver's backhand may be the most versatile of all time and many thought his forehand was superior to his backhand!
 

hoodjem

G.O.A.T.
1. Laver
2. Budge
3. Rosewall
4. Edberg
5. Connors
6. Agassi
7. Kuerten
8. Vilas
9. Gasquet
10. Rios
11. Becker
12. Lacoste
13. Ashe
14. Borg
15. Kovacs
 
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pc1

G.O.A.T.
1. Laver
2. Budge
3. Rosewall
4. Edberg
5. Connors
6. Agassi
7. Kuerten
8. Vilas
9. Gasquet
10. Rios
Aside from the ones above, in no particular order I'll toss in the ring these names also.

1. Kovacs-Jack Kramer said he couldn't serve and volley against him, Budge and Bromwich on the backhand.
2. Ashe-His backhand and Laver's are the most versatile backhands I've ever seen. They said his versatility may have hurt him in that he had too many shots to choose from.
Just check the video out and you will understand why I think his backhand's great. Ashe's opponent in the youtube video had a pretty decent backhand also. lol.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpdPX9avs1M
3. Bjorn Borg-Never missed and his backhand may very well been as good or better than Connors. It was a very versatile backhand in that he could slice the ball on approach shots, a very good lob off that side and his topspin backhand passing shots on that side were legendary. Maybe the most error free backhand ever.
4. Lacoste-Was known for perhaps having the best backhand ever before Budge.
5. Miloslav Mecir-I'm sure this is a bit of a surprise but I thought his backhand was fabulous. He was so talented, great angles, touch, movement. It's a shame his career ended so quickly. He should have been one of the all time greats. His forehand was pretty super also. Heck a lot of his game was pretty super.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qlb5Py25DPM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2bzlj4ypvw

6. Mats Wilander
7. Bill Tilden
 
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1. Laver
2. Budge
3. Rosewall
4. Edberg
5. Connors
6. Agassi
7. Kuerten
8. Vilas
9. Gasquet
10. Rios
Is this in particular order? Seems like people on here have a strange hard-on for pre-open era players. People rave about Rosewall's backhand, and it was great, but it was a flat slice backhand. That's all he could hit. That's pretty limited. Laver's was indeed sweet.

No Safin? Surely if Gasquet gets a nod then Safin deserves to. Nadal deserves some love too. He has one of the most devastating two-handers in history. And I'll take Federer's over Vilas'. I also feel like Borg and/or Lendl should be in the mix too.
 
I go for Connors. That backhand could do anything for him. Not the most beautiful shot in history, but he could hit any spin to any part of court including moderate top, flat , slice and sidespin, return serve, approach, rally on any surface, lob, and volley with both hands on the racket. other honorable mentions in the doublehanded category include Borg, Agassi, and Wilander (first one I know to develop a 1 handed slice to compliment his two hander) For one handers besides Edberg: Vilas, Sampras, Pat Cash,and Federer cannot be forgotten.
It would be difficult to make a call between Agassi and Connors for 2 handers. Agassi had more topspin and could generate more "power". Connors was so clean, so simple, SO effficient, and had more variety, with shades of underspin, though, he did not have the more severe topspin dippers and angles of Agassi. A toss-up. Connors 2 handed approach was probably better.
 

Zimbo

Semi-Pro
For consistency and for their great passing shots: Borg, Nadal, and Wilander
For bring the heat: Lendl, Agassi, Safin, and Connors
For beauty and variety: Guga, Fed, and Edberg

Becker, Murray, and Joker's backhand should also get honorable mention
 
For lesser known players:
Mancini (among the most powerful and most heavy backhands EVER)
Pavel
Stoltenberg
Leconte/Arazzi
Yzaga

All had spectacular backhands.
 
As for the FedExpress, I do like his backhand. But, how many times has it let him down? I don't think it ever was his "go-to" shot, but it was a weapon on a good day.
 

abmk

Bionic Poster
among those I've seen quite a bit of,

connors,borg,edberg,agassi,kuerten,safin,nalbandian

Edberg's BH isn't talked about much, it was a thing of beauty and he could do almost anything with it
 
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abmk

Bionic Poster
becker ???? seriously ?????? he isn't better than federer, let alone the likes of nalby,agassi,connors,borg,kuerten,safin !
 

hoodjem

G.O.A.T.
1. Laver
2. Budge
3. Rosewall
4. Edberg
5. Connors
6. Agassi
7. Kuerten
8. Vilas
9. Gasquet
10. Rios
11. Becker
12. Lacoste
13. Ashe
14. Borg
15. Kovacs
16. Safin
17. Nalbandian
18. Nadal
19. Mancini
20. Lendl
 
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pc1

G.O.A.T.
1. Laver
2. Budge
3. Rosewall
4. Edberg
5. Connors
6. Agassi
7. Kuerten
8. Vilas
9. Gasquet
10. Rios
11. Becker
12. Lacoste
13. Ashe
14. Borg
15. Kovacs
16. Safin
17. Nalbandian
18. Nadal
19. Mancini
20. Lendl
Hoodjem,

No doubt Budge had a great backhand but I've read he was often aced on the service return which means to me that while he hit a lot of winners on the return, he paid for it. The other thing was that I heard he couldn't chip the ball well on the backhand at all and the means to me a lack of touch. That's a couple of negatives to me that I don't feel Rosewall and Laver had.

I read some people stating that Rosewall's backhand was semi-flat and they indicate he couldn't do what some backhands could do. I've seen a lot of Rosewall in person and on video and trust me when I say that the man was almost never aced and almost always got his racket on the ball to return it. Dennis Ralston wrote an article on the service return and he stated that at the time he wrote the article that Rosewall had not missed a backhand return of serve in two weeks. That's astounding!

Rosewall generally hit the ball back low against serve and volleyers but he could also drive the ball back with great power passing the volleyer. He could hit sharp angles plus he had a great lob on the backhand side. He also had an excellent drop shot on the backhand side and it was one of the most consistent backhands ever, along with Borg.

There was really nothing Rosewall didn't have an answer to on the backhand side. I read he could hit topspin in practice but why do it if you already have a backhand that has the answer to all situations.

Arthur Ashe ranked Rosewall's and Laver's backhand as the best he had ever seen. He wrote this in the late 1979's when Borg and Connors were in their prime. It's not as if Ashe didn't respect Borg and Connors at that point. Ashe wrote at that point that he felt Borg was the GOAT and yet he still ranked Rosewall's and Laver's backhand the best he had ever seen.
 
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