Who has the best-looking 1 handed backhand?

Who has the most beautiful backhand?

  • Gaston Gaudio

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  • James Blake

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  • Ivan Ljubicic

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  • King Roger Federer

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  • Total voters
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  • Poll closed .

chiru

Professional
#6
thats pretty rediculous to say top 10 1 handers, i dont remember if gaudio is top 10 anymore, and i really dont care, cuz he makes no damage anywhere but clay, and never gets deep into majors anymore. blake is a joke. he has a good backhand but its clearly neither the most effective nor the best looking. its kinda like sampras' backhand IMO, the way he winds up, ball contact pt., and grip look similar from faraway.
 
#7
chiru said:
thats pretty rediculous to say top 10 1 handers, i dont remember if gaudio is top 10 anymore, and i really dont care, cuz he makes no damage anywhere but clay, and never gets deep into majors anymore. blake is a joke. he has a good backhand but its clearly neither the most effective nor the best looking. its kinda like sampras' backhand IMO, the way he winds up, ball contact pt., and grip look similar from faraway.
I'm sorry to disappointed you but Gaudio is currently the 9th best player in the world. For me, it is an excellent ranking!
 
#8
i dont understand why fed can take the cake on this one.

His BH is effective in the form of variety.

But due to his large repetoire of shots on that wing , he makes alot of UEs too.

And in a battle of aesthetics , he looks like he just swats a fly the way he strikes his BH.(Very Badminton-ish)


Ljubicic is UBER mechanical on his BH. He looks like a well oiled robot who cranks his shoulder and uncoils.

In terms of pure look , i must say Gaudio is extremely beautiful , and also very effective.

p.s Wheres Kuerten T_T
 
#11
Yea Haas BH is freakishly good when he's not throwing racquets and cussing.

lol Grim , i meant Kuerten in the context of this poll.

No one struck a BH as beautiful as him. <-- in case any of you hard headed people want to quote me in verbatim , this is opinion ><
 
#12
Queensryche said:
i dont understand why fed can take the cake on this one.

His BH is effective in the form of variety.

But due to his large repetoire of shots on that wing , he makes alot of UEs too.

And in a battle of aesthetics , he looks like he just swats a fly the way he strikes his BH.(Very Badminton-ish)


Ljubicic is UBER mechanical on his BH. He looks like a well oiled robot who cranks his shoulder and uncoils.

In terms of pure look , i must say Gaudio is extremely beautiful , and also very effective.

p.s Wheres Kuerten T_T
Listen to this man.
 

ShcMad

Hall of Fame
#15
Queensryche said:
i dont understand why fed can take the cake on this one.

His BH is effective in the form of variety.

But due to his large repetoire of shots on that wing , he makes alot of UEs too.

And in a battle of aesthetics , he looks like he just swats a fly the way he strikes his BH.(Very Badminton-ish)


Ljubicic is UBER mechanical on his BH. He looks like a well oiled robot who cranks his shoulder and uncoils.

In terms of pure look , i must say Gaudio is extremely beautiful , and also very effective.

p.s Wheres Kuerten T_T

I believe how a pro's backhand looks is all a matter of preference. However, I couldn't agree with this man anymore.
IMHO, Lubo's bh looks somewhat unnatural. It is very very mechanical-looking with an extremely short yet simple takeback. I'm not arguing with its effectiveness though. While back in the days, I used to love mechanical-looking backhands and forehands, nowadays, I'm not a big fan of them.
I enjoy watching Gaudio's and Gasquet's backhands way more. Gasquet's seems very natural, with a whip-like motion at the end. And, it looks like he does an educated-wrist release just before contact with the ball, thus leading to further explosiveness. It seems like he's not trying to hold anything back, and lets everything out after uncoiling everything.
 

!Tym

Hall of Fame
#16
Sergi Bruguera--end of discussion. Really, you should see it sometime in practice. Just kidding.

A close second might be PETR KORDA'S backhand!!!! Oh my goodness, I don't know how anyone can even begin mentioning the one-handed backhand without mentioning this beaut.

Guga's was always too gangly looking for me, actually all his strokes, just never found the look of them appealing at all. But most do, so that's definitely just me.

Pioline's is equally as as beautiful as Korda's. Swashbuckling, like the broad flowing strokes of an impressionist painter. Beautiful but in a different way from Korda's whose was pure elan, yet sleek. Korda's backhand was the jaguar of tennis strokes.

Other than that Stich's was nice, but JUST nice...lacked any signature quality to it.

Arazi's backhand ends with a wonderful flair to it, and looks unique on the takeback because it looks like a slice initially the way the racket face is kind of tilted back.

Leconte had a way of twizzle-sticking it sometimes that was really cute.

Forget's was timeless and stately.

Haas? NO WAY. I think it's BY FAR the most overrated tennis stroke in terms of aesthetics, he's just too mechanical looking for me the way he looks when hitting it.
 
N

Nightcrawler

Guest
#20
Gaudio's backhand is the best looking.

However, Federer's backhand is more effective, as is the rest of his game right now.
 
#21
Edberg, for me, had absolutely the most gorgeous backhand ever. Time
stood still when he took that marvellous windup and then exploded into
the ball finishing with a wonderful high and straight follow thru. For some
of the young fellows here, if you haven't seen it, you are really missing
something extraordinary. Go get some DVDs of the Wimbledon 88 or 89
finals and just marvel at that backhand.
 
#22
Apart from Edberg, I think Guga has a super looking stroke as well,
though the backswing is a bit awkward. Haven't seen Gasquet much,
Gaudio's looks terrific too. Fed is smooth, but somewhat abbreviated, his backswing is not as long as Edberg or Guga, so it doesn't look as aesthetically pleasing to my eye. Korda also was fun to watch, great
timing and racket head speed and a flowing stroke.
 

Vlad

Professional
#23
Gasquet has the sickest one... Guga could control the point with his backhand and had very pretty one..

Roger has excellent control when take it early...

Haas has excellent one... as well as Gaudio...

Blake does not belong in the same category with those guys... although he has the deadliest forehand in business...after Roger of course...
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
#24
How about Tommy Haas? I think he's got the best one-handed backhand of anyone currently on tour.

Blake is not in that top tier. His backhand is more defensive and just to keep the ball in play.
 

djones

Hall of Fame
#28
Gaudio, Haas!

Ljubicic's bakchand (also his other strokes) looks ugly to me.
And it's only because he's a high ranked player since 2005, why he gets such many votes for 'best this', 'best looking that'!
 

Ripper

Hall of Fame
#30
chiru said:
...blake is a joke. he has a good backhand but its clearly neither the most effective nor the best looking. its kinda like sampras' backhand IMO, the way he winds up, ball contact pt., and grip look similar from faraway.
His bh is not a joke. You can't call a weapon a joke. I agree, though, that it's not very stylish.
 

Ripper

Hall of Fame
#31
Andy Hewitt said:
I don't think I've ever seen someone mis-hit so many backhands into the stands than Roger. Looks good none the less though.
Makes you think if he'd be, even, more dominating with a larger head... Sorry, sorry, don't want to start that argument, again ;)
 
#32
You people are insane, Gaudio should be leading this poll by 20 votes!! His backhand is truly a work of art, the most eye-pleasing. The most effective would probably be Haas (not best looking)
 

Slazenger

Professional
#35
BreakPoint said:
How about Tommy Haas? I think he's got the best one-handed backhand of anyone currently on tour.

Blake is not in that top tier. His backhand is more defensive and just to keep the ball in play.
I like Haas's BH. Effective but not what I would call good looking.

Blake's BH is definitely no defensive or just to keep the ball in play. he returns serve aggresively with his BH and hits some service return winners off that wing.
His FH is just more aggressive and as such is his main weapon so it may seem like the BH is not doing as much but he definitely works the BH and attacks with it as well.
 

Slazenger

Professional
#36
As for the question, my favourite is without a doubt Gasquet.
That is one fierce stroke. I agree with the other poster who mentioned something about a wrist release. There's a bit of an educated snap as he goes into the stroke. Big on power, big on aesthetics.

JHH is second in aesthetics. The way she rips that semi western BH with her tiny frame. She gets MAJOR points in my book.

I don't really get what's so cool about Guga's stroke. It is his almost 180 degree neck turn that I find amazing, but the stroke isn't all that IMO.
 
#38
Queensryche said:
i dont understand why fed can take the cake on this one.



Ljubicic is UBER mechanical on his BH. He looks like a well oiled robot who cranks his shoulder and uncoils.

In terms of pure look , i must say Gaudio is extremely beautiful , and also very effective.

p.s Wheres Kuerten T_T
I love the way Ljubicic hits the bh! Text book perfect, never opens his shoulders too soon, and great shoulder and hip rotation. The guy can absolutely drive the ball! Gaudio does indeed have a beautiful backhand - I hear the same of Gasquet (haven't seen him enough to comment). I think, in the end, for sheer asthectics and effectivness, I'd have to go with Guga's.

Too bad Justine wasn't in the poll... :cool:
 
#40
federer shanks so many balls because he is one of the players who actually whips the racket up and through the ball to create massive topsin and heaviness of the ball. If you look, he has a massive amount of racquet acceleration unlike most of the other one handers. if you look at the finishes, most players have the racket at the sme position they started it in, while fed has rolled over the ball.
 

Slazenger

Professional
#42
ZoomUltraflight said:
federer shanks so many balls because he is one of the players who actually whips the racket up and through the ball to create massive topsin and heaviness of the ball. If you look, he has a massive amount of racquet acceleration unlike most of the other one handers. if you look at the finishes, most players have the racket at the sme position they started it in, while fed has rolled over the ball.
Umm, Gasquet's BH is even whippier than Fed's and his swing is a bit more elaborate than Fed's but he rarely shanks BHs.
In otherwords I don't think it's merely a case of he hits with topspin. Other 1 handers hit with topspin and don't shank as much.
 

diegaa

Hall of Fame
#44
Simon Cowell said:
You people are insane, Gaudio should be leading this poll by 20 votes!! His backhand is truly a work of art, the most eye-pleasing.
Ditto. Guga´s was IMO a little nicer, but havent seen him around for a long time now..
 
#45
Feliciano Lopez, I don't think is the most effective one but, it is always nice to see a lefty with a one handed. He gets a lot of pace on that shot too.....Arazi would be another lefty with a nice one handed..
 

ShcMad

Hall of Fame
#46
Slazenger said:
Umm, Gasquet's BH is even whippier than Fed's and his swing is a bit more elaborate than Fed's but he rarely shanks BHs.
In otherwords I don't think it's merely a case of he hits with topspin. Other 1 handers hit with topspin and don't shank as much.
Exactly right. I don't think I've ever seen Gasquet frame a backhand. Maybe once. On the other hand, during the 1st set of Fed vs. Lubo at the Nasdaq-100 Open Final, I was actually getting mad at Roger for shanking so many backhands.
IMHO, Gasquet's bh is much whippier, more penetrating, with much more topspin. His swing is also very different from that of Fed. It is way more elaborate and he possesses a more loose wrist and arm that together serve as a slingshot. While, it is not exactly textbook, who can argue with its effectiveness?
 

Polaris

Hall of Fame
#47
edberg505 said:
The best looking one is Gasquet, but the most effective is Rog
Agree. I was watching Safin-Gasquet and was amazed at the way Gasquet unloaded on some backhands despite being out of position. Federer's variety is what sets him apart, however - not just w.r.t the backhand but w.r.t most aspects of the game.
 

chess9

Hall of Fame
#49
GUGA!!!

What can you guys be thinking? He is the master!!! A puppet on a string...Looser than Pamela Anderson's bra strap....I love the guy.

-Robert
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