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I ask because (1) I've never really paid that much attention, and (2) conventional wisdom says the one-hander is at a big disadvantage against a kickserve.

Safe to say it's not Roger, who blocks many of his returns and is a dear in Rafa's headlights. Nor is it Gasquet, who simply concedes way to much real estate.

Stan  :confused1:  The knock on Stan is that Rafa pushes him all over the place.

Haas or Dimitrov? Perhaps  :dunno:

Or...
Youzhny
Robredo
Almagro
Kohli
Other

I'm going to watch this closely this year. I know it drives pawan nuts that we spend so much time gushing over 1HBH  :)~ but this time I'm going to break it down by analyzing its alleged weakness.
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Re: Who has the best 1HBH ROS? (this may take all year to answer)
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2014, 10:15:41 PM »
Probably Robredo.
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Re: Who has the best 1HBH ROS? (this may take all year to answer)
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2014, 10:19:34 PM »
I'll take a look. I know Almagro's pretty strong.
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Re: Who has the best 1HBH ROS? (this may take all year to answer)
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2014, 10:24:01 PM »
lol

Try to find a good matchup like Isner or Karlovic vs ??? and all you get to see are aces
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Re: Who has the best 1HBH ROS? (this may take all year to answer)
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2014, 10:32:02 PM »
Never would have expected this, Isner serving to Haas's BH for 5 minutes...and it's not good for our boy Tommy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coH8FEA5VIQ

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Re: Who has the best 1HBH ROS? (this may take all year to answer)
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2014, 10:41:25 PM »
One of my favorite of my pictures, Verdasco returning Isner's serve. He takes it just off the baseline and well above his shoulder.

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Re: Who has the best 1HBH ROS? (this may take all year to answer)
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2014, 10:58:35 PM »
For my money, on this 1 shot -- BH ROS -- this guy was the best. Couldn't push Ljubicic around.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0m85wWbhOFQ


But, of course, I need to know who it is today. Maybe it is Stan :dunno:

Or Almagro  ;-()
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Re: Who has the best 1HBH ROS? (this may take all year to answer)
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2014, 11:03:17 PM »
Almagro's "trick" explained. Dude doesn't get cheated, regardless of the degree of difficulty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0b_v83eLBAM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3VzriWX7k0


My vote goes to Almagro for the reason the guy in the first video explains: because of his grip, he never hits a defensive slice. He takes his cuts :hammer:
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Re: Who has the best 1HBH ROS? (this may take all year to answer)
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2014, 02:14:29 PM »
Mine. I promise you. No contest.  :)~

I like Kohli's backhand ROS. When he isn't getting aced due to his midget size (relatively speaking), his block back returns are usually deeper on average than Roger's, and he isn't afraid to go down the line from the ad court for clean winners which seems like such a cool shot.

I am always partial to Youzhny but he drops the ball short quite often


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Re: Who has the best 1HBH ROS? (this may take all year to answer)
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2014, 02:20:05 PM »
I wouldn't be surprised if Kohli is right up there. I've watched him a lot, but never really paid close attention to how he handles this ball.
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Re: Who has the best 1HBH ROS? (this may take all year to answer)
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2014, 02:31:05 PM »
Here's what I recall of the Nadal vs Wawrinka matchup

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jujLnoXxvU

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Re: Who has the best 1HBH ROS? (this may take all year to answer)
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2014, 11:01:09 PM »
Tough call but my vote goes to Kohli definitely. I just remembered his two wins vs Isner and he was amazing.
Others would be Almagro and Stan.

Haas is out of the picture considering his bad h2h vs big servers, but otherwise he's pretty solid when he starts reading. Sometimes its way too long in the match though.
But match vs Isner at RG last year was one of the best ROS's off all time. Seriously it was that good. So many ROS winners that it looked so cool considering it was Isner on the other side.

Lopez is also not bad either considering he can produce enough slice to confuse the server.
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Re: Who has the best 1HBH ROS? (this may take all year to answer)
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2014, 11:04:31 PM »
Tough call but my vote goes to Kohli definitely. I just remembered his two wins vs Isner and he was amazing.
Others would be Almagro and Stan.

Haas is out of the picture considering his bad h2h vs big servers, but otherwise he's pretty solid when he starts reading. Sometimes its way too long in the match though.

Lopez is also not bad either considering he can produce enough slice to confuse the server.

Yeah. The reason I excluded him is his defensive approach. I discount others who block and chip rather than muscle up and rip, so Lopez doesn't get a pass because all he does is slice and chip.
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Re: Who has the best 1HBH ROS? (this may take all year to answer)
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2014, 11:07:22 PM »
Tough call but my vote goes to Kohli definitely. I just remembered his two wins vs Isner and he was amazing.
Others would be Almagro and Stan.

Haas is out of the picture considering his bad h2h vs big servers, but otherwise he's pretty solid when he starts reading. Sometimes its way too long in the match though.

Lopez is also not bad either considering he can produce enough slice to confuse the server.

Yeah. The reason I excluded him is his defensive approach. I discount others who block and chip rather than muscle up and rip, so Lopez doesn't get a pass because all he does is slice and chip.

Yeah fair enough although chip and charge from ROS position is pretty damn difficult to produce these days. But yeah I get what you are saying. He blocks too much though.
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