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Who Ever Had A Prettier Backhand Than Ivan Lendl?

Connors
0 (0%)
Federer
9 (56.3%)
Kuerten
1 (6.3%)
Borg
2 (12.5%)
Becker
1 (6.3%)
Other
3 (18.8%)

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Voting closed: February 06, 2005, 10:02:41 PM

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Offline Jamesdster

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« on: February 06, 2005, 10:01:18 PM »
See subject above.  It is very similar to Henin's if you ask me.  Others??  Connors, Federer, Kuerten, Borg, Becker???
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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2005, 10:03:25 PM »
Federer's backhand is so nice it is scarey.  The fact that he never seems off balance puts it right up there with the best of the best to me.
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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2005, 04:26:42 PM »
I liked Lendl's backhand but for shot production,  I liked Edberg's and Leconte's better.  For the two-handies, Mecir had a great backhand to watch.
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2005, 10:03:20 PM »
Ahhhhhh...Miloslav Mecir...the big cat, one of the smoothest players EVER!
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2005, 11:00:33 PM »
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Ahhhhhh...Miloslav Mecir...the big cat, one of the smoothest players EVER!


He hardly seemed to even hit the ball but he'd rip one right down your line.  I loved how one person once described his service motion.  "It's like watching someone unfold a lounge chair." :lmao:
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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2005, 12:59:41 AM »
dont doubt for me that roger possess the best back hand i hav ever saw.
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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2005, 11:30:47 AM »
Federer's backhand is probably the prettiest. Safin got a nice one too, it's not as pretty as Fed's but it packs a good punch.
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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2005, 07:45:12 PM »
I voted for Guga.  Fed's is nice but under pressure he slices a lot.  A safe play for sure, but Kuerten's backhand is better.
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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2005, 11:14:10 PM »
Guga has a vary pretty stoke.
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2005, 09:47:31 AM »
I love all the backhands mentioned here, but I want to remind everyone of the forgotten beautiful one-hander possessed by Karel Novacek.

Two backhand shots I will never forget:

--Lendl's topspin backhand lob to save match point against Pat Cash (on Super Saturday at the USO?  or was it the AO?)

--Leconte's backhand pass of Sampras from way behind the baseline in the deuce corner (I think it was on a break point) early in the match in the DC final.  Cliff Drysdale yelled "The ball was behind him!  How did he do that?"

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« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2005, 11:25:16 AM »
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Ahhhhhh...Miloslav Mecir...the big cat, one of the smoothest players EVER!
Guys and Gals, I've seen a video of a French Open match between Mecir and Lendl and you wouldn't believe how slow they're hitting.  I know that was Mecir's game plan (to bore Ivan to death), but holy sheep they're seriously hitting softer than Henin versus Serena.  At one point I think I remember the crowd booing.  

Mecir was just massaging these moonballs to Lendl's backhand, and Lendl was looping them back.  Repeat.  Repeat.  

As for the poll question, here's a few one-handers who I think have/had prettier backhands than Lendl:  Guga... Pioline... Gaudio... Federer... Edberg... Rochus... Corretja... Mantilla... maybe Haas and Arazi... Stich... Pavel... Henmans's slice... Sampras' slice...

I was never a big fan of Becker's hammer gripped muscle-bound backhand.

One handers are just inherently, IMO, more beautiful than two handers, so really there is no two handed backhands that I think are as pretty let alone prettier than a good one hander, but Safin, Kafelnikov, Mardy Fish, and Agassi all have lovely two-handers.

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« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2005, 11:28:07 AM »
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I voted for Guga.  Fed's is nice but under pressure he slices a lot.  A safe play for sure, but Kuerten's backhand is better.
I agree, BUT under pressure Federer has also been known to top spin shots out of his ass that I've never seen anybody pull.  And nobody can half volley a backhand off his foot like Federer.  His timing is sometimes supernatural.

I love Guga's stroke though.  His forehand too.

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« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2005, 09:41:14 PM »
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All I can say is...GREAT POST.  You do know your tennis.
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2005, 01:15:00 AM »
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All I can say is...GREAT POST.  You do know your tennis.
Thanks, J.  I love tennis.  It's the one thing in the world I can do or talk about any time and not be bored.  Everything else is a struggle.  :)  I think my thoughts on tennis far exceeds my ability to play it.  If I strike it rich in Hollywood soon I would seriously consider trying to get on the Chair Umpire career track.  What a life that would be.  Or coach a d-3 college team.

Saulnier has a nice one-handed backhand too.  It's a lot like Scheng Schalken's, another guy with a great one-hander.

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« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2005, 09:17:24 AM »
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At first, big hello from Zagreb, Croatia!.. :H  :)

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« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2005, 05:48:26 PM »
I hardly remember Lendl (before my time, really) but i seem
to remember his backhand being a quite an ugly stroke...
I wouldn't rank it alongside Federer's, Sabatini's and definitely not
Henin-Hardenne's....
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« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2005, 06:08:34 PM »
Well, I know he's not fully developed or put together yet but I have to say that Richard Gasquet single-handedly gave me an appreciation for one-handers and just watching him hit that dagum thing makes me drool. It's the most beatiful thing I"ve ever seen.

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« Reply #18 on: December 13, 2005, 01:13:20 PM »
Gustavo Kuerten has a very attractive backhand as does Richard Gasquet.

I'm not really fond of the two-handed backhand, I think it's a little robot-like. Not really pretty IMO.

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« Reply #19 on: December 14, 2005, 10:09:06 AM »
Lendl comes from the school of eastern European bh's: flat, powerful, little margin for error. Certainly effective, but I prefer a different style.

men - Gaudio: at least on clay, he can consistently and repeatedly crush bh's at or above his shoulder while driving them deep

Gasquet may grow on me; have to watch more of him

though not as much as Gaudio, I always liked Pioline's bh--he'd take the biggest swings at every thing--cracked me up

women - Henin (pre-illness): grace, power and offensive

Like belgian miss, not a fan of 2H. Only 2Her I like to watch is Safin.
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