Top 10 Best Backhands in Tennis Today
We continue our in-depth look at the best shots in the men’s game, shifting our focus to the best backhands in the sport. With Novak Djokovic dominating in recent years, his two handed backhand has drawn much of the plaudits and he is not alone in wielding a fearsome backhand. Whether a double or single hander, the backhand for many club players is considered somewhat of a weakness. For some of the professionals on tour, however, it is their biggest strength. It is a shot that has cultivated Grand Slam champions and is an essential part of a top players arsenal.
The 2015 French Open Final which garnered such attention in the world of tennis was a clash of one of the best single handers in the business against one of the most reliable double handers. It was an engaging duel, two styles battling it out, with Stan Wawrinka’s proving to be the irresistible force on the day.
Here at Lob and Smash, we have endeavoured to rank the current generation of tennis elite on their shot making ability. Now the Top 10 series moves onto best backhands and here is who we think are the best in 2015. Let us know your own thoughts in the comments below.
Lob and Smash Top 10 Series:
– Top 10 Best Servers Today
– Top 10 Best Returners Today
– Top 10 Best Backhands Today
– Top 10 Best Forehands Today
– Top 10 Fastest Serves of All Time
10 – Alexander Dolgopolov
If there is one backhand in the Top 100 that certainly won’t feature in the coaching manual, it is the Dolgopolov’s. His entire game is as quirky as they come and whilst fireworks can come from his extravagant forehand, his backhand is a more reliable weapon.
Possessing one of the more vicious backhand slices in the sport, the Ukrainian’s unpredictable game style stems from the options he has on his backhand. Sometimes it seems like even he doesn’t know what is going to come of his racket until the last moment.
He is possibly the one player more than any other who produces the drop shots that the opponents can’t reach. It is great for breaking the rhythm of another player, keeping them guessing at when a drop shot is going to be thrown in. Matches with the subtly is the raw power that comes when Dolgopolov flattens out his backhand. He regularly launches himself into down the line and cross court screamers that seem low percentage, but are unplayable when they come off. The variety he plays with is truly engaging and the backhand is arguably the party piece in his vast array of tricks.