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Comment by Tim Prapong on February 9, 2011 at 10:56pm
I was rooting for Korda that day in 1997 against Sampras. That backhand and serve were so killer and what's more, he was more clutch than Pete that day.
Comment by Tim Prapong on February 9, 2011 at 10:48pm

Two months later, Hoodjem changes his list to this:

1. Laver
2. Rosewall 
3. Connors
4. Budge 
5. Borg 
6. Kuerten
7. Lendl
8. Nalbandian 
9. Edberg 
10. Lacoste
11. Ashe 
12. Safin 
13. Vilas
14. Kovacs 
15. Rios
16. Mancini
17. Agassi
18. Mecir
19. Tilden
20. Kodes 
21. Wilander
22. Kafelnikov
23. Orantes
24. Korda
25. Stich 
26. Becker
27. Gasquet
28. Murray

Comment by Tim Prapong on February 9, 2011 at 10:13pm

Here's a sample of someone's all time list backhands, including two handers off TW forum. "Hoodjem" is a regular poster there. It is interesting to see it change over and over:

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

Comment by Tim Prapong on February 9, 2011 at 10:06pm
I like your backhand Coach V, and I love Korda. Blake is pretty flat but explosive. Other one handers I like are Edberg, Kuerten, Mac, Becker, Lendl, Laver, Rosewall...
Comment by CoachV - William Vazquez on February 9, 2011 at 11:13am

for kicks and giggles here is another great backhand.

Comment by CoachV - William Vazquez on February 9, 2011 at 11:02am
Comment by CoachV - William Vazquez on February 9, 2011 at 11:00am
no back foot on the ground. quick preparation. body weight moving forward into the ball. and if you wanted to whip you still can.
Comment by CoachV - William Vazquez on February 9, 2011 at 10:58am

here is a better example of a single.

Comment by Tim Prapong on February 9, 2011 at 1:40am
Yeah, Bart that is what's incredibly interesting about the Gasquet technique. It looks very late, but it is the delay in the wrist snap that is truly radical. Thanks for showing me what you describe here at those Cal Tech courts!
Comment by Bart Wallace on February 9, 2011 at 1:24am

Gasque't has the best backhand by far in my humble opinion, especially pre 2010......in 2009, i saw an interview with federer, and he said he studies gasquets backhand youtube videos frequently before practicing!!!!. so i studied them, The best youtube compilation video was pulled 2 yrs ago, 10 mins of slow-mo and real speed analysis...

 

goodness...i think mostly highlights of the 2009 gasquet / roddick Wimbledon match has richard at his peak...or that Wimbledon throughout..

 

His backhand is a super advanced stroke, like nadal's grondies, and gonzo's, soderling, del potro etc... sporting an incredibly "late" radical wristbreak, just before impact!!!!   that unloads and generates a boatload of energy similar to cracking a whip...the new whip style requires the butt of the racket to lie in the lower palm of your hand with your pinkie off the end onmost strokes including the serve......that enables a ton of wrist snap and a radical pro-nation whip,  and racket head speed, whilst being friendly on the arm...:)

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