The backhand is the weaker shot in players’ games, and many players, even those on the tour, struggle with the shot. The best backhands are equipped to only a few of the players on the tour. Luckily, our list tells you the top five players with the best backhands.
5. Roger Federer
While many players could occupy this spot such as Richard Gasquet or Rafael Nadal, Federer’s recent performance in the Australian Open has to factor into the argument. And if you haven’t figured it out already, I’m slightly biased towards the GOAT himself. Previously bothered by Nadal’s looping topspin forehand, Federer took the backhand way earlier and hit it flat, hitting many winners where he could not before. It was the tipping point in the final, and Federer took home his eighteenth grand slam thanks to it. Another shot Federer is famous for is his backhand slice; it is a thing of beauty, and he mainly uses it as a change of pace. While we know Federer’s forehand to be good, this sometimes makes us devalue his stellar backhand.
4. Kei Nishikori
Nishikori’s backhand has always been great, a two-hander that is lethal on both offense and defense. In fact, many argue Nishikori’s backhand to be stronger than his forehand. Unlike his forehand, his backhand rarely breaks down and consistently provides a shot that the Japanese player can rely on. He takes it extremely early, providing great depth and power. While it may not be as pretty as Federer’s, it’s more effective.
3. Andy Murray
Largely known for his defensive capabilities along with Novak Djokovic, Murray’s backhand is hugely underrated. While it may not seem as effective or graceful, it could be considered his number one asset. He hits it flatter than Djokovic and tends to rely on it more for defense. His slice backhand is also very good, better than most of the players on the tour, and it provides a good change of pace. Murray’s game may seem boring, but he is number one in the world for a reason.
2. Stanislas Wawrinka
Easily the best one handed backhand in the game right now, his backhand provides great offensive capabilities, and it shows in his game. His power baseline game wears down opponents as it did Djokovic in last year’s US Open final, and he has proven to be clutch in big moments, going three for three in grand slam finals. His backhand is majestic, and it creates a variety of opportunities as he pummels his opponents with piercing shots and incredible accuracy.
1. Novak Djokovic
The Serbian has the best backhand on the tour, and perhaps one of the best ever. His backhand, unlike other players’, is almost as strong as his forehand. It is a defensive masterpiece, and it is one of the reason he is able to maintain rallies for such a long period of time. He is capable of producing stunning shots with his backhand, one of the reasons he is considered the greatest returner of all time.
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