Backhand in tennis is a double-sided shot; for example, look at the one-handed backhand of Roger Federer, who until the Australian Open 2017 suffered terribly against Rafael Nadal’s left-handed, top-spin forehand. Yet Roger won the final against his nemesis thanks to his backhand, his old weak point, which became a super-effective weapon.
The backhand is a shot that changed a lot during the history of tennis, especially after the advent of Bjorn Borg and his two-handed backhand. The two-handed backhand is much more widespread today, with few exceptions, such as Federer, Stan Wawrinka or Dominic Thiem, the last bastions of one-handed backhand.
In the absence of competitions until (at least) until 13 July 2020 due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, in addition to the discussions on social networks and the curiosities revealed by tennis players, there are all the analyzes and statistics that fill the books for each season of the game.
In the last few days, through the official ATP website, Craig O’Shannessy published the analysis of the most powerful and most spinning backhand of the men’s Tour: the statistics concern the two-year period 2018-2020.
The backhand with the most spin of the Tour is that of the Italian tennis player Jannik Sinner. In the top-five positions, there are no Big Three and, with 1252 Rpm (Revolutions per minute), Rafael Nadal is the first of the three in this ranking, ahead of Novak Djokovic with 1148 Rpm, and Roger Federer with 548 Rpm per minute.
Rafael Nadal also leads the statistics (of the Big Three) of the fastest backhand of the Tour with a speed of 69.8 MPH (miles per hour) followed by Novak Djokovic with 67.3 MPH and Roger Federer with 66.1 MPH. This ranking is led by Nikoloz Basilashvili with a backhand of 71.2 MPH.
The backhand is a tennis shot that evolved a lot during the history of tthe Game. From the wonderful gesture of Ken Rosewall to that of Stan Wawrinka. In the midst of evolution, with the two-handed backhand of Bjorn Borg, which changed the history of this shot forever.
Now most tennis players use the two-handed backhand to give more power and more control. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have three different types of backhand, but for them it is a shot thanks to which they achieved great results, always trying to combine the beauty of the gesture with the power and the effectiveness of the shot, enchanting the crowds across the world .