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Is it me or do lefty two-handed backhands always look uglier than righty ones?

I mean, seriously. Has any lefty possessed a two-handed backhand that can compare in beauty and style to the likes of a Safin two-hander, or a Davenport two-hander? I mean, Nadal's is supremely effective and wins him lots of points from aggressive and defensive positions. But it doesn't look as beautiful as some of the best righty backhands in the history of the sport.

Maybe I'm being a subjective righty, I don't know.

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Re: Is it me or do lefty two-handed backhands always look uglier than righty ones?

Style is irrelevant, it's about the W and L, and the effectiveness.

Rios, Koubek, Nieminens backhands aren't ugly, then again Roddick and Moya's backhands are the epitome of beauty.

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Re: Is it me or do lefty two-handed backhands always look uglier than righty ones?

there's probably about 5 or 6 lefty 2 handers in the top 100. It's a matter of probability that you won't find one to rival what you consider the most beatiful in the game.
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Style hardly matters.
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Style hardly matters.
I don't agree. Don't fans support players whose styles of play they like? The aesthetics of a player's game matter to me. I don't just cheer for results. But yes, for the player, it's W/L that matters most.

I'll buy Rios' lefty two-handed backhand, maybe... but not Koubek or Nieminen's. I agree with Henry. There are barely any lefties in the game, so it's hard to find one with a backhand stylistically and aesthetically comparable to those beautiful two-handers we know and worship so well.

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Re: Is it me or do lefty two-handed backhands always look uglier than righty ones?

I don't find right two-handed backhands prettier than left-handed ones, really.
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Re: Is it me or do lefty two-handed backhands always look uglier than righty ones?

there are hardly any right-handers out there whose two-handed backhands look nice either. most of them get the job done and only some actually "look" okay to me, like nalbandian's for example. nothing rivals single-handed backhands. everything else is shades of ugliness.
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I don't agree. Don't fans support players whose styles of play they like? The aesthetics of a player's game matter to me. I don't just cheer for results. But yes, for the player, it's W/L that matters most.

I'll buy Rios' lefty two-handed backhand, maybe... but not Koubek or Nieminen's. I agree with Henry. There are barely any lefties in the game, so it's hard to find one with a backhand stylistically and aesthetically comparable to those beautiful two-handers we know and worship so well.
Im a lefty two hander.

I don't really think that left 2HBH looks ugly.
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Re: Is it me or do lefty two-handed backhands always look uglier than righty ones?

Oh come on, Rios 2-hand BH was

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My my, someone feels forgotten.

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Nice to know he can still play the game.

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Few doublehanders competes with his in terms of style. One who deserves a mention, though it's his overall style I'm in love with, comes here:

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My my, someone feels forgotten.

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Good point!

When it comes to aesthetics, those assessments are in the eye of the beholder. But Connors' backhand certainly had deadly efficiency, which is beautiful in a certain sense.

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Re: Is it me or do lefty two-handed backhands always look uglier than righty ones?

Verdasco has beautiful swing on his lefty double handed backhand.

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Re: Is it me or do lefty two-handed backhands always look uglier than righty ones?

What's the point of threads this silly, we're already on season

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I mean, Nadal's is supremely effective and wins him lots of points from aggressive and defensive positions. But it doesn't look as beautiful as some of the best righty backhands in the history of the sport.
this silly thread is turning the hearts of the hordes of MTF Rafatards into a maremagnum of ill-feelings Mods, please close this thread fast and move it to the Nieminen forum.
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