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Sampras: from double to single handed backhand

By all accounts Sampras had an awesome double handed backhand as a junior. The best shot in his arsenal, from what I have heard. But his coach had him change to a single, for reasons which I cannot fully understand. I mean... if a guy's a natural double handed hitter, why not let him go with it.

Would Sampras have been the GOAT had he not changed?
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Hard to be one of the best serve volleyers with a double handed backhand.

He won 14 Slams, so yes he was a failure.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Wow, an original thread.

Ah, no... just old news... something even a person in a 30-year coma knows...
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Maybe he didn't want to look like all the other clowns needing two hands to hit a groundstroke...

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Hard to be one of the best serve volleyers with a double handed backhand.

He won 14 Slams, so yes he was a failure.
Nice strawman bub. Did I suggest he was a failure?
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Sampras had a great one hander, so who really cares?

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Wow, an original thread.

Ah, no... just old news... something even a person in a 30-year coma knows...
Or someone who just started following tennis recently, moron.
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Nice strawman bub. Did I suggest he was a failure?
Clown thread.

All the information is out there and if you can't understand why he changed his game, here is a hint look at the surfaces he played on.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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Or someone who just started following tennis recently, moron.
Have you ever heard of using the search function? Or just doing something else instead of posting ?
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Clown thread.

All the information is out there and if you can't understand why he changed his game, here is a hint look at the surfaces he played on.
You seem to be presuming he had no other alternative but to evolve into a strict serve volley player. I'm saying that with a great double handed backhand(as Agassi himself has called his former shot) he may have been able to develop a different, possibly more potent game. Perhaps he could have won more French titles for the few wimbledons that he would have sacrificed.
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For Sampras to play the attacking game he did on very fast and low bouncing surfaces, then how was he going to do that effectively with a 2 hander.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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Re: Sampras: from double to single handed backhand

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You seem to be presuming he had no other alternative but to evolve into a strict serve volley player. I'm saying that with a great double handed backhand(as Agassi himself has called his former shot) he may have been able to develop a different, possibly more potent game. Perhaps he could have won more French titles for the few wimbledons that he would have sacrificed.
Sampras´whole game was based on attacking and getting to the net, and his forehand was not exactly clay court shot either. So just by playing with a two-handed backhand probably wouldn´t have won him any more clay tournaments. One handed backhand served best his whole game style, which would have been the same regardless of the backhand he used. I hope that last sentence makes sense...
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Re: Sampras: from double to single handed backhand

I was not aware that the two-hander was some kind of impotent clown shot.
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Re: Sampras: from double to single handed backhand

Have you read Sampras's book? It might give you some insight. Do you know many S/V players (great ones) with a 2-hander? He was as much trying to model his game after his great predecessors (particularly Laver) as he was trying to be effective.

Given he ended up being one of the best ever I'd say it's a good call. And having a 2-hander isn't exactly going to improve his movement on clay either, will it?

Also, when did this idea evolve that a 2-hander is a better clay shot? Guys like Lendl, Keurten, Gaudio, Vilas, etc did pretty good on clay for themselves.

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