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View Poll Results: Most Ineffectual and Worst Backhand

Feliciano Lopez 9 8.57%
Younes El Ayanoui 10 9.52%
Ivo Karlovic 23 21.90%
Andy Roddick 27 25.71%
Mariano Zabaleta 3 2.86%
Andreas Vinciguerra 3 2.86%
Carlos Moya 4 3.81%
Marc Rosset 11 10.48%
Vince Spadea 5 4.76%
Other ( please specify) 10 9.52%
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Old 03-06-2004, 10:31 AM   #1
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Who has the most ineffectual and worst backhand on the tour?
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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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Out of those, Marc Rosset, although Ivo Karlovic might be a good one too.
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Old 03-06-2004, 11:00 AM   #3
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Coo, you know being the Rosset fan that I am, I was going to give it to Lopez or Karlovic, but I thought I will vote honestly.

I am just waiting for the people to have a go at me about including Moya. The funny thing is apart from Roddick and Spadea, Lopez to a lesser extent I actually don't mind these guys.
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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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Old 03-06-2004, 11:26 AM   #4
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u forgot to include Greg the Gorilla Rusedski

now he'd be right up there in the stakes for this title

all he can do is block it back.
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I knew there was someone I forgot, but I think if I had the worst groundstrokes poll it would be him, Arthurs and Karlovic for sure.
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In his waning days, Rafter's backhand deteriorated such that his slice was a mere chip. It was rather sad, because he had such a lovely one hander.

However, those problems were all injury related....
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Speaking of shit backhands I am so Beautiful Lopez managed to make a final.

I remember Mantilla said something along the lines about Rafter's slice backhand was so slow, it was like my mothers backhand.
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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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Younes.......the guy would be top 10 with a proper backhand
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Feliciano backand is not the best but he is working hard on this shot and we can see it!
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Younes doesnt have a bad backhand, its just a slice which can be quite effective. Sometimes he uses it to good effect by slicing offensively and coming in behind it. I wouldnt call it bad at all.

Out of those in the poll, I'd say Karlovic's is the worst. Its a slice, but he doesnt really use it to good effect that much, and most of the time when he gets a BH he hits it out.
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Younes's slice is weak, doesn't have enough bite and seems to have poor placement
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I haven't seen enough of Spadea and Vinciguerra to compare, but Karlovic's hit me immediately as sooo bad, probably the second thing I noticed after his serve.
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Why on earth is Spadea in this poll? His backhand ain't spectacular but it's a perfectly solid rallying shot, a little better than his forehand and difficult to attack - like most consistent counterpunchers, his backhand is the less error-prone wing. Vinciguerra has a very poor junked slice which he plays because he can't do anything else, so my vote could go to him.

Of course George, the phrase "I am so beautiful but I don't have a backhand" could be applied equally to Zabaleta as well as Lopez...
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Roddick's is terrible, and a downright funny shot to look at. Dont see it that much because he ALWAYS runs around it. Of course Karlovic cant hit 3 balls in play, so any of his groundstrokes should be on the 'worst' list. Roddick's and Karlovic are the worst.
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I just want to say that I saw Andy hit about 92457029476204692746 backhands yesterday and he managed just fine. He does mishit a lot and he does make errors with them. but his slice was effective against both Bogomolov and Gambill and he hit some nice winners in both matches. His BH is definitely improving.
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