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With Nadal being a leftie, every great players of this generation needed to have a good backhand needed to combat Nadals forehand.

Djokovic, Federer, Murray, Wawrinka, and pretty much anybody who has won anything this generation needed to have a great backhand
 

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With Nadal being a leftie, every great players of this generation needed to have a good backhand needed to combat Nadals forehand.

Djokovic, Federer, Murray, Wawrinka, and pretty much anybody who has won anything this generation needed to have a great backhand


LOL NO.

Major contributor to improved backhand is the evolution of modern tennis racquet.
 

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With Nadal being a leftie, every great player of this generation needed to have a good backhand needed to combat Nadal's forehand.

Djokovic, Federer, Murray, Wawrinka, and pretty much anybody who has won anything in this generation needed to have a great backhand
There is nothing wrong with the observations, the listed players as well as other active and succesful players, do have good backhands. With that said, I think I will settle for the Occam's razor explanation: It is kind of hard to be hugely successful at the elite level with a backhand no better than average, with or without Nadal in the field.
 

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You may laugh at the OP but actually there is some truth to his claim. The mentioned players (and many others) had to work on improvements in their BHs to fight off Nadal who’s strength (and often strategy) was to exploit that naturally weaker side for the right handed players.
 

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Probably not directly. But since he completely owns players who don't have a proper BH, he makes ones with a proper BH more relevant in comparison.
 
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A plausible theory for sure

If you are Tsitsipas and you are 7 years old when Rafa wins his first RG title in 2005, you spend your whole life basically so far knowing that one day you will face that lefty FH and you need the BH to beat him
 

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Nadal's monster top spin forces players to gain more control in their bhs, which is easier said than done, especially for players with a little less talent like Federer.
 

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Great players are able to improve all the time, partly by learning from other players.

OP is not wrong, but I can think of many other examples like "Isner/Karlovic/Opelka are the reason for the great returning skill these days".
 
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Not the main reason of course but probably had some influence behind some players improving their backhand ala Federer in 2017.
 

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No doubt Nadal influenced many young players, but I’d bet it was more his forehand than his backhand they tried to emulate. Of course, most of them quickly discovered that it’s a pretty hard stroke to reproduce.

As for the backhand, according to an interview I saw with Nick Bolletieri, he said one of the main reasons for the emergence of two-handers was that kids were starting tennis so young that they didn’t possess the strength to produce a one-handed backhand with any power.
 

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With Nadal being a leftie, every great players of this generation needed to have a good backhand needed to combat Nadals forehand.

Djokovic, Federer, Murray, Wawrinka, and pretty much anybody who has won anything this generation needed to have a great backhand
With that forehand, Murray developed a good backhand to not fall out of top 100
 

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Short answer: no.

But the real player who influenced the last 20 years is named Pete Sampras: he forced the slowing down of surfaces in order to prevent game domination with just a great serve, bringing bore to everyone.

Don't laugh, it's true.
 
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