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Tsitsipas and Fed are both masters at taking early the ball on their backhands and using the pace to steal time from their opponents.

This shot seems to have disappeared from the top 100.

Probably because every top player is nowadays manufactured to play a standard style with 2 handed backhand, taking advantage of racket technology, and discouraged to take chances.

Which is a shame since when executed right, it's a devastating shot able to win the point at any moment. It necessitates balance, timing and agility.

The last ones doing it this right were Rafter and Henman.
 

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It's difficult to use these days. The blocked returns are nice of course but everyone hits with more ferocity than before so getting it right is more difficult. Blocked passes are nice too, I see it more commonly at Wimbledon
 

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It's difficult to use these days. The blocked returns are nice of course but everyone hits with more ferocity than before so getting it right is more difficult. Blocked passes are nice too, I see it more commonly at Wimbledon
The faster the ball comes, the more effective is the block, high spin makes it harder to control though.
 

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The answer is because you don't see that many single handers anymore. It's not as natural for a double and when you have the second hand for support you can hit shots later and still "drag" them in.
 

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Nowadays not useful because with a double hander u can hit top spin back with interest in ROS and returns. Everyone strive to be Djokovic type of player.

Grass plays very slow anyway. Every single slam is slow.

Federer likes to do this shot in every single break point and his BP conversion is so bad.
 

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And for a good reason.

It is a rather low percentage shot, the game becoming more of big data analytics it is just not good enough.
 

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It's also much harder/riskier to hit topspin return of serves with a single hander which is why you so often see guys like Federer/Wawrinka/Gasquet just chip it back deep or alternatively stand way back and hit it when it drops into their strike zone. When you look at all the players that typically have great returns it's Djokovic/Murray/Hewitt/Agassi/Ferrer/Nishikori.
 
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