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It's useful from a tactics/matchups point of view to know whether one's forehand or backhand is the stronger side, so just for some fun I went through the top 100 attempting to classify them in terms of whether each player's forehand or backhand is better. If anyone's interested feel free to discuss / point out any you disagree with (as admittedly I've hardly watched a few of the lower-ranked players) - there are definitely some contentious ones!






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I feel that Simon has a better forehand. Baghdatis *definitely* has a better forehand. Interesting list, overall. What is the number of stronger forehand versus backhands?
 

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I feel that Simon has a better forehand. Baghdatis *definitely* has a better forehand. Interesting list, overall. What is the number of stronger forehand versus backhands?
What? Both Simon and Baghdatis have better backhands than forehands. Just because they can pop their forehand hard when they want to doesn't necessarily make that particular side their better wing.
 

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What? Both Simon and Baghdatis have better backhands than forehands. Just because they can pop their forehand hard when they want to doesn't necessarily make that particular side their better wing.
Simon is debatable. Completely disagree about Baggy. His backhand is steady, but in no way better than his forehand.

While wikipedia is no authority :), the author seems to agree with me:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcos_Baghdatis

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Baghdatis' playing style is relaxed and smooth. His main strength is his powerful forehand and a natural talent for placement. He can make accurate and powerful down-the-line forehands and cross-court forehands on the run and often patiently constructs points to get in a position from where he can make outright winners with those shots. He also has one of the best backhands in the game, especially his two-handed backhand down the line.
 

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Simon is debatable. Completely disagree about Baggy. His backhand is steady, but in no way better than his forehand.
Baggy's DTL backhand says otherwise. He hits that shot so cleanly and flat. It makes Nalbandian's look average.
 

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Baggy's DTL backhand says otherwise. He hits that shot so cleanly and flat. It makes Nalbandian's look average.
Again, completely disagree. Nalbandian's backhand is a couple of levels above Baggy's. Not even close.
 

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Again, completely disagree. Nalbandian's backhand is a couple of levels above Baggy's. Not even close.
It was a gem in 2006 especially at Australia and Wimbledon.
 

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Forehand dominant as expected.

Berdych has a better backhand.
 

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Nice. :D

Though I feel serve should also be incorporated.For example, Federer has a great serve with which he sets up the point and then unleashes his equally lethal forehand. Cant say the same for Rafa though except for that 95mph wide out serve :facepalm:
 

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Nice list. Since you thought about matchups, maybe you can include who is a lefty and who not? Changes the whole thing, I think...
 

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I think that Almagro has a better FH at the moment, while his BH appears at times, his Fh is more consistent.
 

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Llodra should be neither FH nor BH :lol:, just volley :rolls:

While hardly a better shot per se, without that hard to handle backhand slice Cipolla will be nowhere near top 300 :lol:
 

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Nice, I pretty much agree with most of these. Would definitely go with Simon and Baghdadis on bh, their forehands are both too flat with too little margin for error. I haven't seen Volandri too many times, but I have definitely seen him spray some backhands. I can see some room for debate with both Hanescu and Almagro. Hanescu's bh doesn't seem like anything special, but then again neither does his fh. And Almagro can hit spectacular backhands, but also hits quite a few unforced errors on that side.
 

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I hope he does, because his forehand is awful.
 

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What is the number of stronger forehand versus backhands?
Roughly 70% : 30%.

Baghdatis' FH is a weapon but considerably more inconsistent, meanwhile he has a great BH especially DTL as has been mentioned.

Berdych has a better backhand.
While when on his FH is the big weapon, I'm inclined to agree when I think of his 3rd set TB vs Djokovic at London recently :eek:

Though I feel serve should also be incorporated.For example, Federer has a great serve with which he sets up the point and then unleashes his equally lethal forehand. Cant say the same for Rafa though except for that 95mph wide out serve :facepalm:
I guess the serve is a different aspect again. Though I noticed that most big servers seem to favour their forehand - Fish and Ljubicic are a couple of exceptions.

Nice list. Since you thought about matchups, maybe you can include who is a lefty and who not? Changes the whole thing, I think...
That's a good point, although I was thinking most of us know who the lefties are :p I can include it though.

Volandri=forehand :lol:

backhand is by far his best shot.
Yeah I actually wasn't sure - you'd know better than me, I've never followed Volandri closely. It just seemed to me that his BH can land short during rallies sometimes compared to his FH.

I think that Almagro has a better FH at the moment, while his BH appears at times, his Fh is more consistent.
I can see some room for debate with both Hanescu and Almagro. Hanescu's bh doesn't seem like anything special, but then again neither does his fh. And Almagro can hit spectacular backhands, but also hits quite a few unforced errors on that side.
Almagro was a hard one...he has weapons on both sides and there's not much disparity between the offensive potential he has on either side. In the end I guess the BH is more flashy, he can hit exceptional shots from that wing. I haven't really noticed a lack of consistency on the BH relative to the FH though, in fact I think he moves better to the backhand side. As for Hanescu to me his BH seems better and a more natural shot than his FH.

Llodra should be neither FH nor BH :lol:, just volley :rolls:
I was thinking along similar lines when I came to him :lol:
 
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