Men's tennis has a long history of great backhands peppering the sport. One-handers, two-fisters, tops and spins have all had their places. Artists like Richard Gasquet and powerhouses like Stanislas Wawrinka represent the current editions of this fine stroke.
Before them, though, were five players whose talents ran the gamut of the backhand.
Unlike the black-and-white assessments of wins and losses, a set of criteria must be chosen here to rate these professionals' efforts. While also relying upon this writer's opinion and observations, the ratings are based upon the following:
- Historical players are included, while current players are excluded
- Career consistency must trump singular results
- The statements of respected analysts always carry weight
Here they are, then—the best bashers of the backhand.