At last year’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, both Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka were beaten in the semi-finals by Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, their double-handed counterparts.
This resulted in many predicting a double-handed 2014 whitewash at the Grand Slams in 2014. But the Australian Open Final result proved that the single hand backhand is still alive and kicking.
Thankfully, Wawrinka the Australian open champion has qualified for the World Tour Finals for the second time. He joins his compatriot and Davis Cup team mate Roger Federer who has also qualified for the event earlier this year.
The Swiss number one and two possess the world’s best single handed backhands and tennis fans at the O2 arena in London will be treated to the rarest shots on the tour.
Seeing the elegance of their foot work, timing and pure brutality by which they make contact with the ball is worth all the money in the world. In full motion and under pressure in matches, they hit this shot so effortlessly that they deserve to be considered master craftsman.
Just to prove how rare one handed backhands are, unless Grigor Dimitrov from Bulgaria ranked number 10 qualifies for the finals at the O2 arena, only two of the top eight players in the world play one handed backhands.
The only other tennis player in the top 20 to play one handed backhands is the Spaniard Feliciano Lopez who is ranked No.14 in the world.
On the WTA tour there are even less women hitting the one handed backhand. Francesca Schiavone, Roberta Vinci and Carla Suarez Navarro are the only women in the top one hundred to still hit this beautiful yet seemingly mystical stroke.