Roger Federer: I Would Teach My Kids A 2-Handed Backhand…It’s Easier!
by Tom Gainey | October 14th, 2017, 2:08 pm
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Roger Federer has one of the greatest single-handed backhands of all-time, but the Swiss said Friday in Shanghai that he would teach his kids a 2-handed backhand.

“Moving now on forward we will see double-handed backhands predominantly, which is how I would teach my kids, as well, to play tennis,” Federer said. “I think it’s just easier. Double-handed backhand, you can always fight a wrong position with the left hand, let’s say, if you’re a right-hander. On the return it’s the same thing. You might have a little bit less reach, but you can also let go and still reach it.

“I think a double-hander is the way to go, but I hope it’s not a dying breed,” he added. “I think it just looks nice, a one-handed backhand.”

The question came up in regards to Denis Shapovalov’s 1-hander.

“It’s nice to see Denis also keeping that alive and same with Thiem and young guys coming up that it’s still going. But I think we will always be outnumbered from this point moving forward. Unfortunately Bj√∂rn Borg had too big of an impact on this game. He just doesn’t know it sometimes.”

Federer is one of 10 1-handed backhands in the Top 50, and there are four in the Top 10: Federer, stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov.

And with youngsters like Shapovalov, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Akira Santillan on the rise, the 1-hander is not going away any time soon.


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