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backhand

1. Sport
a. a stroke made across the body with the back of the hand facing the direction of the stroke
b. (as modifier): a backhand return
2. the side on which backhand strokes are made
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Federer was broken in his opening service game and fell behind 2-5 before he broke back with a backhand in the ninth game to send the first set into a tiebreaker.
The left-handed Nadal's strategy of attacking the backhand, which had the added benefit of avoiding the Argentine's thunderous right-handed forehand, did not initially pay off as Nadal dropped the first set.
until suddenly Agassi hits a hard heavy cross-court backhand that pulls Federer way out wide to his ad (left) side, and Federer gets to it but slices the stretch backhand short, a couple of feet past the service line, which of course is the sort of thing Agassi dines out on, and as Federer's scrambling to reverse and get back to centre, Agassi's moving in to take the short ball on the rise, and he smacks it hard right back into the same ad corner, trying to wrong-foot Federer, which in fact he does - Federer's still near the corner, but running towards the centreline, and the ball's heading to a point behind him now, where he just was, and there's no time to turn his body around, and Agassi's following the shot into the net at an angle from the backhand side .
Of note: Only one of those winners for del Potro came off his backhand wing, the side he has more problems with after multiple operations on his left wrist.
Studies on backhand stroke mechanics have compared elbow muscle activities in one- and two-handed backhand strokes (Giangarra, et al.
The crowd roared their approval and, when Djokovic netted a backhand to trail 2-0 in the second, the writing seemed on the wall.
Murray's second double fault gave Goffin a way back into the next game but a netted backhand return by the 24-year-old on a Murray second serve and then an ace put the Scot on the verge of a 4-0 lead.
Djokovic won his 12th match of 13 played against France's Gasquet, whose one-handed backhand can be a lethal weapon which sets him apart from many of his two-handed colleagues.
The Latvian turned things around in the third set using his backhand, but Djokovic managed to beat Gulbis in the fourth set to carry forward his winning streak towards his French Open title chase, the report added.
He said: "The way I'm hitting my backhand now is 10 times better than it was last year and moving to that side as well is so much better than it was.
The Scot then broke for 2-1 with a trademark backhand pass but Verdasco hit straight back when Murray netted a backhand.
The Serbian could have had one hand on the first set had he capitalised on two Nadal double faults in the fourth game but a superbly placed backhand nullified Djokovic and secured the hold.