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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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There was del Potro, pounding those intimidating forehands and big serves and only showing signs of his years of wrist troubles when trying to hit his backhand while advancing to the second round with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 victory over qualifier Guido Pella in an all-Argentine matchup.
Wawrinka, bidding for a rare French Open and Wimbledon double, looked out of sorts from the first set, spraying his groundstrokes uncharacteristically long and wide on a breezy Court One and failing to tame the stinging backhand of the 21st-seeded Gasquet.
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.
He has got a huge serve and a huge forehand but Andy will be able to get after his backhand.
Nadal passed up five break points, one of which was laid on by a stunning backhand while running away from the net.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Scot looked a little tight and a shocking backhand into the bottom of the net handed Ferrer a 2-0 lead.
Youzhny suddenly went off the boil; however, blasting a backhand long to gift Hewitt a break in the 11th game, and the Australian levelled the match with a whipped forehand winner.
He redeemed himself in the fourth game, winning 11-8, but what a morale booster it would have been in that fifth set had some of those backhands gone in.
1) Andy Roddick hits a backhand shot against Romania's Razvan Sabau during Sunday's Davis Cup match.
All five of Hidalgo's wins this year have come on clay, mainly in second-tier Challenger events, but he broke Henman's serve to love for a 4-3 lead in the opening set courtesy of some superb backhands and returns.
Lattanzio's other pupils, like Bernie Mendik, Harry Macklowe and Tom Elghanayan, are probably now wondering why they didn't think to hire him for more than bouncing balls back from backhands.