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He has a smooth flowing style that is easy on the eye and is one of few players on tour that has a single handed backhand
, which the Swiss ace admits was picked up from few of the players he admired.
In the eighth game of the set he brought the place to its feet with two successive rasping backhands
. That Cilic managed to get his racquet on the first one was a minor miracle.
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 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.
He saved three break points at 4-4 in the second with two astonishing running backhands
down the line and a superb volley off a fierce Hewitt return.
But five straight wayward backhands
cost him the game.
He shared the games with Steve Tattersley and Barry Chatterton but won three from four against Dave Singleton who, alas for him, missed six highly-achievable backhands
when losing the second game 9-11.
In the next set, Federer made his move in the fifth game as the 2002 winner flopped a couple of feeble backhands
into the foot of the net.
With Federer producing huge backhands
and mixing up his baseline play with penetrating volleys many might have collapsed at that point but Ferrero suddenly began to play some of the best tennis of the match, prolonging the rallies and matching Federer for hitting power from the baseline.