Former No.2 Picks Dominic Thiem Over Roger Federer in This Area of the Game

Published 11/18/2021, 9:00 AM EST
Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrates his 7-5 7-5 over Roger Federer of Switzerland during Day one of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)


From cover drives in cricket and slam dunks in basketball to lobs in soccer and bunker play in golf, every sport has an iconic and eye-pleasing shot. In tennis, it is the one-handed backhand shot. But unlike other sports, it is a skill only a few have mastered. So, who has the best one-handed backhand in tennis? Is it Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, or someone else?

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For a long time, the Swiss maestro Roger Federer was known for his effortless one-handed backhand in men’s tennis. But because of his age and injuries, he has frequently remained absent on the ATP Tour. However, he inspired the next generation stars like Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and others to play that shot.

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Tommy Haas picks Dominic Thiem as the best one-handed backhand player in tennis

Recently, the former World No.2 and Indian Wells tournament director Tommy Haas conducted a Q&A session on Instagram. During this, one of the fans asked him who is the best one-handed tennis player now.

“Currently, I would go with Dominic Thiem. Hopefully, we will be able to see him crush that backhand in 2022 again,” Haas answered.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 13, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem in action during his third round match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Unfortunately, Dominic Thiem suffered a severe wrist injury before this year’s Wimbledon. Hence, he had to miss all the remaining tournaments in the 2021 season.

But now, the 2020 US Open champion has finally begun training after four months. Accordingly, he is looking forward to grinding for the next season in the coming months.

 

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Moreover, Thiem was once considered the player to take the mantle from the big three: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. Will he add to that conversation again in 2022? Only time will tell.

When will Thiem return to the tennis tour?

Interestingly, the 28-year-old Austrian has already announced his return date to tennis. At present, he is getting in shape to be ready for an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi, where he will start his build-up for the Australian Open 2022.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem celebrates after winning his third round match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

In 2021, Thiem had disappointing results in both the Australian Open and French Open. Hence, he will aim to go deeper in the major tournament next year.

Above all, fans crave to see Thiem back in action with his best tennis. Not to forget the joy of watching his slick one-handed backhand in full attacking mode.

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Do you think Thiem will come back on the top in 2022?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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