VIDEO: Simona Halep Impersonates Roger Federer With Audacious One-Handed Backhands

Published 05/09/2022, 12:34 AM EDT

Roger Federer is one of the most naturally gifted tennis players. His matches are a treat to the spectators’ eyes. Moreover, his attacking gameplay and single-handed backhand shots made him exciting to watch. Many tennis players like Stan Wawrinka, James Blake, and Tommy Haas used one-handed backhand shots during their playing days. However, none of them came close to matching Federer’s precision and accuracy in that shot. Recently, Simona Halep tried her hand at this shot.

Simona Halep practices single-handed backhand shots

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During one of the training sessions in Italy, the two-time Grand Slam champion tried her hand at one-handed backhand. The Romanian tennis star looked at ease while trying out this new shot. It seemed as if she has been playing it throughout her career. Additionally, Halep reminded us of Federer’s prime days in tennis.

It has been a long time since we last saw the Swiss maestro in action. He last played at The Championships, Wimbledon in July 2021. However, at the tournament, Federer suffered a quarterfinal defeat against Hubert Hurkacz. Additionally, Hurkacz inflicted a bagel upon the 20-time Grand Slam champion in the third set.

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Meanwhile, Halep has endured a mixed 2022 season. The 30-year-old opened her campaign this year by clinching the Melbourne Summer Set 1 title. However, she suffered a fourth-round defeat against Alize Cornet at the Australian Open. Subsequently, she made it to the semifinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Sep 5, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Simona Halep of Romania hits to Elina Svitolina (not pictured) of Ukraine on day seven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Further, Halep suffered a shock first-round defeat against Caroline Garcia at the Qatar Open. The Romanian tennis star had a semifinal and a quarterfinal finish in Indian Wells and Madrid, respectively.

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Halep in action at the Italian Open

The former World Number 1 is participating in the WTA 1000 Italian Open this week. She will be up against her nemesis at the Australian Open, Alize Cornet, in the first round of the tournament.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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