Jannik Sinner appears to be the man to beat in 2024. He beat Alex de Minaur in straight sets to win the title at Rotterdam. This is the season’s second title for Sinner after winning the Australian Open. (ATP)
The era of the single-handed backhand in men’s tennis has ended with Stefanos Tsitsipas falling out of the top 10 rankings. This shift marks a significant change, as there are now no players in the top 10 with a single-handed backhand. Legends like Roger Federer not long ago dominated the court with their elegant one-handed strokes, winning multiple Grand Slam titles.
However, the game’s evolution towards power and baseline dominance has made it increasingly challenging for players with a single-handed backhand to compete at the highest level. While the one-handed backhand offers advantages in serve and volley situations, modern courts and playing styles favor the stability and power of the two-handed backhand, particularly in return and defensive play.
Roger Federer, who had one of the most admired single-handed backhands, has acknowledged the advantages of the two-handed technique in today’s game, as has Dominic Thiem.