Richard Gasquet on whether his or Stan Wawrinka's one-handed backhand is better



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Richard Gasquet on whether his or Stan Wawrinka's one-handed backhand is better

Former world No. 7 Richard Gasquet has admitted that Stan Wawrinka's one-handed backhand is better than his. Gasquet, 35, and 36-year-old Wawrinka have one of the best one-handed backhand shots on the ATP Tour. During an interview in Marseille, Gasquet was asked to name the player with the best one-handed backhand in the history of the game.

Gasquet himself has an amazing one-handed backhand but he admits Wawrinka's is better. “Wawrinka! I think he has the biggest backhand in the history of tennis. It's hard for me to say. Well, on the forehand, I'm certainly not even in the 200s but on the backhand, I think that with Wawrinka we are in the top two.

He has an extraordinary backhand, he has a brutal strength that is just phenomenal," Gasquet explained, per We Love Tennis.

Gasquet and Wawrinka haven't played much against each other

Gasquet and Wawrinka are from the same generation and they had been top players for over a decade.

Interestingly, they have faced against each other only three times. The first meeting between the two came at the Paris Masters in 2006, when Gasquet beat Wawrinka in straight sets. Wawrinka got his revenge seven years later as he recovered from two sets down to beat Gasquet at the French Open.

Their last meeting came at 2015 Wimbledon, when Gasquet edged out Wawrinka in a five-setter. Meanwhile, Wawrinka -- who hasn't played since last year's March -- is set to soon return to action. "People often ask me why I try to come back from injury and return, but it's because tennis is a passion, I love the public" Wawrinka was quoted as saying by the French Open website.

"There are a lot who forget this when they turn professional—they take tennis too much like work. "What motivates me and pushes me still is I tell myself I'm going to play—that I'm going to have fun."