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An old shot making its return

Veterans with one-handed backhands are thriving, and that may be no coincidence

Originally Published: December 1, 2013
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to ESPN.com

Is the one-handed backhand back? Seemingly on the brink of extinction not long ago, there are now growing whispers about its quiet return to the upper levels of the men's game. The phenomenon first drew attention at last year's French Open, when one-handers accounted for eight of the 16 players who reached the fourth round and four of the eight quarterfinalists. There were even four single-handed players in the fourth round of the women's draw, where the stroke is even rarer.

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