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towards a first disappearance of the one-handed backhand in the Top 10?

Stefanos Tsitsipas (left) and Roger Federer (right) have long remained in the Top 10. Grigor Dimitrov (center) could avoid this gesture leaving him in the event of victory in Rotterdam. Panoramic

In the event of Grigor Dimitrov’s non-victory at the Rotterdam tournament (ATP 500), there will no longer be the slightest one-handed loss in the Top 10 of the ATP rankings. A first.

It is a turning point in the history of modern tennis. Stefanos Tsitsipas, in difficulty in terms of results in recent months, is preparing to leave the Top 10 for the first time since March 2019. Until now, the Greek was the only player , since Dominic Thiem (November 2021) and Roger Federer (October 2021), to represent the one-handed backhand at the highest level.

After the illustrious performances of Rod Laver, Gustavo Kuerten, Stan Wawrinka, Richard Gasquet and even Roger Federer, the one-handed backhand seems destined to fall out of the ATP Top 10 on Monday, according to an analysis by Set and Math Game.

However, Grigor Dimitrov, who seems to be rediscovering a second youth at the age of 32, is still in the running in Rotterdam and could allow the one-handed backhand to remain in the Top 10. The Bulgarian is in the semi-finals of this ATP 500. If he manages to beat Alex De Minaur (11th ATP), then Jannik Siner (4th ATP) or Tallon Griekspoor (29th ATP) in the final, he will then return to the Top 10 – he was 3rd in the world in 2017 – and will thus prolong the presence of the one-handed backhand in elite men’s tennis.

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