Former world No. 2 Tommy Haas named Roger Federer as the “one-handed backhand GOAT.” During the Indian Wells Masters, Haas sat down with We Are Tennis for an interview. Haas, who serves as the Indian Wells tournament director, was asked to name GOATs in specific categories.
One of the questions asked was who the one-handed backhand GOAT was. Haas, who enjoyed a successful career even though he never won a Grand Slam, himself had one of the best one-handed backhands during his time. “I mean, body-wise, you’ve got to give it to Grigor Dimitrov.
He’s obviously very fit. I think he takes a lot of pride in his fitness,” Haas told We Are Tennis. “Tennis-wise, it’s obviously a no-brainer (to) that question. With what Roger has accomplished, and he makes it look out there.
He basically floats into every shot.”
Haas hopes Federer returns to Indian Wells next year
Federer, a five-time Indian Wells champion, hasn’t played in Indian Wells since 2019. “Hopefully I can have Dimitrov and Roger back here in Indian Wells next year,” Haas added.
Federer, who underwent a knee surgery last August, is aiming to make a comeback during the second part of the 2022 season. “After many month of battling injury, my return to the tour in March, after my first operation, highlighted and energized me to continue my tennis career.
I’m grateful for every minute I was able to spend with my fans and tennis family on court. My experience in Doha illustrated to me that my journey as an elite athlete isn’t over yet. The progress I make every day strengthens my belief that I will be healthy and strong enough to return to the tennis court at the highest level,” Federer wrote in his annual report.
Federer has made final in each of his last five Indian Wells appearances and there is no doubt fans in Indian Wells would absolutely love to have him at the event next year.