Federer Hits Greatest Shot of All Time in Doubles with Mahut

Hi guys. Just a quick post about Roger’s doubles today. I wouldn’t usually make a post for doubles alone. I didn’t even get up to watch the match. But since Roger hit maybe the greatest shot I have ever seen in the doubles, I had to make a post. At the time that I make this post the above video already received 250 000+ views. That should already give you and indication what a sensational shot it was. It never ceases to amaze me how Roger can pull off the impossible on the tennis court and invent shots that have never even been attempted before, never mind pulled off. What do you call this shot? A smashlobdropshotwithcrazybackspin?I mean it is three shots in one, and if that is not enough he somehow got enough backspin on the ball for it to spin back over the net for a winner.

The genius of Roger Federer knows no limits. Just when you think you have seen it all from him he invents something new. I have myself seen and done some crazy things on a tennis court, but the things Roger does stagger the imagination. In a practice match against Justin Bower who was top 200 I once saw I wasn’t going to reach a volley at the net, so I threw my racquet and it hit the ball for a winner. Under normal circumstances that would be illegal but my finger was still touching the racquet when it hit the ball, so it was a legitimate shot. Even though it was just a practice match I was pretty proud to pull it off. I have also personally hit drop shots in matches where the ball spun back over the net out of reach of the opponent. But this shot from Roger is something else. It defies logic, aside from the fact that he pulled it off.

Yeah yeah Rog, we know you went for it

How the hell you even get backspin on a ball from an overhead is beyond comprehension. Anyway there it is. The genius of Roger Federer on full display. Is it the greatest shot of all time? That is of course highly subjective but it is right up there. The shot has never been seen before. I mean you get the ‘hot dog’, the shots around the net post, the smash off a smash, the behind the back shot, etc. But these shots have all been done before. This shot from Roger have never been seen in the history of the sport as far as I know. That’s what geniuses do. They create things that have never been created before. They create something from nothing. Anyway I just wanted to run that by you as I myself have not quite figured out how he pulled that off. Roger and Mahut ended up winning 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 11-9.

They now play the 4th seeds Cabal and Farah. They won’t play tomorrow which is nice for Roger so he can just focus on his singles with Matosevic. He is playing at the same time as on Wednesday which suits me just fine. The doubles win would have boosted Roger’s confidence just a tad again and he seems to be going from strength to strength. It’s his first time in Brisbane and his participation has taken the event to new levels of popularity and fan interest. Like I recently said, he entertains and inspires wherever he goes. Hewitt had a good win today over 6th seed Lopez while 4th seed Anderson withdrew with flu. In Doha Nadal continued his run to the title with a straight set win over Gulbis, while Murray was upset by Mayer after leading 6-3, 3-0. All of a sudden Murray is not looking good for Melbourne while Nadal is…

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  1. Hey Ru-an! Happy new year! From what it appeared to me, he kind of sheepishly waved it off as a fluke, and that is definitely what it looked like to me. When you get the kind of action on the ball that is almost unexplainable, isn’t it often because of a frame or mis-hit? It just seemed like a stroke of luck, backed with his incredible skill of course. :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    You are still around? I thought you had disappeared! Of course Roger is gonna wave it off. He is humble like that. Haven’t you seen enough shots from him that staggers the imagination to believe he could have planned this? Come on Johnny you know better.

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  2. I watched that mouth agape! Not for the first time either, the last time was that thread of a needle pass to save the first MP against Stakhovsky. And there have been many more before that! In a way I’m ashamed, I was cocky enough to think I’d seen it all from the great man. I reckon he meant it as a smash drop but then again I’m not a genius, I wouldn’t be surprised if he meant the whole thing! Either way it’s incredible… Hopefully the journalists see this and stop harping on about the r-word and just simply appreciate this once in a lifetime player.
    Either way who would fancy playing Roger in this mood?! And morale amongst FedFans is through the roof! A very happy New Year indeed :-) Never mind just one title we might be talking about two at this rate!

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  3. ha ha. Even Roger didn’t expect to get that back. IT may have been a mis-hit, still, it takes some kind of talent to come up with a genius mishit like that. Simply out of this world! And what an entertaining game of doubles. Far, far better than any Nadal-jokovic-Murray-Ferrer matches

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  4. Thx for the highlight video. 3:15min of unbelievable shots from all 4 players. Quality double.
    The presents of Stefan Edberg has already helped Federer’s volley :-) .

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  5. Roger already is in semi-finals of the ATP 250 of Brisbane (Australia), after winding in quarters of end the Australian Marinko Matosevic for 6-1 and 6-1 in 57 minutes of party. The Swiss has played of solid and forceful form to squash his rival who seems to be that it has suffered physical problems, though this is not unworthy of a magnificent victory of the Swiss who is solid enough with his extract and very effective from the bottom of track. The party began with the Swiss having to raise 0-40 in against with his first service, but from there it was the whole monologue for Roger, who pressed the accelerator and with two break consecutive he placed with 5-0 to his favor. Already there was no any more break and Roger took the first sleeve to himself for the comfortable one 6-1. In the second set, both tennis players won his first one extracts, but again Roger pressed and obtained other three break consecutive without giving option to his rival who was proving to be exhausted and impotent before the blows of the Swiss who took the second set to himself also for 6-1 and with this the victory.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Where did you copy this from?

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