Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Roger Federer shows you something you may well have never seen before.
In his farewell match partnering fellow icon Rafael Nadal, Federer pulled off a dazzling circus shot.
Watch Swiss Maestro Federer thread the needle squeezing a nearly impossible running forehand down the line through the narrow hole between the edge of the net and net post.
— Laver Cup (@LaverCup) September 23, 2022
Because the ball did not clear the net, Federer and Nadal lost the point. If the shot had gone around the net post, it would have been legal.
Hall of Famer Martina Navratilova and former Team World member Reilly Opelka, calling the match on Tennis Channel alongside Pam Shriver, each said they had never seen a player thread the needle between the net post and net before.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion’s magic elicited this response from world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz.
Federer doing Federer things 🤯
— Carlos Alcaraz (@carlosalcaraz) September 23, 2022
Federer’s one-of-a-kind drive evoked memories of another Grand Slam champion pulling off a freak show show.
Do you remember when Pete Sampras blasted a serve at such velocity it bulleted through the strings of opponent Patrick Rafter’s racquet? Here’s a reminder:
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