Roger Federer once again showed off his legendary shot-making ability with this incredible tweener which led to him winning the point and eventually the match over Benjamin Becker in the first round of Dubai on Monday.
The shot came with Federer ahead 61 and serving 30-15, 23 in the second.
Federer talked about the shot.
“I thought he was going to go to the forehand, went to the backhand,” Federer said. “I got it over somehow, and then I thought that was maybe actually going to win, and then he got to it quite comfortably and he had to hit the lob because I was so close to the net.
“Then because he was coming in already, I thought maybe he was going to be pretty close to the net so let me try the lob instead of just the hit just like I usually play it. It worked perfectly, so I’m happy I didn’t miss it wide and even better that he got it back so he created even more to it.
“Yeah, it’s rare for me to win that point with the lob in that circumstance. I know I can hit it, but it’s always exciting, it’s so rare to get that opportunity to line it up because it’s a safe shot for me almost to a degree. It was exciting, and the fans enjoyed it, which is almost as important as winning point.”
With a slight letdown at the end, Federer went on to the win match 61, 64 to advance to the second round where he’ll await the Michael Russell-Radek Stepanek winner on Wednesday.
Federer has won the tournament five times.
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