Roger Federer created yet another magical moment late in the match yesterday during a win over Nick Krgios. The winner-around-the-net-post has been done before, but Federer makes it even better.
“It was definitely one of the more unique ones,” Federer said. “You don’t get an opportunity to hit around the net post very often, because in practice — you can’t really train them. The net is out further and the court is more narrow, so for a shot like this to happen in a practice, you will be running into a fence and you will hit it into the net.
“So these shots can only really happen on a big court where you play with the single posts in the doubles alley,” he added. “I have hit a few throughout my career, and, sure, they are always fun, just because sometimes you can sort of aim for them it because you realize you have an option more, which just never have. As you’re hitting it, you’re, like, Oh, I can just shove it down the line and just flat. That’s what happened today.”
Even Kyrgios was in awe, and he’s one of the craziest shotmakers in the game.
“I was trying to tell him that the shot wasn’t that good,” Kyrgios joked. “No, it was almost unreal. Almost got to the point where I wanted him to start making shots like that, and I finally got it. I was pretty happy with myself.”
With an eye on the Novak Djokovic Wednesday night quarterfinal, Federer returns tomorrow as a big favorite against John Millman.
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