The Greatest Shot Ever

Maybe Roger Federer, for all his greatness, has only been teasing us and scratching the surface of his brilliance to this point. How else do you explain the incredible between-the-legs shot he pulled off against Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the U.S. Open?

To his credit, Federer said after the match that while he practices the shot — one you see most pros hit, but never score with — but that it “never works.”

Still, it was amazing, like everything this man does on the tennis court. He’s made 23 straight Grad Slam semifinals — bearly six straight years’ worth — and 14 straight finals. That would be the equivalent of Tiger Woods playing in the final pairing on Sunday in 14 straight majors.

Nobody is doing to his sport — or has done, Tiger and MJ included (maybe Bill Russell) — what Federer is doing to his.

Remarkable, and it was all symbolized by this one shot.

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Filed under Alex Podlogar, Designated Hitter, Roger Federer, Sports, Sports columns, The Sanford Herald, U.S. Open

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