Tennis: 5 Best Shots from Shanghai Masters Thus Far
The Shanghai Masters has proved a thoroughly entertaining tourney in years past, and this time 'round has proved no different—even without the likes of world-beaters Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the competition.
The top athletes can truly showcase their talents in China with hard courts that move the ball at a decent speed but grip heavily on slices and spins.
It is for this reason that many great matches are played at this specific and particular tournament and several wondrous shots are stricken from all dimensions of the court.
Here are the top five best shots of the tournament so far (prior to the semifinals).
5. "Dandy" Roddick
Grigor Dimitrov has earned favorable comparisons to Federer and in this point, almost every pattern of his play follows the same formula that occurs on court when Roger faces Andy Roddick.
Dimitrov hit several inside-out forehands to play to Roddick's backhand and then came to net to attempt to force the error.
However, it was Grigor's poor volley that lost him this point, and it was Andy's whip forehand that earned him a spot on this list. A turn of technique from the American that was...you guessed it—Federer-esque.
4. Nadal Can Hit Passing Shots?
Clearly, the title is rhetorical. Nadal has long proven that he is one of the most adept in the game at stone-footing his opponents with his brilliant returns.
This shot was outstanding, considering that Florian Mayer placed his forehand volley nice and low down-the-line to take time away from Rafa. In the end, Rafa won the baseline vs. net exchange as per usual.
3. What Else Can Garcia Lopez Do?
This exchange drags out much longer than would be expected at first glance, but it is still highly entertaining and eye-capturing to the finish.
2. Ferrero Is Back to His 2002-2003 Self
Juan Carlos Ferrero took out Mikhail Youzhny in a stunning performance.
This was among the many tough rallies he had to participate in, and to Ferrero's credit, he came out the victor. It was vintage stuff from the 31-year-old Spaniard.
1. Luck of the Draw?
Mayer did not have luck of the draw when pulling Rafa as his third-round opponent.
He did, however, encounter luck in the form of his straight-set win and this particular shot that earns the nod as the best shot this week.