As the end of the pandemic-impacted 2020 season has drawn to a close, we take a look at look at the men's Top 5 Shots of the Year.
5. Yannick Hanfmann, Hamburg Open
Is anyone surprised that Hanfmann’s trick shot made the cut? We’re not. In the Hamburg second round against Cristian Garin, the German gifted tennis fans with a jumping tweener from the baseline, thanks to his quick thinking. “You better be kidding me,” the announcer reacted. “And that was not showboating. He improvised.”
4. Mikael Ymer, Roland Garros
It’s not easy to pull of tricky shots against Novak Djokovic, but that’s what Ymer managed to achieve in his opening round in Paris against the top-seeded Serb. Despite a straight-set loss, the 22-year-old Swede did have his moment in the match when he ended a rally with a well-executed crosscourt tweener to win the point. Djokovic appreciated it. So did we.
3. Marton Fucsovics, US Open
One word. Unbelievable. One of the best shots of this season’s US Open edition came in the third round between Fucsovics and Tiafoe. The American was leading by two sets and a break when he hit what looked like a no-return angled shot. Fucsovics’ reply? An around-the-net winner. Tiafoe’s response? Priceless! We were right there with him.
2. Benoit Paire, ATP Cup
It not a complete list without Paire, a human highlight reel. At the inaugural ATP Cup against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in the first point of the deciding-set tie-break, the Frenchman hit a drop shot that Anderson sent back. Not to be outdone, Paire then dove around the net to hit a ridiculous winner.
1. Casper Ruud, ATP Cup
Another 'round-the-net trick shot. And we’re not complaining. In the doubles rubber between Norway and Russia, Ruud made a bold move to thread a down-the-line forehand between the post and the umpire’s chair. It's safe to say he #nailedit.