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Gael Monfils is arguably the best athlete in tennis today, or ever. It’s cliche to say that he could’ve been a star in any sport, but like, seriously, you’re telling me he couldn’t have been a long jumper or sprinter or shooting guard or goalkeeper or gymnast or acrobat or wide receiver or crocodile hunter or anything he put his mind to! Monfils always slides like this, even on hard courts, but holy ESCARGOT sliding at full-sprint into a fully-extended, spaghetti-armed tweener is probably the craziest shot I’ve ever seen in tennis. Stay healthy, you damn freak.
It’s almost a tradition by now – at some point during the last three U.S. Open tournaments, Roger Federer, backed to the farthest reaches of the court, was left with only one option – a between-the-legs shot with his back facing the net. In 2009, Novak Djokovic put him in that position – and Federer responded with what may well have been the greatest shot in the history of tennis. Last year, Brian Dabul forced Federer to try it again…and Federer pulled it off again. And last night/this morning against Juan Monaco, Federer found himself in a tweener position. And…