Monday, January 20, 2014

Federer's lob over Tsonga was beautiful


I stayed up until 6:00 a.m. watching Roger Federer versus Jo-Wilfried Tsonga last night, and even though it completely ruined my Monday, it was worth it to see vintage Roger Federer on the court in Melbourne. Federer was brilliant in his defeat of No. 10 Tsonga, a match he won in straight sets without being broken. The tournament's sixth seed has now won all four of his 2014 Australian Open matches without losing a set, as he reaches his 41st Grand Slam quarterfinal, tying him with Jimmy Connors for the Open Era record.

There were plenty of highlights in the match -- this behind-the-back assist to the ball boy being one of them -- but none caught my attention quite like Federer's lob over a backpedaling Tsonga in the final game of the second set:


If that shot were any prettier, Grigor Dimitrov would try to date it.