So, for those of you who may not jump to watch every sublime federer drop shot (as I do), it's time to pay attention. In this sport that's been going for well over a hundred years, Federer has invented a new shot. And it is one that I'm quite sure he is the only human in the world that can play it. Apparently, Roger was bored in practice at some point over the weeks since losing the Wimbledon final against djokovic and, tired of just continuing to practice the same service return over and over, decided to just run crazily up towards the net and half-volley the return. Now, keep in mind: the reason no one ever tried this before is that this makes zero sense. Also, the time to try it was not 2015 with massive serves and Vulcan technology. The time to try it was in 1926 against the petering serve of Rene Lacoste or someone. Again, this isn't a chip and charge: this is a short hop, what we call a half volley, not chipped but HIT. So anyway, fed liked it so much in practice he brought that club to the Cincinnati masters this week. And sure, he deployed it in early rounds, against lowly figures without huge weapons when he was ahead in the score. But then, he did it in the semifinals and finals against the two best players in the world - at crucial moments. None more crucial than this ridorkulous reaching half volley in the tiebreaker to simply stun djokovic. As @jordan
would say: bananas.