In a moment quickly dubbed by media tweeters "magic", "amazing" and "RIDICULOUS", the 16-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer wowed audiences with a between-the-legs winner in an first round match-up at the 2010 US Open. The shot, which mortals might find miraculous, is becoming a sort of trademark for the tennis star, who produced a similar spectacle several times, most notably in the semifinals of last year's Open against the formidable Novak Djokovic. In any case, Federer's real-life theatrics make his widely-circulated and possibly faked 'William Tell' viral video pale in comparison. Giddy Pundits weigh in on the U.S. Open's most memorable shot (so far):
- He Makes This Trickery Look Easy gushes Paul Wachter at AOL News. Still, he notes, "it's worth pointing out that the shot doesn't always work. In 2005, he employed it in a crucial moment of his semifinal against Marat Safin; the shot didn't cross the net, and Safin went on to win the match and the tournament."
- 'Dear Roger, You Can Stop Now. We Surrender' writes Tom Perrotta at The Wall Street Journal, who wondered if this was Federer's way of saying "Don't Doubt Me." He marvels: "What will he do next? Hit a forehand into the stands, around the umpire's chair and into the corner for a winner? Make a ball stop in midair, drop over the net and roll without bouncing? Anything is possible."