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2013 BTB Awards: Reader submissions for shots of the year

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The Beyond The Baseline awards are our look back at the best — and worst — of the tennis season. Today, readers submit some of their favorites that weren’t on our list of ATP and WTA shots of the year. Click here for our complete archive of year-end awards.


Carlos Berlocq hits a backhand slice pass against Rafael Nadal at the Shanghai Masters (via @Tenistopia, who also submitted this reply from Berlocq against Roger Federer at the U.S. Open).


Horacio Zeballos is practically in the stands when he hits this leaping overhead pass against Nicolas Almagro at the Mexican Open (via @AnaB_Martinez, who also submitted a well-angled winner from Magdalena Rybarikova against Andrea Petkovic at the Citi Open).


Late in the third set of a match that exceeded three hours, Daniela Hantuchova nails a forehand down the line against Francesca Schiavone at the Aegon Classic (via @A_Fitzpatrick13).


Nadal hits a no-look backhand pass down the line against Leonardo Mayer at the Mexico Open (via @naterzzz).


Juan Martin del Potro sticks a forehand winner on match point to beat David Ferrer at Wimbledon (via @prettyembrace).


Sam Stosur shows off her reflexes to get one past (through?) Kristina Mladenovic at the French Open (via @aah1028). Click here to view.


Bonus Shots

Here are a few more that just missed the cut in our original hot-shot posts.

Grigor Dimitrov, no stranger to hitting the deck, dives to retrieve a shot against Janko Tipsarevic at the Monte Carlo Masters.


Dimitrov hits this winner just before going to the ground against Tommy Haas at the Citi Open.


Vera Dushevina lost to Sabine Lisicki at the U.S. Open, but she’ll always have this backhand to put in her scrapbook. 


Agnieszka Radwanska sticks a lunging lob attempt on the baseline against Dominika Cibulkova at the Bank of the West Classic.


  • Published On Nov 20, 2013
  • 9 comments
    Ace2020
    Ace2020

    No Djokovic lob against Nadal? Seriously? That was phenomenal.

    SI_BTBaseline
    SI_BTBaseline moderator

    @Ace2020 There's a reason it wasn't included as a shot of the year. You'll see. 

    SI_BTBaseline
    SI_BTBaseline moderator

    @aliunal These are points. This post is about shots. A difficult distinction to make for quite a few great rallies, but that's where we drew the line. 

    aliunal
    aliunal

     @SI_BTBaseline I am semantically challenged there :) I can understand your position, but I do think good points inherently contain good shots, as the case with Ferrer's amazing penultimate slice backhand shot and Djokovic's backhand passing shot.