Radek Stepanek, known for his entertaining style of play, pulled out all the stops against Roger Federer in the second round of the Dubai Championships on Wednesday.
Stepanek — who snapped an 18-set losing streak to Federer in the second set — earned a break point early in the final set with a little help from this incredible diving backhand volley lob that left even the sure-footed Federer stumbling. The 35-year-old Czech converted the break for a 2-0 lead.
Watch the amazing point below:
Unfortunately for Stepanek, his lead quickly evaporated. He failed to consolidate the break despite multiple game points and Federer broke back immediately. The Swiss took six of the last seven games to win 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-3 and advance to the quarterfinals in his first ATP Tour tournament since the Australian Open. Federer, a five-time champion, will play Lukas Rosol, with a potential semifinal clash against top seed Novak Djokovic looming.