Watch Challenger Hot Shot: Brown’s Brilliant Backspin
The human highlight reel is at it again. Dustin Brown is making his mark on the ATP Challenger Tour event in Sophia Antipolis, France, claiming Hot Shot honours en route to the semis.
Facing Italy’s Matteo Donati in Friday’s Mouratoglou Open quarter-finals, Brown found himself just two points from the finish line at 5-2 0/30 in the second set. And the 34-year-old wasted little time in securing the victory, striking a sublime mid-rally backspin shot that leapt back over the net to his side of the court.
It was yet another moment of moment from the German, who was standing well behind the baseline when he abruptly halted the rally and earned his first match point. Two points later, he had punched his ticket into the last four.
Brown is into his first semi-final of the year and is projected to return to the Top 200 of the ATP Rankings, following an injury-plagued (back) 2018 campaign.