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22-Year-Old American Rafael Nadal Fan Boy Stuns With an Exquisite Show on Grass as He Imitates Roger Federer’s Iconic Shot at Queen’s Club Championships

Published 06/20/2023, 8:55 AM EDT

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Sebastian Korda, the 22-year-old American stunned everyone at the Queen’s Club with potentially the shot of the tournament. Korda’s shot did not just stun the viewers, it also sent a wave of nostalgia through them. The shot played by Korda was invented by Guillermo Vilas. However, it was a certain Swiss Maestro who was famous for playing that shot.

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Yes, the shot in question is none other than the tweener or between-the-legs shot. Nobody executed the shot better than Roger Federer himself. In fact, the 20-time major champion made the shot famous.

Sebastian Korda’s inimitable tweener


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The American played the magical shot in his first round meeting against Dan Evans yesterday. Korda went on to win the match 6-4, 7-5 and progress through to the Round of 16 of the Queen’s Club Championship. When Korda was serving for the set at 5-4 in the opener, he was down 15-30.

He was then drawn to the forecourt and forced to chase Evans’ lob to which he replied with a scintillating tweener that lobbed over the Briton and landed right on the baseline. There was absolutely nothing Evans could do about it.


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It was not the first instance of Korda pulling off a tweener lob. He came up with the same shot two years ago at Halle against Roberto Bautista Agut while defending a game point.

Despite being a Rafael Nadal fan, Korda surely loved to emulate Roger Federer on the Swiss Maestro’s favorite surface.

Sebastian Korda named someone special after his idol Rafael Nadal

Sebastian Korda has never missed out on an opportunity to express his love for Rafael Nadal. In fact, he faced his idol in his second-ever grand slam main draw appearance at the Roland Garros 2020. The match ended in a straight-set defeat for Korda but it was a memorable day for him as Nadal gifted him a signed t-shirt after the match which is still displayed in the American’s bedroom.


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Back in 2020, Korda admitted that he named his childhood cat after Rafael Nadal. He said via Tennis Channel, “He’s (Nadal) my biggest idol…I mean, I named my cat after him.“. He later revealed that he named the cat Raffy.


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Do you think Korda’s playing style is closer to that of Roger Federer’s or Rafael Nadal’s? Do let us know in the comments.

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Written by:

Raghav Tikmany


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Raghav Tikmany is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his under-graduation in Commerce, his passion for sports encouraged him to take up content writing in the field of sports journalism. He has prior experience in text commentary.
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Bhavani Singh