WATCH: Fabio Fognini and Marton Fucsovics Emulate Rafael Nadal’s ‘Banana Shot’ at Paris Masters 2021

Published 11/02/2021, 10:53 AM EDT
Aug 3, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a forehand during a practice session at the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports


Over the years, Rafael Nadal has displayed some of the best tennis fans have ever witnessed. There are some shots that are now synonymous with the Spaniard. They’ve become so famous that they’re even emulated by some of the other top players in the game. 

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Recently, at the Rolex Paris Masters 2021, there was a matchup between Marton Fucsovics and Fabio Fognini. During that match, both players hit the trademark banana shot which fans have been used to seeing Rafael Nadal hit.  

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Rafael Nadal can create a sharp angle 

The shot is hit with real venom. While executing the shot, there is a lot of topspin on it and that makes the ball move outside and before the ball bounces into the court, it takes a turn towards the inside. Especially when a left-handed player like Rafa, when they hit the shot, it looks much more ecstatic as lefties can create a sharp angle. 

As we speak about the match between the Hungarian tennis player and the Italian veteran, the match went the distance. Eventually, the winner had to be decided in three tight-fought sets. Fucsovics won the match 6-1, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (5). 

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Djokovic to feature in a first singles match since the US Open defeat 

After winning the previous match, Marton has booked a spot in the next round against none other than Novak Djokovic. It promises to be an exciting match and it will be the first time the Serb would be competing in a singles match since his loss at the US Open 2021 final.  

PARIS, FRANCE June 11. Rafael Nadal of Spain acknowledges the fans as he leaves the court after his loss to Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Court Philippe-Chatrier during the semi finals of the singles competition at the 2021 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on June 11th 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Coming back to Rafa, he has not played since the loss at Washington. He had injured himself during the French Open ended his season after Washington Open. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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