Spanish star Pablo Carreño Busta has pulled off the 'shot of the tournament' from the other side of the net during his Aus Open clash, which had fans questioning if it was even legal.
Carreño Busta was in a tight match with Tallon Griekspoor sitting at a set apiece with his opponent facing break and set point.
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Carreño Busta dropped the ball short, bringing his opponent into the net, before he lopped Griekspoor.
His Dutch opponent shanked his overhead returned sending the ball skyward.
However, the ball only just cleared the net before bouncing back towards his side of the court due to the backspin.
In a moment of pure magic, Carreño Busta sprinted forward and ran around the net.
He then directed his shot back into the net to give his opponent no chance of recovering.
"Oh my goodness. Perfectly legitimate," the commentator said.
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) January 19, 2022
Tennis world reacts to Aus Open shot of the tournament
The shot had many fans questioning whether it was legal.
An opponent is allowed to cross to the other side of the court, to retrieve a ball, as long as he doesn't touch the net.
Fans were left in awe of the extremely rare moment in tennis.
Many fans were left labelling the moment of magic as the 'shot of the tournament'.
Are you kidding me, Carreno Busta??? pic.twitter.com/eitJwox9gj
— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) January 19, 2022
Omg that point from Carreño to break for 5-3 in the 3rd.
You have to watch it to believe it lol
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) January 19, 2022
Rare and incredible tennis shot here by Pablo Carreno Busta at the Aussie Open https://t.co/NtJmGo2ciD
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) January 19, 2022
Carreno Busta just hit the shot of the tournament right now! Legitimately never saw that happen live.
— Tennis And Bagels Podcast! (@TennisAndBagels) January 19, 2022
— Tennis GIFs 🎾🎥 (@tennis_gifs) January 19, 2022
— Neil Teatsorth (@nteatsorth) January 19, 2022
The shot follows a unique serve from Nick Kyrgios' flamboyant opening match to his Australian Open campaign,
Taking on British qualifier Liam Broady on his beloved John Cain Arena, the tennis firebrand left commentators and fans in disbelief after a wild start to his opening match.
Kyrgios showed no signs of rust after grabbing an early break against the Briton.
However, it was his opening service game that had the whole tennis world talking.
Kyrgios was on fire with his big first serve and the World No.115's confidence was clearly sky high after he sent down a booming 220km/h ace.
That was merely a precursor of what was to come.
The Aussie decided to follow up his ace with an underarm serve between his legs - incredibly winning the point to go 2-0 up in a moment that left viewers gobsmacked.
“Nick just verbalising - ‘I’m back’”, Jim Courier said in commentary for Channel Nine.
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