amazing trick shot by Roger Federer for Gillette ad

Here’s one of the latest trick shot videos to go viral — 4 million views in just 4 days.  Roger Federer, the greatest tennis player of all-time, is shooting an ad for Gillette, and he hits an incredible trick shot — twice.

Is it real?   A lot of people are debating that.  It’s hard to tell these days, especially when you have a commercial budget behind it, so CGI is a possibility.  But I think he really could do it, although not every time.  I remember seeing an exhibition match between Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick live in-person, and Roddick would sometimes request a serve to be hit in an exact spot across the court and Agassi could do it every time, even at the specified miles-per-hour (although the radar gun display could’ve been rigged).  Being professional athletes, they have hit tennis balls thousands of times a day in practice.

My serving in tennis isn’t quite as accurate, but if anyone would like to put a bottle on their head I’d try to knock it off with a serve.  We could even video it and put it online (though I get a few chances).  🙂

talking smack without backing it up

The competitiveness of sports leads to some great smack-talking sometimes.  You may not hear it as much on the professional level, but sometimes it’s there.  Today we got to witness that, at the 2009 Wimbledon.

To set up the story, Roger Federer played Robin Soderling in the final at the 2009 French Open less than a month ago.  Before that match, Soderling had joked with his coach that nobody beats him 10 times in a row, because he was 0-9 against Federer.  As you know, Federer won that match fairly easily.  After the match, Soderling told everyone about that conversation, even saying it to Federer, and then joked that nobody beats him 11 times in a row.  Which leads us to today’s match, where they met again.

Soderling’s game translates better to grass, so one would expect this match to be closer.  The score was close, even though Federer won in straight sets.  I’m curious what Soderling will say this time…  🙂