Having dominated the hard court pre-US Open matches, Rafael Nadal on Monday defeated American Ryan Harrison in the first round 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.
Nadal was playing in his first US Open since 2011 when he lost to Novak Djokovic in the final. His bad knees ensured the Spaniard who won at Flushing Meadows in 2010 was alway not on top of his game at the last Grand Slam of the year.
The first round loss in Wimbledon has turned out to be a blessing as the French Open champion seems to be playing some of his best tennis on the hard courts so far.
In his first round match, Nadal produced an awesome forehand winner that was hit across the court as he charged from one end of the court to the other to not just get to the ball but also slice it back with an awesome running passing shot.
Theo Jackson, 30, a tennis fan said, " I'm a Roger Federer fan, but when I see a good shot I acknowledge it and Nadal played a fantastic shot."
Payal Rawat, 19, a student said, "Rafa nailed it with the shot. I have watched the video atleast 20 times."
The shot on YouTube has more than 2 million views as fans and experts went on to brand it as the shot of the tournament.
Here's the video of the shot: