Wednesday December 21st, 2011

I have a confession to make: I have always wanted to attend a world-class table tennis tournament. I find the sport, when played at its highest levels, to be completely mindblowing (as opposed to when it's played at its lowest levels -- like in the backyard of sloshy summer BBQs where no rallies last for more than one shot -- to be completely mindnumbing).

Have you watched table tennis? I mean really watched it? It's so fast and the players' movements and reactions so quick, that you would be excused if you thought you were watching it on fast forward. It's incredible.

With that introduction, check out this collection of jaw-dropping table tennis shots from 2011:

And a look at tennis' best analogues, shot for shot. Needless to say, Roger Federer would have made an incredible table tennis player.

1. Federer cuts off the angle to redirect a "ping pong" backhand.

*****

2. Federer's around the post winner at Wimbledon against Rendy Lu.

*****

3. Fernando Verdasco's around the post winner against David Ferrer.

*****

4. Another Federer "ping pong" backhand.

*****

5. Andy Roddick's behind the back shot from the baseline against Gael Monfils.

*****

6. Kim Clijsters spinning a ball (intentionally, no doubt) off the net cord, then off the post then back into the court.

*****

7. Federer (again!) with an incredible down the line backhand winner.

*****

8. Federer (I know) with a backhand to inside-out forehand screamer.

*****

9. Francesca Schiavone's 360-spin volley winner against Elena Dementieva (the second point of the video).

*****

10. Federer's leaping winner off an overhead smash against Andy Roddick.

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