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Video: Dustin Brown's tweener clinic

Dustin Brown Dustin Brown is shown at Wimbledon last year. (Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

Dustin Brown is one of the most exciting and athletic players in tennis, but unfortunately we rarely get to see him. Ranked No. 97, the flashy German is usually toiling away on the ATP Challenger circuit.

Thankfully, an enterprising fan captured these jaw-dropping points from Brown's 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4) win over Laurynas Grigelis in the quarterfinals of this week's Challenger in Bergamo, Italy.

Down set point in the second set, Brown tracked down a lob behind the baseline and stuck an absolutely perfect tweener lob for a winner.

http://youtu.be/Ime0iWUwbb0

Brown hit another crazy shot in the second-set tiebreaker. This time he flicked a running-forehand tweener for a winner. How does he even decide to hit this?

http://youtu.be/tuzrMsveess

It's always fun to see a player hit some trick shots, but it's even better when that showmanship actually helps him win matches. Brown, who memorably made the third round of Wimbledon as a qualifier last year, is into his first semifinal of the season.

Videos via YouTube user Anita Pokorska

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