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Video: Roger Federer's three best shots

Roger Federer Roger Federer hit an outrageous tweener at the 2009 U.S. Open. (Simon Bruty/SI)

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Roger Federer has hit some pretty amazing shots, but his three favorite should come as no surprise.

After defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-1 on Saturday to advance to the BNP Paribas Open final, Federer was asked to to identify the best shots of his career.

"I think smashing to [Andy] Roddick in Basel, especially because it was my home city," Federer said. "Then I think the get I had on the break point against [Andre] Agassi in Dubai where I flicked it behind me. I don't know how I did it. I couldn't even believe it. I looked back and it was over his head for a winner somehow. And I guess the one against Novak [Djokovic] through the legs at the U.S. Open."

All incredible, acrobatic and creative shots against some of the game's greatest players. Tennis, unlike basketball, doesn't really have the concept of getting "posterized," but for Roddick, Agassi and Djokovic, this was pretty darn close.

Watch all three points below.

The slice overhead passing shot against Roddick at the 2002 Swiss Indoors:

http://youtu.be/0-PZspgbirc


The no-look backhand flick lob against Agassi at the 2005 Dubai Championships:

http://youtu.be/6STcefJBgUc


The tweener against Djokovic at the 2009 U.S. Open (click here for a photo gallery of the sequence):

http://youtu.be/pMJ0-1GGf5k

Have a favorite Federer hot shot of your own? Let us know in the comments.
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