Do you remember that Lacoste ad, “Future of Tennis”? Well, put these guys in face masks and body armor, and the future’s arrived. Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga played jaw-dropping tennis in their semi-final match at the Open13 tournament in Marseille this weekend. This video’s in Italian (love the “mamma mias” from the commentators) and the ball disappears at times, but it’s a generous 9 minutes long and the ball’s moving so fast, you probably couldn’t see it live, either. Forward to about 3 minutes in if you want to see Tsonga save a 0-40 game by serving 4 aces and one unreturnable serve in a row.
Tsonga photo: AP/Claude Paris