Would it be a Gael Monfils match without a highlight-reel shot?

Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat his countryman Monfils 7-6(6), 6-4 on Monday at the NOVENTI OPEN, but it was the latter who provided the moment of the match. Herbert sent the veteran running towards the baseline with a lob, but instead of turning around to hit a standard backhand passing shot, Monfils — still facing the back of the court — flicked a crosscourt winner on the forehand side of his racquet.

Monfils immediately held his arms out in celebration, revelling in the crowd’s cheers. His friend Herbert cracked a smile and clapped to acknowledge the shot. 

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