A ridiculous behind-the-back shot was sadly not enough for Bruno Soares and Brit Jamie Murray in the Indian Wells doubles semi-final, but it did provide a great moment of entertainment for those in attendance and those watching back home.
The ludicrous shot by Soares caught not only his opponents Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo by surprise, but himself and the audience as well.
The audience rightfully applauded the unlikely shot, as Soares gestured a polite, “sorry about that” to his opponents in his own amazement.
It's common practise for tennis player to apologise to their opponents for lucky shots or fortuitous breaks, so by doing so, it's clear that Soares had no intentions of playing the shot he did.
However, as reflexes took over, that's exactly what he did, and it was enough for them to win the point as their opponent could only return the ball into the net.
Soares and Murray were eventually defeated by underdogs Kubot and Melo 6-3, 5-7, 5-10 after an hour-and-a-half of play.
Despite defeat in the end, it looked promising for Soares and Murray halfway through the match.
Already having won the first set, the Brazilian/British pair were in a 4-2 lead in the second set, but from there on out, Kubot and Melo took charge and flipped the score and finally won in a match tie-break.
You can see Soares' ridiculous behind-the-back shot in the video below.
Soares and Murray were seeded number four in the tournament, while the winners, Kubot and Melo, were seeded eighth as they reached their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final.
For the victors, they only joined forces full-time at the start of the calendar year, but they have won two titles together beforehand, winning back-to-back Vienna crowns in 2015 and 2016.
As for Murray and Soares, they were looking for back-to-back ATP World Tour titles, after coming into Indian Wells on the back of victory in Acapulco.
There they will face sixth seeds, Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram, who won their semi-final 6-2 and 6-4.
The final will begin tomorrow at 30 minutes past midnight GMT.
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