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Rafael Nadal produces sublime no-look lob at Shanghai Masters

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Every sport loves some showboating, watching the players who's tricks get us off our seats and make us jump up and down in excitement.

We may be more used to the likes of Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho over the years who have amazed us with individual flashes of sheer brilliance, but Rafael Nadal has proved that footballers don't have this sector all to themselves.

Playing at the Shanghai Masters against Jared Donaldson in the second round, in the middle of a rally, the Spaniard pulls off a fantastic 'no-look' lob as he returned the ball, to the delight of the onlooking crowd.

Gasps were heard all around the stadium as the ball came back over the net from Donaldson, before Nadal finished the volley with a trademark smash.

Commentators called it 'incredible', and by the faces of the Shanghai crowd, it is clear they agreed.

Undoubtedly one of the favourites for the tournament, even though he is more known for his powerful forehand and rapid spin shots, Nadal shows everyone here that he has unquestionable finesse to go with the brute force that has made him so successful over the years.

Despite being written off several times over the past few years due to reoccurring problems with knee injuries, Nadal has roared back into form and looks to prove the doubters wrong again with consistently strong performances.

After playing alongside the likes of long-time rival Roger Federer at the Laver Cup for Team Europe, the Spaniard will be keen to show what he can do in competitive singles competition once more.

Despite already being a fan's favourite for tennis supporters all around the world, Rafa has just given the Shanghai fans in attendance one more reason to cheer him, and has left them hoping he makes the latter stages to pull off more feats of skill and trickery on the court.

Topics:
Maria Sharapova
Novak Djokovic
Serena Williams
Andy Murray
Tennis
Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer

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