WATCH: “And people say tennis is fine without Nole” Novak Djokovic’s unreal backhand leaves fans in awe

The players had a rally that lasted up to 7 minutes and featured some of the tournament's greatest shots.

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was up against Felix Auger-Aliassime in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open. The Serb has enjoyed Straight-set wins over Aslan Karatsev and Stan Wawrinka. Meanwhile, Auger-Aliassime’s clay court performances have seen marked improvement this season, with the Canadian reaching his second straight Masters 1000 quarterfinal on the surface. The World No. 9 had to fight off Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina in his opening match before beating Marcos Giron in straight sets. Thus, he was able to set up the clash with the Serb.

This was Djokovic’s first meeting with Felix Auger-Aliassime. With Aliassime’s serve and volley skill and the Serb’s aggressive baseline play, the match was nothing short of a thriller. Both players made a number of trick shots and fought hard against one other. However, Novak Djokovic hit a shot that once again demonstrated why he is regarded as the best player on the court.

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Novak Djokovic produces a mesmerizing backhand lob

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The two players gave each other a hard time because none of them was willing to give up ground to the other. The first service game was flawless for the Canadian tennis star. The Serb then won a game in which he had to save a breakpoint. At 5-4, the Canadian played some of his greatest tennis, breaking serve on his second set ball and serving to tie the match. When the game led to a tiebreaker, it was the Serb who emerged as the winner of the first set.

However, when Novak Djokovic was up against a motivated Aliassime in the second set, he unleashed a mind-boggling backhand lob to win the game. The players had a rally that lasted up to 7 minutes and featured some of the tournament’s greatest shots. The shot by the Serb sent the whole tennis world into a frenzy and he celebrated it by swinging his hands in the air, doing his same old antics again.

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