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Lestienne hits Hot Shot in Szczecin
Tecnifibre player Constant Lestienne is inspired by Gael Monfils, but seems to have naturally picked up his penchant for flashy hitting. The World No. 183 hit the Hot Shot of the week so far on Wednesday night at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Szczecin, Poland.
With second seed Inigo Cervantes of Spain serving at 3-4 in the opening set of their second-round clash, a strong backhand return from Lestienne set up an easy smash. It appeared he would drive the ball for a winner, but the Frenchman faked out his opponent and instead hit a delicate drop shot. The crowd roared their approval as Lestienne waved his arms to get them even more involved in the match.
“I don’t know where I learned that shot from, but it’s a shot I like to do. When I see an easy ball coming, my mind automatically wants to make a Hot Shot. I’ve tried this one at practice many times,” said Lestienne. “But the best player at these shots is Gael Monfils. I want to do all the same shots as him.”
Lestienne went on the win match, 6-4, 7-6(5). The victory gave him the first Top 100 win of his career. He will play seventh seed Albert Montanes of Spain on Friday for a place in the semi-finals.