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Jeremy Chardy pulls off one of the shots of the year to save match point against Roger Federer

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There are tennis shots that get you out of your seat, and then there are shots that you must watch over and over again to make sure your eyes aren't fooling you.

The latter happened on Wednesday at the Italian Open, where Jeremy Chardy pulled off an incredible forehand against Roger Federer that saved a match point, with Chardy going on to win the match against the fourth-ranked Federer.

Federer won the first set easily against the Frenchman, but dropped the second set and was in real trouble in the third after being broken to go down 2-4. Federer got the final set back to a tiebreaker, but was again in trouble down 2-4 until he started to claw back. The tiebreaker was level at 5-5 when Chardy double-faulted, and it was Federer who was serving for the second-round match.

Chardy weakly returned Federer's serve, and a forehand by Roger looked like it would end the match, but somehow it was Chardy who ran down the ball and hit a winner from an angle that would even confuse the most expensive of protractors.

Chardy won that point to level the tiebreaker, took the next two, and walked away with his first ever win over Roger Federer.

Afterwards, it was that shot that had Federer shaking his head.

"That passing shot is a tough one for me to take because he’s not going to make that very often,” Federer said. “But it happens and credit to him to fight his way back into the match and take it."

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