Thiem Tops Cuevas In Clay Masters Golden Hot Shot Vote
Dominic Thiem and Pablo Cuevas produced sensational hot shots en route to quarter-finals upsets earlier this month in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 action.
After five days of voting, fans crowned Thiem’s backhand strike against Rafael Nadal at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia as the Clay Masters Golden Hot Shot. It finished with 54 per cent of votes cast, ahead of Cuevas' no-look winner against Alexander Zverev at the Mutua Madrid Open with 23 per cent of votes.
Thiem's hot shot brought up break point for the Austrian, and he promptly capitalised, going on to win three straight games to end Nadal's hopes for the Masters 1000 title treble. Cuevas, meanwhile, turned the tables against #NextGenATP star Zverev with his moment of brilliance early in the second set.
"I don't practise it very often," said Cuevas. "It was just a last-minute thing that I hit. I thought it would work... Normally I never try that shot. Today I tried that shot. I thought I hit the ball pretty well. When I looked that I placed it in a good place in the court, I was happy."
Nick Kyrgios' doubles winner from Madrid came from behind on the final day of voting to move into the top three, moving ahead of Rafael Nadal's impossible angle shot from the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.
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