The 2018 season hasn’t gone entirely as planned for Dustin Brown, as the veteran has spent the year ranked outside of the Top 100. He’s been grinding away at clay-court ATP Challengers the past few weeks, though, posting some solid results.

 As his game starts to round into form, he’s bringing his bag of tricks along for the ride. In a tight first-round loss to Lorenzo Giustino at the Szczecin Open in Poland, Brown pulled out this highlight-reel-worthy shot:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Pitty I Didnt Get The „W“ 2day, But This Did Happen... #Dreddolin #TeamDreddy @GShock_DE @GShockEU

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The behind-the-back lob can be used in singles or doubles as the German demonstrated when he and his countryman Andre Begemann took on Guido Andreozzi and Guillermo Duran:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

#Dreddolin... Jus Been Watchin 2 Many @brunosoares82 #DoubsHighlightReels... #DoubsWeeks

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Szczecin was a rough event with two opening-round losses, but Brown is coming off a week where he reached the singles final in Genova, Italy. Two weeks ago, he won the doubles title in Como, Italy, with Begemann.

The shotmaker supreme is on the upswing and as he continues to rise, expect to see more dives, drop shots, no-look lobs…the list is endless.

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