Dan Evans pulled off an insane winner during the Australian Open qualifying rounds. (Getty)

Has the shot of the Australian Open been struck before main draw even begins? Dan Evans probably thinks so. The Brit hit a stunning behind-the-back winner past his second-round qualifying opponent Jurij Rodionov.

Andy Roddick Tweeted that the shot is "one of the best" he's ever seen. Evans would win the match, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 and is just one win away from the main draw.

As you probably already know, Evans is on his way back from a doping ban after testing positive for cocaine in 2017. He was ranked No. 55 at the time, but after serving the one-year ban he had to start over from zero. The 28-year-old played mostly on the ATP Challenger circuit after returning in mid-2018, and his ranking is up to No. 190. 

He'll play world No. 109 Paolo Lorenzi on Friday. 

 


 

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