Most of us can only dream of hitting a forehand like Roger Federer or backhanding a hard grounder like Carlos Guillen. So when they start adding degrees of difficulty that would make a Russian judge blush, consider us more than a little interested -- and jealous.

Federer eased past somebody named Brian Dabul in the first round of the U.S. Open on Monday, but it was a between-the-legs winner down the line that had the crowd in New York on its feet for a sustained standing ovation.

But is the shot Federer pulled off cooler than the behind-the-back flip to start a double play, as demonstrated here by Guillen in a recent Tigers game?

Meanwhile, there's just no pleasing some people. Circus shot or no circus shot, one SportsNation commenter had little good to say about Federer's performance.

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