Out of the ordinary, surprising winner.
That's my criteria.
What's yours? Lucky reflex shot that gets the court once in 100?
Everyone his taste, for me it was great, smart, on time, misleading the opponent, not in a great arena or moment, but a shot is a shot. I like it Gonzo, you prefer it with a storyline, what can we do
No. I've already stated what my criteria is. I judge each shot based on the level of difficulty in executing the shot and the importance of the point.
The importance of the point is relative to the player, for example, Paire will most likely never play a Wimbledon final, so it's unfair to him to judge another shot as superior based on such. However, this is irrelevant here because I don't believe the 1st round of a 250 event, where he is playing a lowly ranked player is a momentous occasion for the man.
To me, the two points Roger Federer played against Andy Murray at the second set of the Wimbledon final last year were amongst the finest of the year and points that rank up there amongst the best ever played. I'm not one to say "this is the greatest shot of all time", it's an impossibility to do so, but Federer played those points perfectly out of nowhere and in the context of the stage he was at in his career and this match, they were truly magnificent. They are much more difficult to execute technically and the amount of pressure on these shots was immense. Of course, I can then use examples of lower ranked opponents which would just be as relevant, but Paire's shot does not fit either criteria.