Tennis: Dan Evans hits ridiculous winning shot in Australian Open qualifier

England's Dan Evans produced an early contender for shot of the year on his way to victory during Australian Open qualification against Austrian Jurij Rodionov on Thursday in Melbourne.

Midway through the first set, Evans stunned spectators with a stunning spin-behind-the-back shot just as the point looked lost.

Evans was pinned back to the baseline with Rodionov at the net and predicted a shot to his forehand side before scrambling back, spinning 360 degrees and swatting a backhand winner past his opponent.

The 28-year-old went onto win the match 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

Evans will now face Paolo Lorenzi on Friday with a place in the main draw at stake.

The man from Birmingham is looking to qualify for his first Grand Slam event since returning to tennis after serving a year-long ban for using cocaine in 2017 when he was ranked 41st in the world.

He has since dropped to 190th in the world.

The 2019 Australian Open gets underway on Monday. 

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