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Posture Guy
08-28-2011, 09:19 AM
I figured there was a thread on this so I searched on "greatest matches" but didn't see anything. Apologies if I missed it.

would love to hear what you all consider the greatest matches you've ever seen. Take personal bias out of it. I.e., if you're a Federer fan, don't list 10 federer wins. Just the tennis itself, what was some of the best you've seen? Me personally, I haven't had a favorite tennis player since I was a kid watching Nastase and McEnroe. Cringed at their antics but loved their artistry. In no particular order, here are some of mine, and apologize in advance for getting the years wrong as I'm sure I wont' remember them correctly.

- Borg vs McEnroe, both '80 and '81, Wimbledon
- Federer vs Nadal at Wimbledon a few years ago
- Sampras vs Federer in I think it was the quarters, when Federer beat him in 5. Federer blew me away, could tell someone special was on the rise.
- Sampras vs Agassi at the US Open at night, a 4 setter. Neither player was broken. Great clash of styles played at the highest levels.
- Ashe vs Connors in, what, '75?
- Borg vs Vitas, maybe '77?
- Djokovic v/s Federer at this year's French

I'm sure I'm missing some great ones. Would love to hear what matches others really enjoyed or viewed as special.

Tammo
08-28-2011, 09:28 AM
Federer Djokovic 2010 USO
Nadal Djokovic Madrid 2009
Nadal Murray WTF

tennis_pro
08-28-2011, 09:34 AM
weird federer-safin AO 2005 hasn't been mentioned yet, it was tremendous

Devilito
08-28-2011, 10:10 AM
haters gonna hate but Nadal / Tobasco 2009 was one of the most epic displays of tennis i've seen

ARIARAIDEN
08-28-2011, 10:11 AM
Verdasco-Nadal AO 09 by far

d4o
08-28-2011, 10:16 AM
del po vs simon USO '08
Melzer vs murray USO '08
ferrer vs nishikori USO '08
mahut vs giovanni lapentti USO qual '09

Semi-Pro
08-28-2011, 10:40 AM
Although not a five set thriller, Agassi vs Kafelnikov 2000 aussie final is one of my personal favorite matches, it's really when I started watching more tennis in depth...

quest01
08-28-2011, 10:51 AM
Federer vs Nadal in the 08 Wimbledon finals ranks up there as one of the best, also the 09 australian open final with Nadal, Federer is a great match.

Eternity
08-28-2011, 01:31 PM
My favourite matches: Nadal vs Verdasco (2009 AO), Roddick vs El Aynaoui (2003 AO)

Carsomyr
08-28-2011, 01:42 PM
Federer-Safin AO SF 2005
Federer-Nadal Rome F 2006
Federer-Sampras Wimbledon R16 2001
Federer-Nadal Wimbledon 2007
Nadal-Verdasco AO SF 2009
Sampras-Becker WTF F 1996
Sampras-Agassi USO QF 2001
Agassi-Rafter Wimbledon SF 2000-2001

Outbeyond
08-28-2011, 01:50 PM
Nadal-Djoker, US Open 2010...loved the last game, especially. Djoker was highly amusing and sweet.

Joe Pike
08-28-2011, 01:51 PM
I figured there was a thread on this so I searched on "greatest matches" but didn't see anything. Apologies if I missed it.

would love to hear what you all consider the greatest matches you've ever seen. Take personal bias out of it. I.e., if you're a Federer fan, don't list 10 federer wins. Just the tennis itself, what was some of the best you've seen? Me personally, I haven't had a favorite tennis player since I was a kid watching Nastase and McEnroe. Cringed at their antics but loved their artistry. In no particular order, here are some of mine, and apologize in advance for getting the years wrong as I'm sure I wont' remember them correctly.

- Borg vs McEnroe, both '80 and '81, Wimbledon
- Federer vs Nadal at Wimbledon a few years ago
- Sampras vs Federer in I think it was the quarters, when Federer beat him in 5. Federer blew me away, could tell someone special was on the rise.
- Sampras vs Agassi at the US Open at night, a 4 setter. Neither player was broken. Great clash of styles played at the highest levels.
- Ashe vs Connors in, what, '75?
- Borg vs Vitas, maybe '77?
- Djokovic v/s Federer at this year's French

I'm sure I'm missing some great ones. Would love to hear what matches others really enjoyed or viewed as special.



Borg - McEnroe, Wimbledon 1980
Graf - Navratilova, Wimbledon 1988
Sampras - Becker, Hannover 1996 (YEC)
Graf - Hingis, FO 1999
Nadal - Federer, Wimbledon 2008

Nadal_Power
08-28-2011, 02:11 PM
Sampras vs Becker Masters Cup final 1996.. ode to Carpet and fast tennis

MichaelNadal
08-28-2011, 02:25 PM
Safin Fed AO-05
Venus-Serena Wimby 08
Nadal/Verdasco AO-09
Nadal/Djoker Madrid 09
Federer/Nadal battle of the surfaces :) lol there were some sick rallies.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_cQcnTLIYe9c/Rjj79CsIreI/AAAAAAAAACI/NpzdfzSLmz4/s400/surfaces.jpg

jaggy
08-28-2011, 02:26 PM
Cash-Lendl US Open semi around 84ish was my most exciting to watch.

TopFH
08-28-2011, 06:04 PM
Nadal-Verdasco Australian Open 2009
Federer-Sampras Wimbledon 2001
Federer-Roddick Wimbledon 2009
Wawrinka-Youzhny US Open 2010
Federer-Roddick Masters Cup 2006
Nadal-Djokovic Madrid 2009
Gonzales-Roddick Australian Open 2010
Murray-Roddick Wimbledon 2009

TopFH
08-28-2011, 06:05 PM
^I didn't put Wimbledon 2008 because I was traveling, so I couldn't see it.

stringertom
08-28-2011, 06:21 PM
Memory is fuzzy on date but I believe it was USO '79 QF night match...Gerulaitis over Kriek in four sets. Man, did they entertain with unreal court coverage! I had box seats right behind Gerulaitis' bench...he must have changed the gauze wrap on his grip four times on changeovers.

Ripster
08-28-2011, 06:23 PM
Agassi-Sampras AO SF 2000
Agassi-Coria RG QF 2003
Coria-Nadal Rome F 2005
Federer-Nadal Wimbledon F 2008
Nadal-Verdasco AO SF 2009

Sid_Vicious
08-28-2011, 06:23 PM
Federer vs Nadal Wimbledon 07 and 08
Federer vs Nadal AO 09
Nadal vs Verdasco AO 09
Hewitt vs Nalbandian AO 05
Roddick vs El Aynaoui AO 03


I don't know why the Wim 07 final does not get much credit. The first 3 sets were absolutely incredible.

drakulie
08-28-2011, 06:27 PM
sampras/courier 95 australian
agassi/sampras 2001?? australian
federer/nadal wimbledon
federer/roddick wimbledon
sampras/agassi 2000?? USO (no breaks of serve match)
borg/mcenroe wimbledon
sampras/becker wtf

really too many to list.

Posture Guy
08-28-2011, 06:28 PM
Vitas was unreal, one of the quickest players I've ever seen.

hate to see anyone's life cut short, much less a talent like that.

GOAT BAAH!!!
08-28-2011, 06:28 PM
Federer vs Nadal Wimbledon 07 and 08
Federer vs Nadal AO 09
Nadal vs Verdasco AO 09
Hewitt vs Nalbandian AO 05
Roddick vs El Aynaoui AO 03


I don't know why the Wim 07 final does not get much credit. The first 3 sets were absolutely incredible.

Awesome list.

rafanadal fan4e
08-28-2011, 06:58 PM
Nadal- federer wimbledon 2008
Federer-djokovic us open sf 2010
Federer-djokovic french open 2011
Safin-federer ao sf 2005
Nadal-verdasco ao sf 2009

persianplayer
08-28-2011, 07:18 PM
verdasco-ferrer us open 2010 was one of my favourite matches. night match at the open, the energy in the crowd was unreal, one of the rare verdasco showings of mental strength, and the best matchpoint ever. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reyTlfxuBsM&feature=related

stringertom
08-28-2011, 07:21 PM
Vitas was unreal, one of the quickest players I've ever seen.

hate to see anyone's life cut short, much less a talent like that.

Yeah, especially the way it happened and all the speculation bcoz of his past rumored drug use. Glad I wasn't on TT at the time. Every moron out there would have gone wild until the autopsy showed what really happened.

BTW, Kriek wasn't a slouch when it came to court speed. Maybe Nishikori/Dolgopolov will resurrect that match if they win their 1st rounds.

piece
08-28-2011, 07:31 PM
Best Shotmaking:
Federer v. Nalbandian 2005 TMC Final
Federer v. Nadal 2009 AO Final

Highest Quality Play:
Federer v. Safin 2005 AO SF
Federer v. Nadal 2006 Rome Final
Nadal v. Verdasco 2009 AO SF


The last one listed is my favourite match ever.

MichaelNadal
08-28-2011, 09:27 PM
Fedal Rome 06 is INSANITY.

rossi46
08-28-2011, 09:35 PM
Sampras vs Becker Masters Cup final 1996.. ode to Carpet and fast tennis

Indeed, brilliant all court tennis unlike the garbage being played these days.

rossi46
08-28-2011, 09:39 PM
Best Shotmaking:
Federer v. Nalbandian 2005 TMC Final
Federer v. Nadal 2009 AO Final

Highest Quality Play:
Federer v. Safin 2005 AO SF
Federer v. Nadal 2006 Rome Final
Nadal v. Verdasco 2009 AO SF


The last one listed is my favourite match ever.

Really ? Was Federer umpiring that match ??

Colin
08-29-2011, 02:56 AM
Fedal Rome 06 is INSANITY.

That might be my favorite matchup between the two, even though my Fed lost. But that's what's great about the greatest matches: They prove a sports cliche true — it doesn't matter who won or lost, but how they played the game. In some of these matches, my favorite won; in some, he or she lost. In some it was so close it came down to a point or two and didn't really matter much in the end.

I know some care to differ and wish to look only at the cold, hard results and use those numbers to fashion endless, apocryphal arguments over who is the greatest, yet the beauty of tennis is in its art and its heart. For me, rewatching moments from these brilliant tennis duels, the eventuality of a victor might as well be lost to the sands of time; these matches, divorced from the scoreboard, stand as testament to a shared greatness:

MEN
Roddick vs El Aynaoui AO 03 (my favorite)
Federer vs Nadal Rome 06 (also Wimby 07-08, AO 09 and all of the WTF matches)
Federer vs Nalbandian 2005 TMC Final (the two best shotmakers of their generation)
Federer vs. Roddick Wimbledon 09 (so many good ones, despite the lopsided head-to-head; I'd also include Montreal 03, Wimby 04, U.S. Open 06)
Federer vs. Djokovic FO 11 (great drama, and tennis)
Tsonga vs. Nadal AO 08 (So it was kind of a beatdown, but needed something to represent Tsonga's best)

WOMEN
Venus vs. Serena, Wimby 08 and Doha Tour Finals 09 RR (Sisters at their best, each winning one of the matches)
Venus vs. Davenport Wimby 05 (epic)
Sharapova vs. Serena Wimby 04 (Maria shows her stuff at a young age)
Sharapova vs. Henin AO 08 (More to represent Maria for that entire tournament, one of the best displays of women's tennis in the past decade)
Kuznetsova vs. Schiavone AO 11 (only saw the last set, but what a set; I'm sure there was more good tennis than that entire Isner-Mahut snorefest).
Zvonareva vs. Tennis Racquet Charleston 10 (Vera won)

My knowledge of matches older than a decade or so isn't strong, so I'll just leave with a few matchups that I enjoy via YouTube highlights: Evert-Navratilova, Graf-Seles, Agassi-Sampras, Borg-McEnroe.

Gizo
08-29-2011, 06:44 AM
Over the last 10 years I really enjoyed the El Aynaoui-Novak and Sanguinetti-Srichaphan matches at the 2003 and 2005 US Opens respectively. They were both 3rd round matches that were settled by a 5th set tiebreak.

El Aynaoui seemed to played an insane number of 5 set thrillers during his career. His lost an incredibly high quality 5 set final to Corretja at Amsterdam in 2001. His personality, playing style and variety and the fact that he participated in so many highly entertaining matches, all made him an immensely popular player.

The 3rd round match between Santoro and Gaudio at the 2006 Australian Open, which Sanotoro won in 5 sets, was amazing as well.

MichaelNadal
08-29-2011, 09:06 AM
That might be my favorite matchup between the two, even though my Fed lost. But that's what's great about the greatest matches: They prove a sports cliche true it doesn't matter who won or lost, but how they played the game. In some of these matches, my favorite won; in some, he or she lost. In some it was so close it came down to a point or two and didn't really matter much in the end.

I know some care to differ and wish to look only at the cold, hard results and use those numbers to fashion endless, apocryphal arguments over who is the greatest, yet the beauty of tennis is in its art and its heart. For me, rewatching moments from these brilliant tennis duels, the eventuality of a victor might as well be lost to the sands of time; these matches, divorced from the scoreboard, stand as testament to a shared greatness:

MEN
Roddick vs El Aynaoui AO 03 (my favorite)
Federer vs Nadal Rome 06 (also Wimby 07-08, AO 09 and all of the WTF matches)
Federer vs Nalbandian 2005 TMC Final (the two best shotmakers of their generation)
Federer vs. Roddick Wimbledon 09 (so many good ones, despite the lopsided head-to-head; I'd also include Montreal 03, Wimby 04, U.S. Open 06)
Federer vs. Djokovic FO 11 (great drama, and tennis)
Tsonga vs. Nadal AO 08 (So it was kind of a beatdown, but needed something to represent Tsonga's best)

WOMEN
Venus vs. Serena, Wimby 08 and Doha Tour Finals 09 RR (Sisters at their best, each winning one of the matches)
Venus vs. Davenport Wimby 05 (epic)
Sharapova vs. Serena Wimby 04 (Maria shows her stuff at a young age)
Sharapova vs. Henin AO 08 (More to represent Maria for that entire tournament, one of the best displays of women's tennis in the past decade)
Kuznetsova vs. Schiavone AO 11 (only saw the last set, but what a set; I'm sure there was more good tennis than that entire Isner-Mahut snorefest).
Zvonareva vs. Tennis Racquet Charleston 10 (Vera won)

My knowledge of matches older than a decade or so isn't strong, so I'll just leave with a few matchups that I enjoy via YouTube highlights: Evert-Navratilova, Graf-Seles, Agassi-Sampras, Borg-McEnroe.

I agree with much of what you said :) Venus/Lindsay 05 is pretty insane as is Venus/Serena Doha RR. What happened in Roddick/El Aynaoui AO 03? Everyone is mentioning that but I didn't see it. I was more of a casual fan then.

zagor
08-29-2011, 09:11 AM
I agree with much of what you said :) Venus/Lindsay 05 is pretty insane as is Venus/Serena Doha RR. What happened in Roddick/El Aynaoui AO 03? Everyone is mentioning that but I didn't see it. I was more of a casual fan then.

That's easily correctable, here's the whole match on youtube with decent quality and only tennis(everything else is edited out):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2L3hhzqjwI

I think Lukierosie is JennyS from here but I'm not sure.

Gizo
08-29-2011, 09:28 AM
The Roddick-El Aynaoui was record breaking at the time. Finishing at 21-19 it was the longest 5th set in the open era (until the Isner-Mahut Wimbledon 2010 match of course) and the match lasted for 83 games. Roddick said that this victory was a big turning point in his career, triggering his stellar 2003 season.

Both Roddick and El Aynaoui played some superb all-court tennis (yes even Roddick) in that match, and battle like warriors.

As I was saying earlier, for El Aynaoui long, thrilling matches have been a frequent occurence for him.

Roddick has also featured in numerous long 5th sets as well, with that 21-19 set being the only one that he won. He lost 17-15 to Tursunov in the 2006 Davis Cup, 8-6 to Gasquet at Wimbledon 2007, 8-6 to Kohlschreiber at the 2008 Australian Open, 16-14 to Federer at Wimbeldon 2009 and 9-7 to Lu at Wimbledon 2010.

gsharma
08-29-2011, 09:49 AM
Nadal vs Verdasco 2009 Aussie Open
Becker vs Edberg 1990 Wimbledon Final
Federer vs Nadal 2008 Wimbledon Final

kishnabe
08-29-2011, 10:09 AM
Some these matches were downloaded, watched on tv or live:
1995 AO Qtrs Sampras and Courier
2000 AO Semi Sampras Agassi
2005 AO Semi Safin Federer
2009 AO Semi Verdasco Nadal
2009 AO Final Federer Nadal

1979 FO Final Borg Pecci
1981 FO Final Borg Lendl
1984 FO Final McEnroe Lendl
2000 FO Semifinal Kuerten Ferrero(5 sets)
2007 FO Final Federer Nadal
2009 FO Semifinal DelPotro Federer
2011 FO Semifinal Federer Djokovic
2011 FO Final Federer Nadal

1977 Wimbledon Semifinals Gerulatis and Borg
1980 Wimbledon Final Borg and McEnroe
1990 Wimbledon Final Becker Edberg
1991 Wimbledon Semifinal Edberg Micheal
2001 Wimbledon 4th Round Federer Sampras
2001 Wimbledon Final Ivanisvic Rafter
2007 Wimbledon Final Federer Nadal
2008 Wimbledon Final Federer Nadal
2009 Wimbledon Final Federer Roddick


1980 and 84 US Open Semifinals McEnroe Connors
1980 US Open Final Borg McEnroe
1988 US Open Final Willander Lendl
1992 US Open Edberg-Lendl, Edberg-Chang
1998 US Open Sampras Rafter
2005 US Open Final Agassi Federer
2009 US Open Final DelPotro Federer

FedExpress 333
08-29-2011, 10:23 AM
Some these matches were downloaded, watched on tv or live:
1995 AO Qtrs Sampras and Courier
2000 AO Semi Sampras Agassi
2005 AO Semi Safin Federer
2009 AO Semi Verdasco Nadal
2009 AO Final Federer Nadal

1979 FO Final Borg Pecci
1981 FO Final Borg Lendl
1984 FO Final McEnroe Lendl
2000 FO Semifinal Kuerten Ferrero(5 sets)
2007 FO Final Federer Nadal
2009 FO Semifinal DelPotro Federer
2011 FO Semifinal Federer Djokovic
2011 FO Final Federer Nadal

1977 Wimbledon Semifinals Gerulatis and Borg
1980 Wimbledon Final Borg and McEnroe
1990 Wimbledon Final Becker Edberg
1991 Wimbledon Semifinal Edberg Micheal
2001 Wimbledon 4th Round Federer Sampras
2001 Wimbledon Final Ivanisvic Rafter
2007 Wimbledon Final Federer Nadal
2008 Wimbledon Final Federer Nadal
2009 Wimbledon Final Federer Roddick


1980 and 84 US Open Semifinals McEnroe Connors
1980 US Open Final Borg McEnroe
1988 US Open Final Willander Lendl
1992 US Open Edberg-Lendl, Edberg-Chang
1998 US Open Sampras Rafter
2005 US Open Final Agassi Federer
2009 US Open Final DelPotro Federer

Nice list, agree with all.

Also, not meaning to be a **** or anything, but what about FEd Roddick USO 2006? I liked that match.

Also, I know these were blowouts, but Fed Roddick AO 2007 and Fed Hewit USO 2004 were the BEST individual performances I have ever seen.

Mustard
08-29-2011, 10:36 AM
There's way too many matches to list to do this topic justice, but I do think the greatest clay-court match I've ever seen was the 2005 Rome final between Nadal and Coria, Nadal winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6.

Joe Pike
08-29-2011, 12:15 PM
I agree with much of what you said :) Venus/Lindsay 05 is pretty insane as is Venus/Serena Doha RR. What happened in Roddick/El Aynaoui AO 03? Everyone is mentioning that but I didn't see it. I was more of a casual fan then.

Both Venus and Lindsay hit more UEs than winners.
Definitely not among the BEST 20 slam finals of the open era. Was a great match only because it was so close.

Colin
08-29-2011, 12:50 PM
I agree with much of what you said :) Venus/Lindsay 05 is pretty insane as is Venus/Serena Doha RR. What happened in Roddick/El Aynaoui AO 03? Everyone is mentioning that but I didn't see it. I was more of a casual fan then.

Yeah, I was a more casual fan then, too, but I saw it on YouTube. I definitely recommend it, even if you're not a Roddick fan (I am, but it's mainly when he plays like this ... and makes you angry that he doesn't play like this more often).

As others mentioned, it was an epic five-setter that's among the longest in tennis. But unlike some other epics (see Isner-Mahut), there's both drama from the fight and great tennis, with good variety on a medium-paced surface that allowed some nice rallies and some quick, aggressive play, as well. It's amazing they were able to keep up that level for five hours. It's stunning stuff.

norbac
08-29-2011, 01:01 PM
Cilic/Haas Wimbledon 09

MichaelNadal
08-29-2011, 01:13 PM
Yeah, I was a more casual fan then, too, but I saw it on YouTube. I definitely recommend it, even if you're not a Roddick fan (I am, but it's mainly when he plays like this ... and makes you angry that he doesn't play like this more often).

As others mentioned, it was an epic five-setter that's among the longest in tennis. But unlike some other epics (see Isner-Mahut), there's both drama from the fight and great tennis, with good variety on a medium-paced surface that allowed some nice rallies and some quick, aggressive play, as well. It's amazing they were able to keep up that level for five hours. It's stunning stuff.

Gonna watch it now. And thanks Zagor :)

TheMagicianOfPrecision
08-29-2011, 01:26 PM
Wilander-Lendl USO 1989

Edberg-Becker Wimby 1988 and 1990

Mustard
08-29-2011, 01:28 PM
Wilander-Lendl USO 1988

Fixed ;)

10 characters

gsharma
08-29-2011, 01:28 PM
Wilander-Lendl USO 1989

Edberg-Becker Wimby 1988 and 1990

Actually, the 1989 Becker-Edberg Wimbledon final is one of my favorites.

The 6-0 thumping that Becker gave to Edberg in the first set was beautiful. But I guess you are biased towards Edberg, your countryman ;-)

Mustard
08-29-2011, 01:30 PM
The 6-0 thumping that Becker gave to Edberg in the first set was beautiful.

And the way Becker responded to being 40-0 and 3 SPs down when Edberg served for the second set at 6-5. Becker came back to win 12 of the next 13 points to break Edberg's serve, win the tiebreak 7-1, and take the set.

gsharma
08-29-2011, 01:33 PM
And the way Becker responded to being 40-0 and 3 SPs down when Edberg served for the second set at 6-5. Becker came back to win 12 of the next 13 points to break Edberg's serve, win the tiebreak 7-1, and take the set.

Agreed. Becker was on fire that day. Becker was the reason why I started playing/watching tennis.

TheMagicianOfPrecision
08-29-2011, 01:37 PM
Fixed ;)

10 characters

Thats right, i typed wrong since that was the year Sweden won all 4 slams

TheMagicianOfPrecision
08-29-2011, 01:39 PM
Actually, the 1989 Becker-Edberg Wimbledon final is one of my favorites.

The 6-0 thumping that Becker gave to Edberg in the first set was beautiful. But I guess you are biased towards Edberg, your countryman ;-)

I am, thats why i picked the 88 and 90 final :) 89 final was painful even though i was only 10, still remember it.

I also enjoeyed Edberg-Courier USO final in 1992 i think, probably Edbergs best match in his career.

Mustard
08-29-2011, 01:59 PM
I also enjoeyed Edberg-Courier USO final in 1992 i think, probably Edbergs best match in his career.

1991 ;). Edberg beat Courier 6-2, 6-4, 6-0.

1992 was famous for Edberg beating Krajicek in the R16, Lendl in the QF and Chang in the SF, after being down a break in the fifth set in all 3 of those matches. Edberg then came from a set down to beat Sampras in the final.

TheMagicianOfPrecision
08-29-2011, 02:00 PM
1991 ;)

1992 was famous for Edberg beating Krajicek in the R16, Lendl in the QF and Chang in the SF, after being down a break in the fifth set in all 3 of those matches. Edberg then came from a set down to beat Sampras in the final.

Yes, makes you realize what a beast the Great Swede was back in the days, back-to-back title vs Courier then Sampras

Rhino
08-29-2011, 02:03 PM
Best match i was ever at in person was Agassi vs Blake Us Open 2005 quarterfinal. The atmosphere and excitement at 1am for the 5th set tiebreak was amazing. Does anyone else remember that match?

Mustard
08-29-2011, 02:04 PM
Yes, makes you realize what a beast the Great Swede was back in the days, back-to-back title vs Courier then Sampras

Edberg wasn't my type of player, especially as he was Muster's nightmare match-up :mad:, but he was a very stylish serve and volley player. His US Open wins were very impressive. Everyone respected him as a player.

Rhino
08-29-2011, 02:09 PM
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/soundreece/Picture2-4.jpg

gsharma
08-29-2011, 02:09 PM
Yes, makes you realize what a beast the Great Swede was back in the days, back-to-back title vs Courier then Sampras

Edberg was an amazing player and a class act but I wouldn't say he was a "beast" of a player simply because he wasn't the kind to overpower you.

TheMagicianOfPrecision
08-29-2011, 02:09 PM
Edberg wasn't my type of player, especially as he was Muster's nightmare match-up :mad:, but he was a very stylish serve and volley player. His US Open wins were very impressive. Everyone respected him as a player.
Absolutely, one of the alltime greats imo.
I see. I think he was 10-0 vs Muster ;)

Mustard
08-29-2011, 02:10 PM
Best match i was ever at in person was Agassi vs Blake Us Open 2005 quarterfinal. The atmosphere and excitement at 1am for the 5th set tiebreak was amazing. Does anyone else remember that match?

How could we forget? :)

TheMagicianOfPrecision
08-29-2011, 02:12 PM
Edberg was an amazing player and a class act but I wouldn't say he was a "beast" of a player simply because he wasn't the kind to overpower you.

OK i didnt mean a beast in that sense, he was a big athletic very fit player who served and volleyed extremely well.

The-Champ
08-29-2011, 02:26 PM
Stefan was class!!!

Novak123
08-29-2011, 02:32 PM
The King vs Nadal Wimbledon final 2011. One of the greatest performances of all time, and it just perfectly showed why Novak runs the ATP right now. No contest.

Rhino
08-29-2011, 02:42 PM
Best doubles match:

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/soundreece/crazyscore.jpg

pound cat
08-29-2011, 02:52 PM
Safin def Sampras straight sets USO final 2000

Gaudio unexpectally def Coria in 5 sets RG final 2001?

Ivanisevic finally wins Wimbledon after 4 finals 2002


Roddick def El Ayanoui after 27 sets in USO

Nadal def Federer Wimbledon final 2008

mightyrick
08-29-2011, 03:05 PM
Federer v Santoro - US Open 2005
Federer v Roddick - Wimbledon 2009
Rafter v Ivanisevic - Wimbledon 2001

Rhino
08-29-2011, 03:06 PM
Safin def Sampras straight sets USO final 2000

Gaudio unexpectally def Coria in 5 sets RG final 2001?

Ivanisevic finally wins Wimbledon after 4 finals 2002


Roddick def El Ayanoui after 27 sets in USO

Nadal def Federer Wimbledon final 2008

Great selection. Safin's tennis in that final was flawless.

Ivanisevic's victory was my fave match of all time (actually 2001).

The Gaudio win (2004 wasn't it?) was the most unlikely upset and so exciting to see how it played out.

Rhino
08-29-2011, 03:08 PM
Federer v Santoro - US Open 2005


I was also at this match. It was the first time I ever saw Federer play in person. A great match and one I'll never forget, but perhaps not an all time great match.

mightyrick
08-29-2011, 04:49 PM
I wasn't there in person, but I saw it on television. The reason I thought it was one of the greatest matches I ever saw was because it was so close throughout. Also, to see a prime Federer have so much trouble with a past his prime Santoro. After the second set I remember telling myself that I was watching something very special -- probably something I'd never see the likes of for the rest of my life.

I've seen lots of long five setters. I've seen lots of close matches with incredibly long rallies. But I've never anything like 2005 Santoro/Federer.

Mustard
08-29-2011, 05:02 PM
The greatest tournament, in my opinion, was 2001 Wimbledon.

rdis10093
08-29-2011, 05:13 PM
safin vs fed 05 aus

thor's hammer
08-29-2011, 06:30 PM
I'm not much of a Roddick fan, but that 2003 Aussie Open match with El Aynaoui was fantastic - truly memorable! Nice to know a lot of others appreciate it too!

And the 2001 Monday Wimbledon final between Rafter and Ivanisevic. I remember calling a friend when it was over and leaving a message saying "that was the greatest tennis match I've ever seen"! Definitely one match where truly it was a tragedy someone had to lose!

Rattler
08-29-2011, 07:03 PM
Women, hands down Roland Garros Seles v. Graf 1992

Men....Fed v Nadal 2005 Miami/Key Biscane Finals
-Wimbley 2008 Men's Final

Rhino
08-30-2011, 03:41 AM
The greatest tournament, in my opinion, was 2001 Wimbledon.

Yeah I agree. You had the best ever final, with the most emotional win.

Also Tim Henman's best chance of a grand slam final thrown away over three days of rain delays. And the other semi-final with Rafter getting by Agassi 8-6 in the 5th.
Plus obviously Federer beating Sampras. Classic stuff.

woodrow1029
08-30-2011, 07:02 AM
Agassi v. Sampras US QF 2001

Agassi v. Federer Masters Cup 2003 Round Robin

Federer v. Nadal 2008 Wimbledon F

Federer v. Nalbandian 2005 WTF Final

Connors v. Krickstein (for entertainment value)

Li Ching Yuen
08-30-2011, 07:56 AM
Wimbledon 2001: Sampras - Federer
Wimbledon 2010: Isner - Mahut
Wimbledon 2008: Federer - Nadal
Australian Open 2009: Federer - Nadal (overshadowed and underrated)
USO 2006: Agassi - Baghdatis
USO 2005: Agassi - Blake
Roland Garros 2010: Soderling - Federer

Just a few grand slam ones.

All-rounder
08-30-2011, 08:09 AM
Federer vs Safin AO semi final 2005
Federer vs Nalbandian TMC final 2005
Federer vs Nadal rome final 2006

Honourable mentions
Nadal vs Verdasco AO semi final 2009
Nadal vs Coria Rome final 2005
Roddick vs El Aynaoui AO QF 2003

westside
08-30-2011, 08:14 AM
Federer vs Safin AO semi final 2005
Blake vs Agassi USO QF 2005
Hewitt vs Federer Davis Cup SF 2003