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Fr4Nc0
05-24-2012, 10:35 PM
So my girlfriend, who doesnt like tennis, has finally agreed to watch a tennis match with me. i feel like this is the only chance i'll ever get to get her hooked to the sport, so I wanna choose a great match to watch with her.

It needs to be intense, emotional and with great shotmaking. Preferably with federer in it.

Any suggestions? (I was thinking AO 2009 final or AO 2012 semifinal or the Masters final against nalbandian or something along those lines)

timnz
05-24-2012, 10:41 PM
Never seen a match before or after with the drama, fantastic rally's where the stakes are so high. The backhand pass on the run by Federer to save match point in the 4th set was a highlight. It's a pity darkness had an impact on the patch - maybe they would still be playing for it now!

Fr4Nc0
05-24-2012, 10:54 PM
Never seen a match before or after with the drama, fantastic rally's where the stakes are so high. The backhand pass on the run by Federer to save match point in the 4th set was a highlight. It's a pity darkness had an impact on the patch - maybe they would still be playing for it now!

I remember actually tearing up a little bit when hewitt took off that set from Djokovic at the AO this year. I dont think ive ever seen that much drama on a tennis court, but I think you have to be a hardcore tennis fan with actual knowledge of the game to appreciate how much Hewitt's performance meant.

purge
05-24-2012, 10:57 PM
Never seen a match before or after with the drama, fantastic rally's where the stakes are so high. The backhand pass on the run by Federer to save match point in the 4th set was a highlight. It's a pity darkness had an impact on the patch - maybe they would still be playing for it now!
someone not hooked to the sport already will surely have fallen asleep by the time federer decided to finally join the match halfway into the 3rd set. so that would be a terrible choice.

im not even sure you should go for one of those big epic 5 setters or has she agreed to spend like 5 hours + on this experiment? lol

if you really want to go with a 5 setter id say either one of these
fed - safin AO 05
fed - nalby TMC 05
fed - nadal AO 09
nadal - verdasco AO 09
fed - djoko USO 11

and out of those i would probably say fed - safin or nadal - verdasco would be the best fit for you here.

BUT i think youd probably fare better by taking fed - djoko FO 11 even tho (or maybe because) it was just a 4 setter lasting roughly 3 1/2 hours. and the quality opf shotmaking was sizzling throughout with ony 2 little dips (djoko early in the 2nd and fed early in the 3rd set). also the atmosphere was there all the time and the crowd went wild with every winner fed hit lol.

Colin
05-24-2012, 11:45 PM
I'd show her something with Fed at the WTFs that would be on the shorter side, full of shotmaking, not a lot of time wasting. Keep it under 2.5 hours.

Waiting for Nadal to serve in a match could turn someone off tennis forever.

peRFection
05-24-2012, 11:47 PM
Isner VS Karlovic and I assure you she break up with you

purge
05-24-2012, 11:53 PM
I'd show her something with Fed at the WTFs that would be on the shorter side, full of shotmaking, not a lot of time wasting. Keep it under 2.5 hours.

Waiting for Nadal to serve in a match could turn someone off tennis forever.

yeah. just the downside with those is that every one that has feds shotmaking at its best is a total demolition job.

thats generally a problem when recommending fed matches you kinda always have to decide between quality of shotmaking or tension and drama. cause whenever he was actually on top of his game he would just destroy everone and not get taken to a tense decider

PrinceMoron
05-25-2012, 12:03 AM
Isner VS Karlovic and I assure you she break up with you
Gosh, he must be one ugly dude.

chaddles
05-25-2012, 12:11 AM
I remember actually tearing up a little bit when hewitt took off that set from Djokovic at the AO this year. I dont think ive ever seen that much drama on a tennis court, but I think you have to be a hardcore tennis fan with actual knowledge of the game to appreciate how much Hewitt's performance meant.

Not my choice but I know what you mean. Living in Australia, everyone was stating that Tomic > Hewitt during the summer. That match shut A LOT of people up.

I'm going with Federer v Safin 2005 AO SF.

westside
05-25-2012, 12:12 AM
Not my choice but I know what you mean. Living in Australia, everyone was stating that Tomic > Hewitt during the summer. That match shut A LOT of people up.

I'm going with Federer v Safin 2005 AO SF.

Took the words out of my mouth.

jakemcclain32
05-25-2012, 12:17 AM
I'm going with a tie. Nole/Rafa this year, and Rafa/Roger in 08.

Two different surfaces, but just back and forth, great shot after great shot, and both incredibly unpredictable.

Warmaster
05-25-2012, 12:30 AM
Depends on what you want, if a one sided match with great shotmaking is good, you could try Federer-Blake YEC final.

Otherwise Federer-Safin 2005 or Federer-Djokovic RG 2011 are great as well.

What about Federer-Nalbandian AO 2003 or YEC 2005?

I'd stay away from Nadal matches, unless you want her to fall asleep inbetween points!

basil J
05-25-2012, 06:25 AM
Lot's of great Highlights on you tube. Maybe the short highlights of several great matches will allow you to show her different styles of play. Some examples:
Agassi -Fed from the US open 2004
Samparas-Agassi-2001 US open semi(One of the best matches I have ever seen)
Nadal-Coria -any clay court battle-great shot making
Nalbanian-Fed any hard court match from early 200's
Roddick -Nalbandian 2001 US open semi
Fed -Sampras wimby match
Capriatti-Henin Us open semi-Lots of drama
The list could go on & on.

wy2sl0
05-25-2012, 06:31 AM
Rg 11 djokovic Federer hands down. Djokovic at peak and roger playing unreal.

abmk
05-25-2012, 06:40 AM
fed-safin AO 2005 semi

/thread :)

Djokodal Fan
05-25-2012, 06:43 AM
plain and simple AO2012 final!!

svijk
05-25-2012, 07:02 AM
get another g/f ;)

borg number one
05-25-2012, 07:55 AM
The 2008 Wimbledon final. That was an epic match between two all time greats, played at the "cathedral of tennis". Watching that match would also convey how much tradition and history there is in pro tennis.

underground
05-25-2012, 09:38 AM
DO NOT give her a Djokodal match as it will bore her to DEATH. Give something quick and interesting.

tennis_pro
05-25-2012, 10:10 AM
Federer Safin 2005 Australian Open.

kishnabe
05-25-2012, 10:51 AM
plain and simple AO2012 final!!

I think he gf might break up with him for showing that horredous 6 hour butt picking match.


I would say 2007 Wimbledon Final ( Fairly quick for a 5 setter and has different speeds and rhy thm so it won;t be boring), 2009 AO Semifinal, or just watch the 2012 FO Final in a few weeks coming up.

2008 Wimbledon final is overrated, and you can't magically create rainbreaks for Drama while watching on DVD.

jm1980
05-25-2012, 10:51 AM
2012 RG Final.

Book it.

PrinceMoron
05-25-2012, 02:52 PM
2012 RG Final.

Book it.
I have ..........

jakemcclain32
05-25-2012, 02:59 PM
I know...Federer and Ferrer will be a classic.

darrinbaker00
05-25-2012, 03:03 PM
MEN: Nadal-Federer Wimbledon 2008

WOMEN: V. Williams-Davenport Wimbledon 2005

1970CRBase
05-25-2012, 03:05 PM
Ali vs Humble AO 2008

JeMar
05-25-2012, 03:07 PM
Not a match with two big names, but Roddick v. El Aynaoui from the 2003 Aussie Open is the best match of the last decade in terms of drama, shot-making, entertainment, and heart. It's a little long (the last set is over two hours long), but it's well-worth it. That match pretty much encapsulates everything that is wonderful about tennis and sports in general.


Watch it with her and she'll become a fan for sure.

forzamilan90
05-25-2012, 03:09 PM
Wimbledon 2008 final between Federer and Nadal....

cannot think of a better match than that, I was going to have a heart attack during this one (especially during the tiebreaks towards the end). Emotional match, highly significant (Nadal's triumph, Fed's heroic comeback and fighting till the end, highly symbolic match), was a battle, had insane shot making throughout. Had rain delay too for extra drama. Seriously that match is the biggest match of all time easily I think in terms of importance of circumstance, and also happened to be one of the best, if not the best tennis displays too.

forzamilan90
05-25-2012, 03:14 PM
my above post was in regards to what I think is the best match, but if she has short attention span or something...show her Fed exhibition matches: like the Hewitt demolition at U.S. Open or vs Roddick at Australian Open. Fed was on during those matches.

Colin
05-25-2012, 03:15 PM
Not a match with two big names, but Roddick v. El Aynaoui from the 2003 Aussie Open is the best match of the last decade in terms of drama, shot-making, entertainment, and heart. It's a little long (the last set is over two hours long), but it's well-worth it. That match pretty much encapsulates everything that is wonderful about tennis and sports in general.


Watch it with her and she'll become a fan for sure.

On second thought, go with this excellent idea. It's long but you could offer an intermission. Of course, she won't want to stop watching anyway. If she does, it was not meant to be.

I also like the Venus-Davenport suggestion if she might be more interested in a women's match.

Shaolin
05-25-2012, 03:18 PM
Isner/Mahut...

Have a drinking game, each ace=drink


Seriously though I would go with the Fed/Safin AO Semifinal. Or 09 Nadal/Dasco semifinal.

Big_Dangerous
05-25-2012, 03:29 PM
someone not hooked to the sport already will surely have fallen asleep by the time federer decided to finally join the match halfway into the 3rd set. so that would be a terrible choice.

im not even sure you should go for one of those big epic 5 setters or has she agreed to spend like 5 hours + on this experiment? lol

if you really want to go with a 5 setter id say either one of these
fed - safin AO 05
fed - nalby TMC 05
fed - nadal AO 09
nadal - verdasco AO 09
fed - djoko USO 11

and out of those i would probably say fed - safin or nadal - verdasco would be the best fit for you here.

BUT i think youd probably fare better by taking fed - djoko FO 11 even tho (or maybe because) it was just a 4 setter lasting roughly 3 1/2 hours. and the quality opf shotmaking was sizzling throughout with ony 2 little dips (djoko early in the 2nd and fed early in the 3rd set). also the atmosphere was there all the time and the crowd went wild with every winner fed hit lol.

Wimby 2008 not on that list?

rofl_copter3
05-25-2012, 09:17 PM
get another g/f ;)

So shallow and yet such a solid solution to the delimma

Wuppy
05-25-2012, 09:20 PM
The match with the best looking male players.

WhiskeyEE
05-25-2012, 09:29 PM
another vote for 2005 AO semi. Best match I've ever seen.

purge
05-25-2012, 11:26 PM
Wimby 2008 not on that list?
nope. as the first sentence from my post was in regard to someone suggesting the 08 wimby final. in all honesty it took until well into the 3rd set for fed to finally arrive and make it a high quality match from there. by that time his g/f will be done with tennis

zagor
05-26-2012, 12:17 AM
If you can somehow cut out the non-play bits (I don't know if she'll get bored waiting for Nadal to serve) I think the best match to show to a newcomer you want to bring into tennis is Nadal-Verdasco 2009 AO SF.

Say Chi Sin Lo
05-26-2012, 12:30 AM
This isn't with your time range, but those back-to-back Agassi/Rafter Wimbledon semi's were ridiculous.

Agassi vs. Rafter 2000 Wimbledon Semifinal
Agassi vs. Rafter 2001 Wimbledon Semifinal

Rock Strongo
05-26-2012, 12:31 AM
Not a match with two big names, but Roddick v. El Aynaoui from the 2003 Aussie Open is the best match of the last decade in terms of drama, shot-making, entertainment, and heart. It's a little long (the last set is over two hours long), but it's well-worth it. That match pretty much encapsulates everything that is wonderful about tennis and sports in general.


Watch it with her and she'll become a fan for sure.

Yes! That match just oozes excellence!

tusharlovesrafa
05-26-2012, 01:22 AM
get another g/f ;)

LMAO:)....

Paul Murphy
05-26-2012, 01:28 AM
Nadal v Verdasco at the 09 AO.
A genuine classic.

Leelord337
05-26-2012, 01:29 AM
The MOST classic match hands down was the 2008 Wimbledon final (it had a little bit of everything but I hate seeing federer down match points so I don't have a real urge to watch it again :) ) ^^^and nadal/verdasco 2009 aussie open had lots of drama too

The best match in terms of quality was the 2009 Madrid final that was 4 hours long and 3 sets, Nadal d Djokovic.. I would also have to throw in the Aussie Open 2012 final and the semi final w/Murray vs Djokovic---2 amazing matches.

Oh..almost forgot, Kohlschreiber d Roddick in the 2008 Aussie open in 5 sets, 1hbh show for that match --crazy stats 180 winners only 60 errors
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtTCxepCPbA

jones101
05-26-2012, 01:35 AM
Nadal v Verdasco at the 09 AO.
A genuine classic.

What a great match.

Verdasco was godly that night and pushed Nadal to the peak of his ability that night.

Verdasco's shotmaking that night was sensational and one of the best perforamnces ive seen from a loser. 80+ winners past Nadal is unreal

purge
05-26-2012, 01:36 AM
Oh..almost forgot, Kohlschreiber d Roddick in the 2008 Aussie open in 5 sets, 1hbh show for that match

yeah i really liked that match too

but whenever i bring it up people go crazy about how horrible roddick played there.. when in truth he didnt play that bad at all. at least imo
it was just the absolute best performance we will ever see from kohli

Colin
05-26-2012, 01:49 AM
This thread inspired me to rewatch highlights of all four of Fed and Nadal's WTF match-ups. I'd say the 2006 match should be a contender if you want something that's only two sets, short and sweet. At 6-4, 7-5, it was the closest of the encounters (the only one with a final set that didn't end in a bagel or breadstick).

Though Nadal won a set in 2010, the outcome in that one didn't truly feel in doubt, and the quality in 2006 is very high from both. This is maybe the best I have seen Nadal on indoor hard court. He managed to stage mini-comebacks in both sets, forcing Fed to raise his game with masterful shotmaking.

If that whets her appetite for longer Fedal showdowns, you could try that Rome 2006 final, the amazing clay match with Nadal that Fed really should have won.

Nadal_Power
05-26-2012, 01:52 AM
2006 Rome final.. can't be better

Hood_Man
05-26-2012, 02:27 AM
There aren't many matches that I can watch in full after knowing the result, but Goran winning Wimbledon is one for the ages.

[EDIT]

Which of course was 11 years ago, not 7-8...

Reading fail...

Paul Murphy
05-26-2012, 02:44 AM
What a great match.

Verdasco was godly that night and pushed Nadal to the peak of his ability that night.

Verdasco's shotmaking that night was sensational and one of the best perforamnces ive seen from a loser. 80+ winners past Nadal is unreal

Some of the forehands from both were simply sensational.
I remember Rafa hitting one way out of court and it curling back in for a winner in the corner.
I can't remember Verdasco ever hitting his forehand better - when it's "on" it's one of my favourite shots.

glazkovss
05-26-2012, 04:35 AM
IMO your choice won't matter, watching tennis together will anyway end up with having a sex:)

West Coast Ace
05-26-2012, 08:55 AM
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I can't remember Verdasco ever hitting his forehand better - when it's "on" it's one of my favourite shots.He also served huge in that match. Didn't just roll in serves.

I have that match on my netbook and will watch it on flights to EU or Asia if the in flight movie choices are lame. The hitting point after point was amazing.

Sentinel
05-26-2012, 09:24 AM
yeah i really liked that match too

but whenever i bring it up people go crazy about how horrible roddick played there.. when in truth he didnt play that bad at all. at least imo
it was just the absolute best performance we will ever see from kohli
Followed by him being routed by Jarrko, iirc ? Enjoyed Koh;'s match, iirc he out-aced Roddick or at least got 30+ aces.

volleyandfun
05-26-2012, 10:46 AM
you guys are always come up with some "great" stuff for guys, you have to think here in women's terms, some drama queen type of match, like Serena vs Sharapova, some type of match his g/f can relate to, not just hitting passing and winners

laughingbuddha
05-26-2012, 10:58 AM
Del Potro vs Nadal US Open 2009

At the drive in
05-26-2012, 11:04 AM
AO 2005 SF. Safin demonstrating once again what he could do when he was fully fit and focused.

Ocean Drive
05-26-2012, 11:28 AM
The Wimbledon 2008 final is so overrated, it really is, 2007 had a higher quality, it just didn't have Nadal winning.

Here's my favourite matches from each slam since 2004.

2004
AO: Safin vs. Agassi
RG: Malisse vs. Costa
W: Ivanisevic vs. Volandri
USO: Sargsian vs. Mathieu

2005:
AO: Safin vs. Federer
RG: Puerta vs. Davydenko
W: Roddick vs. Johansson
USO: Agassi vs. Blake

2006
AO: Federer vs. Haas
RG: Nadal vs. Mathieu
W: Stepanek vs. Verdasco
USO: Safin vs. Haas

2007:
AO: Safin vs. Becker
RG: Llodra vs. Almagro
W: Gasquet vs. Roddick
USO: Henman vs. Tursunov

2008
AO: Kohlschreiber vs. Roddick
RG: Ljubicic vs. Davydenko
W: Safin vs. Seppi
USO: Federer vs. Andreev

2009
AO: Nadal vs. Verdasco
RG: Soderling vs. Nadal
W: Roddick vs. Murray
USO: Dent vs. Navarro

2010:
AO: Almagro vs. Malisse
RG: Soderling vs. Federer
W: Isner vs. Mahut
USO: Wawrinka vs. Murray

2011
AO: Nalbandian vs. Hewitt
RG: Federer vs. Djokovic
W: Soderling vs. Hewitt
USO: Murray vs. Haase

TJfederer16
05-26-2012, 11:40 AM
Best Matches of the last 10 years:
1. Wimby 08' Final - Fed/Rafa
2. AO 05 SF' - Fed/Safin
3. AO 09' SF' - Nadal/Verdasco
4. Rome Final 06' - Nadal/Fed
5. AO 12' Final - Djokovic/Nadal
6. AO 09' Final - Nadal/Fed
7. Wimby 07' Final - Fed/Rafa
8. AO 12' SF - Murray/Djokovic
9. RG 12' SF - Fed/Djokovic
10. Wimby Final 09' - Fed/Roddick

achokshi99
05-26-2012, 02:17 PM
Verdasco/Nadal AO9 - the shot making and athleticism was incredible.

Why does she prefer to watch Fed? Fed makes everything look so easy, he is floating on air, killing the ball effortlessly, etc.. I love watching the guy but I think the risk is if your gf is not into tennis and she watches Fed - even in one of his epic matches - she may just think it's no big deal because she can't appreciate everything that goes into it.

I think the grinder types with the off the chart shotmaking will do more for her interest.


So my girlfriend, who doesnt like tennis, has finally agreed to watch a tennis match with me. i feel like this is the only chance i'll ever get to get her hooked to the sport, so I wanna choose a great match to watch with her.

It needs to be intense, emotional and with great shotmaking. Preferably with federer in it.

Any suggestions? (I was thinking AO 2009 final or AO 2012 semifinal or the Masters final against nalbandian or something along those lines)

mcenroefan
05-26-2012, 09:24 PM
Alot of the obvious matches have been mentioned, many of them with Fed, but for a non-obvious match, check out the first set of the Nole-Tipsy match at last year's USO. That was some absolutely redlined tennis.

The Fed-Nole matches from 2011 FO and USO were absolute classics....I think the best of 2011.

The Verdasco-NAdal match was a great one but loooooooooooooonnnnnngggg.

Surprised no one mentioned the Tsonga win over Nadal a few years ago....Tsonga treed the entire match.

I think there are Dolgo matches that also have their moments...he's an edge of your seat player.

piece
05-27-2012, 12:14 AM
This thread inspired me to rewatch highlights of all four of Fed and Nadal's WTF match-ups. I'd say the 2006 match should be a contender if you want something that's only two sets, short and sweet. At 6-4, 7-5, it was the closest of the encounters (the only one with a final set that didn't end in a bagel or breadstick).

Though Nadal won a set in 2010, the outcome in that one didn't truly feel in doubt, and the quality in 2006 is very high from both. This is maybe the best I have seen Nadal on indoor hard court. He managed to stage mini-comebacks in both sets, forcing Fed to raise his game with masterful shotmaking.

If that whets her appetite for longer Fedal showdowns, you could try that Rome 2006 final, the amazing clay match with Nadal that Fed really should have won.

Good call. The 2006 TMC match featured some of the best rallies Federer and Nadal have played against each other. It was kind of like a condensed version of their AO 2009 final, minus the passages of lackluster play from either guy.

abmk
05-27-2012, 12:19 AM
All of the 3 best matches IMO, in the past 10-11 years have come at the AO:

fed-safin AO 2005
roddick-el ayanoui AO 2003 QF
nadal verdasco AO 2009 SF

then fed-djoker FO 2011 SF, fed-nadal rome 2006 final, safin-agassi 2004 AO SF, fed-nadal wimbledon 2007 final, fed-nadal wimbledon 2008 final etc ....

Wilander Fan
05-27-2012, 08:27 AM
Paris Indoor 2010 Llodra-Soderling semifinals. It is a rare glimpse of what could have been in modern tennis in terms of stylistic matchups. The tactics were unbelievably simple but different for each guy.

marpiw
05-27-2012, 09:15 AM
DEL POTRO winning his only U.S. Open...was fantastic...