5 Best Matches of the Year

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  1. Mr.Brightside

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  2. T1000

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    Good list, mine would be:
    1. Federer-Roddick Wimbledon Final
    2. Nadal-Verdasco AO Semifinal
    3. Nadal-Djokovic Madrid Semifinal (real final)
    4. Roddick-Hewitt Wimbledon Quarterfinal
    5. Dent-Navarro USO
     
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    Just as I would've picked them. In order. Great matches.

    Glad to see AO final was not one of them.
     
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  4. Blinkism

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    I wouldn't put Davydenko-Federer at the WTF in the Top 5 like that website did.

    It was a good match, but Top 5 best matches of 2009? Has everyone forgot Gasquet/Gonzalez at the AO? Haas/Cilic at Wimbledon? Federer/Del Potro at the FO?
     
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    this match would've been a lot better if it weren't between the two biggest time wasters on the planet.

    my list:

    1. Federer - Roddick Wimbledon Final
    2. Nadal - Verdasco AO semi
    3. Dent - Navarro USO
    4. Federer - Berdych AO
    5. Nadal - Djokovic Madrid Semifinal
     
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  6. myservenow

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    Wasn't Federer - Del Potro at French Open a really good match?
     
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  7. Grigor#1fan

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    Really good list, there were so many great ones. The Roddick/Federer Wimbledon final would have had a much more climactic ending if there had been a fifth set tiebreak. I was just glad somebody won it already by the time it was over. It's a shame such a thrilling match was "dragged-down" by that overly long drawn out final set. Just my opinion.
     
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  8. clayman2000

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    How can anyone put Roddick Federer over Nadal verdasco is mind boggling

    And how about Gasquet-Gonzo
    Federer-Nadal AO should be up there. All sets accept the 5th were of rediculous quality

    Haas-Cilic was another good match
     
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  9. Psyballa

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    It's not that hard, given the right mindset and rhetoric.


    For the Roddick-Federer match, we have the greatest of all time pursuing arguably the most difficult record to break in Men's tennis in the number of career Grand Slams won. Despite being up and down for the last two years, he has consistently reached the quarter-finals of almost every Grand Slam. On the other side of the net is an old rival in Andy Roddick, whom Federer boasts a 19-2 record against. Although this record shows that Federer absolutely dominates, with a player like Roddick you never quite know what to expect. USO SF 2007 and AO SF 2009 come into mind. Roddick, in his own right, is competing for the glory of a second Grand Slam title and a third victory over his most difficult opponent. The two are proven champions in their own right, and it was proven once again at Wimbledon 2009. The longest fifth set in Men's history where Roddick, the challenger, lost a heartbreaker.


    That's pretty compelling to me.
     
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    I can agree with list, but would place Delpo/Fed-USO final over Davy/Fed-Barclays.
     
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    To me the list should be:

    1.Nadal-Verdasco AO semifinal(I would put the final which had awesome tennis if it were not for the fifth set when fed went away)
    2.Wimbledon final(though the end of the fifth was a serve-fest and it got boring)
    3.Nadal-Djoker Madrid semifinal.
    4.Federer-Delpo USO final.
    5.Gasquet-Gonzales AO.
     
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  12. Dr_Kaligari

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    Nadal-Djoker??? What are talking about? That was just an ordinary 3-setter that should ended in about an half if Fed and Roddick had played it. It was only made so long because 2 biggest time-wasters were playing it.

    You're such a ****, you know. They should make drak a moderator so he can clean you all out.
     
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  13. Feña14

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    All good choices.

    One of my favourites was Wawrinka v Murray at Wimbledon, the hill was packed even though it was pitch black, and Centre Court lit up with the lights and roof for the first time was a really special occasion.

    While it might not be one of the best matches for out and out tennis, it's a match that will stay long in the memory.
     
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    Yeah, the Fed-Davy WTF match does not belong there, it was all about choking the first set + the greatest WTF'09 shot in the third.

    The AO final does qualify, IMO. The intensity, the quality, the tears, the fall before the historic rise.
     
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    1. Nadal-Djokovic (Madrid semifinal)
    2. Nadal-Verdasco (AO semifinal)
    3. Federer-Del Potro (US Open final)
    4. Murray-Wawrinka or Murray-Roddick (Wimbledon)
    5. Federer-Roddick (Wimbledon final)
     
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    it wasn't the real final though was it. because the winner didn't go on to win the tournament.
     
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    I believe you mean 'at least a semifinal for the last 5 years', but I see your point.

    Dr_Kaligari, aren't people allowed to have an opinion? But yeah, call someone '****' if you disagree with him :shock:

    About the ranking - I agree with T1000. Sadly I couldn't watch Fed - Delpo, so I can't rank it.
     
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  19. kOaMaster

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    eh?!

    nadal-verdasco and nadal-federer in the AO are (to me) clearly up there!
    add federer-roddick too.

    del potro - federer...maybe. at least it is again a five setter in a GS final.

    nadal-djokovic was also great.
    and I liked murray - wawrinka in wimbledon too.

    didn't watch too many other matches completly live aside the grand slams and a few chosen ones from masters-events.

    and I wonder what davydenko - federer makes up there? the first set was SO bad and the end too. what a complete nonsense!?
     
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  20. viduka0101

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    i'm a bit surprised nobody mentioned murray roddick WIMBY semis
    a great match IMO

    players Roddick Murray
    1st Serve % 103 of 138 = 75 % 76 of 146 = 52 %
    Aces 21 25
    Double Faults 1 5
    Unforced Errors 24 20
    Winning % on 1st Serve 79 of 103 = 77 % 63 of 76 = 83 %
    Winning % on 2nd Serve 18 of 35 = 51 % 37 of 70 = 53 %
    Winners (Including Service) 64 76
    Receiving Points Won 46 of 146 = 32 % 41 of 138 = 30 %
    Break Point Conversions 2 of 5 = 40 % 2 of 7 = 29 %
    Net Approaches 48 of 75 = 64 % 15 of 20 = 75 %
    Total Points Won 143 141
    Fastest Serve Speed 143 MPH 131 MPH
    Average 1st Serve Speed 126 MPH 120 MPH
    Average 2nd Serve Speed 104 MPH 87 MPH


    anyway, best match of the year IMO is nadal verdasco
     
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    Yes Viduka, that was a classic grass match. Can you place other stats/results from a few of the listed to compare?
     
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    Nadal vs Verdasco Aus Semi too man insane shots
    Fed vs Nadal Aus Final
    Fed Vs Roddick Wimbledon final
    Fed vs Soderling simply bcos he finally won em all
    Fed vs Del Potro Us Final coming of age
    Nadal vs Djokovic Madrid Final the fight the fight
     
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  23. namelessone

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    Then drak should start with you seeing as you are the freshest troll and **** around here.
     
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  24. Mr.Brightside

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    I think the Nadal - Verdasco match was brought down a notch because it ended on a double fault. i mean, no one wants to see such and epic match end that way.
     
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    1. fed vs roddick - wimbly final
    2. nadal vs verdasco - ao semi
    3. fed vs nadal - ao final
    4. nadal vs djoko - madrid
    5. fed vs del potro - fo semi
     
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  26. Sartorius

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    Hmm, I think I would put AO final in the top 5. The first 4 sets had outstanding quality despite Federer's serve, and I can't imagine other players delivering some of the rallies played there.

    Federer vs Del Potro FO semi was quite something as well.
     
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    Nadal- Verdasco (AO)
    Federer- Nadal (AO)
    Nadal- Djokovic (Madrid)
    Murray- Wawrinka (W)
    Federer- Del Potro (FO)

    spring to mind.
     
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    Federer vs Roddick Wimbledon 09 final
    Federer vs Nadal Australian Open 09 final
    Nadal vs Verdasco Australian Semi final 09
    Murray vs Wawrinka Wimbledon 4th round 09
    Nadal vs djokovic Madrid Semi final 09
     
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  29. clayman2000

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    Here is mine:

    1. Nadal vs Verdasco -- instant classic
    2. Nadal vs Djokovic Madrid -- a pure boxing battle
    3. Federer vs Nadal AO -- 4 sets of sublime tennis
    4. Roddick vs Federer Wimbledon -- greatness more about drama than quality
    5. Haas vs Cilic -- the only time fans cheered for a suspended match

    HM:
    Gonzo vs Gasquet
    Del-Potro vs Federer (FO and USO)
    Murray vs Wawrinka
    Dent vs Navarro
     
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  30. viduka0101

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    here's some
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    Australian Open
    1)
    Nadal(ESP) beat Verdasco(ESP) 67(4),64,76(2),67(1),64

    Elapsed Time by Set:75,49,79,57,54

    1st Serve % 128 of 173 = 74 % 146 of 212 = 69 %
    Aces 12 20
    Double Faults 3 4
    Unforced Errors 25 76
    Winning % on 1st Serve 92 of 128 = 72 % 103 of 146 = 71 %
    Winning % on 2nd Serve 28 of 45 = 62 % 36 of 66 = 55 %
    Winners (Including Service) 52 95
    Receiving Points Won 73 of 212 = 34 % 53 of 173 = 31 %
    Break Point Conversions 4 of 20 = 20 % 2 of 4 = 50 %
    Net Approaches 16 of 23 = 70 % 33 of 51 = 65 %
    Total Points Won 193 192
    Fastest Serve Speed 200 KMH 220 KMH
    Average 1st Serve Speed 182 KMH 188 KMH
    Average 2nd Serve Speed 143 KMH 158 KMH


    2)
    Nadal(ESP) beat Federer(SUI) 75,36,76(3),36,62

    Elapsed Time by Set: 58,48,78,45,34

    1st Serve % 112 of 175 = 64 % 90 of 172 = 52 %
    Aces 4 11
    Double Faults 4 6
    Unforced Errors 41 66
    Winning % on 1st Serve 74 of 112 = 66 % 66 of 90 = 73 %
    Winning % on 2nd Serve 30 of 63 = 48 % 37 of 82 = 45 %
    Winners (Including Service) 50 71
    Receiving Points Won 69 of 172 = 40 % 71 of 175 = 41 %
    Break Point Conversions 7 of 16 = 44 % 6 of 19 = 32 %
    Net Approaches 15 of 26 = 58 % 43 of 60 = 72 %
    Total Points Won 173 174
    Fastest Serve Speed 196 KMH 204 KMH
    Average 1st Serve Speed 179 KMH 183 KMH
    Average 2nd Serve Speed 143 KMH 156 KMH

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    US Open
    3)
    Dent(USA) beat Navarro(ESP) 64,57,67(1),75,76(9)

    Elapsed Time by Set: 31,43,63,57,58

    note!:the first stats are for Navarro and the second for Dent
    1st Serve % 154 of 190 = 81 % 130 of 186 = 70 %
    Aces 12 20
    Double Faults 4 8
    Unforced Errors 22 50
    Winning % on 1st Serve 111 of 154 = 72 % 101 of 130 = 78 %
    Winning % on 2nd Serve 18 of 36 = 50 % 28 of 56 = 50 %
    Winners (Including Service) 70 121
    Receiving Points Won 57 of 186 = 31 % 61 of 190 = 32 %
    Break Point Conversions 3 of 5 = 60 % 4 of 11 = 36 %
    Net Approaches 91 of 146 = 62 % 75 of 109 = 69 %
    Total Points Won 186 190
    Fastest Serve Speed 130 MPH 147 MPH
    Average 1st Serve Speed 108 MPH 121 MPH
    Average 2nd Serve Speed 92 MPH 101 MPH


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    Wimbledon​

    4)
    Federer (SUI) beat Roddick (USA) 57,76(6),76(5),36,16-14

    Elapsed Time by Set:39,43,47,32,95

    note!:the first stats are for Roddick and the second for Federer
    1st Serve % 168 of 239 = 70 % 127 of 197 = 64 %
    Aces 27 50
    Double Faults 4 4
    Unforced Errors 34 38
    Winning % on 1st Serve 140 of 168 = 83 % 113 of 127 = 89 %
    Winning % on 2nd Serve 31 of 71 = 44 % 42 of 70 = 60 %
    Winners (Including Service) 74 107
    Receiving Points Won 42 of 197 = 21 % 68 of 239 = 28 %
    Break Point Conversions 2 of 5 = 40 % 1 of 7 = 14 %
    Net Approaches 42 of 69 = 61 % 38 of 59 = 64 %
    Total Points Won 213 223
    Fastest Serve Speed 143 MPH 135 MPH
    Average 1st Serve Speed 127 MPH 118 MPH
    Average 2nd Serve Speed 105 MPH 98 MPH


    5)
    Murray (GBR) beat Wawrinka (SUI) 26,63,63,57,63

    Elapsed Time by Set:34,45,45,68,45

    1st Serve % 82 of 150 = 55 % 104 of 162 = 64 %
    Aces 7 17
    Double Faults 4 3
    Unforced Errors 38 51
    Winning % on 1st Serve 61 of 82 = 74 % 67 of 104 = 64 %
    Winning % on 2nd Serve 38 of 68 = 56 % 29 of 58 = 50 %
    Winners (Including Service) 49 59
    Receiving Points Won 66 of 162 = 41 % 51 of 150 = 34 %
    Break Point Conversions 5 of 11 = 45 % 4 of 14 = 29 %
    Net Approaches 29 of 39 = 74 % 36 of 54 = 67 %
    Total Points Won 165 147
    Fastest Serve Speed 132 MPH 134 MPH
    Average 1st Serve Speed 113 MPH 118 MPH
    Average 2nd Serve Speed 84 MPH 95 MPH


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    Roland Garros​

    6)
    Federer (SUI) beat Del Potro (ARG) 36,76(2),26,61,64

    Elapsed Time by Set: 38,46,36,38,51

    note!:the first stats are for Del Potro and the second for Federer
    1st Serve % 98 of 168 = 58 % 92 of 142 = 65 %
    Aces 16 5
    Double Faults 6 1
    Unforced Errors 40 29
    Winning % on 1st Serve 72 of 98 = 73 % 67 of 92 = 73 %
    Winning % on 2nd Serve 30 of 70 = 43 % 26 of 50 = 52 %
    Winners (Including Service) 55 50
    Receiving Points Won 47 of 142 = 33 % 66 of 168 = 39 %
    Break Point Conversions 5 of 13 = 38 % 4 of 12 = 33 %
    Net Approaches 23 of 38 = 61 % 24 of 33 = 73 %
    Total Points Won 151 159
    Fastest Serve Speed 217 KMH 210 KMH
    Average 1st Serve Speed 204 KMH 189 KMH
    Average 2nd Serve Speed 157 KMH 154 KMH
     
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  31. Mr.Brightside

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    great stats viduka
     
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    Nadal vs Verdasco is one of the best matches in the history for sure. Also Safin vs Guanna at RG, Roddick vs Murray at Wimbledon and Federer vs Nadal AO were all great matches.
     
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    Soderling vs Nadal at the French would be on my list.
     
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    ^^^ i like it just cause nadal lost
     
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    Wimbledon was awesome this year....Hewitt Vs Roddick, Haas vs Cillic, Murray vs Wawrinka and of course the final.
     
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    1) Federer vs. Roddick - Wimbly 2009
    2) Blake vs. Rochus - USO 2009
    3) Verdasco vs. Nadal - AO 2009
    4) Federer vs. Murray - Cincy 09
    5) Gonzo vs. Gasquet - AO 09

    Funny that all of my top 5 are grand slam matches.

    Honorable mentions:

    * Federer vs. Djokovic - USO 09
    * Nadal vs. Djokovic Madrid 2009
    * Federer vs. Haas RG 2009
    * Federer vs. Delpo RG 09 and USO 09
    * Nadal vs. Soderling RG 09
    * Roddick vs. Hewitt W 09
    * Roddick vs. Murray W 09
     
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  37. Cesc Fabregas

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    Nadal v Verdasco was one of the best matches I have ever seen, I was on the edge of my seat all match and it was just pure shot making and sick athletism all match. A truly memorable match.
     
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    Thanks Viduka. I find total points fascinating (see 09 Wimby). Telling for 09 USO, was Feds Aces down.
     
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