Best matches of the decade

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  1. Steffi-forever

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    Too many to make a poll. Mine would be :

    Men : Wimbledon 2008 Federer & Nadal
    Women : Wimbledon 2005 Davenport & V.Williams
     
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  2. dropshot winner

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    Rome 2006 final, way better than all the other overhyped Federer/Nadal matches.
     
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  3. Steffi-forever

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    Extraordinary match!
    Agassi & Safin at the Australian Open in 2004 was amazing too.
     
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  4. dropshot winner

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    Absolutely, that was some brutal hitting by both.

    Too bad Safin was gassed after that match, the final against Federer could've been a classic.
     
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  5. Stefan83

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    1. Australian Open 2009, Nadal - Federer
    2. Wimbleon 2008, Nadal - Federer
    3. Australian Open 2005, Safin - Federer
    4. Rome 2006, Nadal - Federer
     
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  6. Tyrus

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    Any reason not to include 2009 Wimbledon Final: Roddick - Federer?
     
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  7. westside

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    2001 Wimbledon Final anyone?
     
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  8. IricForset

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    1. Wimbledon 09 - Federer vs Roddick (Edge of seat thriller)
    2. Wimbledon 08 - Federer vs Nadal (Same as above)
    3. Australian Open 05 - Federer vs Safin (Safin shows Federer can lose)
    4. Rome 06 - Federer vs Nadal (back in the days when ATP finals were best of 5)
     
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  9. Breaker

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    2000 - Guga d. Norman (RG final)
    2001 - Ivanisevic d. Rafter (Wim final)
    2002 - Hewitt d. Ferrero (YEC final)
    2003 - Hewitt d. Federer (DC semifinal)
    2004 - Gaudio d. Coria (RG final)
    2005 - Nadal d. Coria (Rome final)
    2006 - Nadal d. Federer (Rome final)
    2007 - Nalbandian (Madrid + Paris)
    2008 - Hewitt d. Baghdatis (AO R32)
    2009 - Gonzalez d. Gasquet (AO R32)
     
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  10. dropshot winner

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    I didn't saw the 2000 RG final, but the rest of your list is really solid, except for RG 2004.

    Sure that match had a lot of drama, but the quality of play wasn't high at all.
     
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  11. Cesc Fabregas

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    Agassi/Sampras USO
    Goran/Rafter Wimbledon
    Nadal/Coria Rome
    Nadal/Federer Rome
    Federer/Safin AO
    Nadal/Verdasco AO
     
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  12. Conquistador

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    Verdasco--Nadal 2009 Australian Open Semifinals.
     
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  13. bluescreen

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    this, plus nadal-verdasco at AO this year.
     
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  14. viduka0101

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    2009 AO semis Nadal - Verdasco
     
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  15. egn

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    Clay it is a tie between Nadal v. Coria 05 rome or Nadal v. Federer 06 Rome.

    Grass well go ahead and go nuts but Rafter vs. Goran 01 Wimbledon..people have seem to forgotten how amazing that match was.

    Hardcourts
    Safin v. Fed AO 05
    Fed v. Agassi US 04 (their 5 set QF)
    Agassi v. Blake US 05
    Roddick v. Ayanoui AO 03.
     
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  16. godukedevils

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    A few of my favorites include...

    1. Guga vs. Mirnyi 2001 U.S. Open: A little biased here since Guga's my favorite player of all time, but nevertheless a dramatic comeback victory for him.

    2. Invanisevic vs. Rafter 2001 Wimbledon: Unbelievable atmosphere from the crowd. Great drama.

    3. Nadal vs. Federer 2008 Wimbledon: Not sure what to say about this match that hasn't already been said. Incredible.
     
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    1. Safin vs. Federer 2005 Australian SF
    2. Nadal vs. Federer 2008 Wimbledon F
    3. Federer vs. Roddick 2009 Wimbledon F
    4. Federer vs. Sampras 2001 Wimbledon QF
    5. Ivanisevic vs. Rafter 2001 Wimbledon F
    6. Sampras vs. Agassi 2001 US Open QF
    7. Agassi vs. Sampras 2000 Australian SF
    8. Nadal vs. Fed 2009 Australian F
    9. Nadal vs. Verdasco 2009 Australian SF
    10. Federer vs. Nadal 2007 Wimbledon F
     
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  18. Mr.Brightside

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    For sure. I love this match.
     
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  19. ceberus

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    Safin vs Federer AO 05 SF
    Nadal vs Federer Wimbledon 08 F
    Federer vs Roddick Wimbledon 09 F
    Safin vs Aggasi AO 04 SF
     
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  20. viduka0101

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    Wimby finals, Rome finals(05-06) and AO semis are dominating this thread
     
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  21. tacou

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    Nalbandian over Fed at YEC (05 I think?), Coria/Nadal in Rome, Roddick/Fed at Wimbledon 09, Nadal/Fed Wimbledon 08.

    I really enjoyed Simon/Nadal in Madrid and Tsonga over Nadal in Australia was some incredible tennis, though a bit too lopsided to be considered a great match
     
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  22. kOaMaster

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    I can't remember ALL the matches, but so far I can remember at least some recent great games like:

    federer - safin AO 05
    federer - nadal W08
    federer - nadal AO09
    tsonga - nadal AO08
    hewitt - federer davis cup 03
    federer - nadal rome 06
    sampras - agassi in UO01
    ivanisevic - rafter wimbledon 01
    roddick - el aynaoui AO03
    federer - sampras W01
     
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  23. Turning Pro

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    Anyone remember Agassi-Blake 05 QF US Open? Agassi came bk from 2 sets to love down and was 35 years of age. Not that that is the most important trivia but you'll have to see the match in order to comprehend.
     
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  24. woodrow1029

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    My favorite to watch was actually the 2001 USO QF Agassi vs. Sampras
     
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  25. Cup8489

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    yeah, the 05-06 rome finals were insane. Best claycourt tennis i've ever seen, but i also have to give the nod to the AO 04 semis between agassi and safin. sounded like gunshot after gunshot was going off, lol.

    Power baseline tennis at its best :)
     
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  26. SuperDuy

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    roddick vs bagdatis i forget when, fwe years ago
     
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  27. P_Agony

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    Federer vs. Safin AO 2005. No other match comes close IMO. The quality of tennis from both men was godly.
     
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  28. Cesc Fabregas

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    Nadal v Verdasco was better.
     
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  29. viduka0101

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    no such thing, it was manly, were it a WTA match it would have been girly
     
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  30. I agree with you on this one, but seriously...there are GREAT tennis not involving Nadal or Sampras, yes! You heard it here first.
     
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  31. Yes, that was electric!
     
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  32. Cup8489

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    good luck getting it through his skull.
     
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  33. P_Agony

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    Not in my opinion. Then again, I don't enjoy watching Nadal, at all, so that match doesn't even rank at my top 10.

    I also think Federer/Murray TMC 2008 was a really good match.

    And stop saying everything as a fact. It's not, it's an opinion. There are no "match of the decade" official awards as far as I know.
     
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  34. I know...but at some point ,right?:)
     
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  35. Cesc Fabregas

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    Regardless whether you like Nadal or not the shotmaking and ralleys in that match was unreal, Verdasco was on fire but Nadal showing he has a heart bigger than a lion squeezes through in a 5 hour epic. Great match.
     
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  36. P_Agony

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    It was a great match, but I enjoyed other matches better. For me, the Safin/Fed match was higher quality tennis from both men, and the result was unknown until the very end, where in the Nadal match, despite Verdsaco playing well, Nadal was always leading, and I remember in the final set Verdasco was so tired he could barely win a point on Nadal's serve.
     
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  37. mikethehamster

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    Agassi vs. Baghdatis US Open 2006, that one was very fun to watch
     
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  38. President

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    AO 08 Verdasco vs Nadal (I think this may take it in pure quality)
    Wimbledon 2008 Nadal vs Federer (just for the drama..I don't think Federer played amazing)
    Wimbledon 2009-Same as above
    Madrid 2009 Djokovic vs Nadal (best rallies on match point ever)

    These are some really good ones that happened within the last year or 2.
     
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  39. 35ft6

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    Not sure if it was the best in terms of quality of play, but the most memorable was Goran beating Rafter at Wimbledon. The loud, young, monday crowd... Goran crying when he reached match point... it was great.
     
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  40. pound cat

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    Tie between Nadal/Fed Wimbledon 08

    Safin/Federer AO 05 semi

    Federer in each, lost in each.
     
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  41. MizunoMX20

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    THE best match in my opinion is

    Nadal def. Federer Wimbledon 2008

    I've never been so emotionally involved in a match in my life. The quality of tennis was absolutely immense, it really was a rollercoaster. I couldn't move away from the television for one second, even though the match lasted that long. I can still feel the amazement and exhillaration even thinking about the match right now.


    Behind that match, there's a few that made a big impression on me:

    Federer def. Nadal Wimbledon 2007

    Also high quality tennis, and the first real contest between the two giants in a Slam final.


    Safin def. Federer Australian Open 2005

    The only player to beat a prime Fed besides Rafa, that says it all. His backhand was working like a dream in that match, and some sublimely attacking tennis from Safin.


    Nadal def. Federer Australian Open 2009

    The first meeting between the two after that epic Wimby final, and we weren't let down.


    Federer def. Agassi US Open 2005

    The level Federer reached in that match was unbelievable, hitting winners from all over the place. Although he still is the number one player in the world, I can safely say we have rarely seen that level of play from Federer the last two years.


    Nadal def. Verdasco Australian Open 2009

    Outrageous hitting from both men.


    PS I haven't seen the Federer vs. Nadal match in Rome.. Was it that good? I will go and see if I can find a decent quality clip of that one on the internet somewhere...
     
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  42. World Beater

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    federer-nadal in rome was probably the best match overall because federer for one of the first times was able to put all his abilities to almost defeat a very good nadal on clay in 5 sets.

    i would rank that match as maybe #3 or #4 because it wasn't in a GS...but level of play is pretty much right up there with anything the last decade.
     
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  43. World Beater

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    nadal - verdasco was a phenomenal match as well with a very high quality level.

    But aesthetically, i prefer federer - nadal or safin - federer because roger comes to net and it makes for more variation. i also believe nadal usually saves his best stuff for federer. he has to!
     
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    Nadal x Coria. Rome Final!

    Nalbandian x Federer. Masters Cup Final!
     
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    1. Wimbledon Final '08
    2. Davis Cup- Karlovic vs. Stepanek - 2009
     
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    Hewitt - Federer DC 2003
    Hewitt - Baghdatis AO 2008
    Safin - Federer AO 2005
    Nalbandian - Federer TMC 2005
    Hewitt - Nalbandian AO 2005
    Verdasco - Nadal AO 2008
    Nadal - Coria Rome 2005
    Agassi - Blake USO 2005
    Agassi - Baghdatis USO 2006
     
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  47. Shaolin

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    Great list.
     
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  48. westside

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    One of my all time favourite matches
     
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    great match
     
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  50. phishua

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    Agreed. That was a jaw-dropping bit of excellence.
     
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