Greatest match you ever saw

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  1. Shinpachi222

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    What was the greatest match you ever saw?

    I know it's cliche', but Federer vs. Sampras always gets me. Sampras was never put in that situation before, and Federer was not in a somewhat recognizable position until this past Wimbledon.
     
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  2. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN

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    2005 Australian Open Semi-Final: Marat Safin vs Rodger Federer.
    2001 US Open Quarterfinals: Agassi vs Sampras
    1999 Wimbledon Women Quarterfinals: Steffi Graf vs Venus Williams
    2005 Wimbledon Final: Venus Williams vs Lindsay Davenport
    2007 Wimbledon Final: Federer and Nadal
    2007 Wimbledon Quarterfinals: Roddick vs Gasquet.
     
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  3. veritech

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    2005 AO safin vs. fed
     
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  4. Bogie

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    roddick vs. el aynaoui
    santoro vs. clement
    ivanisevic vs. henman
    sampras vs. corretja
    safin vs. fed 05 aussie
    j. johansson vs. roddick
    gasquet vs. roddick
    gasquet vs. hewitt 06' us. open
    baghdatis vs. agassi 06 us open
    gaudio vs. coria

    and tons more. its impossible to just pick one as every different one has something new to offer. those r just some off the top of my head.
     
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  5. ajaxman

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    2005 Australian Open Semi-Final: Marat Safin vs Rodger Federer.
    Wimbledon Final: Ivanisevic - Rafter
     
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  6. Ljubicic for number1

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    roddick vs. el aynaoui Aus open quarter final a few years back.
     
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  7. ja_

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    Todd Martin vs. Carlos Moya, USO '00
    Roddick vs. El Aynaoui, AO '03
    Jiri Novak vs. El Aynaoui, USO '03
    Coria vs. Nadal, Rome '05
    Venus vs. Davenport, Wimbledon '05
    I could go on but I haven't the time - not now at least.
     
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  8. prostaff18

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    Rafter - Agassi Wimby 2000
     
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    Borg vs McEnroe - Wimbledon Final 1980

    We are lucky that this match was preserved on DVD. I'm sure there have been many other great matches throughout tennis history that we will never have access to.
     
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  10. 93sq.

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    Hewitt-Fed davis cup

    Federer-Safin AO 05

    Rafter-Ivanisevic
     
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  11. ximian

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    Coria-Nadal Rome '05
    Chang-Lendl RG '89
    Those two stand out the most.
     
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  12. superstition

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    Here are a few for consideration:

    Seles d. Capriati, Wimbledon 1991
    Graf d. Hingis, French Open 1999
    Navratilova d. Evert, Wimbledon 1978
    King d. Riggs, "Battle of the Sexes"
    Navratilova d. Graf US Open 1991
    V. Williams d. Sprilea, US Open 1997
    Seles d. Graf, French Open 1992
     
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    Agassi vs. Sampras, USO 2001
    Fed vs. Safin, AO 2005
    Coria vs. Gaudio, RG 2004
     
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  14. fastdunn

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    I don't have the greatest. But there is a match I ended up watching
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    1993 US Open Quarter-final Sampras vs Chang.

    Absolute all court tennis (from both players) that has everything in tennis.
    Great baseline power, beautiful S&V, athletic net plays, amazing serve
    returns, great running. And it ends with a zoning from one player
    (Sampras) who overcame mental block on another player( Chang ).
    It has almost all elements of a classic tennis.
     
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  15. deluxe

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    Federer Nadal, Wimbledon 2007
     
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  16. illkhiboy

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    I have seen the 2001 match, which is better? I got the '01 on DVD because I assumed a 8-6 in the fifth would be better drama than a 6=3 in the fifth.
     
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  17. dukemunson

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    Goran - Rafter...Wimby final...wow...
     
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  18. Rudy

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    Most of mine have been named, I'll just add:

    anytime Pete and Andre played in New York

    Nadal-Roddick, Davis Cup, 04, Seville - it was the first time I ever saw Rafa play. Carlos Moya went on to say about that match, that it was the beginning of Rafa, it "unleashed the beast"

    Nadal-Federer, Rome Final, 05 - Fed had match points, but Rafa won and tied Vilas' streak at 56(?). Who could believe that streak would end at 81?

    Venus Williams - Lindsay Davenport, Wimbeldon Final, 05 - I was pulling for Lindsay, but it was a great match, it was not decided till the last moment.
     
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  19. BounceHitBounceHit

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    Borg d. McEnroe Wimbledon 1980. CC
     
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  20. jaggy

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    84(I think) Lendl-Cash semi at US open.
     
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  21. Moose Malloy

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    2000 is better. McEnroe(at the time) called it the best match he had seen at Wimbledon in the last 20 years. I agree.
     
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  22. quest01

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    That is definitely one of my favorite matches, however i can't believe Agassi lost in the 5th set against Rafter in the 2001 Wimbledon Semi's. He had about 10 break point opportunities while Rafter had about 2.
     
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  23. iamke55

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    Federer vs Roddick 1/25/2007
    I think differently from you guys, it seems. I prefer "an hour and a half of pure genius"(quote from commentator) over close contests involving players getting to a fifth set with a crazy scoreline. This match simply defined the term one-sided in every way imaginable, and against the best Andy Roddick we've seen since 2005. As Thomas Blake said, "there's nothing you can do." When Federer plays at that level, there's nothing that can be done against him, which is why it's so amazing to watch him come up with those shots over and over and over...

    I also like the 6-0 7-6 6-0 match but that was more of a forehand exhibition. Also played against Hewitt at his absolute best.
     
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  24. Moose Malloy

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    Roddick made Fed look good. Its almost comical how good Roddick can make others look sometimes. Gasquet hits 90(!) winners vs him at Wimbledon , Andreev hits 60 forehand winners at the French, Bagdhatis & Gilles Muller & Murray hit an inordinate amount of winners vs him in their wins over him at the AO & US Open & Wimbledon last year & '05.
    Could all this be a coincidence? That so many are in the zone vs him, having their career best matches vs him, hitting more winners than almost anyone has ever hit against another top pro? I don't think so, he has a horrible court sense, positioning, etc. And when he approaches the net, I think any pro has a better than 50/50 shot of passing him.
    And I've never seen a more predictable 2nd serve from any big server in the history of tennis. He may as well serve underhand, they all know where its going.
     
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    Agassi vs. Blake USO
    Agassi vs. Baghdatis USO
    Federer vs. Nadal Wimbledon 2007
    Gasquet vs Roddick comeback

    I usually like come from behind victories.
     
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  26. NadalForever

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    Yup and this player with such weak court sense almost took Federer to 5 sets in Wimbledon 2004 and just shows how overrated Federer's talents are. Sampras must be ripping his hair out right now that he was not born 10 years later and was not able to enjoy himself in such a ridicously weak era.
     
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  27. tsongafan68

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    jo-wilfried tsonga vs. andy roddick aus open 2007
    marcos baghdatis vs. novak djokovic wimbledon 2007
    gael monfils vs. james blake roland garros 2006
    gael monfils vs. marcos baghdatis aus open 2007
     
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  28. Mexicali4tacos

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    Discuss. 10 characters.
     
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  29. slice bh compliment

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    80 and 81 Wimbledon finals between Mac and Borg.

    Goran over Rafter in the Monday Wimbledon final!

    72 Forest Hills (US Open) final. Nasty over Ashe in 5.

    Vilas losing to Orantes in the US Open semi, 1975. Remarkable late-night comeback. Then Orantes goes on to spank Jimmy in the final the next day.

    Mac over Jimmy 75 in the 5th, US Open semi of 1984.

    Pete over Courier at the Oz Open. Crying. Acing. Rallies. passing shots. Something for everyone in the family.

    Guga over Russell at RG was a fun ride.

    Pete over Guga at Key Biscayne.

    Agassi over Marko Baghdatis at the open was awesome, as was Dre over Blake 76 in the 5th at the Open.

    ATP Tour WC in Hanover. Pete over Boris in 5.

    ATP final 98: Corretja coming back to beat Moya in 5.

    Davis Cup (too many to mention, but here are a couple legendary matches I remember either live or on the tv): Mac over Mats in St. Louis. 5 sets, 5 hours.
    Boris over Mac in Connecticut.
    Boris over Agassi in Germany.

    Copa Davis! Doubles! Pete and Mac over the Swiss guys in the final.

    Ashe shocking Jimmy in the 75 Wimbledon final.

    Rosewall over Laver in the WCT final.

    Many more. But if I had to pick one, it would be the Boris / Pete one from Hannover.
     
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  30. Bassus

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    Agassi vs Rafter

    Agassi vs Rafter in the 2000 and 2001 Wimbledon semfinal, both won by Rafter.

    Agassi vs Rafter in the 2001 Aus Open semifinal, won by Agassi.

    Great contrast in styles. They had great baseline rallies (yes, Rafter was able to hang surprisingly well with Agassi), and great points at the net. They had tons of drama. They were contested by two of the biggest stars in the game.
     
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  31. McStud

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    Safin v. Federer - 2005 AO Final, I KNOW IT'S CLICHE..

    Nadal v. Federer - 2006 Dubai Final, RIDICULOUS SHOTMAKING

    Roddick v. El Aynaoui - 2003 AO, FOREHAND WINNERS ANYONE?
     
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  32. NebAce1

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    Federer-Safin Aussie Open 05
    Roddick-El Aynouai
    Agassi-Bagdahtis
     
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  33. VGP

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  34. ProStaffTour90

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    as i only really have access to Wimbledon to watch full matches i would have to say Fed v Sampras. I was at school for Goran Rafter :roll: and only got to see a 10 minutes highlights reel late that night so i can't choose that.... and of course the usual Henman nailbiters.



    My older brother in law would say Conners Pernfors (sp?) in '87 though... the amount he raved on about it when i brought it up in conversation the other day made me surprised none of the older clientelle on here have mentioned it.
     
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  35. djsiva

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    Any match with Venus and Monfils is awesome!!

     
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  36. netman

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    1977 Wimbledon Semi-finals

    Borg vs. Gerulaitis

    Two good friends and practice partners. Knew each other's games down to the eye twitch.

    4 sets of immaculate tennis back when grass was something more than the bad clay imitation it is today.

    Rent or buy it and see what real tennis looks like.

    -k-
     
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  37. inquisitive

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    Lendl vs McEnroe --FO Final 1984. Lendl down 2 sets and losing 4-2 in 4th set, but comes back to win in 5 sets.
     
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  38. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN

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  39. slice bh compliment

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    Who are the same people?
    maec allamerican and MEAC ALLAMERICAN? OR Venus and Monfils? IF they were brother and sister, would she be called Monfille?
     
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  40. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN

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    You guess is as good as mines...

    lol...

    I have no idea who "maec allamerican" is, but I think he or she was referring to Venus Williams and Rodger Federer because they are the only players repeated in my post.


    :confused: :confused:
     
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  41. slice bh compliment

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    I was going on post #35's title about Venus and Monfils.

    You and maec all american really do not know eachother?
    I bet people confuse you two at parties all the time, hahahah. Kidding.
    Wonder what MEAC and maec mean anyway.

    Well, back on topic, I'm sure people will mention the Capriati/Seles US Open semi from about fifteen years ago.

    I also wanted to mention another match I saw live that rocked. Pat Mac against Connors in the first round of the 91 Open. Saw most of it live from the cheap seats. Pat looked great. Went home late in the third. Got a pizza on the way to the house. Ate it with some friends in front of the TV as Jimmy took it in five. Hell of a match, even though I was not wild about the result.

    Connors marched on to the semis.
     
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  43. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN

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    Beats the hell out of me about post #35

    The MEAC = Mid Eastern Atlantic Conference.

    That's the conference I played for in college.

    But you are right back to the topic at hand.
     
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  44. Photoshop

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    Alright many of my favs are already mentioned but this looks too much fun to pass..

    Agassi vs. Blake - cried.
    Agassi 2006 USO 1st round.
    Agassi vs. Baggy - one of the most electrifying matches.
    Baggy's run at 2006 AUS, esp. semi-final vs. Nalby
    Ivanisevic vs. Rafter - came back from summer school just on time to catch the last set. almost cried.
    Nadal vs. Hewitt (2007 Hamburg)
    Fed vs. Hewitt (2004 Wimbledon) - esp. 1st set.
    Gasquet vs. Roddick - sickest winners everywhere. wasn't as emotionally involved as other matches tho.
     
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  45. rafa_prestige89

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    There a lot of good matches, but you can't forget the five set battle between a in shape Agassi against a motivated Safin in the Aus Open 2004...
    Also a good match was Kuerten X Mirny in the 2001 US Open 3rd round...
    But the best is still Safin x Federer in 05 Aus Open semis!
     
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  46. Roger is Boring

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    canas def federer x3 :D :D
     
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    Pretty awesome match there at the US Open when Roddick was defending champ and just had a great Wimbledon with Gilbert coming aboard. Roddick was perhaps at his peak but JJ just brought some awesome, wicked power that I haven't seen before or since.

    A good match that hasn't been mentioned is Rafter vs Sampras at the US Open in 1998. Great serve+volley on a neutral surface.
     
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  48. Photoshop

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    How could I have left that one out? that match went on until around 1am I believe, and Mirnyi did not show any emotion whatsoever the whole time.
     
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    McEnroe vs Connors 1980 US Open Semi-Final
    5th set tiebreaker. Anytime these two played each other the intensity was unreal. This was possibly theirre greatest match. The fact that they could not stand each other only fed the drama.
     
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    no doubt (10 chars)
     
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