Greatest Matches (Very very even matches)?

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by Tenny, Mar 30, 2004.

  1. Tenny

    Tenny Professional

    Feb 19, 2004
    From time to time I get confused. When people say 'great match', does it mean very even, thrilling matches or simply so dominating matches? For example,

    'Fedex's greatest matches', does it mean thrilling 5 setter which has 5 tie breakers or his steamrolling matches? Federer:Safin AO final was good match but from the beginning I could tell who'd win. Was the JHH:JCapriati match so good? Was it such a even match? Or was it because of solely the great effort by JHH (and queen of 3 set losing-JC)?

    Then what was your most thrilling match experience? Borg-McEnroe Wimby 80?

  2. andreh

    andreh Professional

    Feb 19, 2004
    I'll simply repeat myself from a similar post just a few days ago:

    My vote goes to W90 final. Edberg - Becker. Oh, the drama.... And it was the final chapter in the Edberg/Becker trilogy.

    Seen from the perspective of Edberg fans it was like a perfect drama trilogy. Tipped to lose hero wins, against the odds, minor victory in Act 1, gets ass kicked in Act 2, and, from the brink of defeat, wins final victory after humongous battle in Act 3. Hey, Edberg even looks a little like Skywalker, doesn't he? And Becker...well...
  3. AndyC

    AndyC Semi-Pro

    Mar 31, 2004
    What makes a great match for me is my empathy with the winning player.

    Perhaps who has played a tight match against another top player and has come out on top playing some sublime tennis (e.g. the last three Fedex-Agassi matches have been absolutely thrilling or the above-mentioned Edberg-Becker Wimbledon final of 1990).

    Or perhaps where the winning player has won in a match of dramatic tension (sometimes when the tennis hasn't been of the highest quality). The prime example of this would be Ivanisevic-Rafter. Boy was I rooting for Goran and he very nearly imploded on himself again. Now THAT too was a great tennis match. Besides how can u not love Goran? He of the "I might play in another final there and don't want that stupid (runner's up) plate for a fourth time. I am going to win Wimbledon one day -- even if it is the over 40s doubles ..."
  4. @wright

    @wright Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2004
    YOu have to take into account quality of play. A match can go to 5 tiebreaks or whatever, but if there were tons of aces and unforced errors, it's just boring to me.

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