Hardest GS Final to watch (for a fan)

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  1. vkartikv

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    Which GS final did you find hard to watch because both players were
    1. Your favourites or
    2. Really nice guys
    3. there for the first time
    4. other reason

    For me, it was the 2001 Wimbledon final. I was rooting for Goran but I just couldn't watch Rafter lose either..
     
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  2. swordtennis

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    USO final 1995: Agassi was rolling that year. Folded up as usual outside the Aussie open.
    Wimbledon 1999: Agassi folded yet again.
    French Open 2006: Fed was a stubborn fool and would not employ S&V and drop shots. Folded up. He was mentally shot after this.
    Wimby 2009: Rooted 4 them both but wanted Roddick to pull it off.

    Semis of wimby and USO where Agassi folded up against Rafter numerous times deserve an honorable mention.
    It became I knew Agassi would fold against the top players at Wimby, FO and USO. Knew it was coming no matter if he was on fire the match before.
     
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  3. Hood_Man

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    Wimbledon 2008. As exciting as the match was it was so frustrating to watch Federer shank all those forehands and throw away break points in the first set, and then throw away that 4-1 lead in the second.
     
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  4. swordtennis

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    That is a good one! I did not include it becuase I was surprised Roger did not get blown out in straights. Happy it got to 5. He was like Rafa is now. Could hardly beat a top ten opponent that year.
     
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    Wimbledon 2009. Can't see watching it again.
     
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    McEnroe VS Lewis
     
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    Aussie Open because of the time its on.
     
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    Well, in my short tennis watching career, I'd have to add my vote for this one. I have a feeling, I hope I'm wrong mind you, that this will go down in history as Roddick's last best chance to win another Slam. I think he'll still be a quarter or semi contender for the next couple of years. We'll see I guess.
     
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    1992 and 1998 Wimbledon: Very painful to see Goran Ivanisevic lose these finals like he did.

    2004 French Open: Very painful to see Guillermo Coria do everything but win the title. Gutting.

    2004 US Open: I seriously thought that Lleyton Hewitt would upset the odds and beat Roger Federer in the final, because he was on a 16 match winning and hadn't dropped a set throughout the tournament. Federer's 6-0, 7-6, 6-0 demolition job made me realise in my own mind that Federer wasn't just having a good year but he was here to stay for quite some time. I felt shaken by what I'd witnessed because I didn't want Federer dominating. Federer played so well that day that he made Hewitt look like a clumsy junior for large parts of the match. I don't think Federer has ever played a better match than this one.

    2007 Wimbledon: I was devastated to see Rafael Nadal lose this one after those 15-40 break points at both 1-1 and 2-2 in the fifth set.
     
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  10. Datacipher

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    Traditionally by "folded" one usually means mentally gave up....certainly Agassi has done a lot of folding, but the 95 USO and 99 Wimbledon finals were certainly not examples. He was outplayed by a superior opponent. I doubt many would question that.

    I think he folded slightly against against Rafter at 2000 Wimbledon, but even that was at best, a slight fold in the fifth. He didn't fold in either of their other matches at Wimbledon, and he never even played Rafter in the semis of the USO. When he played rafter in 97, he played tough. Rafter played extremely well, and if Agassi lacked a bit of confidence, it was understandable at that point.
     
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  11. Bhagi Katbamna

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    '99 Wimbledon Agassi was winning in the first set until Sampras got into the zone and stayed there for the rest of the match. He was beating Agassi at baselin rallies in that match.
     
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    1881 Wimbledon: William Renshaw vs. John Hartley. 6-0,6-1,6-1. I would've hated to waste a whole $1.52 (1 pound) to watch that match.
     
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  13. swordtennis

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    Yes Agassi/Sampras never folded. Only Federer and the current players fold.
    Agassi needed to step up on the big stages. Being an avid fan of tennis through the 90's and having time to digest the careers of the top dogs in that time I have come to a conclusion that Agassi was overrated. He was the beginning of the big baseliners. Huge weaknesses mentally and physically. Sampras also had glaring weaknesses as well.
     
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    My point exactly. Beating Agassi at what he was supposed to be the greatest as doing! Agassi needed to beat Sampras at least once in these 1995 and 1999 finals.
     
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    Considering im not of that age to really remember anything before 2002 I would say Fed-Roddick. Wanted both of em to win
     
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    By far the hardest for me was the Rafter/Ivanisevic Wimby final.

    At the time I had a somewhat personal connection to the Rafter family, so I had my Patty blinkers firmly in place.

    BUT...

    ...how can you not love Goran? And his story that year? Wild card, into the finals, last real chance to win a title he'd come so close to before...

    ....and it was soooo close. I was happy for Ivanisevic, but completely destroyed for Pat.

    I usually don't get too emotionally involved in a tennis match, but that was a tough one.
     
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    I found this one tough too!
    I remember watching Rafter fighting like crazy to win in 5 (in the rain) against Franco Davin, first round RG...Pat losing in 4 to Carlos Moya in another year...stuck on an outside court watching him again fight for survival at Wimbledon ..at the same time that Henman played on centre-court and the British fans roared their approval...
    Goran...I had chased all over Oz Open, trying to get him to sign Head signature cards for my retail customers...I remember Head Austria also trying to get him to sign for 2 more years..joke was who would get him to sign first!
    I won the bet with Head Austria, although Goran kept over 100 of the cards and R did get him to sign again.
    Go forward 10 years and Goran(that crazy talent) gets to the final and one Patrick Rafter, the last aussie serve-volley legend joins him.
    I couldn't go that year because of coaching work and match committments...
    I was stuck in germany..it was a monday and I was running to the clubhouse from an outside court in the coaching breaks. The club members knew they had another crazy aussie in the place! I was nearly as tired as both of them at the end.
    It was a match that I wanted both to win...and impossible as that sounds...they nearly did. Pat ensured his legend by the way he took that loss.
     
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    1989 FO - Edberg / Chang. Great match but painful to see Edberg lose after all those breakpoints.
     
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    AO 2005 - Love both Safin and Hewitt. But both on 2 slams. I didn't watch it and never will.

    W09 - Another of my 3 favourites, maybe his last shot at achieving his dream is sad to watch. I choked up when Roddick said he hoped his name would be among the winners list. I will never watch that match again.

    Coria v Gaudio - 1 inch from claiming the FO title.
     
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    Remembered the 2002 US Open final this morning! Great match but drove me nuts. Agassi lost again when he needed to pull it out. Let me correct myself Agassi needed 2 win 1 of the 1995, 1999, and 2002 finals. 2002 He was playing great and should have won that one. The others I can understand a bit. Not that one.
     
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    for me, i remember having difficulty watching pete sampras lose to stefan edberg at the us open back in 1992. i liked both of them back then.

    then, if you're a federer fan, you'd cringe watching him get bulldozed by nadal at roland garros 2008. good thing is that it was over in like 5 minutes. ;P

    oh yeah, i almost forgot... hewitt over sampras, us open final 2001. hard to watch pete being made to look old and his attacking game rendered irrelevant.
     
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    Roland garros 2008 final.
    As a Federer fan, it was a nightmare.
    It's the only match of Fed's I considered switching off.
     
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    What about the 2000 U.S. Open final? Sampras was tired from his semi match, so Safin blew him away in straight sets in the final.
     
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  24. Ocean Drive

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    2002 Australian Open final.

    If Marat had half the conditioning he had in 2004 or 2005 tournaments, he would've been holding the trophy at the end of that match.

    And those blondes in his box, what the hell? Embarrassing really. Who knows what he was doing with those after his matches, they looked like fricking pornstars.

    Happy for Johansson though, good player, underrated. Could've done much, much more.
     
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  25. Ocean Drive

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    He won his semi-final in straight sets, sure, it was close, but it couldn't have tired him out too much. He barely lost a set the whole tournament, pretty sure the only one he lost was the opener to Krajicek, so he must've been pretty fresh overall.

    Safin played two 3 setters. The Kiefer and Guardiola match both going over 3 hours too. But Safin had youth on his side.
     
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    Wimby 2009 - Watching Roddick put eveything he had into that match only to lose is heartbreaking (I don't even like Roddick)

    AO 2005 - Hewitt was exhausted and should have won that match, it was frustrating to watch him lose because he played more long matches than Safin (2 five setters and one long four setter) I really wanted him to win his home slam

    2004 FO - Biggest choke ever
     
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