My Favorite match

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  1. samprasvsfederer123

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    one of my faves if not my favorite match of all time was the australian open 2005 semi final safin vs federer you can say they're both at their utter best and safin takes it i think this match was so great beacuse you could really see federers fight, and he couldnt believe how safin was playing gives me shivers just thinking about it.
     
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  2. pc1

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    That's clearly one of my favorites also. Just a great match. I'm not sure if Federer could play any better and he still lost. It makes me sad to think of this match and to realize how great Safin could be and how he underachieved. Safin against Federer could have been a rivalry ever bit as great as Federer against Nadal.

    Safin should be in the Hall of Fame but he could have been a GOAT candidate if he played at his potential.

    In fact I'm not sure where Federer has a major edge in strokes over a Safin at peak level except maybe slightly at forehand and maybe a bit at the net. Great choice for a favorite match. It's one of the all time great matches. You knew Safin would win the Australian after he beat Federer in the semi.
     
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  3. T1000

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    That was a great match, one of my all time favorites. My favorite is when Hewitt came back from 2-0 sets down to win the match against Federer in the Davis Cup, 2003. Federer was serving for it in the 3rd and then the magic happened.
     
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  4. RoddickAce

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    One of my favourites is the match between Agassi and Blake at the US Open 2005, where Andre comes back from 2-0 to beat Blake.
     
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  5. matchmaker

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    I did not see the match at the time; I only got to see it afterwards and it is indeed a great match.

    Probably the only time Fed was playing at his best and he still got beaten.
     
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    ya its is the only time he was at his utter best and still lost, you can see this by his attitude as well there were some points where he just nodded or screamed, he was never fighting for his life more than in that match,
     
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    Safin vs Federer matches were always awesome, great matchup.
     
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  8. hoodjem

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    Safin vs. Fed at the AO '05 was great.

    Of the ones I have seen, may fave is 1972 WCT finals Rosewall vs. Laver: five sets, two tie-breakers, tie-breaker in the fifth.

    You didn't know who would win until the very last point, edge-of-your-seat tension until it was over.
     
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  9. britbox

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    McEnroe/Borg @ Wimbledon 1980, Sampras/Becker @ Masters 1996 & Safin/Feder @ AO,2005 are 3 big favourites.

    From a personal "favourites" perspective - Edberg's first Wimbledon over Becker and his USO final rout of Courier. These weren't tightly contested classics but the most satisfying from a fan perspective.

    Federer/Nadal at Wimbledon 2008 was obviously real edge of the seat stuff.

    Other personal faves which I just got sucked into and probably fall way under the radar - Jimmy Connors coming from 1-6 1-6 1-4 down to beat Mikael Pernfors at Wimbledon, 1987. Kohlscreiber/Roddick at the AO a couple of years ago. Roddick / El Aynaoui at the AO 2003.
     
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    A great prelude to that match was their semi-final at the TMC Houston about a couple of months prior. Federer winning 6-3, 7-6 (20-18).

    That match clearly gave Safin renewed confidence that he could hang with the best on the big occasions by pushing Federer in the tiebreak.
     
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    The funny thing about that Laver and Rosewall match is while it was a superb match, they were ancient by tennis standards and past their prime. They probably played many better matches that were never televised. How many great matches did Laver and Rosewall play that will never be seen. It's a shame. I think the 1964 US Pro (I think it's the US Pro) in which Laver won the fifth set 8-6 had to be a classic. Rosewall served for the match at 5-3 and lost.

    There are some matches I enjoy even if they are one sided just for the quality of the rallies. The 1979 Pepsi between Connors and Borg is very enjoyable to me because even though Borg destroyed Connors the rallies were very good.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTMx--E0OhY

    Sampras and Becker in the 1996 ATP Tour Championships in Germany was a fantastic match.

    I like the 1988 US Open final between Wilander and Lendl. Long, high quality rallies.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Efmy72bXH0c

    Connors and McEnroe in the 1984 US Open semi was a fabulous match. Both were at or near their best.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm74-hwVFLM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqFkccYzBS4&NR=1
     
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  12. Cesc Fabregas

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    I'll throw one into the hat, Sampras v Courier 95 Australian Open where Pete was serving aces whilst crying over his coach and came from 2 sets down to win. Courier was a break up in the 4th aswell, it showed what a champion and what heart Pete had.
     
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  13. Matt H.

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    for me it's Haas vs. Federer at the 2002 Australian Open.
     
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  14. jeffreyneave

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    the laver rosewall match that laver won 8-6 in the 5th set was the wembley pro final of 1964.
     
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    Thanks Jeffrey. It was described in detail in McCauley's book.
     
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  16. Borg-Mcenroe Wimbledon 1980

    Wilander-Lendl Us Open 1988

    Edberg-Courier Us Open 1992

    Federer-Roddick Wimbledon 2009

    Federer-Soderling FO 2009
     
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  17. GS

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    How 'bout the 2001 US Open quarterfinals, Agassi vs. Sampras. No breaks, right? What a slugfest. The crowd in the grandstand there got their money's worth.
     
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    Agassi - Rios Miami 1998 Final
     
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    1. Borg-McEnroe 1980 Wimbledon Final (The most famous tennis match, in terms of worldwide attention. It featured my favorite player vs. his big challenger on grass courts and it seemed that the whole world was glued to their television sets, especially while watching that 4th set tiebreaker. Alas, Borg was STILL not done winning Wimbledon as he took it up ANOTHER notch in the Fifth set.)

    2. Federer-Nadal 2008 Wimbledon Final (Incredible drama and a pure slugfest the whole 5 sets; Could Nadal actually unseat Federer on his favorite Court?)

    3. Sampras-Agassi 2001 US Open Final (Sweet redemption for Sampras after folks thought he was absolutely done. He showed how much he actually cared about winning during that final.)

    4. Nadal-Federer 2008 Australian Open (Incredible quality from both players and so many great points).

    5. Connors-McEnroe 1982 Wimbledon Final (What a match, as Connors announced that he was not yet done with a great 5 set win over the newly crowned "top dog" at Wimbledon. He said "no wait a minute", I might have something to say about that. The Sport was still reeling from Borg being suddenly out of the picture entirely.)
     
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    So true. Don't overlook the French Pro of 1963 on wood: Rosewall over Laver 6-8, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
     
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  21. GS

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    Hmmmmm, I thought Hewitt beat Sampras back in the 2001 US Open final......
     
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  22. samprasvsfederer123

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    e did agassi vs sampras was the semi final 7-6,6-7,7-6,7-6 i belive
     
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  23. Matt H.

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    it was the quarterfinal.

    Sampras spanked Safin in the semi's, then ran out of steam against Hewitt.
     
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  24. crash1929

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    as i read this title, even before reading your response. i thought about this match,too. I'm sure when I was a kid there was another fav. but this is the first match that came to mind. safin's bh was killing feds second serve. i have this on tape.
     
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  25. crash1929

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    man i just remembered that fed had a match point and tried a tweener! he should had went for the ace up the middle. look at safins match point. bh up the line baby. bg knows what he's talking about.
     
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    One of my favorites -- and I haven't seen it since -- is the epic Davis Cup match between McEnroe and Wilander back in the early '80's. I had to look it up, it was '82. Mac won 9–7, 6–2, 15-17, 3–6, 8–6. He was still mostly the guy people loved to hate then, and the crowd in St. Louis really got behind him because if was Davis Cup. Very charged and emotional atmosphere.
     
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  27. borg number one

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    GS, my mistake, that should be 2002, not 2001 US Open Final, in my previous post. When Sampras won that match, it was so compelling to watch. I felt so good for the guy after his recent struggles. Great way to go out! I got chills watching the end of that one.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oizEjkreZw
     
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