The off-season - the best time to watch old matches?

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  1. tennis_pro

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    So there I was flicking through tennis videos on youtube a couple of days ago (like a typical addict) and ended up watching the Mc vs the Borg at 1980 US Open - a match I would usually get bored of after 3 minutes. This time however I viewed the whole thing with interest. Then I went through Fed-Bellucci at IW this year - which was pretty boring until mid 3rd set. Once again, it felt like a great match when I rewatched it recently.

    I guess when the season is in full flight one doesn't cherish the matches as much cause they occur so often.
     
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  2. Sabratha

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    You can find beautiful gems like them on Youtube.
     
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  3. TennisA

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    I can never seem to watch an entire old match :?. If a tennis match isn't live, I generally can't get interested enough to watch one for more than 30 minutes.
     
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  4. librarysteg

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    I'm looking forward to 30 matches on Tennis Channel this month. I'm watching the Tipsarevic/Raonic match right now. I've never made a point to back and watch old classic matches, though. I should.
     
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    I've been watching the 2002 US Open final. :D
     
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    Sometimes watching old matches that you know are good is better than taking a chance on a new live event which might turn out to be a bore-fest. Of course, you never know when a live match will turn out awesome. Let's just say I like watching tennis, any tennis...
     
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    Is that Australian Open TV website around from last year? that was gold
     
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  9. Moose Malloy

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    ^I haven't checked that site in a while, they just added some matches I've wanted to see for some time.

    1996 QF: Agassi d Courier 6-7(7) 2-6 6-3 6-4 6-2
    1995 4R: Sampras d Larsson 4-6 6-7(4) 7-5 6-4 6-4
    1995 4R: Krickstein d Edberg 6-7(6) 5-7 6-4 7-6(5) 6-4
     
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    Sweet, I could watch Agassi the rest of my life and it never gets old. He still has the most inspiring strokes and tennis game I have seen.
     
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    The 1980 Borg McEnroe match isn't exactly one of my favorites. I didn't think the first set was that well played by Borg and for a match often called the best ever, that's not good. I think the match is overrated. I like the 1984 US Open semi of Connors and McEnroe better. The 1977 Wimbledon semi of Borg against Gerulaitis was in my opinion a better match also. It's just that the 1980 match had that exciting tiebreaker and long fifth set.
     
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    Have to go out but I decided to check out the beginning of that match. I got exhausted just watching the first point. Ouch.:)

    Thanks.
     
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  14. The-Champ

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    ur welcome.

    amazing highlight. nobody hit the ball as clean as AA, and that bh is the best ever for me.
     
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  15. Power Player

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    Oh wow that agassi match is gold. yessss. I seriously just need to copy his game as much as I can.
     
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    Wow, I had no idea this existed and it looks great. Thanks for posting it!
     
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    Some nice classic matches, it's nice to see when the courts were faster than the molasses they play on now.
     
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  18. smoledman

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    I like to rewatch Fed/Tipsy from 2008 AO. That was some epic tennis right there.
     
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    I have been watching classic Agassi as well a lot this week. I loved his no BS play and his poker face between points. I also need to copy his game a lot. I actually didn't like Agassi at all for a long time, until I started playing a lot more, then I developed an appreciation for what he does well. I also realised that he and I have similar builds and similar strengths and weaknesses for our respective levels. I have decided to study Agassi matches and craft myself into a little rec level Agassi. Wish me luck!

    EDIT: I got on this Agassi thing from trying to watch all the Sampras Agassi finals. I ended up falling in love with Agassi's play from trying copy Sampras' serve. Wierd huh? Being a tennis player is like being a music lover. There is always some new band to discover, exactly like some new tennis player, old and new.
     
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  20. PhrygianDominant

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    Also just watched this one. WOW was that a good match.
     
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    Copy Nalbandian instead, he played a similar but IMO more modern game that takes better advantage of racquet and string tech.
     
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  22. smoledman

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    Great match for those who love to watch quick strike tennis.
     
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  24. Power Player

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    The only thing about Agassi that is not "modern" is the finish on his forehand. everything else is just fine. He hit open stance as much as the current players.

    Anyway, I love Agassi. Nalbandian is not really that inspiring to me.
     
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  25. Goosehead

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    just noticed you watched the final not the semi..soz; i was looking at that recently mcenroe really lost the plot..and the 3rd set 0-6.

    He called the umpire 'mr incompetent' then two blokes come out..referee and ???, and mcenroe asks to have the umpire removed :twisted::shock: unbelievable scenes..

    then connors had a rather un-jimmy finish by losing the 5th set tb 7-1..i got caught up in the fun and was actually thinking..oh wow who's gonna win the tb ?, till i snapped back to reality and remembered who won the title that year..still i didnt know the tb score , so 7-1 was a surprise.
     
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  26. Moose Malloy

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    here's Tennis Channel's Top 30 matches of 2012 countdown so far


    30. Chennai Final Raonic d Tipsarevic 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 7-6(4)
    29. Stuttgart QF Sharapova d Stosur 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 7-5
    28. Miami SF Sharapova d Wozniacki 4-6 6-2 6-4
    27. USO QF Azarenka d Stosur 6-1 4-6 7-6(5)
    26. Basel Final Del Potro d Federer
    25. Australian Open SF Sharapova d Kvitova
    24. Rome Final Sharapova d Li
    23. French Open Final Sharapova d Errani
    22. French Open 1R Razzano d Williams
    21. Australian Open SF Azarenka d Clijsters
    20. US Open 2nd Round Robson d Clijsters
    19. Wimbledon SF Murray d Tsonga
    18. Davis Cup Final Stepanek d Almagro
    17. USO QF Ferrer d. Tipsarevic
    16. USO SF Azarenka d Sharapova
     
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  27. Moose Malloy

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    the top 15 started

    15. WTF Final Djokovic d Federer
    14. French Open QF Djokovic d Tsonga

    I guess these will be somewhere in the remaining 13
    Wimbledon 2nd Round Rosol d Nadal
    Wimbledon SF Federer d Djokovic
    Wimbledon Final Federer d Murray
    AO SF Nadal d Federer
    AO SF Djokovic d Murray
    AO Final Djokovic d Nadal
    USO Final Serena d Azarenka
    Wimbledon Final Serena d Radwanska
    Shanghai Final Djokovic d Murray
    USO Final Murray d Djokovic

    any others?
     
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  28. Paul Murphy

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    In Australia one of the Seven Network's secondary channels is showing AO matches - and best of all - not just finals.
    Some very juicy matches.
     
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