These are really the greatest shots of their careers

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  1. mike danny

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    Rafa has hit so many shots better than that. I wouldn't even waste my time picking one because so many are. That one is great though of course.
     
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    although Federer didn't win the point, this is quality-wise my all time favourite point so far:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQ7kyUknYjM
    it's just...wow. no idea. couldn't find anything better. it has it all.

    (in fact, that whole game was extremely entertaining)
     
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    It's points like that which really make me dislike Nadal lol. He had no business hitting that ball up the line for a winner. Incredible.
     
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    Only one of the ones in the OP I'd call their best was Novak's Djesus Return. Might try to find some alternatives for the others later.

    Though that said, Novak did have this one stupidly good backhand winner in his Madrid Semi-Final against Rafa. That was a shot no human being had any right to make.
     
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    Indeed, Federer hit so many shots that would of been winners against anyone else, only Nadal could retrieve that.

    Really like that AO 2009 final, I find it's the best match they ever played, better than 2008 Wimby final in my book.
     
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    The quality was insane up to the 5th set. Federer's capitulation has ruined that match for me forever.
     
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    Why did Federer capitualte in that 5th set is beyond me. IMO Nadal was a bit spent in the 5th after the Verdasco match, but Federer playing like crap did not actually show it.

    IMO Federer should have maintained his level in the 5th and he would have won
     
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    Federer won many more points in the first 4 sets compared to Nadal. He was worse on the big points as usual. His serving was also not good enough, there was too much pressure on his ground game because of it. When the 5th came along he just couldn't keep it up.
     
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    Yeah watching them makes me seriously want a Fed-Djoker rematch at the USO. :evil:
     
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    Massively didn't expect the Federer choice, but the OP does state greatest and not best. I can certainly find 'better' shots though (except for that Murray shot, that was boss).
     
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    The comment on the Djokovic shot sums it up pretty well: "Are you not entertained?!"
     
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    Federer's "greatest" shot is probably the FH against Haas at RG 2009. I assume you know the one. He misses that and high chances are that the career GS is no more. I would also nominate his BH DTL MP saver against Nadal at Wimbledon 2008, but that loses some of its importance because he went on to lose.
     
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    Yes, I agree. He found the line. If Fed had missed that shot Haas would have served for the match.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwkP_SA6fBU

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    great shots but are there ads on every single youtube video these days?
     
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    Actually this match was from 2008.

    He hit the tweener in 2009.
     
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    Ah, my mistake, the scoreline looked awfully similar.
     
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    AO 09 rally is the best of all time IMO. Every time I see it, it reminds me how much Fed and Rafa have raised the maximum level of tennis. Rafa had no business hitting that shot and the forehand slice by Federer is the best of all time.
     
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    Completely agree. Man what hitting in that match. Fed looked supreme at times. That right there is the Rafa I miss, he was so fun to watch it should have been illegal.
     
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    Aww man best match ever. Sure I would have liked Fed to win but the level of tennis was so high for 4 sets how could I complain. I mean at the bare minimum I (and hope some people here too) love tennis more than any one player, and good tennis is good tennis. There was no pushing; Nadal was playing aggressive to win his first AO and Roger was going to tie the record right? It was the most important major in the past ten years. Rogers reign on hard courts came to an end and Nadal went on to win the US a year later and win every major at least once.
     
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    Tennis was so exciting from 07 to 09 :(
     
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    That's also my favorite Federer shot! (Although it's so hard to pick just one). Also really like the smash on a smash he did against Davydenko @ WTF, but it doesn't look as good since it wasn't a clear winner.
     
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    Definitely agree with you there.
    The lob against Agassi is not close behind as well.
     
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    Djokovic nodding right before that return:

    "Yup, time to do it again."
     
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    All those are amazing, but really Murray's shot is probably the sickest shot I have ever seen in tennis. It was totally freakish.
     
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    Second that.
     
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    Very interesting perspective, I think it's a good call for it being the most important shot of his career that resulted in him achieving greatness later on, though it isn't the greatest in terms of it having the most sort of superficial impact on the worldwide tennis audience. Like you said, if he misses it, the greatness that he would go on to achieve (Career Slam and immediately winning no.15 at Wimbledon) may have never happened.
     
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    Thanks Nat, I guess;)
     
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