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380pistol 06-16-2009 10:26 AM

Best Tie Breaks Ever Played??
 
Everybody knows about "The Tie Break" (McEnroe/Borg), but what are other great tie breaks (you've seen) that have been played. Based on quality of points, importance of tie break in the match, and the match itself.

Off the top of my head I have.....

Sampras/Corretja (9-7) - 1996 US Open QF 5th set
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thBlpkJP9GY -Pt. 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sua__...=related&pos=0 -Pt. 2

Becker/Sampras (13-11) - 1996 ATP World Champ F 4th set

Agassi/Sampras (7-5) - 2000 Australian Open SF 4th set
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIkQu9KGRt4&fmt=18

Henin/Capriati (7-4) - 2003 US Open SF 3rd set
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzB22AEJScs&fmt=18

Safin/Federer (8-6) -2005 Australian Open SF 4th set

Federer/Nadal [10-8] - 2008 Wimbledon F 4th set
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ck2pxK9rx8

heathcliff 06-16-2009 12:27 PM

us open 89 becker rostagno (4th set) - ugly dead net cord

adista4 06-16-2009 12:30 PM

agassi - blake 2005 us open quarter-finals 5th set tiebreak

krosero 06-16-2009 12:36 PM

Navratilova d. Graf 10-8 in a third-set tiebreak, match points for both of them, 1986 USO sf.

Tanner d. Vilas, 1981 USO, R16, 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (15-13).

Newcombe d. Connors, 1975 AO final, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7), saved two set points in the breaker.

Connors-Krickstein in the fifth set was pretty exciting.

krosero 06-16-2009 12:42 PM

Haven't seen Tanner-Vilas (just noticed the OP asked for that).

krosero 06-16-2009 12:43 PM

Rosewall and Laver had their fifth-set tiebreak in Dallas.

And maybe the biggest tiebreak of the 70s was Connors-Borg, 1976 USO, 11-9 in the third set (saved four set points spectacularly).

pc1 06-16-2009 12:50 PM

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Originally Posted by krosero (Post 3565313)
Rosewall and Laver had their fifth-set tiebreak in Dallas.

And maybe the biggest tiebreak of the 70s was Connors-Borg, 1976 USO, 11-9 in the third set (saved four set points spectacularly).

I was about to put those two down. You beat me to it. lol.

Laver was dazed after Rosewall hit that incredible backhand winner. That backhand return by Rosewall was a blur.

The Connors-Borg tiebreak was superbly played.

I remember telling my wife in the 1986 US Open Women's semi, Navratilova-Graf that Graf had a good chance to beat Navratilova and after Navratilova crushed Graf in the first set she looked at me like I was insane. The tiebreaker atmosphere was electric in the stadium.

krosero 06-16-2009 01:12 PM

And how about Nadal-Djokovic 11-9 in Madrid a few weeks ago, that was incredible.

pc1 06-16-2009 01:58 PM

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Originally Posted by krosero (Post 3565390)
And how about Nadal-Djokovic 11-9 in Madrid a few weeks ago, that was incredible.

That's tiebreak was fantastic. Greater than most more famous tiebreaks.

How about Borg-Connors 1980 Masters, third set tiebreak?

Lendl-Becker-1988 Masters-Fifth set tiebreaker-Final.

Jimmy Connors-Stan Smith-1973 Masters Quarterfinal-Third set tiebreak. Connors defeats Smith and wins a tie for number one in the US rankings that year. If Smith won he probably would have been number one by himself.

joeri888 06-16-2009 02:06 PM

federer safin tmc
nadal federer 4th set W08

imalil2gangsta4u 06-16-2009 02:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by krosero (Post 3565390)
And how about Nadal-Djokovic 11-9 in Madrid a few weeks ago, that was incredible.

I agree. This one deserves just be just as high up the list. It was a great match. Also Fed/Nadal Wimbledon 08 was one that came to mind.

krosero 06-16-2009 02:33 PM

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Originally Posted by pc1 (Post 3565568)
How about Borg-Connors 1980 Masters, third set tiebreak?

And there were two such tiebreaks between Borg and McEnroe at the Masters.

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Originally Posted by pc1 (Post 3565568)
Lendl-Becker-1988 Masters-Fifth set tiebreaker-Final.

The tension in that one was intolerable, you felt as if the players themselves could hardly get on with it. Then they ended with that 37-stroke rally, ripping the ball at each other, changing pace, watching the ball hit the tape and dribble over.

That's about as close a finish as you can get, apart from the old sudden-death tiebreaks.

swedechris 06-16-2009 02:39 PM

The Wimby one between Mac and Borg 1980... great great drama

tintin 06-16-2009 03:03 PM

Federer -Soderling 2009 FO
nothing but aces:lol:

BTURNER 06-16-2009 03:13 PM

Mandlikova vs Navratilova(2/2)USO Final The TB starts at 4:15
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29o35mTLY58

If any of you need a reminder on Hana's shotmaking talent. Peek in, but the the best stuff is prior to the TB.

Its not a close one. Know many players who can do this to Martina. She was psyched out

pc1 06-16-2009 06:32 PM

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Originally Posted by BTURNER (Post 3565809)
Mandlikova vs Navratilova(2/2)USO Final The TB starts at 4:15
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29o35mTLY58

If any of you need a reminder on Hana's shotmaking talent. Peek in, but the the best stuff is prior to the TB.

Its not a close one. Know many players who can do this to Martina. She was psyched out

Weird to say but if Hana was "on" Martina could do nothing. The match depended on Hana's level of play.

380pistol 06-16-2009 11:16 PM

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Originally Posted by krosero (Post 3565313)
Rosewall and Laver had their fifth-set tiebreak in Dallas.

And maybe the biggest tiebreak of the 70s was Connors-Borg, 1976 USO, 11-9 in the third set (saved four set points spectacularly).

This I saw on tape, not live. I remeber that tie break was so intense that everyoone (incl. chair ump.) forgot to switch sides after 6 points and had to be reminded by one of the ball boys.

Hankenstein 06-17-2009 12:59 AM

This is very off topic,, but g´dmn how much Corretja looks like Ross Geller in Friends :)

nfor304 06-17-2009 01:04 AM

Philippousis won a tiebreaker from 6-0 down against Corretja at Indian Wells once. It was around 1999-2000 I think

Kemitak 06-17-2009 08:06 AM

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Originally Posted by swedechris (Post 3565710)
The Wimby one between Mac and Borg 1980... great great drama

Not only that, it's great great tennis, too.


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