Best Editions of each Major since 2004

CBK

New User
#1
I'm not really a poster (I usually just follow and read threads I like), but given all the repetitive threads on a single player, a single event, or the No1 ranking recently, I thought I should try to change things up and bring back some nostalgia.

In light of the recent two borefests at RG and Wimbledon, I began thinking which editions of each major (Men's Singles) have been the best since 2004 and came up with these. Chip in with your choices and some brief reasoning, and let the madness begin!

AO: 2017 - The resurgence of Fedal, many high-quality 5 set matches in early rounds, culminating with perhaps the best and most historic final weekend of a slam in over a decade.

FO: 2009 - Nadal's first loss at RG shakes the tennis world, Federer's struggles and heroics throughout the tournament, fantastic semifinal matches, and Federer's masterclass in the final to capture the career slam and his 14th Major.

W (this was the toughest one): 2010 - Yes, the ending was anticlimactic. But right from the beginning until quarterfinal day this was a thrilling tournament. Federer and Djokovic's tightrope escapes on opening day, Isner-Mahut 70-68, Nadal's 5 setters in the first week. On quarterfinal day, it seemed like anybody's tournament to win but then Federer got upset for the first time since 2002, Murray barely dodged a 0-2 hole vs. Tsonga, and Nadal got so pissed off in the Soderling match that he red-lined the rest of the tournament. And the stamp on the tournament was Rafa's epic somersault celebration when he won.
-Side note: If you haven't watched highlights of the Federer-Bozoljac 2nd Rd match, do it now. It is one of the most entertaining grass court matches ever played, and I'm not even joking.

USO: 2011 - Lots of crazy, funny, and...USO-mark things; Nadal's cramp in his presser, Federer's masterclass vs. Monaco at like 4 am in the morning (!!), lots of rain and puddles in the back of the court during a Roddick match, Novak's "The Return" in the SF down match point, Federer's salty post-SF presser, and perhaps the highest quality Nadalovic match in a slam (rivaled only by RG2013; AO2012 is overrated).
-Also, the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 being commemorated on court was a special touch.
 
#2
AO: 2017, thouroughly enjoyed it. So many good matches as well. Enjoyed both top seeds being upset too. AO 2005, 2009 and 2012 all honourable mentions.
RG: 2011, the Isner Rafa match was cool, Rafa struggled a lot though till the QF. Big 4 semi's, amazing Fed Nole match and great quality final with my fave winning. Honourable mentions are 2005 and 2008 due to it being the most dominant performance I've ever seen, also a very underrated high quality SF between Rafa and Nole.
WIM: 2008, greatest match ever. 2007 a better tourney though. 2010 lots of cool matches early on, Fed vs Falla, Rafa vs Petzschner/Haase. 2011 a good tourney too. 2010 and 2011 didn't have great finals though.
USO: 2011 sucked because of the rain, but filled with great matches indeed. But don't know which other to choose so I'll go with that.
 
#4
I'm not really a poster (I usually just follow and read threads I like), but given all the repetitive threads on a single player, a single event, or the No1 ranking recently, I thought I should try to change things up and bring back some nostalgia.

In light of the recent two borefests at RG and Wimbledon, I began thinking which editions of each major (Men's Singles) have been the best since 2004 and came up with these. Chip in with your choices and some brief reasoning, and let the madness begin!

AO: 2017 - The resurgence of Fedal, many high-quality 5 set matches in early rounds, culminating with perhaps the best and most historic final weekend of a slam in over a decade.

FO: 2009 - Nadal's first loss at RG shakes the tennis world, Federer's struggles and heroics throughout the tournament, fantastic semifinal matches, and Federer's masterclass in the final to capture the career slam and his 14th Major.

W (this was the toughest one): 2010 - Yes, the ending was anticlimactic. But right from the beginning until quarterfinal day this was a thrilling tournament. Federer and Djokovic's tightrope escapes on opening day, Isner-Mahut 70-68, Nadal's 5 setters in the first week. On quarterfinal day, it seemed like anybody's tournament to win but then Federer got upset for the first time since 2002, Murray barely dodged a 0-2 hole vs. Tsonga, and Nadal got so pissed off in the Soderling match that he red-lined the rest of the tournament. And the stamp on the tournament was Rafa's epic somersault celebration when he won.
-Side note: If you haven't watched highlights of the Federer-Bozoljac 2nd Rd match, do it now. It is one of the most entertaining grass court matches ever played, and I'm not even joking.

USO: 2011 - Lots of crazy, funny, and...USO-mark things; Nadal's cramp in his presser, Federer's masterclass vs. Monaco at like 4 am in the morning (!!), lots of rain and puddles in the back of the court during a Roddick match, Novak's "The Return" in the SF down match point, Federer's salty post-SF presser, and perhaps the highest quality Nadalovic match in a slam (rivaled only by RG2013; AO2012 is overrated).
-Also, the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 being commemorated on court was a special touch.
Tell us a bit more about the Federer 2nd Wimby match you refer to please.
 

CBK

New User
#5
WIM: 2008, greatest match ever. 2007 a better tourney though. 2010 lots of cool matches early on, Fed vs Falla, Rafa vs Petzschner/Haase. 2011 a good tourney too. 2010 and 2011 didn't have great finals though.
No doubt 2007 and 2008 were classic if not all time greatest finals, but 2008 was a boring tourney up till the final. 07 was good, but I remember the continuous rainfall taking the air out of the tournament midway through (until the final). Still remember Gasquet's match QF against Roddick though, that adds to 07's case for sure.

USO: 2011 sucked because of the rain, but filled with great matches indeed. But don't know which other to choose so I'll go with that.
Next best USO I think was 2009, but it's debatable. 2004 was a pretty cool tourney as well with the Fed-Agassi epic QF and then the destructive tennis that Roger played to win the SF and F.
 
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#6
AO is the toughest. 2005 and 2012 are my top two, with 2009 and 2017 slightly behind.
RG - 2009. Biased choice of 2016 due to historical achievement and me attending it. :D
W - 2007/2008/2014
USO - 2005/2011
 

ibbi

Hall of Fame
#7
I remember really loving USO 2005. I think it was really good on both the mens and womens sides, with the only real blight I can recall being Mary Pierce's antics in the semi final.

Roland Garros I would probably go with 2011? That's a tough one, especially as the eventual champion was kind of crap for about half the tournament, but I guess that frailty added to it a little.

Wimbledon I would have to go with 2007 off the top of my head.

Australia has got to be this years one, though I think it's probably the one with the most contenders for the crown.
 

CBK

New User
#8
People seriously forget how insane he was compared to now.

While Roger had a higher peak level he could reach in 2011 (I remember watching that match in disbelief too), I still believe his average day-to-day tennis level is higher in 2017 - despite his worsened movement/forehand.
 

Mustard

Talk Tennis Guru
#12
Since I've seen watching:

2005 Australian Open
1995 French Open
2001 Wimbledon
1991 US Open

No doubt 2007 and 2008 were classic if not all time greatest finals, but 2008 was a boring tourney up till the final.
Not with Safin around and reaching the semis (especially his demolition of Djokovic), Murray vs. Gasquet, Nadal vs. Gulbis. 2008 Wimbledon was good way before the final.
 
#15
AO- every single year could be here, simply the best Slam. I would choose 2017 because of the drama, history and the 5 setters.
RG- the Slam with least amount of suprises. Probably 2015 because of Stan and his indredible tournament
Wimbledon- 2009, Roddick fan here .. I was cheering a lot + make a combo bet that Roddick would reach the final and have most aces in the tournament
Us Open- probably 2011. Those Federer- Djokovic and Nadal- Djokovic matches were 11/10
 
#16
AO - 17. My favourite slam ever, had everything. Honourable mentions to 05,07,12.
RG - 09 or 11. I'll go for 09 but 11 would have took it if Fed won the first set vs Rafa.
Wimbledon - 2012. Honourable mention to 07-09 and 03.
USO - 04,07,08,09. 11 is tainted for me by Fed not winning I felt he played the best tennis of that tournament otherwise would've been GOAT with Fedal final.

WTF - 03, 06, 09, 10, 11, 12 all pretty epic.
 
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#17
AO - great list to choose from. My favourites are 05, 08 (fedal eliminated, rise of nole), 09, 12, 17.
FO - 08 (peakdal), 09, 11, 17 (on the womens side).
Wimbledon - great list to choose from too. 03, 07-09, 14.
USO - 04 (peak fed, peak or near peak hewitt), 05 (twilight of Agassi), 11, 12 (mury goat), 14 (thought a changing of guard, of course wrong now).
 
#18
USO I'd say 05 or 08. 05 for Agassi's run, and entertaining semis/finals, 08 for Federer's desperation run, Djokovic/Roddick drama, delPo/Murray emerging.

USO actually there have been a ton of great editions, it was amazing from around 91-96, very good in the 00's too, but in recent years it definitely hasn't been as good. Hope we get a good one this year.
 
#19
AO 2017 : From beginning to the end, so many good matches that will be remembered for a long long time. The final was epic, the 2 SF matches were epic as well. Federer's journey throughout the tournament was thrilling. Dimitrov finally (and temporarily) playing some inspired tennis. If I'd have to pick a close runner up, I'd probably go with the 2012 edition because of the epic final.
FO 2015 : Probably my least favorite slam, so my memories of it aren't as good. I did enjoy Stan's run in 2015, him bullying Federer in the QF and Djokovic in the final. I'll guess a close runner up would be 2011, Nadal getting stretched to 5 sets by Isner, Fed turning back the clock against Djokovic in the SF, but then the final was "déjà vu" all over again and a bit of a letdown.
Wimbledon 2009 : I still remember watching that marathon, being on the edge of my seat the entire time because the Roddick fan in me wanted him to finally win a Wimbledon title. I will always remember that match. Close runner up would be Wimbledon 2012. Federer close to losing in a lot of matches, back was an issue. The fantastic SF he played against Djokovic had some great moments, as did the final against Murray. Not sure which one I would put first between 2009 and 2012.
USO 2005 : Agassi/Federer is one of my favorite finals ever period. 2015 and 2011 would be a close runner up. The ambiance in the 2015 final was quite unique. 2011 had the infamous SF between Djokovic & Federer and a rather entertaining final as well.
 
#20
USO actually there have been a ton of great editions, it was amazing from around 91-96, very good in the 00's too, but in recent years it definitely hasn't been as good. Hope we get a good one this year.
USO had great matches in the 90's. Also at the beginning of the new millenium, that epic QF between Agassi-Sampras as well as Pete's final match, were all very good matches. I miss the Agassi/Sampras era, such a shame what american tennis has become.
 
#21
I remember really loving USO 2005. I think it was really good on both the mens and womens sides, with the only real blight I can recall being Mary Pierce's antics in the semi final.
Actually now that you mention it, I'm gonna revise and say 2005 USO was the best edition for me as well - it's been a long time and I forgot how awesome it was. 2011 had its memorable moments and is a very close second, but nothing could match the sheer energy of the 2005 tournament (Agassi's run was a story similar to 2017 AO). And the final weekend with the entire crowd against Federer was crazy (probably the last time that's happened, I remember USO 2006 vs. Roddick being skewed but more balanced). Epic stuff :)
 
#22
Since I've seen watching:

2005 Australian Open
1995 French Open
2001 Wimbledon
1991 US Open



Not with Safin around and reaching the semis (especially his demolition of Djokovic), Murray vs. Gasquet, Nadal vs. Gulbis. 2008 Wimbledon was good way before the final.
Did you perchance read the thread title????????????????
 
#23
Since I've seen watching:

2005 Australian Open
1995 French Open
2001 Wimbledon
1991 US Open
Did you perchance read the thread title????????????????
Did YOU perchance read the thread title????? Where are your choices? :p

Jokes apart, I like Mustard's AO 2005 pick, that was the second/third best AO for me along with 2009. And Wimbledon 2001 seems to have been a great tourney as well with all the 5-setters. But I wasn't even born when 1991 US Open and 1995 French Open happened. So yea.....:confused:
 
#24
No mentions of Wimbledon 2012?

At a time where the Big 4 dominance was at its peak, every single pundit/tennis fan are pencilling in the Big 4 in the semis. The #5-8 players are incredibly consistent to the point where it was also a safe bet to put most of them in the QF.

Day 1 saw Lord Gulbis dispatching the Berdman in 3 successive tiebreaks. Then BAM comes Rosol knocking Rafa under the roof (5th set level was one of the best I've ever seen). Immediately the day after Fed goes 2 sets down against Benneteau grinding out the win when he was 2 points away from defeat. Then for the 3rd day in a row the roof was used for a night sessions and Murray takes out Baghdatis at 11:02, latest finish ever at Wimbledon. By this time the Murray hype was soaring through the roof. Excellent semis with Fed rolling back the years taking out Novak and Murray being first Brit through to the final in 70+ years. The final was had so many history on the line for both sides, don't think any final at slams since had so much at stake except at 17 AO. Then there was the rain midway and roof used for a final first time ever, Fed eventually taking his 7th Wimbledon, and let's not forget he reclaimed #1 and surpassed Pete at weeks at #1 all time.
 
#26
I remember really loving USO 2005. I think it was really good on both the mens and womens sides, with the only real blight I can recall being Mary Pierce's antics in the semi final.

Roland Garros I would probably go with 2011? That's a tough one, especially as the eventual champion was kind of crap for about half the tournament, but I guess that frailty added to it a little.

Wimbledon I would have to go with 2007 off the top of my head.

Australia has got to be this years one, though I think it's probably the one with the most contenders for the crown.
Lol, what did she do?
 
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