Best match of 2005 so far ?

Best match of 2005 as prior to FO

  • Rome Final Nadal & Coria

    Votes: 1 100.0%
  • AO SF between Safin & Federer

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Another match, list below

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
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joe sch

Legend
Yesterdays Rome Final between Nadal & Coria was quite battle for the history books for many reasons including it being Nadals 3 strait title and 17th strait victory. It ofcourse got very little coverage in the US :( Im sure many feel it was the best match of 2005 and surely a choice between the AO SF between Safin & Federer. What do you all think ?
 

VictorS.

Professional
The drama was certainly up there but to me the safin-federer match is tops...because of the sheer magnitude of the upset (grand slam tourney) and I think talent-wise, they are the two best players in tennis (assuming Safin's on his game).
 

Fedubai

Semi-Pro
Federer-Safin, AO. For sure. I've watched it over and over and I never get tired of the amazing tennis and heart in this match.
 

grif

Rookie
Fedubai said:
Federer-Safin, AO. For sure. I've watched it over and over and I never get tired of the amazing tennis and heart in this match.
Yep, totally agree. Both players produced some quite astonishing shots and there were match points on both sides.
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
I'd also add the Federer-Nadal final at the Nasdaq 100 Open. One of the most amazing comebacks this year.
 

lacoster

Professional
It's still way to early to tell; There are three more Grand Slams left that should give plenty to talk about in the later rounds, but I have to agree with the AO semi betwn. Safin/Federer.
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Docalex007

Hall of Fame
I'm agreeing with most .....Safin/Fed match @ AO. I've watched it over and over again, especially the last set. The very ending was very unique also, with Federer falling as he scrambles to stay alive on that last point. Looks more like a Hollywood type movie match rather than real life match.
 

VictorS.

Professional
The thing about that match was (fed v. safin)....nobody was expecting Federer to lose. When I heard he had lost before the actual telecast, it almost had the same vibe as when Mike Tyson lost to Buster Douglas. That's how shocking it was. I think everyone thought Safin had the tools to beat Federer but for him to actually come thru like that was a real surprise.
 
i wish i had a tape of it, id probably watch it over and over again. not just best of the year for me so far but one of the best matches ive ever seen, period. an ultimate brain vs brawn match...though the brawn had some brains that day.
 
I would say Safin-Federer at this years AO (semis). I was lucky enough to actually be at the match!!! Its was the best live tennis i have ever experienced.
 

grif

Rookie
VictorS. said:
The thing about that match was (fed v. safin)....nobody was expecting Federer to lose. When I heard he had lost before the actual telecast, it almost had the same vibe as when Mike Tyson lost to Buster Douglas. That's how shocking it was. I think everyone thought Safin had the tools to beat Federer but for him to actually come thru like that was a real surprise.

Yes. The boxing analogy's a good one. It was such a physically and mentally punishing match, with both players going for their shots rather than waiting for mistakes. If Fed won, he would almost certainly have collected his 5th grand slam. So many times, Fed had to make desperate lunges, whether at the baseline or at the net. He was literally being stretched to his mental and physical limit. At one point, the camera moved in fairly close to him while he was walking (think it was back to his chair) and his face was visibly shaking.

The end could not have been better scripted for Safin. He nailed a peach of a backhand down the line which literally brought Federer to his knees - I have no idea how Fed even managed to reach it!
 

pound cat

G.O.A.T.
And Safin's win had ramifications beyond just this match. It was Safin's last gasp at this Slam which had made him a two-time loser at AO, and got him into the final v. The Great `Australian Hope Hewitt..who let down his country & no doubt himself by losing. It also lead to a marriage proposal and a pregnancy. Wow, what a match.
 

westside

Hall of Fame
Im a huge fan of Hewitt and Nadal. Their match at the 4th round of the AO was one of my favourite match
 

VamosRafa

Hall of Fame
The Tennis Channel is going to rebroadcast some of the best matches lately. here's their schedule:

Monday (May 16) - Telecom Italia Masters Roma (WTA) 8:00 PM EST. Finals followed by
Master Series Hamburg (ATP) Finals
Tuesday (May 17) - Telecom Italia Masters Roma (ATP) 8:00 PM EST. Finals: R. Nadal vs. G. Coria
Wednesday (May 18) - Telecom Italia Masters Roma (ATP) 8:00 PM EST. Finals: A. Roddick vs. F. Verdasco
Thursday (May 19) - Qatar Total German Open (WTA) 8:00 PM EST. Finals: J. Henin-Hardenne vs. N. Petrova
Friday (May 20) - Masters Series Hamburg (ATP) 8:00 PM EST. Finals. Followed by Telecom Italia Masters Roma (ATP) 8:00 PM EST. R. Gasquet vs. R. Federer


And BTW, the Nadal/Coria match may not have happened at all, if Rafa didn't stop watching his friend in his F1 race. From Bob Larson Tennis:

Nadal Almost Disqualified From Rome Final For Watching F1

At the beginning of the Rome final, Guillermo Coria was ready to go out on court, but was waiting for Rafa. He was pacing, and looking quite annoyed. No one seemed to know what was causing the delay.

Why Rafa was late in coming out of the locker room? He was watching a Formula 1 race featuring Spaniard Fernando Alonso. On Spanish TV, they showed Rafa watching the race. He wasn't able to finish watching it, and missed the last five laps. Apparently he was told that if he didn't go out on court right away, he was going to be disqualified.
 
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