While determining the player of the decade may be hard, the best matches of the decade are a more valid thing to rank. What do you think? My picks: 9. Federer d. Murray, Wimbledon F 2012 - This match was a thrilling four sets but the main drama was the stakes involved. Murray with the weight of a 75 year British slam drought on his shoulders, vs. Federer, who hadn't won a slam in 2 years and who many thought he was on his way to retirement. 8. Djokovic d. Wawrinka, AO 4R 2013- The fist match where the Stanimal truly appeared. 5 long sets of brutal hitting from both players. Stan would ultimately lose this match, but it gave him the belief to become a top 10 player and led to him realizing his ability to play grand slam-winning tennis. 7. Rosol d. Nadal, Wimbledon 2R 2012- the first and to this day most dramatic early-round upset of one of the big 4. At that time they had an impenetrable stranglehold on the game. Rosol played a truly world class match from start to finish. 6. Wawrinka d. Djokovic, RG F 2015- This ranks above Stan's AO win because it was just so shocking. Earlier in the tournament Djokovic had done the impossible- defeated Nadal at Roland Garros. His long awaited French Open title was nearly his, but Stan had other plans. Any talk of Stan being a one-hit wonder disappeared after this match. After this win, we truly knew we had a hall-of-famer in Wawrinka. 5. Nadal d. Djokovic, RG SF 2013- Nadal's greatest contest at RG of all time, a nearly 5 hour battle with his greatest rival where his will to win pushed him through to the end. This match I believe truly cemented him as the clay GOAT. 4. Federer d. Nadal, AO F 2017- The two greatest players of all time were all but retired at the end of 2016. No one expected this final, and nobody expected the year it would lead to. To see these two legends basically come back from the dead to duke it out in a five set final was mesmerizing. It was also a pivotal chapter in the Federer-Nadal rivalry, with Federer beating Nadal at a grand slam for the first time in many years. 3. Federer d. Djokovic, RG SF 2011- Djokovic was on a run never previously seen before in tennis. On a run of 40+ wins, many thought he was bound to win the calendar year slam. It was only fitting that Federer, the greatest of all time, would put an end to his run, complete with his famous finger-wag at the end. 2. Djokovic d. Federer, USO SF 2011- The biggest nightmare of Federer's life. He cruised through the match, winning the first two sets, and ended up with two match points on his serve. The first match point, Djokovic closes his eyes and swings for a blistering return winner. The second one, Federer infamously dumped a forehand into the net. From then on it was all Djokovic, who ended up making one of the most high-profile comebacks from 0-2 down the sport has ever seen. This was the match that showed me Djokovic was truly destined for greatness and that his run that year was no fluke. 1. Djokovic d. Nadal, AO F 2012- The longest and most physical match of all time, it came at a time when Djokovic had beaten Nadal seven times in a row. Nadal simply could not find a way to beat this man that he had once dominated. It was pure will and determination that allowed Nadal to push this to five sets. He was infamously up a break when he missed an easy backhand winner that would have given him 4-2, 40-0 on his serve. However instead it was 30-15 which gave Djokovic the open to break him, and go on to take the match, celebrating the win by primally ripping off his shirt and yelling along with the ecstatic crowd. Clocking in at nearly 6 hours, the two gladiators needed chairs to get through the trophy presentation.