Greatest Back-To-Back Pair of 5-Set Men's Singles Grand Slam Finals In The Open Era?

What Is The Greatest Back-To-Back Pair of 5 Set Men's Singles Grand Slam Finals In The Open Era?

  • 1972 Wimbledon & U.S. Open

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 1980 Wimbledon & U.S. Open

    Votes: 16 53.3%
  • 2009 Wimbledon & U.S. Open

    Votes: 3 10.0%
  • 2019 Wimbledon & U.S. Open

    Votes: 11 36.7%

  • Total voters
    30

Lozo1016

Semi-Pro
It has (shockingly) only happened 4 times in the Open Era, so I'm wondering which is the greatest pair.

1972
Wimbledon - Smith def. Nastase 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
U.S. Open - Nastase def. Ashe 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-4, 6-3

1980
Wimbledon - Borg def. McEnroe 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (16), 8-6
U.S. Open - McEnroe def. Borg 7-6 (4), 6-1, 6-7 (5), 5-7, 6-4

2009
WImbledon - Federer def. Roddick 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14
U.S. Open - del Potro def. Federer 3-6, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2

2019
Wimbledon - Djokovic def. Federer 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3)
U.S. Open - Nadal def. Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4
 
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Arafel

Professional
The McEnroe-Borg matches were like nothing else. The fact it was the same players in both elevates them over the other three. More drama too. McEnroe trying to win his first Wimbledon and Borg going for five straight, then Borg trying to win his first US Open and get 3/4 to the CYGS. Also when the fifth started, Borg was the favorite as he'd never lost a fifth set in a final and had a reputation as a great fifth setter
 
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NoleFam

G.O.A.T.
Although 1972 and 1980 were before my time, the 1980 Wimbledon match is one of legend. So probably between 1980 and 2019, with 1980 taking it slightly.
 

Lozo1016

Semi-Pro
Yeah, 1980 was the famous 4th set 18-16 tiebreak at Wimbledon. I'd say the 1980 U.S. Open was Borg's best shot at ever winning in New York, came up just short.
 
2019 were both very low quality as epic grand slam finals go. Two of the worst quality of such epics I've ever seen and I've been watching tennis for well over 30 years.
 

Tshooter

Legend

ibbi

Hall of Fame
Not seen the pair from 72 so can't comment on them, but I'd comfortably take the 1980 duo over either of the others. I don't think the level in the 09 or 19 Wimbledon final was that high, both matches were just elevated by their epic final sets.
 

ibbi

Hall of Fame
Damn, they're both on YouTube (minus one set. god bless da tube) and check out the quality on that US Open final, you can see the ball and everything! The days when 5 set matches could be done in two and a half hours! :laughing:


 

Xavier G

Professional
Things have moved on tennis-wise, but the 1980 pair of matches is still the best imo, with the McEnroe-Borg rivalry and the battle for no.1, with Mac trying to win his 1st Wimbledon against the defending champ Borg and Borg then trying to win his 1st US Open against the defending champ McEnroe.
 

Lozo1016

Semi-Pro
Damn, they're both on YouTube (minus one set. god bless da tube) and check out the quality on that US Open final, you can see the ball and everything! The days when 5 set matches could be done in two and a half hours! :laughing:


I'm going to have to watch these some day. See if Nastase was behaving himself in these matches.
 
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