Highest level of tennis

Third Serve

Hall of Fame
Don't know about all-time, but here are some of Federer's imo:

Hamburg 2002 final, Wimby 2003 semis, Masters Cup 2003 final, USO 2004 final, AO 2005 R2, USO 2005 final, nearly every match from Masters Cup 2006, AO 2007 semis, last two sets of Hamburg 2007 final, Masters Cup 2007 semis + final, RG 2009 final, RG 2011 semis, Cincinnati 2012 final, Shanghai 2014 semis, Wimbledon 2015 semis, Cincinnati 2015 semis + final, AO 2017 3R, Indian Wells 2017 4R. Long list, but those are his peakiest performances imo.
 
Last edited:

lud

Hall of Fame
HC:
BO3 - Doha 2016 FINAL: Djokovic vs Nadal
BO5 - AO 2019 FINAL: Djokovic vs Nadal

CLAY:
BO3 - Monte Carlo 2010 FINAL: Nadal vs Verdasco
BO5 - RG 2008 FINAL: Nadal vs Federer

GRASS:
BO3 - Halle 2004 FINAL: Federer vs Fish
BO5 - Wimbledon 1999 FINAL: Sampras vs Agassi
 

Breakpointerer

Hall of Fame
Don't know about all-time, but here are some of Federer's imo:

Hamburg 2002 final, Wimby 2003 semis, Masters Cup 2003 final, USO 2004 final, AO 2005 R2, USO 2005 final, nearly every match from Masters Cup 2006, AO 2007 semis, last two sets of Hamburg 2007 final, Masters Cup 2007 final, RG 2009 final, RG 2011 semis, Cincinnati 2012 final, Shanghai 2014 semis, Wimbledon 2015 semis, Cincinnati 2015 semis + final, AO 2017 3R, Indian Wells 2017 4R. Long list, but those are his peakiest performances imo.
Good list (y)
 

Yugram

Hall of Fame
Don't know about all-time, but here are some of Federer's imo:

Hamburg 2002 final, Wimby 2003 semis, Masters Cup 2003 final, USO 2004 final, AO 2005 R2, USO 2005 final, nearly every match from Masters Cup 2006, AO 2007 semis, last two sets of Hamburg 2007 final, Masters Cup 2007 final, RG 2009 final, RG 2011 semis, Cincinnati 2012 final, Shanghai 2014 semis, Wimbledon 2015 semis, Cincinnati 2015 semis + final, AO 2017 3R, Indian Wells 2017 4R. Long list, but those are his peakiest performances imo.
 

Sport

G.O.A.T.
why is FEDERER was so good at wimbledon 2008 . But so BAD at RG ???
by Skypadq
To be fair with an excellent clay courter like Federer, ANY player in the history of tennis would have looked bad against Nadal in the RG 2008 final.

By Sport
 

TennisFan3

Legend
1996 Wimb QF: Krajicek against Sampras -- BEAST tennis. Highest level and the biggest upset in Open era tennis (along with Nadal-Soderling 2009)

Nadal RG 2008 Final vs Federer.
 

ibbi

Legend
For me it would have to be someone playing in a match where an opponent is also playing incredibly well. Of course you have to ask where do you draw the line when someone dominates someone else, is the beat down primarily because of how good they are, or how bad their opponent is? In a match that is super competitive you conversely ask are they both playing super well, or is it close because neither is playing as well as they might? I tend to tip the way of the latter.

By any margin taking that Djokovic-Nadal match when it comes right at the absolute nadir of Nadal's entire career a couple of weeks before he loses to Verdasco in the first round in Australia seems something of a stretch to me. Now Novak in their Wimbledon 18 match might well be right up there. I think Sampras in that god tier match with Becker at the 96 Masters is another that comes to mind. Throw Borg in the 1980 Wimbledon final in there also.
 
For me it would have to be someone playing in a match where an opponent is also playing incredibly well. Of course you have to ask where do you draw the line when someone dominates someone else, is the beat down primarily because of how good they are, or how bad their opponent is? In a match that is super competitive you conversely ask are they both playing super well, or is it close because neither is playing as well as they might? I tend to tip the way of the latter.

By any margin taking that Djokovic-Nadal match when it comes right at the absolute nadir of Nadal's entire career a couple of weeks before he loses to Verdasco in the first round in Australia seems something of a stretch to me. Now Novak in their Wimbledon 18 match might well be right up there. I think Sampras in that god tier match with Becker at the 96 Masters is another that comes to mind. Throw Borg in the 1980 Wimbledon final in there also.
Talking of PETE, his win over Agassi in the classic four tiebreak match at the 2001 USO has to be up there in this category.
 

Tarkovsky

Rookie
Who is the player that played the highest level of tennis and in what match? Djokovic vs Nadal Doha 2016? What do you think?
Djokovic in early 2016 reached highest ELO in history and raised it even more. At the time everyone was saying he has no weaknesses.

Djokovic vs Nadal Doha 2016 and Djokovic vs Federer AO 2016 are good examples of this frightening level.
 

McGradey

Rookie
Djokovic 2011 AO latter stages. He painted the lines with every shot and hit unbelievable shots from the doubles alley whilst sliding. I remember thinking it looked impossible to beat him.
 

JaoSousa

Semi-Pro
Ned-
2008 RG Final



Everything else


Fed:
2004 U.S. Open final
2011 WTF vs Ned
2015 Wimby Semis
Maybe 2009 AO QF against Delpo, but Delpo wasn't playing too well either imo
Djed-
2016 Doha Final
2016 AO SF first 2 sets
2019 AO Final
 

Lew II

Legend
Djokovic in early 2016 reached highest ELO in history and raised it even more. At the time everyone was saying he has no weaknesses.

Djokovic vs Nadal Doha 2016 and Djokovic vs Federer AO 2016 are good examples of this frightening level.
Good point (y)
 

uscwang

Hall of Fame
In my view, Nadal in the RG 2008 final is the highest level ever, as no player has produced a higher level than Nadal at RG. He was unbeatable.

Who would have thought back in 2008 that it would take the pirate 12 years to catch Federer in GS titles?
 
Top