If you had a friend that wanted to get into tennis for the first time...

RaulRamirez

Legend
Wimbledon '08 F still seems to have the most cache, though would someone new to the game hang in there that long? Or, just show highlights to whet their interest?
 
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Deleted member 780630

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Fed-Safin 2005 AO. Match on a neutral surface with a wide array of all-court skills and playing styles on display. Extremely high quality and dramatic as well. If there's one match to encapsulate as much as possible about tennis, it's this one.
 

Incognito

Legend
I’d show the person a video:

- Fed’s 2006 fh ( USO final)
- Rafa’s passing shots on the run
- delhotro destroying Rafa at USO 2009 and then making djoke cry at the RIO Olympics 2016
- a short clip showing sir andy murrays bulge while tracking down a drop shot from Rafa in that 2008 wimbledon match:giggle:
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
before anything else I’d show him a video of fed hitting against a wall and then I’d ask him ”isnt that just beautiful?”
Your friend:

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Third Serve

Talk Tennis Guru
call me boring but I’d just show him the Wimbledon 2008 final. Great tennis, great drama, nice mix of different playing styles. Just an all around perfect match for a first-time watcher.

And I bet it was that match that led many people to start watching/playing tennis.
 
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TheNachoMan

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call me boring but I’d just show him the Wimbledon 2008 final. Great tennis, great drama, nice mix of different playing styles. Just an all around perfect match for a first-time watcher.

And I bet it was that match that led many people to start watching/playing tennis.
It was the first slam final I ever watched so yes.
 

Swingmaster

Hall of Fame
Agassi beating Sampras after giving up his hair and meth. That's assuming your friend has had some troubles in his life.
 

SinneGOAT

Hall of Fame
My money goes for the 2017 Australian Open final or 2005 US Open final. I think Federer matches are the perfect matches to introduce people and get them excited to watch tennis. He’s very much an all court style I believe, which can bring entertainment, and plus he’s just a great ambassador for the sport.
 

Jason Swerve

Hall of Fame
None of these answers are going to show your friend the best tennis. You might see entertaining matches, but the best tennis he could possibly see might be boring to him. That's the tennis that involves one person playing around and hitting sloppily, still winning against a worse opponent, or the former scrubbing the opponent clean and not letting the opponent make anything of the match.

This is commonly why people underestimated the '97 Hingis style of tennis. She won her matches so easily that she made the game look dull to many. Her personality made up for it with fans, but the same fans looked at her scoreboard creeping ahead and wondered just how she was winning when nothing extraordinary seemed to be happening. The best tennis isn't close, gritty tennis. Because close, gritty tennis signifies neither player is able to fully best the other.
 

zuluzazu

Hall of Fame
It was the first slam final I ever watched so yes.
How could you still resist being a Nadal fan. My first GS final was RG 2008 and I was also 9. I was instantly attracted by the Nadal trademark FH and then Wimby 2008 and it sealed the deal for me. Even if Nadal lost the close 5th set in Wimby 2008 I would have remained a fan. BTW I could only watch the first 3 sets of the Wimby. It was late in India and being 9 I was not allowed to stay up late. BTW to answer the OP, the first match that instantly came to my mind was AO09 SF. Except the last point everything was abnormally good. Verdasco was redlining.
 

Keizer

Hall of Fame
5 setters - some less regarded options
Safin-Federer AO 2005.
Djokovic-Wawrinka AO 2013.
Wawrinka-Gasquet RG 2015 (every newbie loves one handers).

3 setters
Thiem-Djokovic WTF 2019
Nadal-Murray WTF 2010
Anything from Nalbandian in Madrid 2007
 

Start da Game

Hall of Fame
i wouldn’t expose them to atg tennis right away……i would show them the 2004 roland garros final which has all the elements that a tennis match can have……
 

Druss

Hall of Fame
Wimbledon SF 2000 - Agassi vs Rafter

One of the most memorable Wimbledon semifinals ever. This match had all the makings of a classic from the contrasting styles used by both players. On one side Agassi, typically a baseliner and was undoubtedly the best returner in the game, at the time, and on the other side Rafter, known for his aggressive style of play, continually attacking the net and ending points with his near-flawless volleying ability.
 
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Deleted member 762343

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Isner vs Mahut Wimbledon 2010. I don’t want my friends to try tennis.
 

Sephiroth

Hall of Fame
Is Wimb 08 really a perfect match for a first time watcher? What adds to it was Nadal's 2 previous final losses there and the buildup/hype of seeing whether he could do it the 3rd time around, there was a lot of build-up for that match. The grass/clay rivalry...new watcher wouldn't have a clue lol

you kinda had to feel the emotions and hype for it

But great to see a lot of Nadal matches being used as examples
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