Is this the greatest indoor tennis match of all time?

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No, but nice highlights.

I would definitely put Sampras - Becker in Stuttgart and Masters cup 1996 above. Also, Lendl vs Becker 1988 Masters final was one of the greatest and definitely beats this one, imo.
 

abmk

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Is this the greatest Indoor Tennis Match of all Time?! Seeing this video it leaves little to no doubt that it just has to be the best ever contested..
nope.

there've been considerably better matches : ex : Sampras-Becker YEC 96, Becker-Lendl YEC 88 final

The highlights of this match look awesome - some insane ballstriking and shotmaking, but federer made tons of errors, esp. from start of 3rd set to 0-4 down in the 5th set.
He lost 16 of the 19 games in that stretch. His ankle injury started acting up at the end of the 2nd set.

He found a 2nd wind at 0-4 in the final set, along with Nalby's level dipping and hence match got close in the 5th set.
 

NatF

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Not even close. This match looks amazing in the highlights but there were a lot of errors - especially from Federer in sets 3&4.

There were two better matches in 1996 alone with the YEC final in Hanover and the Stuttgart final as well - also featuring Becker and Sampras.
 
Not even close. This match looks amazing in the highlights but there were a lot of errors - especially from Federer in sets 3&4.

There were two better matches in 1996 alone with the YEC final in Hanover and the Stuttgart final as well - also featuring Becker and Sampras.
Good points all of them. Hard to downplay the errors. But the timing and rhythm is beautiful though. It has that Fed vs Safin AO 2005 vibe to it
 
A match in which one player is hampered by an injury is unlikely to be the greatest ever, even if it's long and ultimately close.
I get what you're saying but Fed is only looking slow in the corners at times and his lateral movement was tested out heavily by Nalby's dropshots. That being said, it's scary how fast Fed was during his prime. He's moving faster in this video than he's now by some margin
 

Mainad

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No, but nice highlights.

I would definitely put Sampras - Becker in Stuttgart and Masters cup 1996 above. Also, Lendl vs Becker 1988 Masters final was one of the greatest and definitely beats this one, imo.
It actually took place in Hannover.
 
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It actually took place in Hannover.
It was played in Stuttgart (a tournament with the Masters status back then), the Masters cup was played in Hannover. These are two different matches.
 
It always surprises me that a match played on a court with a true and not all that low bounce (compared to Wimbledon of the time) and featuring quite a few baseline rallies could nonetheless go 52 straight service games without a break of serve.
 

Mustard

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The obvious ones are the 3 Becker vs. Sampras matches in 1996, in Stuttgart and the World Championships in Hanover. Becker won an amazing 5-set final in Stuttgart Indoor against Sampras, beat Sampras again in two tiebreaks in the round robin of the World Championships but lost the final in 5 sets as Sampras got revenge in the biggest indoor match of all. That 1996 World Championships final felt as big as the final of a major. Then there's Becker vs. Lendl in the 1988 Masters final in New York, with that 40+ shot rally to end the match in the fifth set tiebreak, ending with a Becker net cord winner.

In the 21st century, I like Nadal's win over Ljubicic in the 2005 Madrid Indoor final, coming from 2 sets down to win in a fifth set tiebreak in front of the Spanish crowd. And for a time in late 2005, it could seriously have been Nadal's last tennis match ever.
 
Becker-Sampras in Hannover was magical.
I remember following the indoor season on Eurosport in the early to late 90's, and this match at the time was every bit as important as a Wimbledon final.
Becker had a brilliant 1996 (his comeback, where he won the Australian Open) and the Sampras-Becker rivalry was at its height, with both being the other's most feared opponent on the surface.
I watched the first two sets and then went to my swimming class and when I came back they were playing the fifth.
I remember being very nervous because I was a Sampras fan and Becker seemed unbeatable.
Other than Ivanisevic winning Wimbledon, I don't remember a tennis match that was so satisfying (and I've been watching tennis for over 25 years).
That backhand passing shot that gave Sampras the break... forever etched in my memory.
 
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