List your best matches of 2020

UnforcedTerror

Semi-Pro
Off the top of my head

Thiem vs Nadal - ATP Finals

Thiem vs Nadal - Australian Open

Djokovic vs Medvedev - ATP Cup

Djokovic vs Tsitsipas - Roland Garros

Schwartzman - Shapovalov - Rome

Raonic vs Krajinovic - Cincinnati

I'll make a poll for the best match of the season after I see your nominations.


 

James P

Legend
Couple of really good dirt ball matches early at Rio for your consideration:

Thiago Seyboth Wild over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 5-7, 7-6, 7-5
Carlos Alcaraz over Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6, 4-6, 7-6

both 1st round matchups and really interesting matches.
 

lim

Semi-Pro
ned v timmy ao
timmy straight setting medwed uso
ned choking to medwed atpfinals
medwed straight setting joekovid atpfinals
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
Its the USO final, and by a good margin. That was a historic moment for tennis history, and even though the match itself was painfully low-quality, the drama, the tension, and the wild momentum swings as each player struggled against their own psychological demons made it a thriller.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Nadal vs Djokovic at RG. The match with the highest stakes in all Open Era.
Nobody on the planet would ever think that was a great match in quality, suspense or anything else aside from Rafa getting 20. It was a complete trouncing with zero drama. The only mildly interesting thing was when Djokovic broke in the third set, only to go away tamely a few minutes later. One of the biggest duds in slam finals, right up there with Agassi-Schuetler or the 2008 FO final. The only worse final in memory has to be the USO this year - a choking monstrosity of a match.
 

aldeayeah

Legend
I know it was an exho, and it technically happened in 2019, but the Nadal - Tsitsipas Abu Dhabi final was pretty sick

 

aldeayeah

Legend
Nobody on the planet would ever think that was a great match in quality, suspense or anything else aside from Rafa getting 20. It was a complete trouncing with zero drama. The only mildly interesting thing was when Djokovic broke in the third set, only to go away tamely a few minutes later. One of the biggest duds in slam finals, right up there with Agassi-Schuetler or the 2008 FO final. The only worse final in memory has to be the USO this year - a choking monstrosity of a match.
Eh dunno, there's some attractive to a master putting on a clinic like that

"At least one player was playing very well", and all that
 

ForehandCross

Hall of Fame
Nadal -Tim WTF
Medvedev -Djokovic ATP cup
Nadal-Tim AO
Tim-Zverev AO(Liked this Match a lot for some Reason)
Swartchman -Nadal(Simply because Diego was god-like)
 

ibbi

Legend
I normally make a top 10 every year, but this year... Most of the great ones that I've seen I liked more for the drama than the tennis, and choosing those makes me feel... Impure.

Djokovic-Medvedev; ATP Cup
Fognini-Opelka; Australian Open
Kyrgios-Khachanov; Australian Open
Thiem-Nadal; Australian Open
Coric-Tsitsipas; US Open
Sonego-Fritz; Roland Garros
Thiem-Nadal; ATP Finals
Medvedev-Nadal; ATP Finals
Thiem-Djokovic; ATP Finals

The final spot would go to one of the Hugo Gaston duology from Roland Garros, or the Ugo Humbert trilogy from Paris Bercy. I'm thinking maybe Humbert-Tsitsipas if I had to single one out.
 
I normally make a top 10 every year, but this year... Most of the great ones that I've seen I liked more for the drama than the tennis, and choosing those makes me feel... Impure.

Djokovic-Medvedev; ATP Cup
Fognini-Opelka; Australian Open
Kyrgios-Khachanov; Australian Open
Thiem-Nadal; Australian Open
Coric-Tsitsipas; US Open
Sonego-Fritz; Roland Garros
Thiem-Nadal; ATP Finals
Medvedev-Nadal; ATP Finals
Thiem-Djokovic; ATP Finals

The final spot would go to one of the Hugo Gaston duology from Roland Garros, or the Ugo Humbert trilogy from Paris Bercy. I'm thinking maybe Humbert-Tsitsipas if I had to single one out.
Guess you missed Raonic-Krajinovic in 'Cincy', gotta watch the highlights at lleast. A pretty top quality match without overwhelming choking other than Kraj unable to close out the second set.
 

ibbi

Legend
Guess you missed Raonic-Krajinovic in 'Cincy', gotta watch the highlights at lleast. A pretty top quality match without overwhelming choking other than Kraj unable to close out the second set.
Thank you! Will look into it. Liked a few matches from 'Cincy' but I try not to watch Raonic matches if I can help it :-D
 

Amritia

Hall of Fame
No epics this year, as the matches of quality tended not to go the distance.
Truncated year where no match stood out.

If Thiem-Nadal WTF and AO were high quality, but neither matched USO 2018 QF.
USO final went to 5 but was low quality. AO final went to 5 but was a bit weird as well, Djokovic was a bit below par while Thiem played well in patches before collapsing.

I'm going to have to go with Thiem vs Schwartzmann at Roland Garros.
 
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