Most focused performances you've seen?

beltsman

Legend
What are the most focused performances you've seen? This jumped to my mind while watching the full Roddick-Federer 2009 Wimbledon match. Roddick was intensely focused in a great way. What else?

I think Federer in USO 08 springs to mind.

And of course Nadal in nearly every RG match. I also recall Janowicz had some beastly matches where his face was in the zone the entire time.
 

ForehandCross

Hall of Fame
Wawrinka in his slam mode matches.
Rafael in RG finals has been pretty focused.

Djokovic usually has a drop in focus but he was zoned in almost all the important matches in 2011

Federer 2006 Rome and 2011 RG.

He was out there to prove a point. Due to the length of the matches it must have been up and down for in patches but still he really really wanted to beat them.
 

QuadCam

Professional
Serena against Sharapova. If she brought that calm and focus to all her GS finals she would be on about 30 slams by now.
A standout match would be the 6-0, 6-1 surgical dismantling in the Olympics 2012 final.

Hilarious that she broke out the "C Walk" at the end of that highlight. I'm sure that's a first for the lawns at the All England Club
 

MeatTornado

G.O.A.T.
Sampras in the 01 QF comes to mind since I recently re-watched that match.

He was having his first bad season and coming in to that match as the underdog against Andre, but he turned back the clock for a night and won the mental battle against Agassi with all those tiebreaks. He looked like a man determined to save his season, he wasn't going to buckle under the lights in prime time.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Sampras in the 01 QF comes to mind since I recently re-watched that match.
I agree, one of the greatest-ever matches of the Open era. Probably the greatest four-set match in the past 50 years.

I think Nadal has the most "focused" performances of anyone, with Djokovic a strong second. Since both are baseliners who routinely play 20 stroke rallies, they have to be laser-focused, more so than a serve and volley player like Pete who can just effortlessly lay down 130 MPH bombs. 2011 Miami with Djokovic over Nadal 7-6 in the third is an example of great focus from both guys. The conditions were deplorable, very hot and humid, but Novak prevailed. 2009 Madrid with Nadal 7-6 in the third is another classic match of pure focus and will.
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
I loved that 1999 US Open Final because Agassi was like a perfect soldier all the way through, always looked supremely confident and never worried despite Todd Martin bossing him around plenty.
64 67(5) 67(2) 63 62
Agassi faced 8 break points and saved them all.
 

gjm127

Rookie
If we're taking unique sets into account...

Fed vs. Haas AO 2006, 5th set - Fed wasn't missing anything... Lazer focused for the W.
 

Terenigma

G.O.A.T.
Djokovic when he crushes Nadal at Australian open 2019. Rafa got outplayed on almost every point and quite frankly the score reflects that Nadal was playing well too, that's how one sided it was.
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
Rafa's physio didn't let him practice defense in January, and that's why he was ending points so quickly in the first 6 matches, but as soon as he played a consistent baseliner like Djokovic it was impossible-
"....because of the things that happened to me in terms of surgery, then what happened in Abu Dhabi, I was not able to work that much the defensive game. I worked a lot on the offensive game, but not that much on the defensive game.
To play against a player like him, playing the way he played tonight, I needed that defensive game to finally have the chance to be offensive, no?"
https://ausopen.com/articles/interviews/rafael-nadal-f-interview
 

Terenigma

G.O.A.T.
Rafa's physio didn't let him practice defense in January, and that's why he was ending points so quickly in the first 6 matches, but as soon as he played a consistent baseliner like Djokovic it was impossible-
"....because of the things that happened to me in terms of surgery, then what happened in Abu Dhabi, I was not able to work that much the defensive game. I worked a lot on the offensive game, but not that much on the defensive game.
To play against a player like him, playing the way he played tonight, I needed that defensive game to finally have the chance to be offensive, no?"
https://ausopen.com/articles/interviews/rafael-nadal-f-interview
Lmfao. Hilarious read. He mentions injuries and how he was not fully healthy like 10 times. Give me a break, you made the final of a slam and got destroyed in the final. Stuff like this is why I can't stand Nadal and then he will pretend he's Injured long enough to make a return on clay because of its magical healing properties. He's a joke and I'm saving this article for when I need cheering up.
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
Sampras in the 01 QF comes to mind since I recently re-watched that match.

He was having his first bad season and coming in to that match as the underdog against Andre, but he turned back the clock for a night and won the mental battle against Agassi with all those tiebreaks. He looked like a man determined to save his season, he wasn't going to buckle under the lights in prime time.
And then Hewitt exposed Sampras false dawn
 
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