Most M1000 finals have been dull this year

What was/were your favorite M1000 final(s)? (max 3)

  • Monte Carlo (Fognini/Lajovic)

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  • Bercy (Djokovic/Shapopalov)

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  • Total voters
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Tennisfan339

Semi-Pro
The GS finals were great in general, especially Wimbledon and USO, but the M1000 finals were meh, for most of them.

- Miami, Isner was injured, Federer won in straight sets. No suspense.
- Monte Carlo, no offense to Lajovic and Fognini who are great players, but this match would have been more credible as a 250 final.
- Madrid, Tsitsipas was exhausted after his matches against Zverev and Nadal. He lost his first serve and never had a chance to stand up to Djokovic.
- Rome, same as Madrid. Djokovic was a zombie after his matches vs Schwartzman and Delpotro. Even if there were 3 sets, it was a poor quality match for a Nadal/Djokovic.
- Montreal, Medvedev commited UE after UE and completely self-destructed for his first M1000 final. Zero suspense.
- Shanghaï, Zverev played really bad. The first set was okay but the quality of the match in general was low. I expected so much more from this final.
- Bercy, there was practically no rallies and no suspense. Only unreturned serves and short points. Shapopalov was disappointing compared to his previous matches.

I enjoyed the Cincinnati final (Medvedev/Goffin) a little, even if the level of tennis wasn't that great. But the only exciting match was Federer/Thiem in Indian Wells. The suspense was there and the quality of tennis was great, specially in the third set. Not a fan of Thiem but he was incredible in this match and it was definitely his biggest title.

Maybe they should consider going back to the former plan (until 2007.... best of 5 sets in M1000 finals)

What do you think? What was/were your favorite final(s)?
 

lud

Hall of Fame
IW was only interesting final in whole year. Kudos to Djokovic to win set vs Nadal in Rome.
 

Third Serve

G.O.A.T.
Indian Wells by a country mile and a half. Then Rome but only because it went three sets and not because it was actually a good match.
 

EllieK

Hall of Fame
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topher

Professional
IW obviously, the first master's of the year, who knew it was all downhill from there?

I'd love for them to bring back best of 5 in masters 1000 finals. As it is, you have players like Zverev who have won masters and still majorly struggle with the best of 5 format. Maybe if he'd been forced to play best of 5 to win his M1000's, he would've been forced to adapt and it would've benefited him in the long run.

You have other players like Daniil who said he doesn't like best of 5. This is because he knows he can avoid playing it for all but 4 events a year. Making M1000 finals best of 5 will make young players understand that best of 5 is the standard for big titles and they need to adapt to it.
 

The Guru

Hall of Fame
Yeah it's too bad the top players were so inconsistent at masters this year. The most interesting matches typically came earlier in masters if at all. Federer vs Thiem was awesome. I really enjoyed MC and Madrid finals actually but other than that they were pretty lame. Would've loved to see Thiem in more finals especially but the clashes of the top 6 players generally would've been a lot more interesting. Some combination of finals between Djokovic/Nadal/Federer/Medvedev/Thiem/Tsits would be interesting and most likely pretty competitive.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Indian Wells and Rome were both good finals. People forget that when Novak won the second set in Rome, it seemed like he might actually claw his way back in the match despite being tired. There was some suspense at the very beginning of the third set until Rafa steamrolled.
 

wang07

Semi-Pro
Wow, i didn't even remember like more than half of those matches, poor year this has been in terms of M1000s.
IW the only final that was particularly exciting, i would say. The rest not too much..
 
Indian Wells and Rome were both good finals. People forget that when Novak won the second set in Rome, it seemed like he might actually claw his way back in the match despite being tired. There was some suspense at the very beginning of the third set until Rafa steamrolled.
Federer choked the IW final though (for the 2nd year running, 3rd time in 6 years)
 
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