Overlooked matches featuring the Big 3

Blahovic

Semi-Pro
Was watching some highlights and decided to post a few fun matches with the Big 3 which get a bit overlooked in light of all the headline-grabbing 5 setters and finals.

Starting off with Nadal Vs Berdych AO 2012 -- ridiculous level of tennis. Nadal reaching his max level on hard court, annihilating the ball and defending like a maniac, to overcome a peaking Berdych. AO 2012 is perhaps the highest level slam I've seen in the modern era.

 

Rudiiii

Rookie
Was watching some highlights and decided to post a few fun matches with the Big 3 which get a bit overlooked in light of all the headline-grabbing 5 setters and finals.

Starting off with Nadal Vs Berdych AO 2012 -- ridiculous level of tennis. Nadal reaching his max level on hard court, annihilating the ball and defending like a maniac, to overcome a peaking Berdych. AO 2012 is perhaps the highest level slam I've seen in the modern era.

Generally players bring their best tennis during AO and RG, as those are first two slams of the year, everyone is fresh and ready to play their best tennis at those tournaments
 

Start da Game

Hall of Fame
Was watching some highlights and decided to post a few fun matches with the Big 3 which get a bit overlooked in light of all the headline-grabbing 5 setters and finals.

Starting off with Nadal Vs Berdych AO 2012 -- ridiculous level of tennis. Nadal reaching his max level on hard court, annihilating the ball and defending like a maniac, to overcome a peaking Berdych. AO 2012 is perhaps the highest level slam I've seen in the modern era.

i would trade 3 roland garros titles for that aus open title.......i don't care about the slam count........2012 aus open is the most painful defeat in rafa's career........a grandslam final, djoko's pet slam and djoko in his prime.......what an incredible victory it would have been had he just hit that easy backhand inside the court in that final set, djoko had given up physically.......
 
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Deleted member 771911

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Some of the Federer Tsonga tussles were good.
 

Blahovic

Semi-Pro
Another fun one with Rafa at the AO. Rafa-Thiem AO 2020 QF, the best match of the tournament imo.

Rough draw for Rafa, his general level was high at this tournament. Amazing highlight reel from both him and Thiem, the power and angles being displayed sometimes were just insane. Absolutely crushing the ball. Rafa just didn't take his chances. Rafa-Thiem is always a fun matchup, they played a great overlooked match that year at the WTFs as well.

 

NAS

Hall of Fame
Another fun one with Rafa at the AO. Rafa-Thiem AO 2020 QF, the best match of the tournament imo.

Rough draw for Rafa, his general level was high at this tournament. Amazing highlight reel from both him and Thiem, the power and angles being displayed sometimes were just insane. Absolutely crushing the ball. Rafa just didn't take his chances. Rafa-Thiem is always a fun matchup, they played a great overlooked match that year at the WTFs as well.

Thanks, just saw the whole video again, this awesome match alongside his semi with Zverev
 

Jonesy

Hall of Fame
Another fun one with Rafa at the AO. Rafa-Thiem AO 2020 QF, the best match of the tournament imo.

Rough draw for Rafa, his general level was high at this tournament. Amazing highlight reel from both him and Thiem, the power and angles being displayed sometimes were just insane. Absolutely crushing the ball. Rafa just didn't take his chances. Rafa-Thiem is always a fun matchup, they played a great overlooked match that year at the WTFs as well.

Good match, Rafans were crying that Thiem made a deal with the devil to get so many net cords.
 

Blahovic

Semi-Pro
Murray Vs Djokovic, Shanghai F 2012.

The match points get all the attention in this match, but it's not often appreciated how high the level was. Murray and Djokovic would often nullify each other too effectively for their matches to be enjoyable to watch (on TV at least), but this was a rare example of them playing a really fun match. At the time, it felt decisive for Djokovic in protecting his #1 position after Murray's Olympics and US Open victories.

 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Murray Vs Djokovic, Shanghai F 2012.

The match points get all the attention in this match, but it's not often appreciated how high the level was. Murray and Djokovic would often nullify each other too effectively for their matches to be enjoyable to watch (on TV at least), but this was a rare example of them playing a really fun match. At the time, it felt decisive for Djokovic in protecting his #1 position after Murray's Olympics and US Open victories.

 

Blahovic

Semi-Pro
Thiem Vs Federer 2019 Indian Wells F.

I'm always amazed at how well Federer played in 2019, with the exception of the AO.

Thiem-Federer is an interesting matchup. Attack with overwhelming power Vs attack with finesse -- but both players still great defenders (even Old Federer was still good at defending, with his efficient style allowing him to save his energy to defend when he had to).

Quality of ball-striking in this one is great and I feel like no one even remembers that it happened.

 
Don't know if it's overlooked but Federer vs Djokovic 2010 Canada was a fun match. Their Basel matches were nice too.
Also Nadal vs Thiem at the WTF and Djokovic vs Med at the ATP Cup for recent matches
Edit: how did I forget Djokovic Karatsev in Belgrade
 
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Blahovic

Semi-Pro
Karatsev-Djokovic in Belgrade this year was not only the best clay match of the season (yes including the Djokovic-Nadal match) but likely the best Bo3 match period.

Amazing match in the last 2 sets. Djokovic elevated his game after the first set and Karatsev still managed to win. Hit a great serve or winner on so many break points in the 3rd set.
 

Blahovic

Semi-Pro
Djokovic Vs Federer, SF Toronto 2010.

I watched this live late at night on a tennis tour in France with friends from my club, and it randomly became an incredibly fun match mid-2nd set. Both guys trying to take the ball early and obliterate it. The rally at 5-5 40-40 in the 3rd is still one of my favourites ever.

 

yokied

Hall of Fame
Karatsev-Djokovic in Belgrade this year was not only the best clay match of the season (yes including the Djokovic-Nadal match) but likely the best Bo3 match period.

Sadly, that may end up being Aslan’s tag line: We’ll always have Belgrade.

I’d recommend watching the full match at 1x speed because there was a tonne of drama, with actual fireworks going off accidentally outside the stadium, early to midway through the 1st. With Djokovic’ brother or some such as tournament director, that really set Novak off and injected some WTF into proceedings that soon infected the tennis. It had real Roman gladiatorial vibes about it, especially in the 2nd and 3rd when it became pretty clear that Aslan simply would not **** off in front of the Royal Djokovic audience.

Not only would he just not **** off, but the way he blasted holes in the Belgrade Actor with a hail of drive volleys is something I’ll be showing to my kids, that’s for damn sure.

Equally tragically, he couldn’t finish the job and lost to Berry in the final.
 

Kralingen

Legend
Sadly, that may end up being Aslan’s tag line: We’ll always have Belgrade.

I’d recommend watching the full match at 1x speed because there was a tonne of drama, with actual fireworks going off accidentally outside the stadium, early to midway through the 1st. With Djokovic’ brother or some such as tournament director, that really set Novak off and injected some WTF into proceedings that soon infected the tennis. It had real Roman gladiatorial vibes about it, especially in the 2nd and 3rd when it became pretty clear that Aslan simply would not **** off in front of the Royal Djokovic audience.

Not only would he just not **** off, but the way he blasted holes in the Belgrade Actor with a hail of drive volleys is something I’ll be showing to my kids, that’s for damn sure.

Equally tragically, he couldn’t finish the job and lost to Berry in the final.
He saved 23 break points. I was almost certain that was a record for Bo3 (probably isn’t but still). And he really saved them, Novak wasn’t even choking that match - just unabashed aggressive shotmaking time and time again.

Djokovic also was quite good. That sequence at the end of the second set was genuinely jaw-dropping to watch live, I couldn’t believe was I was seeing.

I also think that was the match that won Novak the French Open. It was a turning point in his clay season for certain. I can never prove this hypothesis but experiencing a truly high level from the baseline like that set the standard of play vs. Nadal (along with the Rome match) and ended up playing him into form with the groundstrokes and tenacity required to win Roland Garros. A shame that Karatsev fell apart afterwards.
 

yokied

Hall of Fame
He saved 23 break points. I was almost certain that was a record for Bo3 (probably isn’t but still). And he really saved them, Novak wasn’t even choking that match - just unabashed aggressive shotmaking time and time again.

Djokovic also was quite good. That sequence at the end of the second set was genuinely jaw-dropping to watch live, I couldn’t believe was I was seeing.

I also think that was the match that won Novak the French Open. It was a turning point in his clay season for certain. I can never prove this hypothesis but experiencing a truly high level from the baseline like that set the standard of play vs. Nadal (along with the Rome match) and ended up playing him into form with the groundstrokes and tenacity required to win Roland Garros. A shame that Karatsev fell apart afterwards.
Agreed. However unlikely it was for Karats to live up to his promise at RG, Novak had to be factoring late-round Aslan into his RG planning after that performance. It sure would’ve helped keep the paranoia high through the lead-up to the last couple of rounds in RG. Speaking of hypotheticals that you can’t change my mind on, I honestly think Karats would’ve beaten uninjured Nadal that day too.
 

DIMI_D

Semi-Pro
Was watching some highlights and decided to post a few fun matches with the Big 3 which get a bit overlooked in light of all the headline-grabbing 5 setters and finals.

Starting off with Nadal Vs Berdych AO 2012 -- ridiculous level of tennis. Nadal reaching his max level on hard court, annihilating the ball and defending like a maniac, to overcome a peaking Berdych. AO 2012 is perhaps the highest level slam I've seen in the modern era.

I saw this match live on RLA such a cool match
 

Kralingen

Legend
There's a Djokovic-Coria French Open 2005 highlights tape.

I didn't realize that 17/18 yr old Djokovic took the 1st set 6-4 against prime Coria on clay. that's pretty impressive in all honesty.

this is OK but unfortunately shows the first 3 games of the set then skips to the end, lol. Also hilarious how much the commentators are sh-tting on him for taking time between points.
 

Third Serve

G.O.A.T.
Thiem deserved to win it more than Tsitsipas.
yeah, shame he didn't. Would have been a nice win.

Still, the tournament had lots of fun matches overall. Thiem vs. Djokovic, Tsitsipas vs. Nadal, Nadal vs. Medvedev (horrible choke but it was at least dramatic), Thiem vs. Tsitsipas... plus we got to see a rare JesusFed performance in the RR against Djokovic. That may well have been the very last vintage match he's ever played.
 

Blahovic

Semi-Pro
There's a Djokovic-Coria French Open 2005 highlights tape.

I didn't realize that 17/18 yr old Djokovic took the 1st set 6-4 against prime Coria on clay. that's pretty impressive in all honesty.

this is OK but unfortunately shows the first 3 games of the set then skips to the end, lol. Also hilarious how much the commentators are sh-tting on him for taking time between points.
In general, Djokovic's level and accomplishments as a teenager are underrated because of how freakish Nadal was as a teenager.
 

aldeayeah

Legend
There's a Djokovic-Coria French Open 2005 highlights tape.

I didn't realize that 17/18 yr old Djokovic took the 1st set 6-4 against prime Coria on clay. that's pretty impressive in all honesty.

this is OK but unfortunately shows the first 3 games of the set then skips to the end, lol. Also hilarious how much the commentators are sh-tting on him for taking time between points.
He also beat the admittedly clay-allergic ginepri something like 1, 1 and 0 in the first round. That was his first victory in a major, in his second match (he got wtfpwned by mystical marat in his first)
 

Blahovic

Semi-Pro
A pair of Fedal ATP matches.

Shanghai 2006 SF and Madrid 2011 SF.


Straight sets but a lot of great rallies.


A fun little 3 setter with a climactic ending. Federer-Nadal matches at Madrid were usually pretty fun to watch. This was in the era where Federer would always lose to Nadal but usually put up a good fight and hit a lot of crazy shots.
 
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