Rate the quality of this year's slams finals (from 1-10)

Australian Open Final: 3

Some decent rallies and was competitive up till like 4-4. Then Murray decide to just completely check out mentally after blowing that one long rally on his game at 5-4. From there it was just him moping around and being a baby. Easily the worst slam final of the year and of recent memory.

French Open: 6

Overall a fairly high-quality affair. Fed totally blew that first set but Nadal really upped his level for this final. A lot of good rallies, some drama in the second and third set but that blowout fourth set just reminds everyone how overrated the Fedal rivalry is.

Wimbledon: 5

Godly first from both guys and second set GOATed by Novak but crappy second and third set. Novak just totally melting away in that third set was facepalm worthy. Fourth set you could feel how tentative both guys were, didn't make for compelling tennis. A pretty meh final, but certainly better than last year's for sure.

US Open: 7

Hands down the best slam final of the year. Nadal really dropped the ball in the opening of the first two sets but I did enjoy the drama of that 15 minute game and the third set tiebreaks. A ton of great, long rallies these two played.

Overall: Not the greatest year for finals, but a vast improvement from last year's stinkers.
 

kishnabe

Talk Tennis Guru
AO:5
FO: 6.....would have been 8 had Federer not choked.
WB: 7....Nice Match....way better than 2010.
US: 10....just for the sheer unbelieavble rallies.....Tennis from a planet where Federer can't stand.
 

Set Sampras

Banned
Australian Open: 1 or 2. Murray with another joke slam finals performance. What else is new

French Open: Probably 5 or 6. Fed played well, played Nadal pretty tough, Nadal played pretty crummy to his French Open standards obviously


Wimbledon: 5 maybe. Not to pleased with Rafa's performance there. Gets himself in a deep quick 2 set hole.

USO: 6 A little better. Nadal really picked it up in the 3rd set. I don't think either guy played their best. Djokovic was full or errors. Got broken tons of times.. Only for Nadal to gift the break back in 2 seconds with his USO WTA serve.


A a pretty poor year for Slam finals really. Hopefully next year is better
 

TennisFan3

Legend
Australian Open F : 3
French Open F : 4
Wimbledon F : 4
UsOpen : 5

In ANY of these matches the winner was NEVER EVER in doubt at any point in the match. I cannot give above 5 as a rating if that is the case.

Compare this to the SF matches:

Fed vs Djoker AO SF: 7
Fed vs Djoker F.O SF: 9
Fed vs Djoker UsO SF: 8

Overall, a year of crap championship final matches. This is partly because Djoko is GOATing and Nadal, who has declined, has no answers..
 
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MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Australian Open F : 3
French Open F : 4
Wimbledon F : 4
UsOpen : 5

In ANY of these matches the winner was NEVER EVER in doubt at any point in the match. I cannot give above 5 as a rating if that is the case.

Compare this to the SF matches:

Fed vs Djoker AO SF: 7
Fed vs Djoker F.O SF: 9
Fed vs Djoker UsO SF: 8

Overall, a year of crap championship final matches. This is partly because Djoko is GOATing and Nadal, who has declined, has no answers..
How does one "greatest of all time-ing?" :)

 

Set Sampras

Banned
Whats hurting Nadal with Nole is he keeps starting out slow and finding himself in these two set holes every time he makes a run. He breaks Nole right off the bat, goes up 2-0 and loses the next 6 games in the first set. That cant happen.. He needs to take care of the service games with Nole.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Nice gif! In TW, everything is possible. Even GOATing :)
Lol agreed, and glad u got my humor. He definitely IS GOATing right now.

Whats hurting Nadal with Nole is he keeps starting out slow and finding himself in these two set holes every time he makes a run. He breaks Nole right off the bat, goes up 2-0 and loses the next 6 games in the first set. That cant happen.. He needs to take care of the service games with Nole.
It's hard to watch. In the crucial moments he's too nervous or tentative. That overhead in the 2nd set may have cost him that set. He's not making Novak feel any pressure at all.
 

sbengte

G.O.A.T.
Australian Open F : 3
French Open F : 4
Wimbledon F : 4
UsOpen : 5

In ANY of these matches the winner was NEVER EVER in doubt at any point in the match. I cannot give above 5 as a rating if that is the case.

Compare this to the SF matches:

Fed vs Djoker AO SF: 7
Fed vs Djoker F.O SF: 9
Fed vs Djoker UsO SF: 8

Overall, a year of crap championship final matches. This is partly because Djoko is GOATing and Nadal, who has declined, has no answers..
It is quite clear that Fed-Djoker matches are more entertaining and more even than the Djokodal finals which are one sided affairs. Fed-Djoker have ended up playing the "real final" in 4 of the last 5 slams and yet Fed is placed in Djoker's half all the time. I just don't get the logic. When are we ever going to see a Fed-Djoker final ?
 
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NadalAgassi

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Australian Open- 3. Murray played like rubbish in a slam final AGAIN.

French Open- 7.

Wimbledon- 6.

U.S Open- 8. Other than the ultra pathetic WTA serving the match was excellent.
 

TennisFan3

Legend
It is quite clear that Fed-Djoker matches are more entertaining and more even than the Djokodal finals which are one sided affairs. Fed-Djoker have ended up playing the "real final" in 4 of the last 5 slams and yet Fed is placed in Djoker's half all the time. I just don't get the logic. When are we ever going to see a Fed-Djoker final ?
Well if Fed doesn't land into Djoko's half, he will land into Nadal's half, in a major.

So for Fed, it's either facing Djoko in the SF or Nadal in the SF. Both are tough matches for Fed.

Pick your poison..
 
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NadalAgassi

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It is quite clear that Fed-Djoker matches are more entertaining and more even than the Djokodal finals which are one sided affairs. Fed-Djoker have ended up playing the "real final" in 4 of the last 5 slams and yet Fed is placed in Djoker's half all the time. I just don't get the logic. When are we ever going to see a Fed-Djoker final ?
LOL how can Federer-Djoker have been "the real final" in 4 of the last 5 slams when Nadal was the tournament winner of 2 of the 4 times Federer and Djokovic played in the semis. Also Fed-Djoker can never be "the real final" for Federer with Nadal in the mix, as Federer is almost certain to lose in the final if he beats Djokovic, if it is Nadal waiting.
 

purge

Hall of Fame
Well if Fed doesn't land into Djoko's half, he will land into Nadal's half, in a major.

So for Fed, it's either facing Djoko in the SF or Nadal in the SF. Both are tough matches for Fed.

Pick your poison..
id still give him the edge over nadal at wimbledon and the USO. and maybe call it even at AO but even is still better than his odds are against djokovic on rebound ace. its only RG where i cant see him take nadal out because of the history theyve had at that tournament in particular.

id like to see him in nadals half a couple times next year
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
id still give him the edge over nadal at wimbledon and the USO. and maybe call it even at AO but even is still better than his odds are against djokovic on rebound ace. its only RG where i cant see him take nadal out because of the history theyve had at that tournament in particular.

id like to see him in nadals half a couple times next year
I hate to say it but Federer has declined the MOST on grass. Cannot see him beating Nadal at all in a best of 5 on grass. Nadal always gets better in the later stages of the tournament, and Federer has been beaten the past 2 years.
 
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NadalAgassi

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Nadal would destroy Federer if they played at Wimbledon right now. Roger's grass court game these days sucks, it is his worst surface right now. Prime Federer barely beat a weaker Nadal at Wimbledon 2007 and one thinks the current Federer who cant even beat Berdych on grass would have the edge. Just no. If Federer can ever get far enough to play Nadal at Wimbledon again, it is worthwhile putting several thousand dollars down on Nadal winning, even if the odds have Nadal as the clear favorite (which they should and will) you would still have pretty much a guaranteed 1000 or more, unless Federer is showing his best grass court form in many years.

Nadal would be the heavy favorite over Federer at any slam venue right now, except for the U.S Open where Nadal would probably only be slight favorite if they played. It is hilarious to see some Federer fans talk about Federer right now as if he is currently a better player than Nadal, when he hasnt really been a better player since 2007 now (apart from half of 2009 when Nadal's year was wrecked by injury). Not to mention the matchup factor which is a nightmare for Federer, and saw Nadal dominating their head to head even during the years Federer was clearly the better player overall.

I would also like to see Federer in Nadal's half. For the simple reason he is Nadal's easiest opponent of the top 4 right now, including Murray who despite losing to Nadal 3 straight times in slams this year, still has more chance to take Nadal out of a slam than Federer ever will again.
 
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DragonBlaze

Hall of Fame
Nadal would destroy Federer if they played at Wimbledon right now. Roger's grass court game these days sucks, it is his worst surface right now. Prime Federer barely beat a weaker Nadal at Wimbledon 2007 and one thinks the current Federer who cant even beat Berdych on grass would have the edge. Just no. If Federer can ever get far enough to play Nadal at Wimbledon again, it is worthwhile putting several thousand dollars down on Nadal winning, even if the odds have Nadal as the clear favorite (which they should and will) you would still have pretty much a guaranteed 1000 or more, unless Federer is showing his best grass court form in many years.

Nadal would be the heavy favorite over Federer at any slam venue right now, except for the U.S Open where Nadal would probably only be slight favorite if they played. It is hilarious to see some Federer fans talk about Federer right now as if he is currently a better player than Nadal, when he hasnt really been a better player since 2007 now (apart from half of 2009 when Nadal's year was wrecked by injury). Not to mention the matchup factor which is a nightmare for Federer, and saw Nadal dominating their head to head even during the years Federer was clearly the better player overall.

I would also like to see Federer in Nadal's half. For the simple reason he is Nadal's easiest opponent of the top 4 right now, including Murray who despite losing to Nadal 3 straight times in slams this year, still has more chance to take Nadal out of a slam than Federer ever will again.
I agree with most of what you said but one thing I dont agree with is -

- "Prime Federer barely beat a weaker Nadal at Wimbledon 2007", weaker than what? 2008? sure, but otherwise it is highly debatable how much weaker Nadal was in 2007 compared to now (if at all, I think he was better in 2007 than the crap he showed against Djokovic in 2011 or in 2010 where he had to face Berdych).

Also stop trying to make it out to be as if Federer at his best barely beat a "weak" Nadal. You know very well that is not the case.

Federer is sucking on grass courts right now so yes I think Nadal would win. Also by the time US Open rolls around next year, Nadal would probably be the heavy favorite against Federer even there, I mean Fed will be 31 then and possibly sucking even more than now.

Hard to see Fed do against well Nadal from here on out, the age difference is too much + bad matchup. It's like asking a 29 year old Nadal to go up against a Djokovic who is near his prime (but not peak). To do well against a bad matchup when you have clearly declined is very very hard. It's not the same with the Fed-Djoker matchup since Djokovic isn't a bad match up per se for Fed, so he can still perform well against him, but yea against Nadal it is much harder.

HAVING SAID THAT, I still think it may be easier for Fed to beat Nadal in the semis of a GS at the moment (however unlikely that is) compared to a final, so I personally have no problem with him getting put in Nadal's half. It would be easier mentally IMO to defeat your worst opponent first and then have someone in the final, than beating someone really tough (like Djoker) in the semis, only to have to face your worst match up in the final. Game wise as well, by the time the final rolls around, Nadal is pretty damn steady so he should be slightly more vulnerable in the semis than the finals.

Ofcourse the chances of either scenario happening are low, I just think relatively speaking, it's even more unlikely Fed's going to beat Nadal in the final than in the semis. So really, Fedal semis are welcome as far as I'm concerned.
 
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TennisFan3

Legend
So really, Fedal semis are welcome as far as I'm concerned.
Do you honestly believe that Nadal will make as many finals in 2012 as he did in 2011?

I would rather face my worst matchup as late as possible in the tournament, which is accomplished by being in the opposite half. The probability of Nadal making the SF of a slam is higher than that of Nadal making the final obviously..
 
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NadalAgassi

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I agree with most of what you said but one thing I dont agree with is -

- "Prime Federer barely beat a weaker Nadal at Wimbledon 2007", weaker than what? 2008? sure, but otherwise it is highly debatable how much weaker Nadal was in 2007 compared to now (if at all, I think he was better in 2007 than the crap he showed against Djokovic in 2011 or in 2010 where he had to face Berdych).

Also stop trying to make it out to be as if Federer at his best barely beat a "weak" Nadal. You know very well that is not the case.

Federer is sucking on grass courts right now so yes I think Nadal would win. Also by the time US Open rolls around next year, Nadal would probably be the heavy favorite against Federer even there, I mean Fed will be 31 then and possibly sucking even more than now.

Hard to see Fed do against well Nadal from here on out, the age difference is too much + bad matchup. It's like asking a 29 year old Nadal to go up against a Djokovic who is near his prime (but not peak). To do well against a bad matchup when you have clearly declined is very very hard. It's not the same with the Fed-Djoker matchup since Djokovic isn't a bad match up per se for Fed, so he can still perform well against him, but yea against Nadal it is much harder.

HAVING SAID THAT, I still think it may be easier for Fed to beat Nadal in the semis of a GS at the moment (however unlikely that is) compared to a final, so I personally have no problem with him getting put in Nadal's half. It would be easier mentally IMO to defeat your worst opponent first and then have someone in the final, than beating someone really tough (like Djoker) in the semis, only to have to face your worst match up in the final. Game wise as, by the time the final rolls around, Nadal is pretty damn steady so he should be slightly more vulnerable in the semis than the finals.

Ofcourse the chances of either scenario happening are low, I just think relatively speaking, it's even more unlikely Fed's going to beat Nadal in the final than in the semis. So really, Fedal semis are welcome as far as I'm concerned.
I pretty much agree with all of that. I was finding the idea of some previous posters that all you need for a Federer-Djokovic final to surely happen is for Federer to be put in Nadal's half to be quite comical is all. Also Federer-Djokovic cant be the "real final" when one of the two has very little chance to beat Nadal in a hypothetical final if it happens at this point in Federer's career (as you admit), and when 2 of the last 4 times that semifinal happened the winner lost to Nadal in the final (once Djokovic of course). Maybe a Federer-Djokovic semi is the real final for Djokovic and Djokovic only, since at the moment he doesnt seem to have much trouble with Nadal, but we will see what happens next year.
 
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DragonBlaze

Hall of Fame
Do you honestly believe that Nadal will make as many finals in 2012 as he did in 2011?

I would rather face my worst matchup as late as possible in the tournament, which is accomplished by being in the opposite half. The probability of Nadal making the SF of a slam is higher than that of Nadal making the final obviously..
I guess I forgot to add that in my post. Obviously my whole argument is depending upon the fact that Nadal keeps making GS finals regularly. Let's say he does, then I want what I said to happen.

OFCOURSE if he is NOT going to make so many finals, then yes I would prefer Federer land in the other half. I do think Nadal will still be good enough to make 3/4 GS finals next year though. Just a guess, I could be totally off for all I know.
 

DragonBlaze

Hall of Fame
I pretty much agree with all of that. I was finding the idea of some previous posters that all you need for a Federer-Djokovic final to surely happen is for Federer to be put in Nadal's half to be quite comical is all. Also Federer-Djokovic cant be the "real final" when one of the two has very little chance to beat Nadal in a hypothetical final if it happens at this point in Federer's career (as you admit), and when 2 of the last 4 times that semifinal happened the winner lost to Nadal in the final (once Djokovic of course). Maybe a Federer-Djokovic semi is the real final for Djokovic and Djokovic only, since at the moment he doesnt seem to have much trouble with Nadal, but we will see what happens next year.
Yea it's hard to tell when people are being serious on these boards. Usually they are just trolling/exaggerating because others were doing it first place, and then I just lose track of everything!

Was the "real final" comment directed at me? :confused:

Cause I don't buy into that crap, the final is the real final, nothing else. I apologise if you got the wrong impression from me.
 
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NadalAgassi

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No the real final comment was not directed towards you. It was the comment of one other poster on the previous thread.
 

Magnus

Legend
Majors were all really bad this year. AO was probably the most solid one. FO, other than that epic semi final, had nothing to really offer. Wimbly was horrible, and USO was the worst with all those rain delays and joke matches.
 

purge

Hall of Fame
I hate to say it but Federer has declined the MOST on grass. Cannot see him beating Nadal at all in a best of 5 on grass. Nadal always gets better in the later stages of the tournament, and Federer has been beaten the past 2 years.
you cant just take the naked fact that hes been beaten and use it to say his grass court game sucks. last year he didnt play well at wimbledon pretty much from the start. but this year was different. i think he played very good grass court tennis this year up to the QF and even there he played well and then got ousted by a completely on-fire tsonga who is VERY hard to stop in a situation like that. alot of players have made that experience.

an onfire tsonga has also mopped the floor with nadal at the AO 2008. obviously that would mean nadal couldnt have gotten into the 2nd week the next year. surely nowhere near the SF or even F. good thing he didnt. or wait.. did he?
 

Colin

Professional
It's increasingly apparent that major finals are so 2009. The hot new thing in the tennis world is the lineup for the semis. The quality of play is so much better, especially when Fed and Novak clash (which is nearly always). They have suspense, whereas the finals can be fairly summed up, kindly, as anticlimactic.

I think if you look back over five years you'll see this is true (though that French Open 2008 was pretty abysmal compared with this year's).


2011
U.S. Open: 6 (Some great rallies; no suspense after Wimbledon, though)
Wimbledon: 4 (With Nadal's record on grass vs. Novak's, it should have been shocking Rafa went so gently into that good All-England night, but it wasn't)
French Open: 6 (The first set was thrilling, but even Fed's capture of the third set wasn't enough at that point to believe in a turnaround; in the end, French Open business as usual.)
Australian Open: 1 (I think the worst in the past five years, with the '08 French a close second. Dreadful stuff.)

2010
U.S. Open: 5 (just so so-so)
Wimbledon: 4 (Even less than so-so)
French Open: 4 (This is really the most boring slam year ever, isn't it? If you were to go for a Serena Slam-style of accounting and took the '11 AO final instead of the '10 into consideration, then it would drop even further in esteem)
Australian Open: 6 (Fed's last slam hurrah)

2009 (the best year for slam finals)
U.S. Open: 9 (My mom and sister were visiting from out of town, and I made a family dinner at my place, but I kept excusing myself to run into the bedroom to watch a random game or two)
Wimbeldon: 10 (The drama was unmatched, as you thought Roddick would finally pull it off, but the universe had a different idea)
French Open: 8 (for the excitement of Fed getting the career Grand Slam alone)
Australian Open: 9 (Fed and Nadal on hard courts and it's awesome, till that last set)

2008
U.S. Open: 7 (Murray's first thrashing in a final is a glorious achievement in its own right ... right?)
Wimbledon: 10 (Who hasn't opined over this one? ... And with good reason, as it perfectly encapsulates the Fed-Nadal dynamic. Great play from both sides, with Fed seeming to be the better player yet Nadal managing to find a way to win nonetheless; see AO for refresher course)
French Open: 2 (Fed was definitely not the better player that day in any form. Horrific.)
Australian Open: 7 (No Fedal, but Tsonga and Novak are a fine consolation prize.)

2007
U.S. Open: 8 (In a way, I think the AO semi this year was karmic payback for this match, as both unfolded with an eerie synchronicity; Novak should have really won at least one set in '07 and probably even taken it to five with the way he was playing, but Fed — being one of tennis' great thieves — managed to steal all three, spiriting them away like Lindor truffles in his monogrammed bag.)
Wimbledon: 9 (Remember when Wimbledon was the best?)
French Open: 6 (Fed managed a breadstick, so that kept it interesting ... for a while. Usual Nadal clay dominance, though.)
Australian Open: 8 (Didn't Gonzo play his best this tournament? That he lost in straight sets speaks to this being perhaps Fed's last major statement as tennis' most lethal weapon... cultural reference here there for that Aussie troublemaker Mel Gibson.)
 
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NadalAgassi

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Federer's ground game on grass now has no sting at all. He seems to have a much better ground game on hard courts and clay than he does on grass now for whatever reason. Even when his ground game was at its best, and 3 times better than it is today, he was dominated by Nadal off the ground in the 07 and 08 Wimbledon finals (yes he won in 2007 but it wasnt due to a better ground game, that is for sure). So imagine what Nadal, even if arguably regressing a bit himself, would do to Federer and his defensive and relatively weak grass court baseline play and returning now. Heck even 2 years ago in the final Roddick of all people dominated him from the baseline, and his baseline game has only gotten worse on grass since then.
 

purge

Hall of Fame
i agree with alot of that colin. although its in a bit of a federeresque view overall. i believe youd actually have to give this years USO final a 9 or even 10 if you take into account that it was some of the best you could get from the matchup. i dont think a nadal vs djokovic final could be much better than that cause of the playstyles. it delivered exactly what you could expect from the matchup except maybe it couldve been a tad more dramatic with nadal winning one of the first 2 sets and ultimately having it end in 5 isntead of 4.

personally id even be more harsh on 2010. the finals were appaling mostly.

AO was not exciting at all with murray pretty much not taking place until the 3rd set. i mean it was nice to watch federer send him from left to right for a while but thats a 4 at best. t
he FO was probably the worst as you could already see it coming in the 2nd semi where söderling and berdych played 5 sets of "i dont want it you take it". and then in the final he just piled errors like fed did in 08. a 2 at best.
wimbledon was sort of a redo of FO with berdych isntead of söderling who did marginally better maybe. a 3
and USO was a djokovic who was good for maybe 25 minutes of tennis after that SF vs fed. not physically but mostly mentally finished at that point. i remember seeing his presser after the SF with nole sitting there smiling like hed just won the nobel prize. at that point it was clear he would never build up the tension he needed for the final in time. i was actually surprised nadal didnt take it in starights. so a 3 or 4 not more.
 

tennis_pro

Bionic Poster
Australian Open - 1, not only the final was one way traffic and a complete blowout, the rest of the matches were fails

French Open - I give it a decent 5, probably 3 not taking into consideration the Federer-Djokovic and Federer-Nadal matches

Wimbledon - some good matches but nothing special, 4

US Open - measly tournament, although I'd give it a 5 for a good final
 

Colin

Professional
i agree with alot of that colin. although its in a bit of a federeresque view overall. i believe youd actually have to give this years USO final a 9 or even 10 if you take into account that it was some of the best you could get from the matchup. i dont think a nadal vs djokovic final could be much better than that cause of the playstyles. it delivered exactly what you could expect from the matchup except maybe it couldve been a tad more dramatic with nadal winning one of the first 2 sets and ultimately having it end in 5 isntead of 4.

personally id even be more harsh on 2010. the finals were appaling mostly.

AO was not exciting at all with murray pretty much not taking place until the 3rd set. i mean it was nice to watch federer send him from left to right for a while but thats a 4 at best. t
he FO was probably the worst as you could already see it coming in the 2nd semi where söderling and berdych played 5 sets of "i dont want it you take it". and then in the final he just piled errors like fed did in 08. a 2 at best.
wimbledon was sort of a redo of FO with berdych isntead of söderling who did marginally better maybe. a 3
and USO was a djokovic who was good for maybe 25 minutes of tennis after that SF vs fed. not physically but mostly mentally finished at that point. i remember seeing his presser after the SF with nole sitting there smiling like hed just won the nobel prize. at that point it was clear he would never build up the tension he needed for the final in time. i was actually surprised nadal didnt take it in starights. so a 3 or 4 not more.
Of course, I was being Federesque. That's my religion. It's like taking a Christian to task for placing his faith in Christ. Well, Jesus allegedly was turning water into wine, but his groundstrokes were found considerably lacking; that's why I partake in an alternative religion. I would be happy to be Roger, if my constitution could bear the thought of being intimate with Mirka. Alas, it cannot. So praise Roger for all of his strengths!

I'm not sure I can give the Novak-Rafa U.S. Open final such a high score (though I agree it was the strongest of the finals this year), simply by grading on a curve. Yes, there were a lot of tight games. The thing is: I never felt the outcome was in doubt after what transpired this year. To me, that's not worth more than a 6 or a 7. I know there's an exception or two, but Novak and Rafa together don't provide the fireworks that Fed and Novak do; I think it's safe to say, especially over the past couple of years, that you don't know who's going to win till the very end with those two. That's exciting tennis, for me, so the semis are where it's at.
 

gamesetmats

New User
Ausopen: 6. Pretty exciting hype before the match. Murray could finally do it. Sadly the match was finished after the first set

RG: 5. Surprise?

Wimbledon: 4. Miss the serve&volley time...

UsOpen: 6. Best Nadal-Djokovic match of the year. A bit of just strength vs strength.


Must agree with Colin about the decline of slam finals since 2009. They just lack intensity. Nadal making the 3 last finals while I didn't even think he was playing well... But for those who like nadal-djoko finals this has been a great year!
 

AK7

New User
AO 5
FO 6 - Quality was pretty standard but could have been interesting had Federer got another set, which he should have.
W 7 - Superb first two sets then Djoko got nervy, and then Nadal got nervy!
US 9.5 - The only reason it wasn't a 10 was because it wasn't a 5-setter. The quality was superrrrrrbbbb throughout, insanely long points and amazing to behold.
 
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