Remarkable performances by your favorite that rarely get mentioned

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Let’s remember some less mainstream high-level performances of your favorites.

I’ll start with Nadal vs Kyrgios Beijing 2017 F 6-2 6-1


Outrageous display from Nadal, returning Kyrgios debt from their Cincinnati match. Has Nick ever been destroyed harder, more so on a rather fast hard court? Definitely deserves a mention when discussing Nadal’s best hard court performances.

And continue with Nadal vs Soderling Roland Garros 2011 QF 6-4 6-1 7-6


The least mentioned match of their RG trilogy. In my opinion the best match Nadal’ve played at RG in 2011. Soderling was GOATing in the 3rd, yet Nadal had no business letting this match go 4 and performed some crazy forehands en route.
 

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Nadal vs Khachanov US Open 2018.

Djokovic vs Raonic Indian Wells 2018.

Federer vs Kyrgios Stuttgart 2018.
 

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The Beijing final against Berdych in 2014. Really should have done what Goffin did a few years later.
Rafa and Novak had several matches where they could’ve served 6-0 6-0 or even 6-0 6-0 6-0. Berlocq match from USO 2011 and Basilashvili from RG 2017 come to mind immediately. But in the end they just felt like it would be rude to the opponent. Guess who doesn’t mind serving 0&0 score? :sneaky:
 
Nadal vs Tsitsipas in Toronto 2018 is an underrated match. Would have been a perfect match from Nadal if he didn't choke while serving for the title. Still, he ended up beating a very strong version of Tsitsipas. I didn't pay too much attention to this match, I almost didn't care. Winning Toronto didn't make up for that terrible loss at Wimbledon by any means. Still, deserves to be mentioned.

 

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Nadal vs Khachanov US Open 2018.
And that was just 3rd round match. What a nightmarish draw Nadal had at USO 2018. Every opponent GOATing.

Btw, still waiting until someone makes 15+ minutes highlights of this one.
 

Yugram

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Nadal vs Tsitsipas in Toronto 2018 is an underrated match. Would have been a perfect match from Nadal if he didn't choke while serving for the title. Still, he ended up beating a very strong version of Tsitsipas. I didn't pay too much attention to this match, I almost didn't care. Winning Toronto didn't make up for that terrible loss at Wimbledon by any means. Still, deserves to be mentioned.

Yeah, I remember how we were discussing it live. :D Toronto itself was quite an underrated tournament last year, much more entertaining than what we had in Montreal this year. That Cilic match. :eek:
 

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It's not a quick blowout, quite the opposite. I still haven't forgotten Nadal's match with Mathieu at Roland Garros. Probably the most brutal four set match I have ever seen. Nearly five hours, and both guys played really well. Easily one of Rafa's most hard fought victories in Paris.
 
Yeah, I remember how we were discussing it live. :D Toronto itself was quite an underrated tournament last year, much more entertaining than what we had in Montreal this year. That Cilic match. :eek:
How different would it feel had Nadal won Wimbledon 2018 though. I wouldn't even mind Djokovic winning USO after it. That was a disaster, and the title in Toronto made me feel even worse about it. Also, Nadal didn't bring his Toronto form to USO and given his nightmare draw that led to another injury.
 
It's not a quick blowout, quite the opposite. I still haven't forgotten Nadal's match with Mathieu at Roland Garros. Probably the most brutal four set match I have ever seen. Nearly five hours, and both guys played really well. Easily one of Rafa's most hard fought victories in Paris.
I didn't watch tennis back then and I really wonder what made it so long. The scoreline was 5-7 6-4 6-4 6-4, yet that was Nadal's longest ever match in RG.
 
I think Djokovic and Nadal's really early matches were great in 2007.

Roddick beating Nadal and Djoko back to back in Dubai 2008.

Nadal-Roddick in 2004 DC. Repeat after me. Nadal and Roddick played a close match on clay.

Murray vs Nadal in Tokyo 2011
Dickrod losing without great battle to puppydal with zero top clay titles yet doesn't speak well of him.
 

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I didn't watch tennis back then and I really wonder what made it so long. The scoreline was 5-7 6-4 6-4 6-4, yet that was Nadal's longest ever match in RG.
Every set was hard fought. The first one in particular had a few marathon games and lasted over an hour and a half.
 

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How different would it feel had Nadal won Wimbledon 2018 though. I wouldn't even mind Djokovic winning USO after it. That was a disaster, and the title in Toronto made me feel even worse about it. Also, Nadal didn't bring his Toronto form to USO and given his nightmare draw that led to another injury.
You are too pessimistic. Nadal's Wimbledon 2018 was his return to good play on grass. He had been 7 years in a row losing in the early rounds of WB. So his 2018 and 2019 deep runs to the SF are indeed pretty good news. Nadal is now playing much better at Wimbledon than in 2012-2017.

Why do you always see exclusively the negative?
 
Hard for me as I get nervous every match so they are all "big" for me. Yet, if I am thinking of remarkable wins that are under the radar, I think of his win against Rafa in 2017 IW because of the way he demolished him. Maybe not hugely under the radar, but it was a little shocking how easy it looked.

But I would say many times at Basel and halle, specifically against mardy fish in 04 at halle or Stockholm when I just remember thinking how dominant he was on grass.
 

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Hard for me as I get nervous every match so they are all "big" for me. Yet, if I am thinking of remarkable wins that are under the radar, I think of his win against Rafa in 2017 IW because of the way he demolished him. Maybe not hugely under the radar, but it was a little shocking how easy it looked.

But I would say many times at Basel and halle, specifically against mardy fish in 04 at halle or Stockholm when I just remember thinking how dominant he was on grass.
The IW 2017 match is of the obvious ones, but I was asking for some of rarely mentioned. ;)
 
You are too pessimistic. Nadal's Wimbledon 2018 was his return to good play on grass. He had been 7 years in a row losing in the early rounds of WB. So his 2018 and 2019 deep runs to the SF are indeed pretty good news. Nadal is now playing much better at Wimbledon than in 2012-2017.

Why do you always see exclusively the negative?
Because Wimbledon 2018 was his title and he just blew a great chance. It doesn't matter what were his results in the years before that, it doesn't mean he didn't miss a great chance for a third Wimbledon. Leave alone the fact that he made EXACTLY the same mistake which cost him the match against Muller in 2017. (rushing to the net from the baseline on a key break point)

Using your logic we can say Wimbledon 2019 final wasn't a bad loss for Federer because he never made it so far in a slam since AO 2018.
 

Krish872007

G.O.A.T.
Murray vs. Dimitrov US Open 2016 - an absolute masterclass / rout that has been overlooked since

Murray vs. Federer Australian Open 2013
 
Here you go @Yugram

Feder vs Roddick WIM2003 (rod was considered better player till date)
Feder vs Murray AO2014 (announcement of comeback)
Feder vs Novak Torronto 2010 (insane ballstriking)
Feder vs Lopez USO 2007 (beauty)
Feder vs Cilic USO 2011
Feder vs Nadal Miami 2017 (IW17 kind of overshadowed it)
 
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