Single greatest tournament?

avmoghe

Semi-Pro
What do you guys think is the single greatest tournament in history? My vote goes for Wimbledon 2001.

The final Ivanisevic vs Rafter was the most emotionally charged match in history IMO (not to mention the people's monday atmosphere). The semis featured two more five setters - Henman crushed once again in a classic five set loss to Ivanisevic, and the other semi being the second of the Rafter Agassi Wimbledon encounters.

Further down we have quite a few other tough four/five setters - Federer/Sampras, Henman/Martin, Federer/Malisse, Sampras/Cowan also produced five setters.. etc. Other notables like Pioline, Youzhny, and Safin also got into it.

Have a look at this great tournament yourself -
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001_Wimbledon_Championships_-_Men%27s_Singles

Anyone else have more candidates?
 
Last edited:
Nothing comes close to the 2005 US OPEN. The storylines there were unreal. And Andre making the final-it was the best tournament of all time.
 

clayman2000

Hall of Fame
Australian Open 2005 ---
all top 4 seeds make semifinals.... in fact both Roddick and Federer win their first 5 matches without loosing a set before loosing 3 of of 5 in their SF macthes

Lleyton Hewitts amazing run.... 5 sets against Nalby, Nadal, and pushed hard by Roddick in an amazing 4 set match

Safin - Federer SF one of the best non-finals ever
 

icedevil0289

G.O.A.T.
I've only watched a few matches, but I think the 1992 USO was a great tournament with some amazing players. Look at the top 16:

1. Jim Courier
2. Stefan Edberg
3. Pete Sampras
4. Michael Chang
5. Goran Ivanišević
6. Petr Korda
7. Boris Becker
8. Andre Agassi
9. Ivan Lendl
10. Carlos Costa
11. Michael Stich
12. Wayne Ferreira
13. Guy Forget
14. MaliVai Washington
15. Richard Krajicek
16. John McEnroe

Some of the best players are in there and there were some great matches and some 5 set thrillers. Plus, what edberg did was amazing imo.

Oh, I also agree about the AO 2005. The fed-safin semi is one of my favorite matches
 

Arafel

Professional
1980 or 84 US Open gets my vote. The 80 Open had great semis and finals that went the distance in all 6 matches. For the women, you had the Evert-Austin storyline. Chris hadn't beaten Tracy in a while, and it wasn't clear how she would respond after she took the first four months of 1980 off. , plus Tracy had beaten Chris in the 79 US final. Tracy raced to a 4-0 lead in the first. Chris battled back, ultimately lost the set, but crushed Tracy in the remaining two sets. Hana Mandlikova faced Andrea Jaeger in the other semi, ultimately prevailing in a third set tiebreak. Chris topped Hana in three sets in the final, overcoming a strong set by Hana to win the last two sets 1 and 1. On the men's side, Johan Kriek won the first two sets against Borg 6-4, 6-4 before Borg righted ship and won the last three sets 1, 1,1. Then came the final match of that Super Saturday, Connors vs. McEnroe. Nobody really gave Jimmy much of a shot, but after losing the first set Connors won the second 7-5, won the third 6-0 and got up 2-0 in the fourth before McEnroe battled back. The last set went to a breaker, with McEnroe prevailing, very late (after 11). McEnroe somehow summoned the energy to beat Borg in a five set thriller the next day. After McEnroe won the first in a breaker and the second at 1, Borg somehow battled and took the third in a breaker and the fourth 7-5. No one would have bet against Borg in a five set match at that time, and Borg had won their five set thriller at Wimbledon in July, but McEnroe got the break and took it 6-4.

1984 had the greatest Super Saturday I think ever. Chris and Martina won their semis easily Friday. After Lendl survived a fifth set tiebreak against the fierce Pat Cash in the first match of the day, Chris and Martina faced off again, and Chris stunned everybody by winning the first set 6-4. I'll never forget the roar that went up in the crowd when she won that first set, because she hadn't pushed Martina in almost two years at that point. Martina saved a break point that would have let Evert serve for the match in the second, won the set and ultimately the match. Connors and McEnroe faced off again in the night match. With the way McEnroe had decimated Connors in their Wimbledon final earlier that year, nobody expected much, but Connors, playing with the PS85 (which Chris had also switched to and used against Martina), pushed McEnroe in a brilliant match of back and forth tennis. McEnroe finally prevailed late in the evening. The men's final the next day was anti-climactic, as McEnroe dealt Lendl his third straight loss in the Open finals, in three relatively easy sets.
 
D

Deleted member 25923

Guest
Aussie open 2005.

Safin beating Federer in one of my favorite matches.

My two favorites going at it, both playing their best/near their best.
 

Moose Malloy

G.O.A.T.
Chris hadn't beaten Tracy in a while, and it wasn't clear how she would respond after she took the first four months of 1980 off. , plus Tracy had beaten Chris in the 79 US final. Tracy raced to a 4-0 lead in the first. Chris battled back, ultimately lost the set, but crushed Tracy in the remaining two sets

Were you at the match? Because I don't think it was televised in the US.
 

pound cat

G.O.A.T.
What do you guys think is the single greatest tournament in history? My vote goes for Wimbledon 2001.

The final Ivanisevic vs Rafter was the most emotionally charged match in history IMO (not to mention the people's monday atmosphere). The semis featured two more five setters - Henman crushed once again in a classic five set loss to Ivanisevic, and the other semi being the second of the Rafter Agassi Wimbledon encounters.

Further down we have quite a few other tough four/five setters - Federer/Sampras, Henman/Martin, Federer/Malisse, Sampras/Cowan also produced five setters.. etc. Other notables like Pioline, Youzhny, and Safin also got into it.

Have a look at this great tournament yourself -
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001_Wimbledon_Championships_-_Men%27s_Singles




This is interesting. With the excepton of 1 tournament, all the tournaments are recent ones. ie tournaments that the posters have watched and therefore can relate to.

Asking posters for the greatest tournament in history is like asking posters to name the greatest player in history,

You have to have seen him play. You have to have seen the tournament.

Now, if you had asked people to describe the best tournament thay have actually seen, or the best tournament in the past 10 years..that would makes sense.
 

Guru

Banned
No doubt about it Wimbledon 2008 was the best i can remember.
I don't like Djokovic and it was great seeing Safin find his form and take Novak out
Murray's match with Gasguet was exciting and the final speaks for itself.

I was very happy to see Venus and Nadal win
can't think of two players that deserved it more.

This years Australian Open was good too though
Nadal's matches with Verdasco and Federer where both outstanding.
 

norbac

Legend
Aussie Open 2005 and 2008.

Wimbledon 2008 if only for Safin's run, the final and Murray/Gasquet.

Roland Garros 2001 for Guga's run, especially the clay heart. That made me a fan forever.

I actually loved last year's US Open and I'm not even that big of a Fed fan.
 
Top