The match that hurts you but you can never stop watching again and again

Why in the world watch a match that pains you? As a Fed fan if I ever go back
to the Wimbledon 2008 final it's to watch the 3rd and 4th set TBs. The rest of that
one can go (expletive) itself. FO final 2008? I've never watched a single second
of that trainwreck. I knew going in it was going to be bad and I was wrong. It
was worse than bad. I'll watch Alize Lim lose to anyone though. In HD. Freeze
framed where necessary.
 
Muster-Becker at the 1995 Monte Carlo final. Boris has a match point in the 4th set and has the occasion of wining his first title on clay. He double faulted (serving a second ball at nearly 200 km/h).

He was playing great tennis during this tournament. Played three finals there and never won one. :confused:
massive match... one of the best MC finals ! (y)
(becker was usually on the other hand of such scenarios...) :unsure:

muster was a mental giant in 1995... winning 6 tournaments (out of 12) after saving match point(s) ! :oops:
 
Having said that, the match that REALLY broke my heart is the 1995 RG second round between my forever idol Mats Wilander and Wayne Ferreira. That's a more personal point of view of course because at that time Mats was my tennis hero (and still is), my model as a player and as a man (at least from what I knew about him).

That year, he was trying to make a comeback and he was starting to play really good tennis again. RG was his garden and Wayne was seeded like #8.

A great five setters. 4h50 and 8-6 in the fifth, Mats serving at 6-5 in the fifth and Wayne breaking back to finally win the match.

I was young at that time and that defeat broke my heart for a few days really.

A few years later, I had the opportunity to talk with Wayne about it and he said to me: "sure I remember that match. I still feel tired". Nice chap.

It still hurts me when I think about this match. :cool:
 

jarko111

Professional
Halep vs. Jankovic 2015 IW FINAL. JJ went to serve for the match but called her coach out. She told him she was so nervous. Halep won in 3.
 
2013 USO final. Some epic rallies, but Nadal was clutch.
2015 RG final also stung, but was an out of the box performance by Stanimal.
By contrast the 2016 USO final is the one I can never bring myself to watch again.
 
2013 USO final. Some epic rallies, but Nadal was clutch.
2015 RG final also stung, but was an out of the box performance by Stanimal.
By contrast the 2016 USO final is the one I can never bring myself to watch again.
Absolutely agree with 2016 USO Final...surprised nobody mentioned 2012 USO final. Those first two sets were totally up for grabs and Murray took them both.

Also 2010 AO QF....Djoker wins the third set easily to take a 2-1 set lead over Tsonga but completely collapses and gets demolished.
 
Wimbledon 2009 Finals, I loved Roddick so much. It was very sad to see Roddick lose that match, but I keep going back to watch highlights because I think it may be one of Roddickś best matches ever.
 
It should have, but it didn't. Fed was basically unbeatable in 2006, but Nadal owned him mentally from the Rome match until AO 2017. A long drought and lots of chokes from Roger in those subsequent years.
I think the RG final 2006 itself did much damage because it was a regress compared to Rome. There were 3 decisive moments, and I would say had only one of them a different outcome, Federer could have won RG 2006.

1) Losing serve at 0-1 in the 2nd set after 40-0. The missed oppurtunities included an act of fair play by Federer who overruled a call after he seemed to have already won the game and an easy forehand volley into the net.
2) Squandering 4 break points including 0-40 at 2-1 in the 3rd set and then losing his own serve in the next game.
3) Not using the momentum after breaking back in the 4th set when Nadal served for the match. Federer had a minibreak lead later in the tiebreak and would have mentally been the favourite going into a possible 5th. (I admit that this doesn’t mean too much with Nadal though, remember Wimbledon 2008).

Also while talking about this match I’m also very much on topic here, because this (and the 2007 final) is the match that hurts me as a fan until today. It would have given Federer the CYGS. For sure, he would have had more pressure than at Wimbledon and US Open, but he was way to good to not convert there those years.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Here's mine


The best three set match between Nadal and Djokovic, and the best three set match I have seen on clay ever.
Well historic in that they both effectively took themselves out of RG with this ridiculously long match and handed title to Federer (handed him the Madrid final as well). Not so sure about best clay match ever status given the ramifications and loss of Madrid final. One can easily say this was not peak Djokovic because of his slam results, but on clay Nole had the stats before 2009 to call this part of his clay prime. Kind of cringe giving this greatest ever three set clay match given their relative weakness on serve, but can't think of a tighter, more grueling affair that is for sure.:eek:
 
Nothing like that in tennis for me.

Watched GGG vs. Canelo I and II a few times after the fact.

Not the bouts themselves that sting so much as the scorecards at the end:whistle: good boxing, tho.
 
"Should have won"? No. Luck is part of tennis. Djokovic was also a bit lucky at Wimbledon 2018, when Nadal had break point in the last set and decided to approach the net like a crazy allowing Djokovic to make a (fantastic) passing shot. Djokovic also had a bit of luck in his favor in the USO 2011 SF, when he tried that "all or nothing" return winner against Federer. Nadal was also a bit lucky with Djokovic's volley failure at RG 2013 or with his victory over Federer in Rome 2006.

By "luck" I only mean very little details which decide a match that could have gone either way.
Agree with your post. Just one thing - this ha been mentioned a numerous times. But the reason we got to that point was that it started raining which turned the momentum in Novak's favour. The balls got wet which had Nadal complaining. Until then Nadal had been dominant.

So it was Djokovic who was lucky to stretch Nadal because of rain. In the end, justice was served when he touched the net.

You are right it luck evens out.
 
None, only revisit random highlights on recommended videos. I'm always watching stuff I haven't seen, I've got matches that I've been meaning to watch for years and years...
 
Agassi-Pete 2001 US Open
Agree with your post. Just one thing - this ha been mentioned a numerous times. But the reason we got to that point was that it started raining which turned the momentum in Novak's favour. The balls got wet which had Nadal complaining. Until then Nadal had been dominant.

So it was Djokovic who was lucky to stretch Nadal because of rain. In the end, justice was served when he touched the net.

You are right it luck evens out.
It never rained in their 2013 match.
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
Lots of "young posters" here apparently ;).

Mine would be the 1984 FO final between Mac and Lendl. I have nothing against Ivan and I have a huge respect for him, but when I rewatch this match (a TRUE classic btw...), I still believe that Mac is going to win it in the end. But it never happens... :unsure:
Amazing how the mind does that isn't it? It's like you think that if you watch something heartbreaking for long enough you can change the outcome to a happy one.

More on topic, not sure what to say here. Fed has so many heartbreakers. I've rewatched Federer winning the 4th set TB at Wimbledon 2008 in highlights a great number of times since the match, and I keep expecting him to win the 5th, but it never happens.
 

Hitman

Bionic Poster
Agree with your post. Just one thing - this ha been mentioned a numerous times. But the reason we got to that point was that it started raining which turned the momentum in Novak's favour. The balls got wet which had Nadal complaining. Until then Nadal had been dominant.

So it was Djokovic who was lucky to stretch Nadal because of rain. In the end, justice was served when he touched the net.

You are right it luck evens out.
What are you talking about?

You are confusing RG 2012 and RG 2013 matches.
 
@Sport flip flops often to suit Nadal but I think he's a good guy. He's obviously a huge Nadal fan and will change his criteria to favor Nadal, but he never resorts to insults or personal attacks and is generally respectful. He was one of the first Nadal fans to congratulate Nole fans after the AO win, despite having very high expectations for his guy - see the thread below.

https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/ind...s-to-the-nole-family-from-a-nadal-fan.636018/

Others have called him out on his bias and changing views - see the thread below. He at least came out to address it, even if his answer wouldn't satisfy everybody. I think he's done more than can be expected for most people on this forum.

https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/ind...ogical-effects-of-losing-a-slam-final.636770/

I completely agree with your points though and enjoyed reading your exchange with Sport.
I'm actually more annoyed BECAUSE he seems decent and not a troll, so I sort of expect a bit better from him than a lot of other posters
 
No, changing my mind is a result of experience and observation. For example, I am seeing LeBron James at age 34 playing much worse than at age 31.

Yes Federer was non-prime and Nadal near-prime at the AO 2017. But Federer was more fresh, since Nadal played a 5 hours SF with Dimitrov.
But Fed backed up his AO win of 2017 by beating Rafa every meeting of that year.
 
Wimbeldon 2018 SF.

One of those matches in which Nadal played an attacking brand of tennis, he took chances and had more flair than his opponent. But he still managed to lose to Djokovic.

That match could be pivotal to the Nadal-Djokovic rivalry. As we saw in the AO2019 Final, Djokovic is firmly in Nadal's head.

I'd be surprised if Nadal beat Djokovic in a grand slam ever going forward. Regardless of surface.
 
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