What year in the past decade was the best in tennis?

Which year was the best/most exciting?

  • 2006

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 2007

    Votes: 1 2.3%
  • 2008

    Votes: 6 14.0%
  • 2009

    Votes: 11 25.6%
  • 2010

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 2011

    Votes: 15 34.9%
  • 2012

    Votes: 10 23.3%
  • 2013

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 2014

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 2015

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  • Total voters
    43

90's Clay

Banned
2005 was pretty fun. Great AO and USO final.

2009 deserves a mention just for the AO being one of the most fun slams of all time to watch. The rest of 2009 was "meh" though as Nadal was got hit with injuries smack dab in the middle of his peak giving Fed an opening to make the rest of the season pretty predictable who was going to win except for Del Potro pulling off the upset.

I mean did any anyone really think Roddick was REALLY gonna beat Fed at wimbledon? Please..
 
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Netspirit

Hall of Fame
If I had to re-live a particular season again, I would ask to be teleported back to 2009.

The amount of surprise and drama was incredible - from the bitter tears of AO, to the shock and happy tears of RG, to the magic of the fifth set of Wimbledon, to the rising giant of the USO, to the Playstation of the WTF.

It was all perfectly scripted, it all made sense, nobody was really FINNISH yet. The ghost of Sampras was finally able to rest in peace under the bright sun of the new era.
 
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Nadalgaenger

G.O.A.T.
2009 would probably rank right up there with 2012.

Nadal V Verdasco - This is one of the greatest matches I have ever seen. Period. Nadal V Federer - Apart from the final set, this match was a blast to watch. Nadal winning his first HC major, in what I consider his greatest win.

The Nadal V Djokovic clay triology - You will be hard fetched to find three matches in sequence on clay better than what we saw from these two in MC, Rome and Madrid in 09.

RG 09 - Nadal V Soderling, the biggest upset in modern tennis history. Federer's great escapes against Haas with the most important forehand hit of his career, and the war against Del Potro in the semis. Federer career slam.

The grass - Murray wins his first grass title in queens. Wimbledon and the epic run by Roddick, having that five set war against Hewitt in the quarters, who played great also, then Murray in semis. The Federer V Roddick most games played final, with Federer breaking the slam record...history.

The rise of Del Potro, the first player to beat Fedal in a slam, and win the title, ending Federer's reign as king of NY. Federer's great pass against Djokovic in the semis.

The rise of peak Davydenko, beating Djokovic and Nadal to win Shanghai, and then beating Federer and Del Potro to win WTF. We got to see God mode Verdasco, God mode Soderling in 09...and lets not forget The Real Slam! ;) So many players stepped up in 09, making it arguably the most crazy year in tennis history.
2009 was a weak year for Djokovic and Nadal, however. I feel that Fed, Djokovic, and Nadal had special moments in 2008.
 

Tardigrade

Banned
I am happy for Djokovic but the game needs a top flight rivalry. No one can stand up to Djokovic the way Rafa could to Fed in 2006.

Nadal only stood up to Federer at the FO (as far as slams go) in 2006. Federer literally won everything else aside from some clay tournaments.
 

Fiero425

Legend
I picked 2012 since you had a little bit if everything; Nole took another AO, Rafa owned the FO, Federer acquired his last major making it 17 at Wimbledon plus retrieved the #1 ranking, and Murray broke through by taking Olympic Gold and the USO! Not sure how much more competitive it's been since Fedal bored me to death years ago! :rolleyes: :p ;)
 

mightyrick

Legend
For me it was 2009:

  • Roddick almost winning Wimbledon and Federer winning his 15th surpassing Sampras.
  • Federer winning the FO.
  • Soderling beating Nadal at RG.
  • Del Potro winning the US Open by going through Nadal and Federer.
  • Nadal beating Federer to win the AO.
  • Davydenko winning the WTF by beating Soderling, Nadal, Federer and Del Potro.
  • Djokovic winning Basel by beating Federer.
That was such a great year in tennis. So many different guys winning different tournaments at the highest of levels.

STRONG ERA.
 

Djokovic2011

Bionic Poster
For me it was 2009:

  • Roddick almost winning Wimbledon and Federer winning his 15th surpassing Sampras.
  • Federer winning the FO.
  • Soderling beating Nadal at RG.
  • Del Potro winning the US Open by going through Nadal and Federer.
  • Nadal beating Federer to win the AO.
  • Davydenko winning the WTF by beating Soderling, Nadal, Federer and Del Potro.
  • Djokovic winning Basel by beating Federer.
That was such a great year in tennis. So many different guys winning different tournaments at the highest of levels.

STRONG ERA.
I agree, but it's obviously unrealistic to expect every year to be as strong as that one was.
 

okdude1992

Hall of Fame
2009 would probably rank right up there with 2012.

Nadal V Verdasco - This is one of the greatest matches I have ever seen. Period. Nadal V Federer - Apart from the final set, this match was a blast to watch. Nadal winning his first HC major, in what I consider his greatest win.

The Nadal V Djokovic clay triology - You will be hard fetched to find three matches in sequence on clay better than what we saw from these two in MC, Rome and Madrid in 09.

RG 09 - Nadal V Soderling, the biggest upset in modern tennis history. Federer's great escapes against Haas with the most important forehand hit of his career, and the war against Del Potro in the semis. Federer career slam.

The grass - Murray wins his first grass title in queens. Wimbledon and the epic run by Roddick, having that five set war against Hewitt in the quarters, who played great also, then Murray in semis. The Federer V Roddick most games played final, with Federer breaking the slam record...history.

The rise of Del Potro, the first player to beat Fedal in a slam, and win the title, ending Federer's reign as king of NY. Federer's great pass against Djokovic in the semis.

The rise of peak Davydenko, beating Djokovic and Nadal to win Shanghai, and then beating Federer and Del Potro to win WTF. We got to see God mode Verdasco, God mode Soderling in 09...and lets not forget The Real Slam! ;) So many players stepped up in 09, making it arguably the most crazy year in tennis history.
Good call. If only Roddick had won that Wimbledon final.

2009 is my 2nd favorite after 2012
2008 and 2013 were good also.
 

ibbi

G.O.A.T.
Best in terms of amount of quality matches is tough to call, but for general amazing drama it's hard for me to look past 2009 and 2012. Off the top of my head there were probably more great matches in 09 to boost its case over 2012.
 

vanioMan

Legend
2009 would probably rank right up there with 2012.

Nadal V Verdasco - This is one of the greatest matches I have ever seen. Period. Nadal V Federer - Apart from the final set, this match was a blast to watch. Nadal winning his first HC major, in what I consider his greatest win.

The Nadal V Djokovic clay triology - You will be hard fetched to find three matches in sequence on clay better than what we saw from these two in MC, Rome and Madrid in 09.

RG 09 - Nadal V Soderling, the biggest upset in modern tennis history. Federer's great escapes against Haas with the most important forehand hit of his career, and the war against Del Potro in the semis. Federer career slam.

The grass - Murray wins his first grass title in queens. Wimbledon and the epic run by Roddick, having that five set war against Hewitt in the quarters, who played great also, then Murray in semis. The Federer V Roddick most games played final, with Federer breaking the slam record...history.

The rise of Del Potro, the first player to beat Fedal in a slam, and win the title, ending Federer's reign as king of NY. Federer's great pass against Djokovic in the semis.

The rise of peak Davydenko, beating Djokovic and Nadal to win Shanghai, and then beating Federer and Del Potro to win WTF. We got to see God mode Verdasco, God mode Soderling in 09...and lets not forget The Real Slam! ;) So many players stepped up in 09, making it arguably the most crazy year in tennis history.

2009 is the GOAT year in my book. So far, at least :)
 

kandamrgam

Hall of Fame
Not if you are a Nole fan. He didn't accomplish much that year, unless you count making Fed break a racquet in Miami.

There was some academic study on goat by some guy (who picked Connors as the greatest) based on ELO kind of methodology and he picks Djokovic as the best player of 2009 ;) :D
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
How can 2009 be a GOAT year when Nadal, Murray and Djokovic were MIA with injuries or poor form for almost 3/4 of that year?o_O:rolleyes:

In what world was Murray poor in 2009? He didn't perform so well at the majors but he was great on the general tour. You actually know f*ck all :D

The only tournament Nadal missed in 2009 was Wimbledon BTW.

There were tons of great matches in 2009, more than the last 18 months combined.
 

90's Clay

Banned
2012. Maybe the greatest match ever between Rafa/Nole at the Australian. 2013 and the resurgence of Rafa in the North American Hardcourt Swing was compelling as well.

2009 would have been my pick not when the #1 player goes down with injuries at his peak.


Everything since late 2013 has been an utter BORE though IMO. Hell, I can't even get into Wimbledon now.
 

Flash O'Groove

Hall of Fame
2009 by far.

The AO was excellent with Verdasco, Nadal and Federer.

The the clay season was great too with so many high-quality Nadal-Djokovic matches, with the culmination in Madrid in one of the best 3 sets match ever.

Then Soderling shock the world by defeating Nadal. Both SF were great five-sets forehand beauty with Soderling-Gonzalez and Del Potro - Federer. Fed winning his elusive slam was nice too.

Wimbledon was great despite Nadal's absence. Roddick went through Berdych, Hewitt and Murray before bowing in the final to Fed in an epic match. Haas defeated Djokovic (he had already beaten him on grass earlier).

The USO with Del Potro - Federer in the final, but the SF against Djokovic was very good too.

Then in the autumn Davydenko step up and beat Djokovic and Nadal to win Shanghai, beat them again at the WTF for his biggest title against Del Potro.

Each slam had a lot of drama, many players stepping-up. The top 20 at the end of the year was great:

1. Federer 2. Nadal 3. Djokovic 4. Murray 5. Del Potro 6. Davydenko 7. Roddick 8. Soderling 9. Verdasco 10. Tsonga 11. Gonzalez 12. Stepanek 13. Monfils 14. Cilic 15. Simon 15. Robredo 17. Ferrer 18. Haas 19. Youzhny 20. Berdych. All of these players have been top 10.
 

Flash O'Groove

Hall of Fame
Yeah and 2009 had Simon, 20y/o Cilic and even Verdasco who did almost nothing after AO that years, so?

Yeah Verdasco reached the USO QF (lost to Djokovic), RG 4rd (lost to Davydenko) and Wimbledon 4rd (lost to Karlovic) as well as QF in Indian Wells, Miami, MonteCarlo, Rome, Madrid. What should he have done?
 

uliks

Banned
In what world was Murray poor in 2009? He didn't perform so well at the majors but he was great on the general tour. You actually know f*ck all :D

The only tournament Nadal missed in 2009 was Wimbledon BTW.

There were tons of great matches in 2009, more than the last 18 months combined.
I suppose you know better, a self proclaimed armchair tennis analyst. Plenty like you on this forum believe me. Started to watch tennis probably in 2009 or 2010s, but 2 youtube highlights later and one android tennis aplication, and they became the biggest tennis historians and experts on the internet.

The fact is Nadal was MIA after Madrid 2009.
Djokovic was there only for the clay season and Paris Bercy.
Murray was good in Masters with 2 titles but poor in Slams. And according to some Fed experts around here, slams are everything and tennis outside slams doesn't exist.
Drama wise it was a solid year, but quality wise no where near at the top. How many big 4 slam matches were played that year after all. 1 or 2 no more. Now compare that with 2011 for example and 10 big 4 slam matches that year. ;)
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
I suppose you know better, a self proclaimed armchair tennis analyst. Plenty like you on this forum believe me. Started to watch tennis probably in 2009 or 2010s, but 2 youtube highlights later and one android tennis aplication, and they became the biggest tennis historians and experts on the internet.

The fact is Nadal was MIA after Madrid 2009.
Djokovic was there only for the clay season and Paris Bercy.
Murray was good in Masters with 2 titles but poor in Slams. And according to some Fed experts around here, slams are everything and tennis outside slams doesn't exist.
Drama wise it was a solid year, but quality wise no where near at the top. How many big 4 slam matches were played that year after all. 1 or 2 no more. Now compare that with 2011 for example and 10 big 4 slam matches that year. ;)

I know better than you at least. One of the biggest Djoker trolls on the forum ;) Though I will admit I believe you to be one of the most disingenuous posters on here.

The fact is Nadal missed one tournament in 2009, he was out of form for the rest of it no doubt but his first 6 months or so were some of his best ever. Murray had more top 10 wins, more titles and a higher win/loss than any other year in 2009. He lost to some in form players at the slams - Verdasco and Roddick.

As someone who judges the quality of the tour only on the number of Big 4 meetings, are you sure it wasn't you who started watching tennis in 2009/2010?
 

Noelan

Legend
Overall strong top 10. In comparison, even 2012 had someone like Tipsarevic in top 10.
Why?
Tipsarevic was actually good player, sure he lacked consistency before entered the Top10, but he is not the only like that. It's silly to say that former Junior GS winner was bad as member of the Top10:oops:
 

uliks

Banned
I know better than you at least. One of the biggest Djoker trolls on the forum ;) Though I will admit I believe you to be one of the most disingenuous posters on here. Sort of like a more subtle 90's Clay.

The fact is Nadal missed one tournament in 2009, he was out of form for the rest of it no doubt but his first 6 months or so were some of his best ever. Murray had more top 10 wins, more titles and a higher win/loss than any other year in 2009. He lost to some in form players at the slams - Verdasco and Roddick.

As someone who judges the quality of the tour only on the number of Big 4 meetings, are you sure it wasn't you who started watching tennis in 2009/2010?
Believe me you have still plenty to learn about tennis. Posting regularly on Former Pro Players section will not change that fact. But you're free to believe whatever you want of course! ;)
The fact that Federer on 70% won the channel slam, and almost won USO that year if not for that mega spectacular choke tells me what kind of year was 2009 competition wise. Except AO 2009 that is.
If 2008, 2011, 2013 and even 2012 never happened then i wouldn't say a word about 2009. But compared to this years, 2009 is no where near regarding competition and quality at the very top.
Drama wise vas very good, i will give you that. But that was more of a by-product of the state of the Top 5 that year which consisted of a somewhat weakened Federer, relatively poor in slams Murray and Djokovic, not anywhere near their peak yet, and Nadal who was a non factor after Madrid 2009... ;)
 

Nadalgaenger

G.O.A.T.
I know better than you at least. One of the biggest Djoker trolls on the forum ;) Though I will admit I believe you to be one of the most disingenuous posters on here.

The fact is Nadal missed one tournament in 2009, he was out of form for the rest of it no doubt but his first 6 months or so were some of his best ever. Murray had more top 10 wins, more titles and a higher win/loss than any other year in 2009. He lost to some in form players at the slams - Verdasco and Roddick.

As someone who judges the quality of the tour only on the number of Big 4 meetings, are you sure it wasn't you who started watching tennis in 2009/2010?
I don't think he's trolling at all. He has a very solid point about the fact that only 1/4 GS finals was contested by two Big 4 players. And yes, as another poster noted above, the internecine rivalries of these four great players have made tennis so awesome this past decade. 2008 was really the year that we saw these rivalries come into full fruition.
 

kandamrgam

Hall of Fame
There were quite a few discussions on the merit of 2009 here before, quite a lot of people agree with the notion, not sure how can I really prove it.

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/is-this-the-weakest-top-10-ever.376855/
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/do-we-now-have-the-strongest-top-10-ever.309333/
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/this-is-the-strongest-top-10-in-a-long-time.299993/
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/strongest-top-10.565562/

2009 is special because of the depth (and of course great matches). It may not have had the sheer dominance of Big 4, like say, 2011. One could argue top heavy year was better than deeper field year.

Why?
Tipsarevic was actually good player, sure he lacked consistency before entered the Top10, but he is not the only like that. It's silly to say that former Junior GS winner was bad as member of the Top10:oops:

Tipsarevic is nothing special. At best Youzhny/Gasquet/Kohlschreiber level. It takes Nole fanboi to come up with something like this :p

Yeah and 2009 had Simon, 20y/o Cilic and even Verdasco who did almost nothing after AO that years, so?

I was talking about year-end Top 10, which indicates who were the best players of that year. Cilic and Simon weren't there in the list, and if at all Cilic did finish as year end no.1 then that's a credit to 2009, Cilic is better than others in conversation now. As for Verdasco, he did reasonably well that year, it was his best form. Sure he is the weakest link in that list, but what he did in AO 2009 was better than anything Tipsarevic ever did. Nobody in right mind would say Tipsarevic has left a greater legacy than Verdasco when they retire.
 

Flash O'Groove

Hall of Fame
Yeah similar to Tipsarevic in 2012.;)

Well Verdasco made the SF at the Australian beating Tsonga and Murray en route to a 5 sets epic thriller against Nadal. Janko lost in the R3 to Gasquet. A R4 in RG to Almagro, R3 in Wimbledon to Youzhny, QF in USO to Ferrer (in 5 sets thriller actually, excellent match!).

Tipsarevic was a solid player his ceiling is lower than Verdasco's.
 

kandamrgam

Hall of Fame
Thinking of top heavy years, I present a case for 2011. I believe the Big4 as a whole was better in 2011 than 2012 in level even though might not have had the even results? For one year Nadal was better, Federer arguably, and Murray was helped in 2012 by his SF nemesis, Nadal's absence in the second half (though he did improve under Lendl).
 
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