For me the Dubai final was the most intense experience in terms of emotions.
Of course, the RG final was the most important one, but somehow I wasn't so stressed about the result. The match was tight and naturally I was thrilled when Rafa won, but much later I found out that I can be way more emotional about a tennis match.
As Nadalita said, Rafa's fans had been through a tough time over the winter, what with all the injury worries and withdrawals and interviews about him crying with helplessness, so my expectations were really low and to see him in another final so soon after his return was just awesome.
The match was broadcast live by Eurosport, but because of a handball match running long they didn't show the first set.
So I was cursing Eurosport and handball, watching the Live Scores thingy, not knowing what was going on and losing hope.
They finally started the broadcast at the beginning of the second set, and again Rafa was in trouble on his serve.
He fought hard though, won the game and from then on started playing with more confidence. I thought they were heading for a tiebreak when Roger suddenly threw in a bad service game and the set was over, just like that.
Then Rafa broke Roger in his first service game of the third set and I was
! (well not literally because there were other people in the room
). It wasn't the end of the rollercoaster of emotions because then Roger broke back and they were back on serve...
...until Roger mentally lost it again...and all of a sudden Rafa was on his back, crying with happiness, having won the match!
The range of emotions was so wide for me: from confusion, disappointment and anxiety to hope and admiration and happiness. I didn't cry but I was so thrilled and delighted and proud of him for coming back to win the match when probably everyone had written him off!