I know it is a little bit early as we have still more than one month of tennis including two TMS and TMC. But we can start summing up this season. What were the best matches you have seen this year?
For me they were:
Fernando Gonzalez over Rafael Nadal and Gonzalez over Tommy Haas in Australian Open - what was that from Gonzalez? In the span of two matches he made what? 100 winners and 15 unforced errors? When I was watching this I couldn't believe that this is Gonzalez and that you can play tennis like that...
Mikhail Youzhny over Novak Djokovic in Rotterdam. Pure class tennis, the fiesta for all fans liking great technical game. Youzhny saved two matchpoints with two amazing, out of this world winners.
Rafael Nadal over Novak Djokovic in Indian Wells and then revenge Djokovic over Nadal in Miami. Two great matches between two great players within two weeks. In both cases the loser was playing great, so what you can say about the winner ?
Filippo Volandri over Roger Federer in Rome. Volandri was perfect from the baseline.
Nicolas Mahut over Rafael Nadal in Queen's. I haven't seen such a perfect serve-and-volley game since Rafter left. Unfortunately for Mahut, he played only two such matches in his career.
Roger Federer over Rafael Nadal in Wimbledon. I was hoping for a surprise here and I was crossing my fingers for Rafa then, although I am not a particular fan of any player on tour. When they got to the 5th set, it became so tense. I was imagining myself in Rafa's shoes and I though that I would piss my pants from nerves in such situation. Kudos for Federer, who picked up his best for the decisive moments (his serve in 5th set was awesome)
David Ferrer over Rafael Nadal in US Open - beating Nadal with his own weapon is something you don't see very often. The first time I saw Nadal being demolished from the baseline by fellow claycourter.
Novak Djokovic over Radek Stepanek in US Open - 67 76 57 75 76 - it says all. 5 hours of great tennis with some magnificent shots.
Nikolay Davydenko over Tommy Haas in US Open - 150% focus and no errors from Davydenko. I was amazed
Novak Djokovic over Juan Ignacio Chela in Vienna - Chela should have taken it, great quality from both and some amazing winners too.
Overall, I think it was a very fine season with many good matches. Best GS for me was US Open, worst Roland Garros, which is surprising because I like claycourt game. But this year I lacked something extra in RG.
player of the year: Roger Federer, 2nd place ex aequo Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic
most improved player: Novak Djokovic
losers of the year: David Nalbandian, Marcos Baghdatis, Dominik Hrbaty, Gaston Gaudio.
match of the year: Federer over Nadal in Wimbledon
this will be a great discussion in about one month
and by the way, there's a difference between great PERFORMANCES and great MATCHES. Much of what you listed above - including Gonzalez and Volandri before I stopped reading - are great PERFORMANCES. The Gonzalez-Haas MATCH was terrible. Biggest blowout in history. The PERFORMANCE was incredible. We should have BOTH discussions in a month.