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Take a look back - what were the best matches in 2007 ?

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.

My awards:

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
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2007 isn't over yet.

still got the 5-set final of the masters cup to look forward to. although fed will win in 3 as usual.
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so far:

1.Wimbledon final
2.Ferrer def. Nalbandian @ USO rd.3
3.Djokovic def. Federer @ Montreal final
4.Federer def. Hewitt @ Cincinatti SF
5.Roddick def. Mahut @ Queens final
6.Gonzalez def. Nadal @ AO QF
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Funny nobody still mentionned the Wimbledon 1/4 final beetween Roddick and Gasquet.
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Nadal vs Davy Rome.

Amazing match.

Rome seems to provide the best matches.

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so far:

Fed-Nadal Wimbledon
Nadal vs the PMK in Rome
Murray-Nadal at the AO
Djokovic-Stepanek at the USO
Gasquet-Roddick at Wimbledon

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Blake - Santoro US Open
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The Wimbledon final
Rotterdam semifinal Youzhny VS Djokovic, awesome
US Open 4th Rnd Blake VS Haas was another great one

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Roger Federer & Novak Djokovic
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Federer - Djokovic at the AO.
Gonzalez - Nadal at the AO.
Nadal - Murray at the AO.
Youzhny - Djoko in Rotterdam.
Nadal - Davy in Rome.
Gasquet - Roddick at Wimbledon.
Federer - Nadal at Wimbledon.
Djokovic - Federer in Montreal.
Blake - Santoro at the USO.
Blake - Haas at the USO.
Ferrer - Nalbandian at the USO.
Ferrer - Nadal at the USO.
Djokovic - Stepanek at the USO.

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And the worst match ?

I think that everybody will agree that it was Nadal over Alun Jones in US Open. How did Nadal win that ? It was the great display of futures level tennis, but I think that some futures players could be offended with this statement.
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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.

My awards:

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.
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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.
There can be a difference but sometimes both can be true. Gonzalez straights win over Nadal was a very good quality match although one sided.

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There can be a difference but sometimes both can be true. Gonzalez straights win over Nadal was a very good quality match although one sided.

Sometimes both can be true...if both players play outstanding tennis. Sure that match was high quality, but one of the BEST MATCHES OF THE YEAR!!!?!?!?!

sorry, high-quality five-set nail-biters do a little bit more for me.
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Moya def Kohlschreiber and Ferrer def Nadal both at the US Open were very good.

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Sometimes both can be true...if both players play outstanding tennis. Sure that match was high quality, but one of the BEST MATCHES OF THE YEAR!!!?!?!?!

sorry, high-quality five-set nail-biters do a little bit more for me.
Well in an ideal world the perfect match is a nail-biting five set match of huge quality. However, either can make a great match and it is a case of opinions. I prefer high quality tennis, Gonzo defeating Nadal was great stuff, I'd rather see that than watch five nail-biting sets of errors.

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