Personally, after seeing Federer winning USOpen 2004 final against Hewitt the way he did,
I felt a new kind of player emerged,
a new type of dominance started,
a new kind of tennis unfolded before our eyes.
I have never seen a player so close to perfection as Federer was in that match (at least that was my feeling when i saw the final back then).
I was completely petrified, stupified blah-blah, by that performance.
What is your favourite match in all men's tennis history, as a player's best performance, not as a close-very-spectacular clash ?
Sampras (-Moya) AO 1997 F (Moya was on fire, but Pete dismantled the defence)
Sampras (-Pioline) Wim 1997 F (Pioline said later that playing against Sampras is like having a tube against the cannon battery)
Safin (- Sampras) USO 2000 F (wow, wow and wow this backhand and everything else)
Gonzalez (- Nadal) AO 2007 QF (these shots were just insane)
Federer (- Nadal) YEC 2007 SF (a bit shaky one moment, but God Mode overall)
You play only as good, as your opponent lets you to
Adler mentioned Gonzo vs Nadal in AO 2007. I would add to this a span of two matches - with Rafa and with Haas. In those two matches Gonzo had some 100 winners / 20 UEs ratio. He was hitting serves, forehands, backhands, smashes, dropshots and under the leg winners from each position.
That will be the last victory of Rafa for quite some time.. With his joke mentality and pathetic game, I hope the disgusting player loses every single match next season. He's disgraceful. He should just retire. He's a joke.