Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: Voo's 20 best matches of the decade (2000-2009)
I need some time to come up with a post where I can put some other memorable matches of the decade, but one springs to mind that doesn't involve two huge stars: Corretja against Clement at RG 2002. Corretja won 6-1, 6-2, 4-6, 5-7, 8-6 after failing to serve out the match at 5-4 in the fourth - when he was serving to stay in it at *4-5 down in the fifth, Clement reached 0-40, three consecutive matchpoints, and on one of them he earned a high forehand volley with the whole court open but even as the crowd roared in anticipation, he overthought it and played it back to Corretja in an attempt to wrongfoot him. Corretja managed to throw up a lob, got back in the point and won it, and ended up serving out a four hour plus match that could have been done and dusted in little more than two.
I started a thread a few years ago highlighting Clement's terrible five-set record at RG, apart from his most successful showing in 2003 when he made the 4th round he lost in five sets every year from 98 to 05, including the history-making longest ever match against Santoro and a narrow defeat to Agassi where he was two points from victory and lost the fifth set 6-0 in the end.
The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.
Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?
ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.