Re: Best 5-setter EVER ?
Yes, Borg vs McEnroe, the Wimbledon final 1980 was certainly one of the best five set matches ever. Alone the fourth set tiebreak which ended 20-18 to McEnroe was probably one of the best ever (hard to say).
However, there's plenty of room for other nominations, out of personal bias I always liked the Stich vs Muster Davis Cup match in 1994 on clay. Unfortunately it went the other way than I would have needed it, but it was still great tennis by both and dramatic until the end in the fifth set. Special Davis Cup tension between Germany and Austria, Muster doing a few clown moves and being the petulant ass that he could be (even more on home soil) and Stich, in contrary, being untouched by Muster's antics and acting like the coolest person ever did the rest to make it interesting enough for me.
Becker vs McEnroe in Davis Cup in Hartford also wasn't too shabby.
still... by far not the end of the list, I hope lots of other suggestions are coming...
I always wanted to see the Gilbert vs Stich US Open match (unfortunately Stich lost it again in five sets), going in a 5th set tiebreaker to Gilbert. Why? Because I would have found this match intriguing, I didn't see Gilbert so often play and it would have been against my favourite player from these days.
Also, again purely personal interest, I would have liked to see two other Stich five set matches:
Gustafsson vs Stich, Stuttgart outdoor 1993 (yes, you guessed right, Stich lost it again)
Krajicek vs Stich, Stuttgart indoor 1995 (yes... another final and another loss for Stich in five)
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Last edited by Neely; 08-03-2005 at 12:15 AM.