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What are your favorite rivalries that do not involve 2 grandslam champions??

I am asking for rivalries that involve a grand slam champion, and someone who isnt a grand slam champion, or just two players who never won a grand slam.

Not Borg-McEnroe or Sampras-Agassi for example, I am not interested.


This are my two favorite rivalries of that kind.
A lot of great matches.

Gaudio - Ferrero

(just ignore the last match)

2000 Monte Carlo Clay (O) QF Gaston GAUDIO 6-4 6-2
2000 Gstaad Clay (O) 32 Gaston GAUDIO 6-4 7-6(3)
2000 Canada Hard (O) 32 Juan Carlos FERRERO 7-6(4) 3-6 3-6
2001 Miami Hard (O) 16 Gaston GAUDIO 6-0 3-6 6-3
2002 French Open Clay (O) 16 Juan Carlos FERRERO 7-6(3) 1-6 7-6(5) 2-6 4-6
2003 Monte Carlo Clay (O) 16 Juan Carlos FERRERO 6-3 5-7 2-6
2003 Rome Clay (O) 16 Juan Carlos FERRERO 7-5 0-6 2-6
2003 Cincinnati Hard (O) 32 Gaston GAUDIO 6-7(3) 7-6(5) 6-4
2003 Davis Cup (WG-SF) Clay (O) R1 Juan Carlos FERRERO 4-6 0-6 0-6


Sampras - Wayne Ferreira


1991 Cincinnati Hard (O) 16 Pete SAMPRAS 6-1 6-4
1991 U.S. Open Hard (O) 64 Pete SAMPRAS 6-1 6-2 2-2 Retired
1992 Memphis Hard (I) QF Wayne FERREIRA 4-6 2-6
1994 Queen's Grass (O) QF Pete SAMPRAS 6-1 6-4
1995 Hamburg Clay (O) QF Pete SAMPRAS 6-2 6-2
1995 Lyon Carpet (I) FR Wayne FERREIRA 6-7 7-5 3-6
1995 ATP Finals Carpet (I) RR Wayne FERREIRA 6-7 6-4 3-6
1998 Lipton-Key Biscayne Hard (O) 32 Wayne FERREIRA 6-0 6-7 3-6
1998 Basle Carpet (I) 32 Wayne FERREIRA 6-4 6-7 3-6
1999 Los Angeles Hard (O) QF Pete SAMPRAS 4-6 6-3 6-3
2000 Indian Wells Hard (O) 32 Pete SAMPRAS 3-6 7-6(4) 7-6(5)
2002 Scottsdale Hard (O) 16 Wayne FERREIRA 5-7 5-7
2002 Canada Hard (O) 64 Pete SAMPRAS 7-6(6) 5-7 6-4


Please post head to heads if possible.

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Re: What are your favorite rivalries that do not involve 2 grandslam champions??

Great idea for a topic/discussion! But, I can't really think of any lol

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Re: What are your favorite rivalries that do not involve 2 grandslam champions??

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Re: What are your favorite rivalries that do not involve 2 grandslam champions??

Hewitt vs Srichaphan...
*Can't remember what there exact H:H is but I think its 5/1 in Hewitt's favour-->> however all their matches seemed to be very close with Lleyton often winning crucial tie-breaks. Also coming back from match point down as happened at San Jose & Indian Wells a couple of years ago if I recall correctly!??!...
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Re: What are your favorite rivalries that do not involve 2 grandslam champions??

Henman v Nalbandian
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Mantilla-Zabaleta. These two guys have great respect for each other and their matches are played in a good environment apart from the two defaults

1996 San Marino Clay R32 Mantilla 6-2 7-5
1996 Umag Clay R16 Mantilla 6-3 6-3
1996 Bournemouth Clay R16 Zabaleta 6-2 2-6 6-4
1998 Amsterdam Clay R32 Zabaleta 7-6(2) 6-2
1998 Santiago Clay R32 Mantilla 6-2 6-3
1999 Rome Clay R64 Mantilla 6-1 ret
2000 Australian Open Hardcourt R128 Zabaleta 6-1 5-7 6-3 7-6(5)
2001 Auckland Hardcourt R32 Zabaleta 7-5 7-5
2001 Palermo Clay QF Mantilla 6-0 2-0 ret
2003 Australian Open Hardcourt R128 Mantilla 4-6 7-5 6-3 4-6 6-4
Felix Mantilla leads 6-4

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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This one is an old one, but it suits this thread for sure.

The battle of Austria between Thomas Muster and Horst Skoff. These matches were close and these guys hated each other with a passion and that gave their matches more of an edge. Having seen three of their matches and there definitely wasn't the love there.

When they played in Austria the crowd was split as if you were going for Muster, then they would never cheer Skoff and vice versa. The media played it up as well.

1987 Vienna Indoor Hardcourt R16 Muster 6-4 6-4
1988 Bordeaux Clay SF Muster 4-6 6-4 7-5
1988 Vienna Indoor Carpet F Skoff 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-2
1989 Barcelona Clay QF Skoff 6-4 6-3
1990 Kitzbuhel Clay QF Skoff 6-4 6-2
1990 Vienna Indoor Carpet SF Skoff 6-2 7-6
1991 Hamburg Clay R64 Skoff 7-5 6-2
1991 Florence Clay F Muster 6-2 6-7(2) 6-4
1991 Geneva Clay F Muster 6-2 6-4
1993 Mexico City Clay QF Muster 6-2 7-5
1993 Roland Garros Clay R128 Muster 0-6 6-3 6-4 6-2

Thomas Muster 6-5

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: What are your favorite rivalries that do not involve 2 grandslam champions??

Gaudio and Kuerten was one, though funny enough they never played after Gaudio won RG.

Nalbandian and Nadal, though it has happened often enough, more because of Nalbandian.

Andreev and Almagro on the clay.

Santoro and Clement, more so for the level of love between these two guys.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: What are your favorite rivalries that do not involve 2 grandslam champions??

Nadal and Youzhny is a great one, they're pretty evenly split especially off clay, you never really know which way the matches are going to go, and they've had a couple of long battles like Oz Open 05 and Wimby 07.

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Re: What are your favorite rivalries that do not involve 2 grandslam champions??

Laver and Roche
Lendl and Mecir
Becker and Leconte

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Re: What are your favorite rivalries that do not involve 2 grandslam champions??

How about Federer and Murray?

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Re: What are your favorite rivalries that do not involve 2 grandslam champions??

but ferrero and gaudio are both slam champions.... that one shouldnt count.
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but ferrero and gaudio are both slam champions.... that one shouldnt count.
The opening post is previous than Gaudio's RG
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The opening post is previous than Gaudio's RG
Good man, you spotted it.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Federer-Nalbandian
Sampras-W. Ferreira
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