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The best Grand Slam matches

What are your favourite and the best Grand Slam matches?

For example in 1991 we had a lot of great matches

1991

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

B.Becker – O.Camporese 7-6(4) 7-6(5) 0-6 4-6 14-12 (3R) - this match lasted 5 hours and 11 minutes (only fifth set lasted 2 hours and 5 minutes).

I.Lendl – S.Edberg 6-4 5-7 3-6 7-6(3) 6-4 (SF) - Edberg had 2:1,5-4 (40-0), this match lasted 4 hours and 2 minutes.

B.Becker - I.Lendl 1-6 6-4 6-4 6-4 (final) - Lendl lost his serve three times in whole match, but always at 4-5... In the fourth set at 3-3 Lendl had 40-15 (on Boris serve), but Becker saved these two breakpoints. In the first set Becker was playing with an injury.

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B.Becker – T.Woodbridge 5-7 1-6 6-4 6-4 6-4 (2R) - Becker was losing 5-7 1-6 1-3 and then was down 2-4 in the fourth set !!! This match lasted 4 hours and 25 minutes.

M.Chang - J.Connors 4-6 7-5 6-2 4-6 ret (2R) - Connors was forced to retire after first ball in the final set. He was absolutely ehxausted. He said to umpire: "I can`t play anymore". Wonderful and unforgettable match and 15-minute standing ovation for "Jimbo"...

J.Courier– A.Agassi 3-6 6-4 2-6 6-1 6-4 (final) - Agassi had 6-3,3-1 before first rain break. This final lasted 3 hours and 19 minutes.

WIMBLEDON

T.Mayotte – M.Chang 6-7(6) 4-6 6-1 7-6(9) 6-2 (1R) - Mayotte saved one or two match points.

M.Stich – S.Edberg 4-6 7-6(5) 7-6(5) 7-6(2) (SF) - only one break of serve during whole match.

U.S. OPEN

J.Connors – P.McEnroe 4-6 6-7(4) 6-4 6-2 6-4 (1R) - Connors was down 4-6 6-7 0-3 (0-40)... This match lasted 4 hours and 35 minutes and finished 1:35 at night.

M.Chang – J.McEnroe 6-4 4-6 7-6(1) 2-6 6-3 (3R) - this match lasted 4 hours and 35 minutes.

J.Connors – A.Krickstein 3-6 7-6(8) 1-6 6-3 7-6(4) (4R) - Krickstein had 5-2 in the final set.

I.Lendl – M.Stich 6-3 3-6 4-6 7-6(5) 6-1 (QF) - one of the last great Lendl matches

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Re: The best Grand Slam matches

1989

U.S. OPEN

30 August 1989 - the day of many sensations

Boris Becker saved one match point and beat Derrick Rostagno 1-6, 6-7, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3.

Also on the main stadium, qualifier Paul Haarhuis defeated No. 4 seeded John McEnroe 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 and it was one of the biggest upsets in US Open history.

In the next match on the stadium court, 18-year-old Pete Sampras beat defending champion and No. 5 seeded Mats Wilander 5-7, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Sampras was leading 2-0,3-1,4-2 in the final set, Wilander tied (4-4), but Sampras broke his serve again. But serving for the match, Sampras was down 15-40 !!! However he went to deuce and defeated Wilander in the second matchpoint (in the first he made double-fault).

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Re: The best Grand Slam matches

1992

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

J.McEnroe - E.Sanchez 7-5 7-6(4) 4-6 2-6 8-6 (4R) - both players had match points, it was a wonderful match. McEnroe had 2 matchpoints (40-15) at 5-4 (Sanchez was serving), but Sanchez didn`t surrender. He broke McEnroe and then he was 6-5 up and was serving for the match. He had 3 matchpoints, but McEnroe saved them and broke back. McEnroe hold serve and finally won 8-6 after 4 hours and 41 minutes of play.

S.Edberg - I.Lendl 4-6 7-5 6-1 6-7(5) 6-1 (QF) - classic five-set match between Edberg and Lendl

R.Krajicek - M.Stich 5-7 7-6(2) 6-7(1) 6-4 6-4 (QF) - the battle of serve, but not only serve (Krajicek served 19 aces, Stich 15).

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Re: The best Grand Slam matches

1992

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M.Stich - J.Connors 7-5 3-6 6-7(4) 6-1 6-2 (1R) - the last great Connors match (despite he lost)

J.Oncins - I.Lendl 3-6 3-6 6-3 6-2 8-6 (2R)

N.Kulti - M.Chang 7-6(5) 2-6 6-3 3-6 8-6 (3R) - this match lasted 4 hours and 43 minutes.

H.Leconte - N.Kulti 6-7(8) 3-6 6-3 6-3 6-3 (QF) - four years after reaching a final, Leconte was incredible again

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Re: The best Grand Slam matches

Wimbledon 1992

J.McEnroe - P.Cash 6-7(3) 6-4 6-7(1) 6-3 6-2 (2R) - this match lasted 4 hours and 9 minutes, big win for John McEnroe.

J.Hlasek - P.Korda 4-6 3-6 6-3 7-6(7) 16-14 (2R) - Hlasek saved one match point and beat Roland Garros finalist after 4 hours and 15 minutes.

G.Forget - J.Bates 6-7(10) 6-4 3-6 7-6(2) 6-3 (4R) - Bates had a match point (5-4 40-30 in the fourth set), but Forget saved it, served 31 aces and win after 3 hours and 48 minutes.

G.Ivanisevic - S.Edberg 6-7(10) 7-5 6-1 3-6 6-3 (QF) - Ivanisevic served 39 aces and unexpectedly beat Edberg.

A.Agassi - G.Ivanisevic 6-7(8) 6-4 6-4 1-6 6-4 (final) - great final, Agassi won despite 37 aces served by Ivanisevic

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Re: The best Grand Slam matches

U.S. OPEN 1992

B.Gilbert - M.Stich 5-7 6-3 3-6 6-3 7-6(0) (2R) - Stich was leading 4-1 in the final set and later he had three match points (5-4, 40-15 and one advantage) when Gilbert was serving, but Gilbert saved them and didn`t lost any point in the tiebreak

P.Sampras - T.Martin 7-6(1) 2-6 4-6 7-5 6-4 (3R) - Sampras won 179 points (Martin 177), this match lasted 3 hours and 41 minutes. In the fourth set Sampras was leading 5-1 (two breaks of serve), but Martin tied (5-5). However Sampras took the fourth and the fifth set

I.Lendl - B.Becker 6-7(4) 6-2 6-7(4) 6-3 6-4 (4R) - this matched lasted 5 hours and 1 minute

S.Edberg - R.Krajicek 6-4 6-7(6) 6-3 3-6 6-4 (4R) - Edberg could lead two sets to love, but Krajicek saved two set points in the tiebreak (from 4-6 to 8-6), in the final set Krajicek broke Edberg, but Stefan broke Richard serve two times and win 6-4

J.Courier - A.Agassi 6-3 6-7(6) 6-1 6-4 (QF) - it wasn`t easy match for Courier. Jim won the first set and he had 6-3 in the second set tiebreak (Agassi won 8-6). In the fourth set Courier won 6:4 (despite he was losing 3-4 and 0-40). This match lasted 3 hours and 47 minutes !!!

I.Lendl - S.Edberg 6-3 6-3 3-6 5-7 7-6(3) (QF) - this match lasted 4 hours and 3 minutes, Edberg defeated Lendl, but he could win earlier (he had 2-1, 5-4 and 40-0, in the fourth set Lendl saved fourth matchpoints). In the final set Lendl broke Edberg, Stefan broke back and win in the tiebreak.

S.Edberg - M.Chang 6-7(3) 7-5 7-6(3) 5-7 6-4 (SF) - one of the best tennis matches in the history This match lasted 5 hours and 26 minutes and both players made unbelievable tennis In the final set Chang was leading 3-0 (40-0), but he finally lost.

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Re: The best Grand Slam matches

1993

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

A.Jarryd - B.Becker 3-6 7-5 3-6 6-3 6-2 (1R) - Jarryd won only five points more than Becker (171-166) and defeated him in five sets (this matched lasted 3 hours).

M.Stich - J.Stoltenberg 5-7 6-4 7-6(0) 4-6 6-1 (3R)

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Re: The best Grand Slam matches

ROLAND GARROS 1993

S.Bruguera - T.Champion 6-0 6-0 6-0 (2R) - unbelievable match, Bruguera didn`t lose any game and this match lasted only 1 hour !!!

R.Krajicek - C.Costa 7-5 3-6 6-3 5-7 10-8 (4R) - serv and volley against baseline

S.Bruguera - J.Courier 6-4 2-6 6-2 3-6 6-3 (final) - five set final, but both players made many unforced errors. Bruguera won only five points more than Courier (155-150).

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R.Krajicek - C.Costa 7-5 3-6 6-3 5-7 10-8 (4R) - serv and volley against baseline
In the fifth set Costa was leading 6:5 (30-15) on serve Costa served 3 aces more than Krajicek (7-4)

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That`s very interesting I saw Krajicek serving 42 aces against Ivanisevic (who served "only" 28 aces) during Wimbledon 1998 semifinal, but finally Krajicek lost this match 15-13 in the final set

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1991

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

I.Lendl – S.Edberg 6-4 5-7 3-6 7-6(3) 6-4 (SF) - Edberg had 2:1,5-4 (40-0), this match lasted 4 hours and 2 minutes.
Actually Edberg had double match point with 40-15 on serve. On a second MP Edberg served double fault. It's amazing but in a similar situation Lendl won US Open match the same year against Krajicek (1R) 3-6 2-6 6-4 7-6(5) 6-0.
Krajicek in the fourth had 5:4 (40-15) on serve and on both MP's he made two double faults.

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WIMBLEDON 1993

S.Edberg - G.Rusedski 7-6(9) 6-4 6-7(7) 7-6(5) (1R) - first good match played by Rusedski (14 aces) at Wimbledon. Edberg was really in trouble

G.Ivanisevic - Ch.Bailey 5-7 7-6(3) 6-7(3) 6-4 9-7 (2R) - Bailey had one match point in the final set, but Ivanisevic annuled it (served second serve ace) ! Bailey couldn`t believe

A.Agassi - R.Krajicek 7-5 7-6(7) 7-6(8) (4R) - only three sets, but it was very interesting match. Krajicek lost to Agassi for the second time at Wimbledon (last time in 1991) despite serving 21 aces.

J.Courier - W.Ferreira 4-6 7-6(8) 7-5 6-4 (4R) - in this match Courier played incredible passingshot, one of the best passingshots I have ever seen.

P.Sampras - A.Agassi 6-2 6-2 3-6 3-6 6-4 (QF) - Sampras (23 aces) beat defending champion Agassi after 2 hours and 48 minutes. Agassi saved 2 MP at 3-5, but Sampras finished this match in the next game (three aces and one service winner).

B.Becker - M.Stich 7-5 6-7(5) 6-7(5) 6-2 6-4 (QF) - Becker took revenge for 1991 final and beat Stich in five sets. Stich served 21 aces (Becker 15) and made 12 double-faults (Becker 10).

P.Sampras - J.Courier 7-6(3) 7-6(6) 3-6 6-3 - very good final and Sampras won his first Wimbledon. He served 22 aces. In the second set tiebreak, Courier had one set point at 6-5.

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U.S. OPEN 1993

B.Becker - A.Cherkasov 3-6 6-7(8) 7-5 6-4 6-4 (1R) - Becker served 17 aces and made 17 double-faults.

S.Edberg - O.Delaitre 6-2 0-6 7-6(7) 5-7 6-3 (1R)

T.Enqvist - A.Agassi 6-4 6-4 3-6 6-7(3) 6-2 (1R) - great match for Enqvist made 64 winners and served 20 aces !!!

M.Wilander – M.Pernfors 7-6(3) 3-6 1-6 7-6(6) 6-4 (2R) - this unforgettable match lasted 4 hours and 1 minute and finished 2:26 at night

R.Krajicek - T.Martin 6-7(4) 4-6 7-6(9) 6-4 6-4 (3R) - Krajicek served 24 aces (Martin 13) and saved two match points in the third set tiebreak.

P.Sampras - M.Chang 6-7(0) 7-6(2) 6-1 6-1 (QF) - Sampras played unbelievable tennis in the last two sets, but earlier Chang was leading 7-6,3-2 with break.

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R.Krajicek - T.Martin 6-7(4) 4-6 7-6(9) 6-4 6-4 (3R) - Krajicek served 24 aces (Martin 13) and saved two match points in the third set tiebreak.
That match lasted 5 hours 11 minutes what is unusual in the match of two big-servers.

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1994

AUSTRALIAN OPEN 1994

P.Sampras - Y.Kafelnikov 6-3 2-6 6-3 1-6 9-7 (2R) - Sampras was losing 4-5 (30-30) in the final set.

M.Damm - H.Leconte 1-6 7-6(1) 6-4 4-2 ret (2R) - Leconte was forced to retire, because he got sunstroke and failed (below you can see a photo of Leconte from that match).

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M.Washington - M.Wilander 6-7(7) 6-2 6-7(3) 6-4 6-1 (4R) - the last great match played by Wilander who reached last sixteen during AO 1994.

T.Martin - S.Edberg 3-6 7-6(7) 7-6(7) 7-6(4) (semifinal) - Martin lost his serve 6 times during whole match, Edberg 4 times, but Martin was better player in all three tiebreaks !!! Martin served 12 aces, but Edberg made 13 double-faults.
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