Which was your favorite 5-set RG final?

06-07-2004, 02:55 AM
The 5-set final of a major: it's an all-too-uncommon event! :bounce:

Which of the 8 five-setters in RG Open Era history was your favorite?

2004 Gaston Gaudio ARG def. Guillermo Coria ARG 0/6 3/6 6/4 6/1 8/6
1999 Andre Agassi USA def. Andre´ Medvedev UKR 1/6 2/6 6/4 6/3 6/4
1993 Sergi Bruguera ESP def. Jim Courier USA 6/4 2/6 6/2 3/6 6/3
1991 Jim Courier USA def. Andre Agassi USA 3/6 6/4 2/6 6/1 6/4
1989 Michael Chang USA def. Stefan Edberg SWE 6/1 3/6 4/6 6/4 6/2
1984 Ivan Lendl CZE def. John McEnroe USA 3/6 2/6 6/4 7/5 7/5
1981 Bj÷rn Borg SWE def. Ivan Lendl CZE 6/1 4/6 6/2 3/6 6/1
1974 Bj÷rn Borg SWE def. Manuel Orantes ESP 2/6 6/7 6/0 6/1 6/1

06-07-2004, 03:10 AM
Mine was 1999 when Agassi completed the career grand slam. But today's might have been the most dramatic and unpredictable of all!

1984 McEnroe/Lendl is also historic, and Chang's run in 1989 is memorable.

06-07-2004, 03:13 AM
1984 Lendl/Mcenroe
Both men at the top of their game, a total contrast of styles and a very dramatic match.
I finally watched this match in the 90s fully knowing the result but it was still very interesting.

06-07-2004, 03:13 AM
Well I only saw one so :scared:

06-07-2004, 03:15 AM
Lendl-McEnroe, definitely, saw it recently on ESPNC. Just a match of amazing drama and quality.

From 8 listed above today's final should definitely be ranked as rock bottom. All other finals were world class tennis. Today, quality-wise, it hardly qualified as Top 50 tennis. A lot of drama, but it would be OK when something like that - high drama/low quality match - happens in one of the early rounds, like Santoro-Clement soap opera. But when this is a Slam final, it's really a shame.

06-07-2004, 03:17 AM
From 8 listed above today's final should definitely be ranked as rock bottom.

probably agree with you in terms of tennis quality but all the drama + the eventual outcome made it a great slam final for me

06-07-2004, 03:19 AM
Michael Chang:)

06-07-2004, 03:33 AM
probably agree with you in terms of tennis quality but all the drama + the eventual outcome made it a great slam final for me

Yeah, it was fun.. I was watching it sitting next to one girl - a good friend of mine - and she was taking it almost as serously as Russian housewives perceive Santa-Barbara series, she almost cried during the fifth set, she pitied Coria so much, she wanted him to win so much because of that, and I was sitting next to her, watching the fifth set and could not but LMAO at the quality of tennis, when one guy could barely move, and the other could not get his shit together and nearly lost. And they call it a pinnacle of clay tennis..

06-07-2004, 04:09 AM
i would have to say Gaston Gaudio defeating Guillermo Coria because Gaudio had a good win and because i dont like Coria too much

06-07-2004, 01:15 PM
anyone know the story behind that Borg/Orantes scoreline? interesting...

06-07-2004, 01:26 PM
Lendl def McEnroe~~ bad Mac deserved to lose an important final; before that he thought he could get away with being obnoxious (win at all costs mentality)! Lendl was a choker (lost 4slam finals before 84 RG)->> then it was poetic justice that he should beat Mac*@@*

Agassi competing the 'Career-Slam' in 99 certainly brings fond memories!!

Gaudio def Coria was intriguing~~ though the tennis quality was sloppy at times this match has affected me deeply; certainly changed my opinion of Coria (he's a complex & sensitive guy). For Gaudio it's sheer joy for Guille it's a lesson in life^ probably Coria just heaped too much pressure on himself because of his passion to fight of the demons of supplement scandal, also his belief in God & wasting a chance against Verkerk in last year's SF; not to mention his frail body.. So this was not the happiest but probably the most memorable! >_<.


Favourite = Lendl/McEnroe
Most Satisfying = Agassi/Medvedev
Memorable = Gaudio/Coia

06-07-2004, 02:30 PM
I've only seen two of those finals: Gaudio/Coria and McEnroe/Lendl, and I voted for the latter because of the contrast and styles, superior quality, and almost as much drama as yesterday's final.

06-07-2004, 04:08 PM
I vote Gaudio-Coria, it's very exciting!

06-07-2004, 04:10 PM
Definetly this year's, followed by Bruguera's one which was also very, very cool. But saving 2 match points is enough to make me decide which one.

06-07-2004, 04:11 PM
Agassi 99

06-07-2004, 04:20 PM