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Greatest Match Ever

MacTheKnife
06-10-2008, 03:39 PM
What do you think is the greatest match in history ?? For me this is a no brainer, it Borg vs. McEnroe in 1980 Wimbledon final. I watch it every year this time of year. My fiance got me a digitally re-mastered HD DVD and it is awesome.

One of my favorite moments in the match is when it's 6 pts all in the tie breaker in the fourth set, and the commentator says "who would have thought that Borg's shot at a 5th straight WImbledon would come down to 6 all in the tie breaker." And I always think, If you only knew there are 22 more points left in this breaker. Then Mac pulls it out 18-16, and Borg takes the 5th set 8-6 for his 5th straight. Then Mac comes back in 81 and stops the 6th straight bid.

Could history repeat itself this year ?? It is set up perfectly for that to happen. Fed pulls out a 5th set last year for 5 straight, and is going for 6 this year. I can't wait.

What is your greatest match ever ???

Kolya
06-10-2008, 03:51 PM
Davydenko vs. Vassallo Arguello - Sopot 2007.

The impact of this match is unmatched by any match ever played on match fixing and MTF stupidity.

r2473
06-10-2008, 04:00 PM
The greatest day in tennis was the semifinals of Rome this year. Not sure which match I enjoyed more.

osalsyst
06-10-2008, 04:10 PM
I can really only comment on matches I've seen live so for me, it's Agassi/Blake at the 2005 US Open. I was a die hard Agassi fan during his last few years and his whole run to the final that year was amazing! This match though was definitely the best of them. I remember being so disappointed after Blake ran through the first two sets. It was like "This is what I waited for?" Then Andre came from behind time and time again winner after winner after winner. (The point at 6-6 in the tiebreaker is my favorite point of all time!) It was the happiest I've ever been after a tennis match!

For the record, this is nothing against James! Interestingly enough, his comeback win over Grosjean at the Australian this year is the second happiest I've been after a match.

GlennMirnyi
06-10-2008, 04:14 PM
Lendl - McEnroe FO 84.

Jaap
06-10-2008, 04:16 PM
Skugol vs Koubek, Zagreb 08

GlennMirnyi
06-10-2008, 04:27 PM
Skugor you mean. Was it a fix?

Jaap
06-10-2008, 04:28 PM
Skugor you mean. Was it a fix?

Thats the one. Koubek wanted to tank the match but Skugor was so bad he refused to let it happen. In the end Koubek just decided to win the match,.

rolandg
06-10-2008, 04:30 PM
Rafter -V- Agassi- Wimbledon 2000. Their 2001 match comes a very close second.

Xristos
06-10-2008, 04:53 PM
Federer vs Nadal Roma 2006.

Ariadne
06-10-2008, 05:01 PM
I concur with MacTheKnife having seen the highlights of that epic match between Borg and McEnroe.

However the best match I have seen in my life time is the Aussie Open '05 Semifinal between Federer and Safin.

MacTheKnife
06-10-2008, 05:01 PM
Good posts, man there's been some great ones. Another of my favorites was Agassi-Samparas 2001 USO. 4 sets, all 7-6, no breaks of serve and Pete wins it in four.

cmurray
06-10-2008, 05:34 PM
I concur with MacTheKnife having seen the highlights of that epic match between Borg and McEnroe.

However the best match I have seen in my life time is the Aussie Open '05 Semifinal between Federer and Safin.

This is my personal favorite. Some of the best tennis it has ever been my pleasure to watch.

Good posts, man there's been some great ones. Another of my favorites was Agassi-Samparas 2001 USO. 4 sets, all 7-6, no breaks of serve and Pete wins it in four.

Ah, this was a total heartbreaker for me. I stayed up until it was over. Great match though.

MacktheKnife, I wish I'd gotten to see that Borg/Mac match live. I've seen replays, of course, but since I already knew the outcome, it wasn't as exciting as it could have been.

Ivanatis
06-10-2008, 05:41 PM
I've not seen enough to make a wise decision here.

From my point of view as a fan:
Baghdatis QF and SF versus Ljubo and Bandy in Melbourne '06

octatennis
06-10-2008, 05:44 PM
sampras vs agassi AUSTRALIAN OPEN SF 99 OR 2000 i don't remenber.

sammy01
06-10-2008, 05:52 PM
i loved the 2001? wimbledon final between goran and rafter, they both deserved it and wanted it very badly, it was fun play and rallies and great drama at the end. plus the atmosphere was just amazing as it was on the monday so it was just lots of regular people not stuck up toffs, so they were realy getting into it.

plus it was a dream title run for goran!

peterparker
06-10-2008, 05:56 PM
Who knows really?

but Sampras/Agassi 2001 U.S. open qf was shot for shot the highest quality match I have watched. That match had everything with clean accurate ball striking from agassi with the unbelievable power/accuracy of the sampras serve-volley game. Sampras for that one match was also able to reclaim his athletic form from his younger days. The only letdown was in the tie breakers with some unforced errors from agassi.

After that the sampras/federer match from wimbledon was also a high-quality memorable match. Could have been a little better but easily the most talent on one court in the pro-era.

Parker

MacTheKnife
06-10-2008, 06:01 PM
This is my personal favorite. Some of the best tennis it has ever been my pleasure to watch.



Ah, this was a total heartbreaker for me. I stayed up until it was over. Great match though.

MacktheKnife, I wish I'd gotten to see that Borg/Mac match live. I've seen replays, of course, but since I already knew the outcome, it wasn't as exciting as it could have been.

It was unbelievable to watch !! I was 28 years old at the time. I obviously was for Mac and my wife (now X) was for Borg. That tie breaker was the most unreal thing I've ever seen on live TV.. Then I was heart broken when Borg pulled out that 5th set 8-6.
But I got my revenge the following year !!!

peterparker
06-10-2008, 06:01 PM
i loved the 2001? wimbledon final between goran and rafter, they both deserved it and wanted it very badly, it was fun play and rallies and great drama at the end. plus the atmosphere was just amazing as it was on the monday so it was just lots of regular people not stuck up toffs, so they were realy getting into it.

plus it was a dream title run for goran!

Great atmosphere. My favorite person in the crowd was waving around a blown up kangaroo in between points. :)

groundstroke
06-10-2008, 06:02 PM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=121616

ChinoRios4Ever
06-10-2008, 06:04 PM
Sampras - Becker ATP World Championship Hannover 96 F

GonzoFed
06-10-2008, 06:14 PM
Wilander-Lendl USO 1988 F.

Ad Wim
06-10-2008, 06:20 PM
For me Safin-Federer at AO 2005. Both players at the top of their game and similar playing styles so long rally's. Also SF Kuerten-Ferrero of French Open 2000. Unbelievable high level and because I like gravel tennis the most.

And don't forget the crazy FO final between Coria and Gaudio, that was pure idiocy!

NyGeL
06-10-2008, 07:32 PM
Agassi vs Blake at US QF 2005 was great, also that Sampras vs Agassi final in 2001.
I also liked Ivanisevic vs Rafter Wimby final (2002¿?), but as an argy I must pick Coria vs Gaudio at FO 2004 final :)

cmurray
06-10-2008, 07:39 PM
It was unbelievable to watch !! I was 28 years old at the time. I obviously was for Mac and my wife (now X) was for Borg. That tie breaker was the most unreal thing I've ever seen on live TV.. Then I was heart broken when Borg pulled out that 5th set 8-6.
But I got my revenge the following year !!!

I am envious - even knowing that Borg won (women were always for Borg, BTW :lol:), it was still an incredible match. You somehow got this feeling that McEnroe was going to win the next year after getting that close. Such a wonderful rivalry.

CyBorg
06-10-2008, 07:50 PM
Perhaps Laver/Rosewall in the 1972 WCT final, which finished with a fifth-set tiebreak. Rosewall won it.

I have not seen the match, but it has been written about for years, hyped up to be one of the best if not the best.

The Freak
06-10-2008, 07:57 PM
Henman - Moya Wimby 07. :worship:
Baghdatis - Agassi was a great one too.
Probably not the greatest matches ever, but there was so much drama and the atmosphere was electric for each.

GuiroNl
06-10-2008, 08:31 PM
Hewitt - Baghdatis AO2008

Andre♥
06-10-2008, 09:28 PM
The most exciting GS matches in the past 15 years:

Courier vs Muster RG'93
Becker vs Stich Wimbledon'93
Becker vs Medvedev Wimbledon'94
Agassi vs Chang USO'94
Sampras vs Courier AO'95
The whole second week of Wimbledon'95
Kuerten vs Medvedev RG'97
Ivanisevic vs Krajicek Wimbledon'98
Rafter vs Martin Wimbledon'99
Kafelnikov vs Krajicek USO'99
Agassi vs Sampras AO'00
Kuerten vs Kafelnikov RG'00
Henman vs Philippoussis Wimbledon'00
Agassi vs Rafter Wimbledon'00
Martin vs Moya USO'00
Agassi vs Rafter AO'01
Kuerten vs Russell RG'01
Henman vs Martin Wimbledon'01
Federer vs Sampras Wimbledon'01
Ivanisevic vs Henman Wimbledon'01
Agassi vs Rafter Wimbledon'01
Ivanisevic vs Rafter Wimbledon'01
Kuerten vs Mirnyi USO'01
Sampras vs Agassi USO'01
Hewitt vs Roddick USO'01
Sampras vs Escude AO'02
Safin vs Sampras AO'02
Haas vs Federer AO'02
Sampras vs Rusedski USO'02
Sampras vs Agassi USO'02
Roddick vs El Aynaoui AO'03
Karlovic vs Hewitt Wimbledon'03
Roddick vs Nalbandian USO'03
Canas vs Henman AO'04
Safin vs Roddick AO'04
Safin vs Agassi AO'04
Henman vs Llodra RG'04
Gaudio vs Coria RG'04
Henman vs Philippoussis Wimbledon'04
Roddick vs Ancic Wimbledon'04
Federer vs Roddick Wimbledon'04
J Johansson vs Roddick USO'04
Federer vs Agassi USO'04
Agassi vs J Johansson AO'05
Hewitt vs Nadal AO'05
Hewitt vs Nalbandian AO'05
Safin vs Federer AO'05
Hewitt vs Roddick AO'05
Ferrer vs Gaudio RG'05
Nalbandian vs Murray Wimbledon'05
Agassi vs Blake USO'05
Ginepri vs Coria USO'05
Agassi vs Ginepri USO'05
Baghdatis vs Roddick AO'06
Federer vs Haas AO'06
Federer vs Davydenko AO'06
Kiefer vs Grosjean AO'06
Baghdatis vs Nalbandian AO'06
Nieminen vs Tursunov Wimbledon'06
Agassi vs Baghdatis USO'06
Hewitt vs Gasquet USO'06
Roddick vs Ancic AO'07
Nadal vs Murray AO'07
Nadal vs Soderling Wimbledon'07
Roddick vs Gasquet Wimbledon'07
Federer vs Nadal Wimbledon'07
Ferrer vs Nalbandian USO'07
Haas vs Blake USO'07
Ferrer vs Nadal USO'07
Kohlschreiber vs Roddick AO'08
Federer vs Tipsarevic AO'08
Hewitt vs Baghdatis AO'08
Hewitt vs Ferrer RG'08

MacTheKnife
06-10-2008, 10:19 PM
I am envious - even knowing that Borg won (women were always for Borg, BTW :lol:), it was still an incredible match. You somehow got this feeling that McEnroe was going to win the next year after getting that close. Such a wonderful rivalry.

You are so right. In that match, Mac figured out how to beat Borg, even though he lost, and never lost to him again in a major. Beat him at Wimbledon and the USO the following year. He basically owned Borg after that match.

hope11
06-10-2008, 11:42 PM
I was at both of these matches. They were both very exciting.

Hewitt - Baghdatis AO2008

This match was so much fun especially since I was sitting by the greek fans and I was cheering for Baghdatis. Plus when Baghdatis hurt himself it just added another aspect to the match. I have some many great photos from that match. There was so much emotion in this match. But then again it could have seemed like a tons of emotion to me because I was personally drained after being at the open for the Kohlshreiber/Roddick match until 2am the night before and then at melbourne park from 9:30am - 4:30am the next day. Yikes, I spent so much time at the Open that weekend.

For the record, this is nothing against James! Interestingly enough, his comeback win over Grosjean at the Australian this year is the second happiest I've been after a match.

This was a very exciting match too because blake came back to win in 5 sets and the people behind me were saying the whole beginning of the match that blake is not a fighter and this a terrible match. I just smiled at them when I left, but I really wanted to say, "yeah blake was not a fighter in that match at all!":)

I personally enjoyed the aggasi vs blake match USO2005. I had to get up at 5am to watch it on tv in Australia and it was totally worth it. Very exciting, and now my friend and I always joke around with the line from aggasi that "tennis is the winner" that day. :)

jcempire
06-11-2008, 01:00 AM
The most exciting GS matches in the past 15 years:

Courier vs Muster RG'93
Becker vs Stich Wimbledon'93
Becker vs Medvedev Wimbledon'94
Agassi vs Chang USO'94
Sampras vs Courier AO'95
The whole second week of Wimbledon'95
Kuerten vs Medvedev RG'97
Ivanisevic vs Krajicek Wimbledon'98
Rafter vs Martin Wimbledon'99
Kafelnikov vs Krajicek USO'99
Agassi vs Sampras AO'00
Kuerten vs Kafelnikov RG'00
Henman vs Philippoussis Wimbledon'00
Agassi vs Rafter Wimbledon'00
Martin vs Moya USO'00
Agassi vs Rafter AO'01
Kuerten vs Russell RG'01
Henman vs Martin Wimbledon'01
Federer vs Sampras Wimbledon'01
Ivanisevic vs Henman Wimbledon'01
Agassi vs Rafter Wimbledon'01
Ivanisevic vs Rafter Wimbledon'01
Kuerten vs Mirnyi USO'01
Sampras vs Agassi USO'01
Hewitt vs Roddick USO'01
Sampras vs Escude AO'02
Safin vs Sampras AO'02
Haas vs Federer AO'02
Sampras vs Rusedski USO'02
Sampras vs Agassi USO'02
Roddick vs El Aynaoui AO'03
Karlovic vs Hewitt Wimbledon'03
Roddick vs Nalbandian USO'03
Canas vs Henman AO'04
Safin vs Roddick AO'04
Safin vs Agassi AO'04
Henman vs Llodra RG'04
Gaudio vs Coria RG'04
Henman vs Philippoussis Wimbledon'04
Roddick vs Ancic Wimbledon'04
Federer vs Roddick Wimbledon'04
J Johansson vs Roddick USO'04
Federer vs Agassi USO'04
Agassi vs J Johansson AO'05
Hewitt vs Nadal AO'05
Hewitt vs Nalbandian AO'05
Safin vs Federer AO'05
Hewitt vs Roddick AO'05
Ferrer vs Gaudio RG'05
Nalbandian vs Murray Wimbledon'05
Agassi vs Blake USO'05
Ginepri vs Coria USO'05
Agassi vs Ginepri USO'05
Baghdatis vs Roddick AO'06
Federer vs Haas AO'06
Federer vs Davydenko AO'06
Kiefer vs Grosjean AO'06
Baghdatis vs Nalbandian AO'06
Nieminen vs Tursunov Wimbledon'06
Agassi vs Baghdatis USO'06
Hewitt vs Gasquet USO'06
Roddick vs Ancic AO'07
Nadal vs Murray AO'07
Nadal vs Soderling Wimbledon'07
Roddick vs Gasquet Wimbledon'07
Federer vs Nadal Wimbledon'07
Ferrer vs Nalbandian USO'07
Haas vs Blake USO'07
Ferrer vs Nadal USO'07
Kohlschreiber vs Roddick AO'08
Federer vs Tipsarevic AO'08
Hewitt vs Baghdatis AO'08
Hewitt vs Ferrer RG'08

ten of greatest Match

Good Job:wavey:

Mimi
06-11-2008, 02:40 AM
yeah, i knew about this famous match, sometimes i wonder the players at that time have better skills as i guess its rather difficult to use a wooden racket and a small head? but i just watched a little bit as the screen quality is very poor :wavey:

i did not watch too many tennis matches, but the most exciting for me was 2001 wimby final :wavey:

eieieishockey
06-11-2008, 07:40 AM
Greatest match I´ve ever seen was the 2006 Stuttgart Final.
Ferrer - Acasuso.
At the end both couldn´t walk anymore...

Manon
06-11-2008, 12:19 PM
Sampras - Becker ATP World Championship Hannover 96 F

Surely one of those to remember. Space fire tennis.

tennisvideos
06-11-2008, 01:26 PM
Perhaps Laver/Rosewall in the 1972 WCT final, which finished with a fifth-set tiebreak. Rosewall won it.

I have not seen the match, but it has been written about for years, hyped up to be one of the best if not the best.

I have seen the highlights video of this match and it was certainly one of the most exciting matches in history, and a ground breaker in that it really put tennis on the map in terms of gaining a huge TV audience. Some of the shotmaking was electrifying.

There have been so many great battles in history, Borg v McEnroe in 1980 comes to mind as well. :worship:

sheeter
06-12-2008, 12:00 AM
The most exciting GS matches in the past 15 years:

Ferrer vs Nalbandian USO'07
Haas vs Blake USO'07
Ferrer vs Nadal USO'07

I think Blake-Santoro USO'07 should make the list.

Knightmace
06-12-2008, 06:17 AM
Sampras vs Agassi US Open 2001 QF

Then Federer vs Nadal Wimbledon 2007

peterparker
11-12-2008, 12:45 AM
http://steveflink.blogspot.com/2008/07/wimbledon-retrospective.html

steve flink ranks 2008 wimbledon final as a virtual tie with borg/mcenroe wimbledon 1980 for the greatest match of all time.

Voo de Mar
11-12-2008, 06:10 AM
I've been watching tennis since autumn 1990. In this period I think the matches that impressed me the most were played indoor: Munich 1993 where Korda def. Sampras 3-6 7-6(3) 3-6 7-6(10) 13-11 and Malmo 1996 (Davis Cup final) where Boetsch def. Kulti 7-6(2) 2-6 4-6 7-6(5) 10-8 to give France deciding win; there were matches "how to win 3-2 a match which can theoretically lose 0-5" because a player who won was very close to lose all 3 winning sets ;)

Kolya
11-12-2008, 06:49 AM
Korda vs. Sampras at the 1997 US Open.

Beautiful tennis.

peterparker
11-12-2008, 05:13 PM
I've been watching tennis since autumn 1990. In this period I think the matches that impressed me the most were played indoor: Munich 1993 where Korda def. Sampras 3-6 7-6(3) 3-6 7-6(10) 13-11 and Malmo 1996 (Davis Cup final) where Boetsch def. Kulti 7-6(2) 2-6 4-6 7-6(5) 10-8 to give France deciding win; there were matches "how to win 3-2 a match which can theoretically lose 0-5" because a player who won was very close to lose all 3 winning sets ;)

Never saw the korda match voo, will have to track it down. I did see a stich/sampras four setter from that year that was pretty good.

peterparker
11-12-2008, 05:18 PM
Korda vs. Sampras at the 1997 US Open.

Beautiful tennis.

I did see this korda/sampras! Winners left and right from korda. Sampras was in his athletic peak imo and I thought he served very very well, although his ground game was a little off.

Henry Kaspar
11-12-2008, 05:45 PM
What do you think is the greatest match in history ?? For me this is a no brainer, it Borg vs. McEnroe in 1980 Wimbledon final.

Seconded. The one coming close though is this year's Wimbledon final.

Some other memorable matches:

McEnroe vs. Connors 1980 US Open SF
McEnroe vs. Borg 1980 US Open F
Connors vs. McEnroe 1982 Wimbledon F
Lendl vs. McEnroe 1984 French Open F
Wilander vs. Lendl 1988 US Open F
Chang vs. Lendl 1989 French Open SF
Safin vs. Federer 2005 Australian Open SF
Federer vs. Nadal 2007 Wimbledon F

Among Davis Cup matches, the most memorable in my mind is the Becker vs. McEnroe match in Hartford 1987.

It probably shows that I was a tennis fan in the 1980s... ;)

Henry Kaspar
11-12-2008, 05:48 PM
Sampras - Becker ATP World Championship Hannover 96 F


Oh yes!!

kiwi10is
11-12-2008, 06:12 PM
Kiefer - Grosjean AO 2006 6-3 0-6 6-4 6-7(1) 8-6
Agassi - Connors USO 1989 6-1 4-6 0-6 6-3 6-4
Chang - Lendl RG 1989 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-3
Agassi - Medvedev RG 1999 1-6 2-6 6-4 6-3 6-4

there is nothing better than Grand Slam 5set matches :-))

HattonWBA
11-13-2008, 05:38 PM
I say Federer Vs Nadal Wimby 08 final, what a match!

oranges
11-13-2008, 05:51 PM
Borg-McEnroe match is before my time and just watching a recording afterwards is not the same. Two matches stand out for me in different ways - 2001 Ivanišević-Rafter Wimbledon final for emotional reasons, the atmosphere, drama and the miraculousness of the run and 2005 AO semi Safin-Federer for the sheer quality of tennis and number of unbelievable points on both sides.

Federerhingis
11-13-2008, 05:52 PM
I say Federer Vs Nadal Wimby 08 final, what a match!

I knew this one would come up, but it certainly is not one of them. A good match yeah sure, a great match, not quite, the best ever match not even close. The McEnroe-Borg 1980 is 20 times better, even better quality. Dramatic sure it was, in the dramatic department it probably takes all the accolades. Quality wise not even close. Nadal was not even playing that well, Roger was playing atrociously and what was in exhibition was both players supreme athleticism and that's what combined with the drama made it seem like a great match.

Critics would say I am just being a bitter Federer fan but no, actually Nadal was not even playing "superbly". Rafael surely was the better player, but could he play better sure, for that look at him at Roland, there he was in even greater form.

I agree with most of the one's mentioned on pg 1 of the thread.

For example Wimby 2000 and 2001 Agassi-Rafter, US OPEN 01 quarters between Sampras and Agassi, in fact Agassi has been involved in many a great matches. Roger-Safin aussie '06 semis was a really good one in recent times.

Marc23
11-13-2008, 05:54 PM
Nadal-Federer Wimbledon 2008!!!

Henry Kaspar
11-13-2008, 06:18 PM
I knew this one would come up, but it certainly is not one of them. A good match yeah sure, a great match, not quite, the best ever match not even close. The McEnroe-Borg 1980 is 20 times better, even better quality. Dramatic sure it was, in the dramatic department it probably takes all the accolades. Quality wise not even close. Nadal was not even playing that well, Roger was playing atrociously and what was in exhibition was both players supreme athleticism and that's what combined with the drama made it seem like a great match.

We must have seen a different match.

Federerhingis
11-13-2008, 06:25 PM
We must have seen a different match.

You must only remember the last two sets, and that's what I think everyone remembers. If you take those last two sets yeah I would say those two qualify as a great match. However in the first two both Nadal and Roger were pretty flat, and Roger was atrocious. He was shanking left and right and his return of serve was simply mediocre.

Tom Paulman
11-13-2008, 06:32 PM
Guccione - Nadal (Sydney 2007)

sawan66278
11-13-2008, 06:35 PM
I knew this one would come up, but it certainly is not one of them. A good match yeah sure, a great match, not quite, the best ever match not even close. The McEnroe-Borg 1980 is 20 times better, even better quality. Dramatic sure it was, in the dramatic department it probably takes all the accolades. Quality wise not even close. Nadal was not even playing that well, Roger was playing atrociously and what was in exhibition was both players supreme athleticism and that's what combined with the drama made it seem like a great match.

Critics would say I am just being a bitter Federer fan but no, actually Nadal was not even playing "superbly". Rafael surely was the better player, but could he play better sure, for that look at him at Roland, there he was in even greater form.

I agree with most of the one's mentioned on pg 1 of the thread.

For example Wimby 2000 and 2001 Agassi-Rafter, US OPEN 01 quarters between Sampras and Agassi, in fact Agassi has been involved in many a great matches. Roger-Safin aussie '06 semis was a really good one in recent times.

Um...you must have been involved with the Wimbledon chalk "painting" that part of your namesake was involved in if you think those other matches were better. I guess Laver, McEnroe, and other luminaries were wrong and not as astute observers of the game as you are:rolleyes: They all said it was the best match better: case closed.

Federerhingis
11-13-2008, 06:40 PM
Um...you must have been involved with the Wimbledon chalk "painting" that part of your namesake was involved in if you think those other matches were better. I guess Laver, McEnroe, and other luminaries were wrong and not as astute observers of the game as you are:rolleyes: They all said it was the best match better: case closed.

If you want to gage the validity of McEnroes authority in tennis, by what he says you really don't know or follow McEnroe that much. One day Federer is the best thing that ever happened to tennis, the next day he goes on to say Roger is just as human and far from the best tennis player ever. Just because these greats say it is, it doesn't necessarily mean it is. It may well be to them and the rest of the world, but not to me and I an not the rest of the world. :rolleyes:

Sunset of Age
11-13-2008, 06:50 PM
If you want to gage the validity of McEnroes authority in tennis, you really don't know or follow McEnroe that much. One day Federer is the best thing that ever happened to tennis, the next day he goes on to say Roger is just as human and far from the best tennis player ever. Just because these greats say it is, it doesn't necessarily mean it is. It may well be to them and the rest of the world, but not to me and I an not the rest of the world. :rolleyes:

Spot on Luis. :yeah:

The point with those Former Greats is that they are payed for commenting in their current positions as ... well, just that - 'Former Greats'. They will say whatever is thought a lot of the public wants to hear at that specific moment. Hence the 'bandwagonning' of many of them, including JohnnyMac, Borg, Wilander, etc.

Federerhingis is correct in his earlier post about the Wimbly 2008 final match - it was indeed a great match, in terms of dramatic impact and historical importance, but when it comes to the quality of the tennis produced the verdict is just a bit different imho. The first three sets showed a 'rather well'-playing Nadal and a atrociously playing Roger. It was not until the 4th and the 5th sets that both players raised their level to 'great tennis'. Of course the final two sets is what people remember best of all, hence the memory of so many dubbing this final as one of the best ever.

Well if I have to chose any match between these two players - give me the Rome 2006 final - TOP QUALITY tennis from both during all five sets!

Federerhingis
11-13-2008, 06:58 PM
Spot on Luis. :yeah:

The point with those Former Greats is that they are payed for commenting in their current positions as ... well, just that - 'Former Greats'. They will say whatever is thought a lot of the public wants to hear at that specific moment. Hence the 'bandwagonning' of many of them, including JohnnyMac, Borg, Wilander, etc.

Federerhingis is correct in his earlier post about the Wimbly 2008 final match - it was indeed a great match, in terms of dramatic impact and historical importance, but when it comes to the quality of the tennis produced the verdict is just a bit different imho. The first three sets showed a 'rather well'-playing Nadal and a atrociously playing Roger. It was not until the 4th and the 5th sets that both players raised their level to 'great tennis'. Of course the final two sets is what people remember best of all, hence the memory of so many dubbing this final as one of the best ever.

Well if I have to chose any match between these two players - give me the Rome 2006 final - TOP QUALITY tennis from both during all five sets!

Dear Karin you're spot on as well. That Rome match had so many great rallies, great tennis and drama too. By all accounts that match was indeed one of the greatest in the past few years. Both players were in great form, and both were really up for a battle.

Henry Kaspar
11-13-2008, 07:43 PM
You must only remember the last two sets, and that's what I think everyone remembers.

Well, when it comes to the Borg McEnroe final of 1980, most people just remember this epic tie-breaker....

I believe a match needs to be on a knife's edge to be truly unforgettable. I agree with you that Federer was sub-par early in this year's Wimbledon final -- after they first two sets I thought "please Federer don't lose like this" (although I leaned towards Rafa).

But once Federer stood with his back to the wall he switched into a different gear, playing like a guy who had nothing to lose. Allthewhile Nadal just didn't let off. This produced a festival of shotmaking that I believe will stand the test of time.

thrust
11-13-2008, 09:17 PM
Rosewall over Laver in Dallas 1972 year end final. Various Sampras-Agassi matches. Fed-Nadal last two Wimbledon finals. Lendl-Wilander USO finals. Rafter-Goran Wimby final, among others.

tennisvideos
11-14-2008, 01:06 PM
Rosewall over Laver in Dallas 1972 year end final. Various Sampras-Agassi matches. Fed-Nadal last two Wimbledon finals. Lendl-Wilander USO finals. Rafter-Goran Wimby final, among others.

Thrust you have such similar choices as me although I would also include 1980 Wimbledon Final Borg v McEnroe as well. But so glad you also listed 1972 Dallas (End of Year Championship Final) as that was an incredible match where Rosewall won in the 5th Set T/B. :worship:

BORO77
11-14-2008, 01:14 PM
Ancic:worship:-Federer in Wimbledon 2002
Agassi - Ivanisevic in Wimbledon:(1992
Ivanisevic :worship:- Becker wimbeldon 1994
Ivanisevic - Rafter in Wimbledon 2001:worship:

and many many matches including Rafa:worship:...specially the ones where he has beaten Roger:)

tjohansson
01-26-2010, 03:41 AM
Two that come to mine is El Ayanoui/Roddick (2003 A0) and Federer/Nadal (2009 Wimbledon)

Any others

SetSampras
01-26-2010, 03:47 AM
Sampras-Agassi 2001 USO in terms of level of play for sure. 4 Tie breaks.. I have yet to see a better match in terms of quality of play,


Fed-Nadal Wimbeldon 08 for the drama.. But not for level of play

stzenit
01-26-2010, 04:24 AM
My Favorite Matches some bias
Safin def Federer 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 9-7 2005 Australian Open Semi Final
Sampras def. Becker: 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 1996 ATP Tour Championships
Nadal def. Federer: 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 2-6,7-6 2006 Rome Masters Final
Federer def. Sampras: 7-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7, 7-5. 2001 Wimbledon 4th Round.
Safin def. Agassi 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 1-6, 6-3 2004 Australian Open Semi Final
Chesnokov def. Stich 6-4, 1-6, 1-6, 6-3, 14-12 1995 5th Rubber Davis Cup Semi Final[Chesnokov saved 9 match points]

Special Match for me
Youzhny def Mathieu 3-6 2-6 6-3 7-5 6-4 2002 5th Rubber Russia's first Davis Cup.

Lemon Custard
01-26-2010, 04:56 AM
Nadal V Verdasco AO 09. Probably not the best of all time, but it definitely deserves a mention.

Havok
01-26-2010, 04:56 AM
Nadal vs. Verdasco, semis AO 2009.

Speed of Light
01-26-2010, 05:14 AM
Use the search button before posting.
Back on topic, Rafa/Roger Wimbledon 08

.-Federers_Mate-.
01-26-2010, 05:17 AM
Nadal verdasco aussie open
nalbandian baggy aussie open
fed safin aussie open

Kolya
01-26-2010, 05:38 AM
Davydenko vs. Verdasco AO 2010.

bluefork
01-26-2010, 05:42 AM
Roddick vs. Cilic AO 2010. High quality stuff.

:lol:

MalwareDie
01-26-2010, 05:44 AM
Terrible thread. Nominations should only be reserved for matches that are of high quality.

Ibracadabra
01-26-2010, 05:59 AM
Safin vs federer aus open 05 is the best for me, given i am a marat fan

Snoo Foo
01-26-2010, 06:02 AM
Alves vs. Capdeville USO 2008

rolandgarros
01-26-2010, 06:36 AM
Sampras def. Becker: 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 1996 ATP Tour Championships[[[level]]]
Chesnokov def. Stich 6-4, 1-6, 1-6, 6-3, 14-12 1995 5th Rubber Davis Cup Semi Final[[[drama]]]

Tom Paulman
01-26-2010, 07:44 AM
Youzhny-Nadal Chennai 2008

brithater
01-26-2010, 07:56 AM
Sampras VS Corretja 96 US Open. I had to quit my job during the match to finish watching the match. Still dont regret it. Never seen more Drama. 2008 Wimby final was close though.

Tough to come up with just one. Cash/ Lendle US Open Semi was a good one too. Hewitts run to Aussie Open final and Conners run to US Open Semi in 91 were most fun tourneys to watch. Rafters run 97 US Open was another one.......Soooo many matches.

LleytonMonfils
01-26-2010, 08:00 AM
No mention of Agassi and Baghdatis? WOW! Based on the circumstances, the ups and downs, the twists and turns, and atmosphere of that match it had it all.

Agassi def Baghdatis US Open 2006 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5

I remember writing down on a piece of paper the date and score of that match after it was over, just so I wouldn't forget.

FlavorNuts
04-13-2011, 09:29 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHUNF1YKblE

Agassi and Coria's games complement each other perfectly. If I needed to introduce someone to tennis, I'd give them any match between the two.

Chris Kuerten
04-13-2011, 09:42 AM
Nx4j2DyYbQ8

Mine involves one with Coria too.

Commander Data
04-13-2011, 10:33 AM
When I see how Coria played, it really seems to me that nobody except Nadal can play proper clay tennis these days.

feuselino
04-13-2011, 10:59 AM
FitDave - JesusFed, any time, any place, any surface...

jonathancrane
04-13-2011, 11:16 AM
43csIDKmkMk

Mm74-hwVFLM

2VUBtEbuOuY

And the best match from the last 5 years:

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samjones
04-13-2011, 11:31 AM
Agassi and Coria's games complement each other perfectly. If I needed to introduce someone to tennis, I'd give them any match between the two.

I don't think truly great tennis can be played on clay - especially not red clay. And when's the last time you saw a good fight at a tennis match? I'm not talking about some white trash scuffle in the stands and I'm not talking about Andy Roddick chewing out some line judge that reminds him of his mom. I'm talking about 2 players laying down the racquets and settling it man to man.

Jimmy Connors wasn't afraid to step up to the net.

BlueSwan
04-13-2011, 11:42 AM
It's sad that Coria faded the way he did. One might speculate what would have happened had he won that 2004 RG title. Could he perhaps have posed the threat to Nadal that noone else has been able to?

BlueSwan
04-13-2011, 11:53 AM
Nx4j2DyYbQ8

Mine involves one with Coria too.
Coria really had his chances in that fifth set. Up a double break and everything...

Sophocles
04-13-2011, 11:58 AM
Agassi-Coria was certainly some great stuff, as was that Rome final with Nadal. But Crane wins this thread. Ashe's 1st set in that '69 Wimbledon semi & Laver's next 3 were some of the best tennis ever played on grass. And the unjustly neglected Mac-Connors U.S.O. semi in '84 was arguably their best ever match - way better than Wimbledon '82. As ever, it was Mac's serve & volley against Jimmy's return & passing shots, but on this occasion both were executing at an exceptionally high level.

pray-for-palestine-and-israel
04-13-2011, 01:24 PM
agassi was the best natural ball striker the game ever saw

i wish 1995 agassi could have played nadal, what a great match up that would have been

fitdave is probably the best natral ball striker of this generation

federer is federer- i cant compare him because he's not from this world, therefore you cannot apply the standards of this world to him

Johnny Groove
04-13-2011, 01:31 PM
The 1980 USO final Borg-Mac is eternally underrated.

Fs6dSMw6o3Y

TennisLurker
04-13-2011, 01:32 PM
The 2005 Rome Final with Nadal and Coria is the best clay court match I have ever seen

tennishero
04-13-2011, 01:42 PM
coria was up a break in almost every set, incredible choker.

jcempire
04-13-2011, 01:54 PM
The 2005 Rome Final with Nadal and Coria is the best clay court match I have ever seen

because you maybe too young. Go back to history. I'm sorry that's not getting better

RIboy
04-13-2011, 02:02 PM
Karlovic- Isner

TennisLurker
04-13-2011, 02:20 PM
I have been watching tennis regularly since 1997, and have plenty of tapes of Wilander, Lendl, Courier and Muster.

Perhaps one of the matches Borg played against Panatta was more entertaining, but I don't have any tape of it. And I dont really like wood racket age clay tennis.

Which clay court match that went to 5 sets do you consider better than the 2005 Rome Final? I liked it more than the Ferrero Kuerten matches, Bruguera Courier, Courier Agassi, the next year final with Fed and Nadal, amd the 1981 Lendl Borg final.

rocketassist
04-13-2011, 03:10 PM
because you maybe too young. Go back to history. I'm sorry that's not getting better

2005 is quite old for most fans on this forum.

GlennMirnyi
04-13-2011, 03:29 PM
You mean introduce to cheating, right?

Two known dopers.

green25814
04-13-2011, 03:56 PM
Isner/Mahut

pray-for-palestine-and-israel
04-13-2011, 04:09 PM
no nadal match has ever been great

safin federer

nalbandian federer

both 2005

thats real tennis

/thread

Tutu
04-13-2011, 04:15 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NskenIw7MXs&feature=related Duh.

pray-for-palestine-and-israel
04-13-2011, 04:23 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NskenIw7MXs&feature=related Duh.

ill take that and raise you this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHLBr_h53jI

probably unbeatable tennis from any woman in history

Pirata.
04-13-2011, 04:27 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NskenIw7MXs&feature=related Duh.

I remember watching this as a kid, Venus was my idol growing up.

rocketassist
04-13-2011, 04:40 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NskenIw7MXs&feature=related Duh.

Wrong forum, we're on about tennis here. Though Hingis was quite entertaining for a WTA'er.

The Magician
04-13-2011, 04:51 PM
Sad to watch that Nadull/Coria tape. Coria dissapeared, so did Gaudio, Ferrero, Moya, Kuerten, Agassi, Costa, even Verkerk, or anyone else who could possibly challenge Nadull on clay. Regardless of what you personally feel about Nadull and the current game, everyone should lament the lack of good, memorable matches in general and how much of the world simply tunes out during the clay season because it's so boring.

Acer
04-13-2011, 04:54 PM
ill take that and raise you this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHLBr_h53jI

probably unbeatable tennis from any woman in history

Oh YES baby!

Justine :worship:

The Magician
04-13-2011, 04:55 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NskenIw7MXs&feature=related Duh.

ill take that and raise you this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHLBr_h53jI

probably unbeatable tennis from any woman in history

Says tennis in the title, WTA is not tennis :wavey:

Adri89
04-13-2011, 05:21 PM
Safin when on was near to perfect tennis in my opinion. His wins over Sampras and Federer are legendary stuff.

guga2120
04-13-2011, 06:12 PM
Nadal/Djokovic in Hamburg in 2008, is the best clay match in the last 5 years.

Tutu
04-13-2011, 06:33 PM
ill take that and raise you this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHLBr_h53jI

probably unbeatable tennis from any woman in history
:lol:

That was great, but hardly unbeatable. Venus was playing with bad anemia and still kept it close. Both Serena's beatdown of Maria at the AO in 07, Maria's manhandling of Justine at the AO in 08 and Venus' majestic Wimbledon final win over Serena in 2008 were all better. They all just play that style of tennis better than her. Justine has had better matches than that on clay.

Anyway, this wasn't meant to be a proper discussion. :lol: Just doing my job and aggravating the h8torz.

Wrong forum, we're on about tennis here. Though Hingis was quite entertaining for a WTA'er.
Says tennis in the title, WTA is not tennis :wavey:
What's your definition of tennis then?

Johnny Groove
04-13-2011, 06:38 PM
The best matches I have personally ever seen, in terms of pure tennis quality:

Wimbledon 2001- Both semis and the Final.
AO Final 2009- Not as much drama as Wimbledon 08, but better quality imo
AO SF 2009- Nadal-Nando, watch and you'll see
Rome 2005 Final- Changing of the guard
Rome 2006 Final- Confirmation of guard changing
Shanghai 2005 Final- Fed-Fat Dave
AO 2005 SF- Fed-Safin
Some of the classic Borg/Mac/Connors trivalry matches

So many more, this is all I can think of off the top of my head.

TennisLurker
04-13-2011, 08:14 PM
I loved watching Wayne Ferreira beat Sampras, he was very good at dismantling big serves in an age with fast surfaces and big serves. His last great match of that kind was his victory over Philippoussis when Wayne won LA in 2003, that was the last good year for both, although Wayne kept playing only to break Edberg's record.

I would pay 50 dollars for the 2003 Kucera Nalbandian Wimbledon match, no one has the tape.

Everko
04-13-2011, 08:17 PM
:haha: best tennis you've seen? Two of tennis most mentally challenged players of all time. Both should have been locked in an insane house long ago. Agassi seemed ok but them he said all those crazy things. Coria had the biggest career decline ever. Embarassing player

murex
04-13-2011, 08:44 PM
How about this match
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPCXXbUHW5M

tennishero
04-13-2011, 09:31 PM
the shanghai 05 final is up there.

GlennMirnyi
04-13-2011, 09:38 PM
Nadal/Djokovic in Hamburg in 2008, is the best clay match in the last 5 years.

Shows how pathetic clay tennis has become.

Certinfy
04-13-2011, 11:35 PM
RG R4 2010 - Gabashvili vs Melzer first set was some of the best tennis I've ever witnessed, given the names you really have to have watched the tennis to believe it.

leng jai
04-13-2011, 11:48 PM
Blake - Haas US Open 2007
Safin - Agassi Aus Open 2004
Federer - Haas Aus Open 2006

Shirogane
04-14-2011, 12:13 AM
I would green dot you for the second one, but it still breaks my heart when I think of it! Still a great match.

Action Jackson
04-14-2011, 06:39 AM
Gaudio-Costa Barcelona 2002
Calleri- Ferrero Davis Cup 2003, the Spanish fans gave Calleri a standing ovation.

Start da Game
04-14-2011, 06:47 AM
nadal vs. djokovic french open 2008 semifinal.......clay court tennis reached its peak and ended right there.......

Start da Game
04-14-2011, 07:00 AM
sampras vs. kafelnikov masters cup final 97 - one of the greatest displays of all court tennis.......

sampras vs. agassi wimbledon 99 - grasscourt tennis reached its peak and ended right there.......

nadal vs. djokovic french open 2007 semifinal.......another display of pure clay court mastery.......

kuerten vs. kafelnikov french open 2001 quarterfinal.......he fought back and won from 2 sets to 1 down for the second time against kafelnikov at french open, the other time was 1997......

nadal vs federer australian open 2009 final......

Alex999
02-04-2012, 09:46 AM
let's talk. I've seen too many good matches and I can't really decide. thinking of JMac vs. Borg back in 80s. discuss.

TennisOnWood
02-04-2012, 09:51 AM
Oh boy, this will be legendary :p