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Your best match of Federer?

underhill
10-05-2004, 02:49 PM
My vote:
Federer vs Agassi Master Cup's Round Robin match

Rogiman
10-05-2004, 03:41 PM
Well....

It might be a subjective choice, and I guess Roger has since played even better, but for me it was like watching some kind of magic for the first time when he shot the duck all over 7:6 6:3 6:3 at Wimby last year (2003). :worship:

Obviously it was also a turning point in his career (not the only one, though, 2003 TMC might have been just as significant), but that's not why I pick this match.
For some reason this is the one I recall with the most delight, Roger serving and volleying, flying on the court, and the duck helplessly staring...

marchen
10-05-2004, 04:46 PM
wimbledon semi 03

Jimena
10-05-2004, 06:21 PM
In terms of the competitiveness of the match, I have two: vs. Agassi in the RR at TMC '03, and vs. Sampras at Wimbledon in '01.

In terms of the sheer beauty of the tennis Roger played, I have to go with his Wimbledon semi against Roddick in '03.

RonE
10-05-2004, 06:26 PM
That is a tough one! There is no doubt that Wimbledon 03 semis AND final were both superb matches and were Rogi's first great breakthrough.

But if I had to pick one I would pick Roger's victory over Hewitt at the AO this year.

I believe it is one of the matches in which Rogi really figured out how to play like a champion in a really big match, in a match where not everything was going so smoothly for him. His previous big matches in grand slams, in similair situations he would have buckled. He was playing very mediocrely in the beginning of the match, getting broken in the very first game of the match, and really did not find his form until mid-way through the second set.

He was with his back to the wall facing break point several times in that 2nd set, but repelled Hewitt and turned it around. He managed to find a way to win even while not playing well, then raised his level at the crucial stages.

Also, I believe the Davis Cup match against Hewitt really hurt Roger, and to come back to the same arena, against the same player, on Australia Day no less, and beat him in front of his home crowd, in a grand slam, that was a match that gave Roger the belief that has carried him through many other difficult matches thus far.

mitalidas
10-05-2004, 06:33 PM
for me, hands down and eyes closed (okay, so my eyes were wide open):

Wimbledon 2003 (SEMI final)

Yoda
10-05-2004, 07:01 PM
Three matches for me:-

1) Wim 2001 vs Sampras - What a match. I thought that I'm in for a treat for the next decade. Amazing how long it took b4 he got his game together after that match.

2) 2003 TMC Final vs Agassi. He took on one of his nemesis, a raucous crowd and a jerk like Jim and played one of the finest games. He blitzed Agassi.

3) 2004 TM @ Toronto Final vs Roddick. After looking overwhelmed for most of the Wimby final vs Roddick. He came back and looked completely at ease against Roddick firepower on Roddick's fav. type of court.

mitalidas
10-05-2004, 07:03 PM
Three matches for me:-

1) Wim 2001 vs Sampras
2) 2003 TMC Final vs Agassi. He took on one of his nemesis, a raucous crowd and a jerk like Jim and played one of the finest games. He blitzed Agassi.
3) 2004 TM @ Toronto Final vs Roddick. .

Although I disagreed on the choices, I did agree about the "....jerk like Jim..." comment ;)

jtipson
10-05-2004, 07:17 PM
Awww, so many to choose from (aren't we lucky!). I would have to pick the Wimbledon 2003 semi-final, because that's what really made me fall in love with his game. Before the match, I was just eager to see the match-up of the two best grass-courters of the season, but was completely overwhelmed by that display. I was often on my feet and applauding like the crowd on Centre Court (even though I was watching it on a big screen in our boardroom at work!!).

Fedex
10-05-2004, 08:23 PM
Oh, Wimby 03 Semifinal, is still probably to date, the best match he's played. I'll never forget Wimby 03. All of his matches at TMC 03 were great, but the RR against Agassi was memorable. Too many to list. i will write them down, and post the rest of mine later. :)

Blaze
10-06-2004, 01:09 AM
His last four matches with Agassi. They bring out the best in each other

WyveN
10-06-2004, 04:09 AM
Wimbledon semi 2003, certainly.
Incredible serve volley display.

^Sue^
10-06-2004, 09:46 AM
Actually, the matches between Roger and Andre are always being the highest votes...
But i am voting for Rogi vs Sampras (Wimbledon) as the best match of him.

babsi
10-06-2004, 09:50 AM
Now that´s it!
I never had a chance to watch the Wimbleton semi 2003 :( :( :(
I will realy have to make an effort to find a dvd or video of that match!!!

I love the Wimledon final 2003.It was the first ime I´ve ever watched Roger play - now can´t forgete that, can you?

landoud
10-06-2004, 11:06 AM
for me.. i love wimbledon 2004 final

marchen
10-06-2004, 03:29 PM
babsi:
go to ebay. there're guys who make copies of those great matches and put them there for sale. though they're probably illegal, but when i managed to find the pete vs roger '01 match there, i love them all the best.
and to certain extent, i think roger's match vs pete was sure to be his greatest, though i still love the wimbledon semi the most. :worship:

babsi
10-06-2004, 04:23 PM
THanks for the tip, marchen :) :) :)

lsy
10-06-2004, 04:40 PM
I have to go with the majority : wimby sf 2003.

Casual tennis fan prior to that match, watched most Andy matches in wimby 2003 wondering who in the world can beat him with that "bomb"......and then came Rogi, everything suddenly looked so simple, just one match and I was convinced ;)

Very very special as it was almost the first match I had watched of Rogi and till now I still remember clearly how amazed and speechless I was then :)

mitalidas
10-06-2004, 05:46 PM
i have it on tape and i still get goosebumps. I usually fast-forward to the beginning of the first set TB, and then watch through that Famous Drop-Volley-ANgled-Forehand-What-is-this-trickshot point to grab the second set. And then I fast forward to 5-3 in the third. STILL GET GOOSEBUMPS!!!!

Fedex
10-07-2004, 02:10 AM
mitalidas, remember that incredible forehand running, sliding pass from Rogi, Andy made a great diving volley to the open court, and got back up in plenty of time, only to see the ball soar past him. Incredible serve-volley day for Rogi as well.

mitalidas
10-07-2004, 02:32 AM
Hee hee Fedex.... that's so great I know exactly what youre talking about!! I have photographic memory of that match. It was life-altering.... :wavey:

Fedex
10-07-2004, 02:45 AM
That match is one I will always remember. I've rarely witnessed such a dominant performance, like that match was. Come to think of it, I think I'll watch that match tomorrow. ;) :)

Fedex
10-07-2004, 02:48 AM
Speaking of Wimby 03, I remember on the Wimby 03 late night show; they were doing a preview of the mens semifinal, and I remember Mary Carillo saying these exact words: Its Roddick's year at Wimbledon'. They said Federer was good, and all, but they didnt see him stopping him. Boy did Rogi ever do exactly the OPPOSITE of what Mary had predicted and wanted. :p ;)

WF4EVER
10-07-2004, 02:57 AM
Well....

It might be a subjective choice, and I guess Roger has since played even better, but for me it was like watching some kind of magic for the first time when he shot the duck all over 7:6 6:3 6:3 at Wimby last year (2003). :worship:

Obviously it was also a turning point in his career (not the only one, though, 2003 TMC might have been just as significant), but that's not why I pick this match.
For some reason this is the one I recall with the most delight, Roger serving and volleying, flying on the court, and the duck helplessly staring...

ITA. This was my first choice.

The USO final was a magnificent performance by Roger, as well, IMO. I keep trying to convince myself that Hewitt didn't play well but in my heart and in my eyes I don't think he could have played any better. He was just outdone by Roger. I like your reference "flying on the court". He moves like a ballet dancer, so light on his feet like he's walking on air. Maybe I watch too much Jet Li.

Yoda
10-07-2004, 01:03 PM
ITA. This was my first choice.

The USO final was a magnificent performance by Roger, as well, IMO. I keep trying to convince myself that Hewitt didn't play well but in my heart and in my eyes I don't think he could have played any better. He was just outdone by Roger. I like your reference "flying on the court". He moves like a ballet dancer, so light on his feet like he's walking on air. Maybe I watch too much Jet Li.

That's why he's known as the Ninja :)

Sjengster
10-07-2004, 01:44 PM
I suppose different matches illustrate different things; the Agassi RR match was crucial because he finally managed to win in a tight encounter when all the crowd was against him, facing a player he'd never beaten before, and that convinced him he was good enough to beat his former nemeses including Nalbandian in the next match. It was certainly the toughest match for me to follow - on a scoreboard for two and a half hours in the middle of the night, experiencing every fluctuation in the score, saving and converting breakpoints, kicking the table in frustration when he got broken serving for the match... and then I recall seeing the scoreline when he was matchpoint down twice in the tiebreak, having no idea how he saved them, and then I literally jumped for joy when he won the final three points (I don't think my celebration could possibly have matched his, though - now that was emotional). I had to go to bed at about 3.30 am and didn't get to sleep for a couple of hours, I'm sure. Notably, that was the first time he'd played a Top 10er since Ferrero in Madrid, where he lost, and he hasn't lost to another one since that Agassi match.

The Wimbledon 03 semi was remarkable because, with all the talk about the courts being slowed down and net-rushing being impossible, here was a player who serve-volleyed on every point and carved his opponent up completely. I do think that it was down to a combination of Federer's confidence playing regularly at the net and Roddick's panicky, deer-in-headlights returning, neither of which were in evidence in this year's final (Federer took two rain delays to start attacking the net, and then got picked off a number of times with returns and passes even though he also won some big points up there).

It was great because up till then, all the talk on the BBC had been of Roddick: he'd won the bigger warm-up title, he'd attracted attention with that win over Rusedski in the second round, he was the guy getting Centre Court every match... Federer was just some European bloke in a headband stuck out on Court 2 in the early rounds who might have beaten Sampras a couple of years ago but was never going to achieve anything this time round. McEnroe was the only BBC pundit who kept mentioning Federer as an equal favourite with Roddick, and then when it came down to the match there was nothing equal about it. I knew full well he was the favourite since he was unbeaten against Roddick, and at the time I was too nervous watching and urging him to the finish line to really appreciate how great a performance it was. Only when I saw the stats on the highlights show and realised that he had served 17 aces to Roddick's 4 did I realise how amazing it had been.

Sjengster
10-07-2004, 01:50 PM
In hindsight the saving of those matchpoints was what took Federer's game to a new level - if Agassi had made that fairly simple backhand return for a winner in the tiebreak, and Federer had lost another tight match that he had previously served for, the chances are he would never have started to dominate at the Slams and become unbeatable against other top players. These little moments have such a huge impact, in the same way if Lopez had served out the first set at Wimbledon last year against Federer he would probably have retired (he said as much himself in his interview) with his back pain and the Slam breakthrough would never have happened. Fortunately Lopez is another Federer fan and is sold on his greatness, otherwise he could feel entitled to be a bit annoyed at allowing such a dominant force to take over the game.

Rogiman
10-07-2004, 02:21 PM
Sjengster, remember Federer's stats in that Wimby SF?
Something like 60 winners to 12 UE's....sick!
No wonder he was given a standing ovation afterwards.
And when the Duck was asked about the difference between his two (then) recent losses to Roger, after being washed again at the Houston TMC SF, He said: "No difference, he kicked my ass then and he kicked my ass today"....
He shot me down, bang bang.... :armed:

WyveN
10-07-2004, 02:24 PM
In hindsight the saving of those matchpoints was what took Federer's game to a new level - if Agassi had made that fairly simple backhand return for a winner in the tiebreak, and Federer had lost another tight match that he had previously served for, the chances are he would never have started to dominate at the Slams and become unbeatable against other top players. These little moments have such a huge impact, in the same way if Lopez had served out the first set at Wimbledon last year against Federer he would probably have retired (he said as much himself in his interview) with his back pain and the Slam breakthrough would never have happened. Fortunately Lopez is another Federer fan and is sold on his greatness, otherwise he could feel entitled to be a bit annoyed at allowing such a dominant force to take over the game.

Good post and I agree with you. Either the Lopez or Agassi match could have delayed what we are seeing now, for a couple of years, if not permanently.

yanchr
10-07-2004, 03:22 PM
As for pure beauty of tennis, no doubt Wimbledon 03 semi. Totally genius. :worship: I was amazed, shocked, stunned all through with my mouth wide open. I doubt if that kind of performance will ever happen again. Not already this year in my eyes.

But as for a complete match, with quality, competitiveness, nerves, significance and all other elements involving in a tennis match I can think of, into consideration, TMC RR against Agassi wins hands down. If I have to choose only one match as a milestone in Roger's career, it is this one, no doubt.

In hindsight the saving of those matchpoints was what took Federer's game to a new level - if Agassi had made that fairly simple backhand return for a winner in the tiebreak, and Federer had lost another tight match that he had previously served for, the chances are he would never have started to dominate at the Slams and become unbeatable against other top players. These little moments have such a huge impact, in the same way if Lopez had served out the first set at Wimbledon last year against Federer he would probably have retired (he said as much himself in his interview) with his back pain and the Slam breakthrough would never have happened. Fortunately Lopez is another Federer fan and is sold on his greatness, otherwise he could feel entitled to be a bit annoyed at allowing such a dominant force to take over the game.
So everything happens for a reason. Maybe Agassi's easy mistake and Lopez's carelessness(?) are just doomed to be cushions for a potential great champ going top on his road.

Fergie
10-07-2004, 03:44 PM
Rogi def Sampras Wimbledon 01 :worship:

2003 Wimbledon Semis :yeah:

Fedex
10-08-2004, 02:45 AM
In hindsight the saving of those matchpoints was what took Federer's game to a new level - if Agassi had made that fairly simple backhand return for a winner in the tiebreak, and Federer had lost another tight match that he had previously served for, the chances are he would never have started to dominate at the Slams and become unbeatable against other top players. These little moments have such a huge impact, in the same way if Lopez had served out the first set at Wimbledon last year against Federer he would probably have retired (he said as much himself in his interview) with his back pain and the Slam breakthrough would never have happened. Fortunately Lopez is another Federer fan and is sold on his greatness, otherwise he could feel entitled to be a bit annoyed at allowing such a dominant force to take over the game.
I completly agree. That match against Agassi at TMC RR has so much to do w/ fed's success now. That win gave him to confidense to destroy everyone in his path at TMC, and carry that confidence into the Australian Open, and the rest of the year. He saved one of the match pts against Agassi, with a tremendous forehand winner down the line, btw. The other one, Agassi missed a forehand. Obviously the Lopez one, was important. For all we know, had he lost it, he wouldn't have even had the chance to make TMC and play Agassi.

Billabong
10-08-2004, 03:21 AM
-2001 Wimbledon 4th Federer def. Sampras
-2002 Miami SF Federer def. Hewitt
-2002 Hamburg F Federer def. Safin
-2003 Wimbledon SF Federer def. Roddick
-2003 Masters Cup F Federer def. Agassi
-2004 Australian Open QF Federer def. Nalbandian
-2004 Wimbledon F Federer def. Roddick
-2004 US Open F Federer def. Hewitt

lsy
10-08-2004, 09:56 AM
Only when I saw the stats on the highlights show and realised that he had served 17 aces to Roddick's 4 did I realise how amazing it had been.

Great post Sjengster.

You just reminded me, so true. For me I was too amazed with every points during the match and when I saw the stats after he won, it finally hit me that was one hell of a performance I just watched. And I remembered being completely blown away when I saw the no. of aces from both. Of course since then I come to realise that him having more aces than Roddick is just a norm ;)

Adam Thirnis
10-08-2004, 07:46 PM
I loved the match with Hewitt at Wimbledon this year (2004). I remember one break point on the Aussie's serve when he continually tried to push Federer into the back hand court. Federer kept rallying with slice, eventually passing Hewitt with a topspin BH down the line :worship:

Eden
08-08-2006, 11:20 PM
I thought it would be nice to bring this thread back :)

It's tough to chose a favourite match out of the many possibilities. There are so many wonderful matches to remember, including the match against Pete Sampras in Wimbledon, the finals there, last years US Open final against Agassi, which Roger won, but he did also some great matches although he lost at the end - I'm talking especially of the Semi of last years Australian Open against Marat Safin and the Master Cup final against David Nalbandian. And what about the dramatical Rome final against Rafa this year?

SUKTUEN
08-09-2006, 06:07 AM
2005 US open Final!!

robinhood
08-09-2006, 06:19 AM
05 Wimbledon Final definitely sticks out in my mind.

SUKTUEN
08-09-2006, 06:21 AM
I also love each match of Roger and Andy!!!

I love 2003 Wimby semi too~!!!

victory
08-09-2006, 07:14 AM
I love all Roger's matches.
But, I think the best is Federer - Sampras Wimbly 2001

And, maybe it'll be the final match in the USO 2006 (^-^)

victory
08-09-2006, 07:17 AM
Federer - Nadal in Rome is a very nice match, although Roger didn't win. He needs more luck. In sports, sometimes luck decide everything.

SUKTUEN
08-09-2006, 07:25 AM
2004 Wimby final I watch more than 5 times~!! :worship: :worship:

TheMightyFed
08-09-2006, 10:37 AM
For the legend, Sampras Wimby 2001.

This year Wimby finals against Nadal was great I think because though it was in his garden it was a challenge mentally and he played beautifully, very aggressively both on return and service games.

I'll remember the 2005 USO finals as well because this day Roger was alone in this huge stadium with 20000 people rooting for their American legen. He weathered the storm and truly showed why he was so great by elevating his level.

Rome match was amazing as well, these 2 missed match points (on forehand !) to stop Nadal's streak on clay will take time to heal for me.

partygirl
08-09-2006, 10:47 AM
I also love each match of Roger and Andy!!!

What is it about these 2 playing???

I'm a bigger Andyfan & yet despite the onesided results, i just always want to see them play eachother :p :angel:

stebs
08-09-2006, 11:54 AM
It's interesting how almost all the matches Roger loses are great matches. It shows that when he doesn't win he at least takes his opponent close:

Rome '06
TMC '05
Monte Carlo '05
Australian Open '05

As for the best performance:

Wimby Semi vs Roddick
TMC Final vs Agassi
US Open Final vs Hewitt
Wimby Final vs Roddick ('05)

SUKTUEN
08-09-2006, 06:50 PM
[FONT=Fixedsys][I]I'm a bigger Andy[COLOR=DarkGreen]fan & yet despite the onesided results, i just always want to see them play eachother :p :angel:

I also very want to see they playing tennis match!! :devil: :devil:
GO Andy!! Don't give up!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce:

Roger is waiting for you~!!!!!! :hug: :smooch:

Federer&Hingis
08-11-2006, 10:56 AM
2004 U.S. Open Final over Lleyton Hewitt 6-0 7-6 6-0

SUKTUEN
08-11-2006, 04:51 PM
TWO 6-0 to Hewitt ~~~of course a Wonderful job of Roger~!

Stevens Point
08-26-2006, 08:12 PM
I don't know why now, but the match Roger vs Takao Suzuki at Australian Open 2005 2nd round came into my mind when I was sitting in a bus today, and after that I thought about this thread like a chain reaction... The score looks somehow Roger's one side match, but it had lots of entertaining or/and great points. Definitely one of the best matches of Roger which I have watched on TV...

World Beater
08-26-2006, 09:46 PM
does anyone remember those 4 aces that roger slammed past nalby at the ausopen in 04, when he was 15-40 down 5-5 in the first set, or the three aces he put past roddick when he was 0-40 down in canada final. I don't think even sampras could have done such things.

for baseline shotmaking and a harbinger of things to come, fed vs safin hamburg clay.

for resilience, tmc vs agassi, ausopen vs hewitt, nalby

for beauty, vs roddick at wimbledon.

SUKTUEN
08-27-2006, 06:21 AM
I like the final of this year Cincin too. :D

Billabong
08-27-2006, 03:07 PM
The 2003 Wimbledon semifinal was definitely a perfect match from Roger, but so was the 2005 Wimbledon final, in which he had like 50 winners and 10 errors, it was passing shot after passing shot:eek:! The 2004 US Open final is obviously one of his best matches as well, with that amazing scoreline and all those forehand winners all over the court:eek: Then I would add the 2003 TMC Houston final against Andre, which was magistral from Fed, and the 2006 Wimbledon semifinal against Bjorkman in which Fed was totally on fire and dominating;)!

landoud
08-27-2006, 04:17 PM
I've to agree with you Seb, 2005 Wimbledon final was just like magic

SUKTUEN
08-28-2006, 06:54 PM
2005 USO final is good too~~

Eden
08-28-2006, 08:39 PM
2005 USO final is good too~~

Sure :yeah: The German Eurosport commentator said that Agassi was probably playing the best match of his career and forced Roger to play his best tennis.

SUKTUEN
08-29-2006, 10:32 AM
Eden ~~Good words of it~!!! :D

Agassi play very good last year!! :worship:
Roger is good too~! :devil:

Julio
08-29-2006, 12:30 PM
Roger's best match is not inevitably a victory...
I really liked his finale in Rome against Nadal this year, what a match !!!
But for me, Federer had his best level in Masters Cup 2004. His best match : SF against Safin with a legendary tie-break !!! :angel:

Puschkin
08-29-2006, 12:42 PM
I have not seen some of the matches you guys are referring to. But from what I could watch. The first bagel in the 2004 US Open final was the best tennis I have ever seen.

SUKTUEN
08-29-2006, 04:36 PM
I Also like the final of Thailand open in 2004 with Andy~~! :devil:

Breakdown
09-18-2006, 10:12 AM
Roger - Safin AO 2005 SF
Hands down!!! :worship:
What a match :angel:

glycina
09-18-2006, 04:36 PM
Roger - Safin AO 2005 SF
Roger was playing just like a girl teased by a bad boy!
At that time, something a little bit feminie was felt in Roger physically.
Mais pas du tout maintenant. But ever now! Look at his chest!

SUKTUEN
09-18-2006, 04:44 PM
but it is hurt.

glycina
09-18-2006, 04:55 PM
but it is hurt.

Yes, indeed! :sad:
I would rather say that's the match which shows most obviously the improvement of his present physical toughness.

SUKTUEN
09-18-2006, 05:10 PM
but I don't want to watch it one more time. :sad:

glycina
09-18-2006, 05:45 PM
but I don't want to watch it one more time. :sad:

Neither do I. All the videocassettes I have are those where are recorded only the matches that Roger won! I erase immediately the recorded match if he has lost it. But stlll I remember now and then his lost match and a look of puzzle on his face. OMG!
I should have posted that to the Thread: Your worst match of Federer?

By the way, how to pronounce your name, Suktuen?
Pronounce every letter? I made my name glycina from the French word glycine.

rofe
09-18-2006, 07:43 PM
Roger - Safin AO 2005 SF
Roger was playing just like a girl teased by a bad boy!
At that time, something a little bit feminie was felt in Roger physically.
Mais pas du tout maintenant. But ever now! Look at his chest!

His chest of all things reminds you of femininity? :confused:

Skyward
09-19-2006, 02:20 AM
Roger - Safin AO 2005 SF
Roger was playing just like a girl teased by a bad boy!
At that time, something a little bit feminie was felt in Roger physically.
Mais pas du tout maintenant. But ever now! Look at his chest!


:rolleyes:

glycina
09-19-2006, 02:37 AM
His chest of all things reminds you of femininity? :confused:

At that time, when he was seen from behind, I found him quite slender. But perhaps, he has strengthend the muscles, especially of the upper half of the body. That's why his neck et his chest became thickset.


Du moins, l'annee derniere, je n'ai pas trouve Roger si robuste. Il etait bien decouple et elance meme comme une jeune fille. Ca se voyait surtout quand on l'a regarde par derriere.
Mais, il a bien fortifie le corps, surtout le haut du corps. D'ou vient qu'il a maintenant le cou tres fort et la large poitrine si epaisse.

SUKTUEN
09-19-2006, 04:44 PM
By the way, how to pronounce your name, Suktuen?
Pronounce every letter? I made my name glycina from the French word glycine.

My dear~I also have AO semi 2005 DVD, but I don't want to see Roger's face in that time again. I know this is a wonderful match. :sad:

My name is Suk tuen. I am Chinese. :wavey:

Eden
11-25-2006, 04:28 PM
I don't want to start a new thread for it, but I really would be interesting to know which in your opinion was Rogers best match this year.

Was it his final against Blake at the TMC?
The semi against Nadal at the TMC?
The final against Gonzalez in Madrid?
The final against Roddick at the US Open?
The final against Nadal in Wimbledon?
The semi against Bjorkman in Wimbledon?
The final against Nadal in Rome?

Fedex
11-25-2006, 09:58 PM
I think his final against Blake was the best match he played, with the USO Final and the Nadal TMC match a close second.

Billabong
11-26-2006, 05:30 AM
I posted my picks in 2004, now here are my picks after 2006:)

-2003 Wimbledon Semifinal Federer VS Roddick
-2003 TMC Houston Final Federer VS Agassi
-2004 US Open Final Federer VS Hewitt
-2005 Dubai Semifinal Federer VS Agassi:eek: (unbelievable performance)
-2005 Wimbledon Final Federer VS Roddick
-2006 Wimbledon Semifinal Federer VS Bjorkman:worship:
-2006 TMC Houston Final Federer VS Blake;)

stebs
11-26-2006, 10:22 AM
Sometimes there are strange choices for best match. Here are some of the matches that won't get a mention because they aren't high profile but in which Roger played great:

Mirnyi - AO
Zib - Basel
Ancic - Wimbledon
Gasquet - Wimbledon
Berdych - RG
Ferrer - MC
Massu - Madrid

SUKTUEN
11-26-2006, 02:55 PM
2003Wimbledon Semifinal Federer VS Roddick
2004 US Open Final Federer VS Hewitt
2004Wimbledon final Federer VS Roddick
2005 Wimbledon Final Federer VS Roddick
2006 US Open Final Federer VS Roddick
2006 TMC Shanghai Final Federer VS Blake ( Because it is the first Champion I saw Roger to won in the Court!!!!):devil: :devil:

Billabong
11-26-2006, 08:06 PM
In 2006, Rogi played awesome in the Miami SF against Ferrer, the Wimbledon 1st, 2nd, QF and SF;), the Madrid semifinal against Nalbandian, the Madrid final against Gonzo and the TMC Shanghai final against Blake:)

Billabong
11-26-2006, 08:09 PM
During the clay season, I think his best matches were against Berdych in RG and against Ferrer in Monte Carlo:)

Rogiman
11-26-2006, 10:47 PM
Wimbly SF 2003 has officially been replaced by TMC 2006 final :)

Funny, I took the time now to watch some of his "classics" such as TMC 2003 final vs. Andre and it looks so pale comparing to the Fed of these days, with a real BH finally.

I remember being in total awe watching that TMC final back in 2003, but now when I watch that bh he used to hit it looks so miserable...

NYCtennisfan
11-26-2006, 10:55 PM
Wimbly SF 2003 has officially been replaced by TMC 2006 final :)

Funny, I took the time now to watch some of his "classics" such as TMC 2003 final vs. Andre and it looks so pale comparing to the Fed of these days, with a real BH finally.

I remember being in total awe watching that TMC final back in 2003, but now when I watch that bh he used to hit it looks so miserable...

Exactly! What's funny is that very few players ever improve as much as Federer, let alone great players. By the end of the 2003 TMC, Fed was a very good player, and by the end of 2004, he could basiclaly be called a great. Then his game has improved so much more since then.

One thing is for sure--he doesn't go for as many lines with the FH, but controls the points nonetheless. He doesn't have to run around the FH so much these days because he can smakc the BH dtl on short balls and come to net to finish the point.

I have never seen an elite player improve his game so much AFTER he became #1 in the world. Not Jmac, not Lendl, not Sampras, not Edberg, not Becker, not Agassi, not Muster, not Rios, not Rafter, not Safin, not Hewitt, not Roddick....NOBODY. It's amazing.

oz_boz
11-27-2006, 01:08 PM
I posted my picks in 2004, now here are my picks after 2006:)

-2003 Wimbledon Semifinal Federer VS Roddick
-2003 TMC Houston Final Federer VS Agassi
-2004 US Open Final Federer VS Hewitt
-2005 Dubai Semifinal Federer VS Agassi :eek: (unbelievable performance)
-2005 Wimbledon Final Federer VS Roddick
-2006 Wimbledon Semifinal Federer VS Bjorkman :worship:
-2006 TMC Houston Final Federer VS Blake ;)

Great list. I'd add the USO final 06 vs Roddick, Roddick played really fine and kept pressing but it all was over when Roger withstood and finally broke in the third.

And finally, I'd have to add a couple losses though, the infamous AO 05 and Rome 06. He played great in those matches as well...

ytben
11-27-2006, 02:12 PM
Wimbly SF 2003 has officially been replaced by TMC 2006 final :)

Funny, I took the time now to watch some of his "classics" such as TMC 2003 final vs. Andre and it looks so pale comparing to the Fed of these days, with a real BH finally.

I remember being in total awe watching that TMC final back in 2003, but now when I watch that bh he used to hit it looks so miserable...

So I guess I am not the only one who felt an urge to rewatch WImbly SF 03 after watching the TMC 06 final :D Yeah, it is really amazing to realize that Roger has gotten even better than his Wimbly SF 03 performance considering that performance was amazing already.

The commentaries from Wimbly 03 was funny too to listen to it now. Some excerpts:
- Roger has the same shotmaking skills as Roddick (and their intentions were to be complimentary to Roger :tape: )
- Roger's FH was far from being touted then. The commentators were somewhat surprised when he hit a big FH.
- They kept mentioning how he'd never play well in big match, and also his 4-4 win lose record in Wimbly before 03 (this one is true, but still so funny to listen to it now when you already knew what happened in the next three years after this commentary took place)

Gosh in just span of three years, how things have changed.

SUKTUEN
11-27-2006, 02:53 PM
but Shanghai final this year is very fast.

Fedex
11-28-2006, 02:58 AM
Wimbly SF 2003 has officially been replaced by TMC 2006 final :)

Funny, I took the time now to watch some of his "classics" such as TMC 2003 final vs. Andre and it looks so pale comparing to the Fed of these days, with a real BH finally.

I remember being in total awe watching that TMC final back in 2003, but now when I watch that bh he used to hit it looks so miserable...
This is true. His game has improved so much since 2003, its hard to say that he played his best matches that year. I do think Federer still played one of his best matches in that 03 Final against Agassi, but his backhand has certainly improved since then.

stebs
11-28-2006, 08:54 AM
Wimbly SF 2003 has officially been replaced by TMC 2006 final :)

Funny, I took the time now to watch some of his "classics" such as TMC 2003 final vs. Andre and it looks so pale comparing to the Fed of these days, with a real BH finally.

I remember being in total awe watching that TMC final back in 2003, but now when I watch that bh he used to hit it looks so miserable...

One reason why I think earlier matches can still be included is the change in his forehand. I'm sure he COULD still play as he used to but he prefers to play more conservatively which is what allows him to win when he ain't playing so good.

He used to be more hit/miss on his forehand side which meant more defeats but also that when he was hitting he was as much of a joy to watch as he is in almost every match these days.

Puschkin
11-28-2006, 11:08 AM
I don't want to start a new thread for it, but I really would be interesting to know which in your opinion was Rogers best match this year.

Was it his final against Blake at the TMC?
The semi against Nadal at the TMC?
The final against Gonzalez in Madrid?
The final against Roddick at the US Open?
The final against Nadal in Wimbledon?
The semi against Bjorkman in Wimbledon?
The final against Nadal in Rome?

I have not seen all of those, such as the finals of Wimby, US Open Rome final, for the rest I would go for the TMC final against Blake.

Overall I remain with the first bagel set at the US Open final 2004 against Hewitt. My mouth and eyes are still open:)

CmonAussie
11-28-2006, 11:17 AM
2004 USO Final~> vs Hewitt
2005 Wimby Final~> vs Roddick
2006 TMC Final~> vs Blake
2004 Bangkok Final~> vs Roddick
2003 TMC Final~> vs Agassi
2003 Wimby Final~> vs Philippoussis
2006 Indian Wells Final~> vs Blake
2006 Madrid Final~> vs Gonzalez
2004 AO Final~> vs Safin
2004 TMC Final~> vs Hewitt
2005 Indian Wells Final~> vs Hewitt
2004 Toronto Final~> vs Roddick
2004 Indian Wells Final~> vs Henman
2005 Cincinatti Final~> vs Roddick
2002 Hamburg Final~> vs Safin


<:) #Just to simplify the list I decided to limit mine to Fed`s matches where he absolutely demoralised his opponents in significant finals.. all of these wins were straight setters & many included bagels~> since finals are the matches which count the most then i think these performances were most impressive!! For Roger to continually peak at the ideal time & play his most ruthless during the biggest matches, when all the pressure is on the line, well that`s what sorts the greats from the LEGENDS!

SUKTUEN
11-28-2006, 03:45 PM
but I really Love Wimby Semi 2003~~

I watch it many many times!!!!:D