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Greatest Grand Slam Match of Current Era?

Johnny Groove
01-29-2012, 06:37 PM
Over the past few years, we've had quite a few epics. It was a bit tough for me to narrow it down, but here are the top 10 matches of the current era.

To those that saw them, they need no introduction, but for those that didn't, here are briefs ones.

Wimbledon 07- Fantastic first 3 sets, intriguing last 2 sets, almost a changing of the guard, but it would have to wait another year.

Wimbledon 08- The all time classic, unmatched in terms of drama and symbolism.

Aussie Open 09 SF- Perhaps the best pure quality match here, Nadal and Verdasco goin' hard for over 5 hours, shame it ended on a DF.

Aussie Open 09 F- A true war this one, more quality than the Wimbledon 08, but nowhere near the same drama.

Roland Garros 09 R16- The ending of Rafa's first reign of #1, his first loss at the French, and a crucial match in tennis history.

Wimbledon 2009- Roddick's last chance to win a slam, Federer just too good, breaking Roddick's heart one more time.

US Open 2009- Del Potro giving it all he had to dethrone the 5 time champ Federer in New York.

French Open 2011 SF- Federer turning back the clock, playing his best match in years in defeating the previously undefeatable Nole 2011.

US Open 2011- We all remember. How Djokovic saved match point with such a return. The drama, the epicness, the choking at the end, crucial match in Djokovic's 2011 season.

Australian Open 2012- The greatest war of a tennis match in the history of the game. The drama, the pure grinding, the momentum shifts, the haymakers being thrown, the insane rallies, nearly 6 full hours of pure tennis and athletic war.

rocketassist
01-29-2012, 06:50 PM
I'd say the 2007 was the end of the previous era and 2008 began this one. Hence of the overall options I went with Soderling because of the shockwaves it sent and the way he played for four sets.

But I'd go with Gonzalez-Gasquet in the AO for overall enjoyment levels. I wouldn't have put Del Potro-Fed or Fed-Roddick anywhere near my top 10.

LleytonMonfils
01-29-2012, 06:51 PM
Got to throw Agassi Baghdatis in there US Open 2006.

superslam77
01-29-2012, 06:52 PM
definition of era

1980-1989(best player borg)
1990-1999 is an era(best player sampras)
2000-2009 is an era(best player fed)
2010-2019 is another era(best player nole)

Sophocles
01-29-2012, 06:53 PM
Nadal-Verdasco for me, much as it hurts me to say so.

August
01-29-2012, 06:56 PM
Fedal matches have never been so great. Djodal can produce much tighter match. So I voted today's match.

LleytonMonfils
01-29-2012, 06:58 PM
Well if we are going current era by the book than this one easily.

Last era top 3: Federer v Nadal, Federer v Roddick, Baghdatis v Agassi

Johnny Groove
01-29-2012, 06:59 PM
I'd say the 2007 was the end of the previous era and 2008 began this one. Hence of the overall options I went with Soderling because of the shockwaves it sent and the way he played for four sets.

But I'd go with Gonzalez-Gasquet in the AO for overall enjoyment levels. I wouldn't have put Del Potro-Fed or Fed-Roddick anywhere near my top 10.

I was thinking some of the early round epics we've seen in some of the AO's the last few years, with Baghdatis and Hewitt and Nalbandian, etc. But I decided to go with slam finals instead.

I was also thinking to put Fognin-Montanes :lol:

Got to throw Agassi Baghdatis in there US Open 2006.

A bit irrelevant now, no?

definition of era

1980-1989(best player borg)
1990-1999 is an era(best player sampras)
2000-2009 is an era(best player fed)
2010-2019 is another era(best player nole)

Borg was the best from from 1980-1989? :scratch:

Nadal-Verdasco for me, much as it hurts me to say so.

In terms of pure quality, you gotta go with that one, but the final choke puts a bad taste in most's mouths.

LawrenceOfTennis
01-29-2012, 07:00 PM
all the djokovic-nadal matches were boring clay struggling

abraxas21
01-29-2012, 07:01 PM
out of the poll options, soderling d. nadal

MuzzahLovah
01-29-2012, 07:02 PM
Until someone else beats Nadal at Roland Garros, I have to go with the Soderling one.

LawrenceOfTennis
01-29-2012, 07:03 PM
out of the poll options, soderling d. nadal

+1

rocketassist
01-29-2012, 07:03 PM
2006 was the era before this so Agassi-Baghdatis wouldn't make this poll.

LawrenceOfTennis
01-29-2012, 07:04 PM
Dodig d. nadal
Krajinovic d. djokovic (retired when it seemed like he is losing)

finishingmove
01-29-2012, 07:05 PM
Fognini - Montanes

But no, seriously, Nadal - Verdasco...

NadalSharapova
01-29-2012, 07:05 PM
nadal def federer wimby 2008

EddieNero
01-29-2012, 07:06 PM
Nadal d. Daniel 60 50 ret

Nr 1 Fan
01-29-2012, 07:11 PM
Gotta include the 2010 USO sf Djok-Fed and the 2011 USO final Djok-Rafa

Sunset of Age
01-29-2012, 07:13 PM
Can't decide between:
- Wimbledon 2007: dawning of a new GREAT on grass, and Fed's remarkable and rather clairvoyant comment, "I am glad to have won this one before he [Rafa] takes them all away from me" (or something the like),
and
- AO 2009: oh-the-drama, can't help it but my heart still melts at the sight of that trophy ceremony every time I watch it, and NO it's not because of 'schadenfreude'. ;)

Hmmm. I admit, not much of genuine tennis reasons for me. Sorry about that.

Mahut-Isner deserves a mentioning as well, also not for pure quality of tennis, but oh wow what a freak show that was. :D

Nr 1 Fan
01-29-2012, 07:13 PM
And of course Murray-Djokovic AO 2012.

I voted Nadal-Verdasco, which was the best quality wise. Today's match was more dramatic and emotional though and I think can be crucial for the rest of the season.

MuzzahLovah
01-29-2012, 07:13 PM
Dodig d. nadal
Krajinovic d. djokovic (retired when it seemed like he is losing)

Nishikori vs. Djokovic was an epic.

LawrenceOfTennis
01-29-2012, 07:17 PM
Nishikori vs. Djokovic was an epic.

Almost forgotten that classic. One of the few times when Djokovic's opponent played well. Whole tour went servant mode in 2011. Nishikori decided to man up and play like a pro instead of give the match to djokovic. We all know the result :lol:

Nr 1 Fan
01-29-2012, 07:17 PM
Nishikori vs. Djokovic was an epic.

Hilarious, but read the thread title. These aren't slam matches.

jojoh07
01-29-2012, 07:23 PM
Safin Federer Aus open was my fav

August
01-29-2012, 07:25 PM
'08 Wimby: Murray def. Gasquet in 5 sets was also a great match, Gasquet was already serving for the match in 3rd set, yet for the joy of home crowd, Murray finally win.

MuzzahLovah
01-29-2012, 07:26 PM
Hilarious, but read the thread title. These aren't slam matches.

Neither were the ones LawrenceofTennis mentioned. Just a little fun.:p

GSMnadal
01-29-2012, 07:28 PM
Can't choose between

Nadal - Federer '08 Wimbledon
Nadal - Verdasco '09 AO
Djokovic - Nadal '12 AO

Hmmm...voted for Rafa-Nando, just because I like both players :p

MuzzahLovah
01-29-2012, 07:28 PM
Safin Federer Aus open was my fav

Yeah- it's too bad Safin isn't still around and playing at that level. I'd love to see him match up against some of today's top 10.

Roamed
01-29-2012, 07:31 PM
If we conducted this 6 months in the future, with the benefit of perspective, I'm pretty sure today's match wouldn't be winning the poll. Something like 140 unforced errors wasn't it? It was dramatic sure but Wimbledon 2008 trumps it in terms of drama in my opinion as that had more on the line.

Johnny Groove
01-29-2012, 07:33 PM
Safin Federer Aus open was my fav

One of the all time classics, that one.

'08 Wimby: Murray def. Gasquet in 5 sets was also a great match, Gasquet was already serving for the match in 3rd set, yet for the joy of home crowd, Murray finally win.

What a career shifting match that one was.

Naudio Spanlatine
01-29-2012, 07:36 PM
My top 5
1)Djokovic def. Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(5), 7-5, Australian Open 2012 final

2)Nadal def. Federer 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-7(8), 9-7, Wimbledon 2008 final & Federer def. Roddick 5-7, 7-6(6), 7-6(5), 3-6, 16-14, Wimbledon 2009 final(tied)

3)Nadal def. Verdasco 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(2), 6-7(1), 6-4, Australian Open 2009 semifinal & Del Potro def. Federer 3-6, 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2, US Open 2009 final (tied)

4)Nadal def. Federer 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-2, Australian Open 2009 final

5)Djokovic def. Federer us open 2010 semifinal(far more impressive than 2011 one) & Federer def. Djokovic 7-6(5), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5), French Open 2011 semifinal

all of them were fabulous:worship: :worship: :worship:

ballbasher101
01-29-2012, 07:36 PM
I can't believe how far Nando has fallen since 2009. Simon Reed you jinxing genius :devil:.
I will go for today's match though, very dramatic. He man stuff from the born again quitter. The Djoker's transformation is one best things ever to happen to tennis.

hipolymer
01-29-2012, 07:37 PM
Fognini def. Montanes most definitely.

TheRafaelNadal
01-29-2012, 07:37 PM
In terms of the best quality of Tennis then 2008 Wimbledon Final.

ballbasher101
01-29-2012, 07:38 PM
Stop voting for the 2008 Wimbledon final, I hate that match. Federer was robbed. Playing in the fucken dark.

LawrenceOfTennis
01-29-2012, 07:39 PM
In terms of the best quality of Tennis then 2008 Wimbledon Final.

what the heck are you doing here? You said nadal will win the AO final, otherwise you are off mtf. put your account on bet.

Johnny Groove
01-29-2012, 07:40 PM
For me, gotta be the Wimbledon finals 08.

Some say it is overrated, and perhaps it is. But it is only remembered so fondly because this match altered the course of tennis history. The 3 year crusade of the #1 ranking completed, an era over, a new one beginning.

Oh yeah, and the match. Such quality shot making, clutch serving under pressure, and dramatics. Who can forget Rafa's DF at 5-2 in the 4th set TB? :facepalm: Then the 2 epic points with the Rafa fh DTL at 7-7 to get to match point, and Fed's one hand BH DTL winner to save match point the following play.

A rain delay in the third set, another early in the 5th, at 2-2 Deuce. The match wore on, the sun was fading, and they kept holding serve. They could not have played another game as Roger missed a forehand into the net that sent Rafa on the ground and the lightbulbs flashing pictures in the Wimbledon night, photographers realizing this to be their magnum opus photo chronicling a momentous turning point in the history of the game.

LawrenceOfTennis
01-29-2012, 07:43 PM
For me, gotta be the Wimbledon finals 08.

Some say it is overrated, and perhaps it is. But it is only remembered so fondly because this match altered the course of tennis history. The 3 year crusade of the #1 ranking completed, an era over, a new one beginning.

Oh yeah, and the match. Such quality shot making, clutch serving under pressure, and dramatics. Who can forget Rafa's DF at 5-2 in the 4th set TB? :facepalm: Then the 2 epic points with the Rafa fh DTL at 7-7 to get to match point, and Fed's one hand BH DTL winner to save match point the following play.

A rain delay in the third set, another early in the 5th, at 2-2 Deuce. The match wore on, the sun was fading, and they kept holding serve. They could not have played another game as Roger missed a forehand into the net that sent Rafa on the ground and the lightbulbs flashing pictures in the Wimbledon night, photographers realizing this to be their magnum opus photo chronicling a momentous turning point in the history of the game.

Like a lady remembering for her honeymoon in Venice.
Seriously fedal fans are emotional a bit,no? :lol:

TheRafaelNadal
01-29-2012, 07:44 PM
what the heck are you doing here? You said nadal will win the AO final, otherwise you are off mtf. put your account on bet.

After today yes. I will be gone forever. I'm still here for another 3 hours.

MatchFederer
01-29-2012, 07:45 PM
After today yes. I will be gone forever. I'm still here for another 3 hours.

Come on don't leave us, your presence here is appreciated.

LleytonMonfils
01-29-2012, 07:45 PM
For me, gotta be the Wimbledon finals 08.

Some say it is overrated, and perhaps it is. But it is only remembered so fondly because this match altered the course of tennis history. The 3 year crusade of the #1 ranking completed, an era over, a new one beginning.

Oh yeah, and the match. Such quality shot making, clutch serving under pressure, and dramatics. Who can forget Rafa's DF at 5-2 in the 4th set TB? :facepalm: Then the 2 epic points with the Rafa fh DTL at 7-7 to get to match point, and Fed's one hand BH DTL winner to save match point the following play.

A rain delay in the third set, another early in the 5th, at 2-2 Deuce. The match wore on, the sun was fading, and they kept holding serve. They could not have played another game as Roger missed a forehand into the net that sent Rafa on the ground and the lightbulbs flashing pictures in the Wimbledon night, photographers realizing this to be their magnum opus photo chronicling a momentous turning point in the history of the game.

That shot for me is the greatest single tennis shot I've ever seen and will probably ever see. The sick thing is Nadal's passing shot to set up match point the point before was equally as good.

NadalSharapova
01-29-2012, 07:45 PM
Stop voting for the 2008 Wimbledon final, I hate that match. Federer was robbed. Playing in the fucken dark.

so nadal was playing in the light and federer was playing in the dark? how does that work?

TheRafaelNadal
01-29-2012, 07:49 PM
Come on don't leave us, your presence here is appreciated.

Nope. I'm leaving MTF forever. Can't stand Tennis now. Not with this fluking faker guy dominating. Nadal losing here just broke me. When Federer and Nadal retire we'll have mugs like Tomic winning slams. I don't want to follow the sport when that happens. There ae other Tennis forums that i may go to in the future but not this one.

Looner
01-29-2012, 07:50 PM
After today yes. I will be gone forever. I'm still here for another 3 hours.

Good for the game.

As for my choice, I choose Fed's win over Djoker in the SF at RG. The shotmaking was insane. Obviously no one here will mention it because all the Nadtards will vote for Wimbey 2008.

That 2008 match was not that great in quality as Fed choked away opportunities to win the first 2 sets. It's beyond me how anyone can consider it the greatest ever. Nadal then choked at 5-2 in the 4th TB with TWO DFs and Fed made an amazing pass MP down. There were special moments and drama but the quality was not as high. It's nowhere near Rome 2006 for example (that was not a slam final but still).

NID
01-29-2012, 07:54 PM
del potro turning tables on fed. no one gave him a chance before the match. delpo highfiving spectators after a winner.

Johnny Groove
01-29-2012, 07:56 PM
Like a lady remembering for her honeymoon in Venice.
Seriously fedal fans are emotional a bit,no? :lol:

Emotional? Just trying to compartmentalize after this loss by putting into historic perspective.

That shot for me is the greatest single tennis shot I've ever seen and will probably ever see. The sick thing is Nadal's passing shot to set up match point the point before was equally as good.

Sick stuff, dude, no doubt.

so nadal was playing in the light and federer was playing in the dark? how does that work?

:lol:

Nope. I'm leaving MTF forever. Can't stand Tennis now. Not with this fluking faker guy dominating. Nadal losing here just broke me. When Federer and Nadal retire we'll have mugs like Tomic winning slams. I don't want to follow the sport when that happens. There ae other Tennis forums that i may go to in the future but not this one.

:lol: Come on, man.

Good for the game.

As for my choice, I choose Fed's win over Djoker in the SF at RG. The shotmaking was insane. Obviously no one here will mention it because all the Nadtards will vote for Wimbey 2008.

That 2008 match was not that great in quality as Fed choked away opportunities to win the first 2 sets. It's beyond me how anyone can consider it the greatest ever. Nadal then choked at 5-2 in the 4th TB with TWO DFs and Fed made an amazing pass MP down. There were special moments and drama but the quality was not as high. It's nowhere near Rome 2006 for example (that was not a slam final but still).

In terms of tennistic catharsis, Rome 06 probably trumps them all, to be honest. This is why 5 set TMS slam finals need to return.

HawkAussie
01-29-2012, 07:57 PM
Defenity last nights final. That was a classic.

Sunset of Age
01-29-2012, 07:59 PM
In terms of tennistic catharsis, Rome 06 probably trumps them all, to be honest. This is why 5 set TMS slam finals need to return.

BEST MATCH of the past decade. No discussion about that. :worship: :worship: :worship:
I didn't mention it myself because this thread is supposed to be about GS matches, no?

And a heartfelt YES to the bolded part. :sad:

HDW
01-29-2012, 08:18 PM
Nadal Verdasco.

I remember thinking that nadal would cake walk it! glad he didn't.

ballbasher101
01-29-2012, 08:22 PM
so nadal was playing in the light and federer was playing in the dark? how does that work?


Federer is older hence his poor eye sight :superlol:. Federer seemed more bothered and affected by the lack of light than Nadal, don't ask me why.

Ixion
01-29-2012, 08:28 PM
The 08 Wimbledon final is my favourite.

tyruk14
01-29-2012, 09:41 PM
Six full hours of ball-bouncing, ass-picking and limb-pumping.

MTF. Lol.

samanosuke
01-29-2012, 09:43 PM
Toad over pig

murex
01-29-2012, 10:01 PM
One witch is not on the list: Djokovic def Federer 5-7, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 USO SF 2010:wavey:

Marc23
01-29-2012, 10:25 PM
Wimbledon final 2008!Epic

NadalPhan
01-29-2012, 11:19 PM
Nadal vs Ferdasco Ao 2009 semifinal, and it's not even close imo.

sexybeast
01-29-2012, 11:24 PM
This wasnt a great match, Djokovic vs Murray was so much greater. Djokovic played the worst tennis I have seen from him on outdoor HC since Cincinatti, he was really worn out from the moment he stepped out on the court. If you watch this match without the emotions, the tennis is quite horrible! In deciding moments so many horrible mistakes, all big points decided with UEs and so on. Federer vs Nadal 2009 was even better than this match.

Vilnietė
01-29-2012, 11:28 PM
definition of era

1980-1989(best player borg)
1990-1999 is an era(best player sampras)
2000-2009 is an era(best player fed)
2010-2019 is another era(best player nole)

:lol::lol::lol:

rhinooooo
01-29-2012, 11:52 PM
Quality wise I enjoyed both Fed-Novak matches and Rafa-Nando.

Fed-Novak, seem to bring out some great shotmaking and first-strike tennis in each other, and it's clear that there's some animosity between them.

Rafa-Nando - nice contrast, Nando had a spectacular run, and I'll never forget the way he won that 4th set tiebreak in a flurry of winners.

Mongoose
01-29-2012, 11:58 PM
Isner-Mahut:worship:

hope this helps :wavey:

Naudio Spanlatine
01-30-2012, 12:01 AM
Isner-Mahut:worship:

hope this helps :wavey:
OMG shame on me for not mentioning that match:o:o:o:o:o:o

That match was jus insane:worship: :worship: :worship:

Mountaindewslave
01-30-2012, 12:03 AM
oh Nadal Verdasco for sure, they just played at an insane level throughout so much of it. other matches like this 2012 Australian Open and some Nadal-Federer matches had great drama but the level went up and down.

Nadal Verdasco SF was one of the most pure matches I've ever seen, every point practically was great

Naudio Spanlatine
01-30-2012, 12:04 AM
Nadal vs Verdasco was the most sexual orgasm variety of insane tennis i ever stayed up watching:drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool:

GasquetFan
01-30-2012, 04:27 AM
Verdasco vs Nadal A0 2009, won't ever forget that epic tie breaker :worship:

rickcastle
01-30-2012, 04:34 AM
Isner-Mahut:worship:

hope this helps :wavey:

Overrated match because of the length :lol: Quality over quantity. Who would actually sit down to watch that match again? Watching two mugs unable to break each other's serve for hours and hours? :lol:

GasquetFan
01-30-2012, 04:42 AM
Overrated match because of the length :lol: Quality over quantity. Who would actually sit down to watch that match again? Watching two mugs unable to break each other's serve for hours and hours? :lol:

In terms of quality that match was as boring as it gets :o

Polikarpov
01-30-2012, 04:42 AM
Not much love for Federer and Safin's 2005 AO semifinal? It's nowhere as epic or dramatic as some of the poll choices, but it was shot-making at its finest. It had lots of blistering winners, with both players engaging in proactive rallies, trying to create inroads to finish off points in the forecourt. Basically, a match between two players wrestling to impose their games, and seeking to win points on their own terms. None of these grinding and oftentimes purposeless backhand-to-backhand exchanges that goes on forever.

FairWeatherFan
01-30-2012, 06:16 AM
There are some unbelievably pathetic choices in this poll. What exactly are you smoking my friend?

jojoh07
01-30-2012, 06:28 AM
Not much love for Federer and Safin's 2005 AO semifinal? It's nowhere as epic or dramatic as some of the poll choices, but it was shot-making at its finest. It had lots of blistering winners, with both players engaging in proactive rallies, trying to create inroads to finish off points in the forecourt. Basically, a match between two players wrestling to impose their games, and seeking to win points on their own terms. None of these grinding and oftentimes purposeless backhand-to-backhand exchanges that goes on forever.

Best match of all time

leng jai
01-30-2012, 06:34 AM
Lu Vs Serra AO 2012 R1

Mystique
01-30-2012, 08:38 AM
1: Federer - Nadal Wimbledon 2008 F: I dont know if this was the best QUALITY match ever, if fact i dont think it was. But I have never experienced anything like that in my tennis loving life. Greatest match ever. Full stop.

2: Federer-Safin AO 2005 SF. How quickly people forget. Tennis today is an abomination compared to what it was even five years ago And this match proves it better than any other

(:sobbing: but why o why do you lose all these epic matches Roger?)

Chirag
01-30-2012, 09:01 AM
This match deefinately .I think it beats Fedal 08 and Fedfin 05 .This was the best match ever,probably the greatesst match until now

Eddy DoubleD
01-30-2012, 09:03 AM
Del Potro def. Federer 3-6, 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2, US Open 2009 final :rocker2:

sexybeast
01-30-2012, 09:22 AM
I cant belive Djokovic vs Nadal in AO 2012 is in the list but not Djokovic vs Nadal Usopen 2011 or in Madrid 2009, those were absolutely amazing matches, where deciding points had 20 shot rallies which ended with winners and not double faults, ugly UEs and so on like in the match yesterday. Please watch the match again and pay close attention to the quality of the shotmaking, it was not good at all, look at the tiebreak in the 3rd set in Madrid and Usopen where Nadal and Djokovic played gutsy amazing tennis with incredible defense AND winners, look ath 4th set tiebreak in Wimbledon 2008 and Verdasco 2009, now look at the 4th set tiebreak in the AO where they hit 10 ugly UES to decide the tiebreak!

Djokovic hit praticalaly only UEs to lose his breakpoints in the 4th set, to be broken in the 5th set, in the 1st set at 5-5, in the moment serving out the 2nd set ending with a DF, Nadal returning the favour later at 4-5. Did Nadal really hit +70 UEs? Never heard something like that, but I give you it was the endurance test of the century by Djokovic, it was the greatest show of willpower I have seen in some time by a player who didnt look himself from the moment he stepped out in the court and was collapsing in the 5th set.