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favorite Juan Carlos matches?

07-22-2002, 02:19 AM
so what are your favorite Juan Carlos matches? i love his 5-setter with Gustavo in the Roma 2001 FINALS!:D i admit that i watch my tape of that final AT LEAST once a week! :o :o :o i also enjoyed the Frnch Open 2000 SEMI between Guga and the Mosquito, but our guy lost!:(

07-22-2002, 02:54 AM
I myself thoroughly enjoyed the Agassi semi from this year's Roland Garros. I haven't watched it again (yet), but it was a real nailbiter!

Chloe le Bopper
07-22-2002, 08:21 AM
The Agassi *quarter* ;)

I didn't get to see that :fiery: Stupid TSN!

Rome 2001 is the favourite for me - his first masters series title, his first win over Guga :)

07-22-2002, 10:23 PM
Originally posted by Rebecca
The Agassi *quarter* ;)

Whoops. :o

I taped everything they showed here on ESPN (the coverage was DREK, tho) and NBC. I can't quite bring myself to watch it again yet--I think I was more upset than he was.

Chloe le Bopper
07-23-2002, 04:46 AM
Upset over the finals?

Oh man I cried :sad: I'm such a loser..

I had been having a bad day and when that happened, that was just the final straw :o

07-23-2002, 06:05 AM
Originally posted by Rebecca
Upset over the finals?

Oh man I cried :sad:

I cried, too :o . . . I had to leave right after he won the third set, and was a nervous wreck until I saw the end of my tape. To make matters worse, Roland Garros is my favorite Slam. :sad:

Chloe le Bopper
07-23-2002, 06:24 AM
maybe he will go one better next year.

At least he lost to Costa and not someone like Roddick ;)

King Aaron
07-23-2002, 09:35 AM
Rome 2001 Final !!

07-23-2002, 02:27 PM
I liked his match against Agassi... he played soooo well there

07-23-2002, 05:45 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
I cried, too . . .

Me too, especially when I saw him holding back the tears during his speech. :sad: He was so miserable, it broke my heart. I taped it, but I'd have to be a serious masochist to watch it again. Maybe after he wins RG next year. ;)

07-23-2002, 05:55 PM
yup, that RG Final day sucked! not only did our boy lose, but i also found out that day that Lindsay was not fully recovered and she would not play Wimbledon! i was in such a pissy mood for days...

Chloe le Bopper
07-26-2002, 07:12 PM
Layla I have it on tape too. :sigh: I'll watch it eventually.

I also have Monte Carlo 2002 final on tape, Rome 2001 final, Hamburg or Rome semis, I can't recall which.

I had the Hamburg final but tapoed over it. Wish I hadn't ,even though he lost to Portas.

Anyhow, his match against Federer at the US Open 2001 looked good, but I didn't see it.

Chloe le Bopper
07-26-2002, 07:13 PM
I'm surprised that no one mentions Davis Cup final vs Hewitt.

another one that I didnt see, but I'm ordering it off the internet as soon as I have the money.

07-26-2002, 07:23 PM
Yes, that was supposedly a great one, but it's difficult to pick it as the favorite match if you never got a chance to see it. :(

How much does it cost?

07-26-2002, 07:25 PM
Originally posted by Rebecca
Layla I have it on tape too. :sigh: I'll watch it eventually.

I also have Monte Carlo 2002 final on tape, Rome 2001 final, Hamburg or Rome semis, I can't recall which.

I had the Hamburg final but tapoed over it. Wish I hadn't ,even though he lost to Portas.

Anyhow, his match against Federer at the US Open 2001 looked good, but I didn't see it.

he played Federer at the USO 2001? i don't think so. i thought he lost to Robredo? i remember he lost to Tommy 7-6 in the 5th set, it was the 100th match at the Open decided on a final set tiebreak!

that must have been a great match too, but i didn't get to see it!

07-26-2002, 07:37 PM
Yes, he lost to Robredo in the 3rd round, after beating Di Pasquale and Voltchkov. He did beat Federer in the US Open 2000, though - in the third round. In the fourth he lost against Marat.

Let me know if you wanna find out how I know all that. ;)

Chloe le Bopper
07-26-2002, 07:46 PM
Yeah US open 2000, sorry I messed up the years :p

I knew about losing to Marat etc, that was a tough loss :o Not close at all...

Robredo was awful, but at least it was Robredo and not someone I dont like.

um, it will cost me about 40 buck Canadian to get the tape of the DC match.

if you want the site or the email of the people I can give it to you.

07-26-2002, 08:04 PM
It wouldn't work in Europe, I think. Different systems.

Thanks anyway. :D

07-26-2002, 11:28 PM
Originally posted by Rebecca
I'm surprised that no one mentions Davis Cup final vs Hewitt.

another one that I didnt see, but I'm ordering it off the internet as soon as I have the money.

I've never seen this match but would definitely pay for it. Where can you order it?

Chloe le Bopper
07-27-2002, 12:56 AM
Layla - they are infact, based in England. That is why it is so expensive for me to buy the tape, due to exchange on the Canadian dollar, which is low right now.

tennishack - the email adress if s.resources@appleonline.net just tell them what match you want, the year, etc and they will give you all the details.

They mail to all parts of the world.

07-27-2002, 10:08 AM
Thanks, Rebecca. ;)

08-08-2002, 05:35 AM
Geez! That 2001 USOPEN 3rd Round w/ Robredo was nutz!

7-6 in the final set Losing (7-1) !!!

Misshits....String breaking...

Chloe le Bopper
08-08-2002, 06:12 AM
TOo bad he played such a terrible breaker.

I didn't see any of that match, thankfully ;)

04-03-2010, 06:53 PM

While we're bumping some of the old classic threads, I thought this would be another good one. I never really think about which of his matches are my favourites. Of course loads of his Wimbledon victories stand out for me since I was there and cheering loudly for him.

Would love to know what everyone else thinks.

04-03-2010, 07:01 PM
RG 2003 final...because I started to cheer for JC after ten minutes in stead of for my fellow Dutchie Martin Verkerk :lol:

That is one of them.

04-03-2010, 07:07 PM
Indeed that was his moment, finally winning a slam, but it seemed a bit of an anticlimax to me. His win over Gonzalez in the quarters was more of a classic.

04-03-2010, 07:16 PM
Yeah you're right. It was not a real thriller match or anything...

04-03-2010, 07:19 PM
But I suppose it's the best way to win slams. Federer won most of his without dropping a set in the SF and final.

I'm going to do a rank order of my favourite Juanqui victories and post it here when I'm ready.

04-03-2010, 07:35 PM
I'm looking forward to that :)

04-03-2010, 09:29 PM
Against Fernando Gonzales French Open 2003

04-03-2010, 10:45 PM
I should probably make a list or something, but one that springs to mind as my favourite is the 2002 MC Final against Moya. Everything I love about his game (and claycourt tennis, period) is captured in that match. Many good long rallies, plenty of short angles, cat & mouse points, dominating with the forehand. It's quite a tough grind of a match in the first set before JC steps up and goes on cruise control. It's just such gorgeous, controlled, confident tennis.

Of course he's played in more "epic" matches and bigger occasions, but this one for me sees him pretty much at his best and in control for most of the match.

04-04-2010, 11:42 AM
As it's my home turf his match against Simon and Gonzalez at Wimbledon last year. I just got caught up in the moment. I know grass season and England is hated by so many players so to see JC do well there was priceless.

04-05-2010, 03:22 AM
I cannot believe I haven't posted in this thread...

Quite a few fave Juanqui matches but here are a few of mine:

Wimbledon09 R3 d Gonzalez 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 -- I've just bought this match and am looking forward to watching it! I love watching Juanqui play on grass... remember when he said years ago how "it's funny playing on grass"?

Wimbledon07 QF vs. Federer 6-7(2), 6-3, 1-6, 3-6 -- even tho he lost this match, Juanqui managed to take a set off Rogi!

Wimbledon05 R16 vs. Federer 3-6, 4-6, 6-7(6) -- first time I saw Juanqui play Rogi on grass

Monte Carlo03 F d Coria 62 62 -- Juanqui on his way to winning RG!!!

Roland Garros03 QF d Gonzalez 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 -- what a crazy match! so cute to see these two friends hugging each other at the end of the match and Fena wishing Juanqui the best, i.e., to win the slam

Roland Garros03 F d Verkerk 61 63 62 -- YAY, Juanqui wins his first slam!!! it was lovely to see him blow a kiss to his mother in the sky

USO03 SF d Agassi 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 -- Juanqui became No. 1 by beating the then No. 1!!!!

Madrid03 SF d Federer 64 46 64 -- a great match betw two great guys!

Madrid03 F d Massu 64 64 63 -- Juanqui got his No. 1 trophy!!

Monte Carlo02 F d Moya 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 -- loved watching Juanqui win this tournament

I'm sure there are others but it's late now...


I still want a copy of Juanqui winning ROMA01 vs. Guga tho... I missed that match!!! Didn't he come back after being down two sets to love?? Amazing!

OK, I just remembered:

Montreal09 R2 d Monfils 63 76(7) -- one of the best matches I've seen Juanqui play LIVE and the crowd was really cheering for him too! So much fun!!!

04-05-2010, 06:01 PM
Wimbledon07 QF vs. Federer 6-7(2), 6-3, 1-6, 3-6 -- even tho he lost this match, Juanqui managed to take a set off Rogi!

Wimbledon05 R16 vs. Federer 3-6, 4-6, 6-7(6) -- first time I saw Juanqui play Rogi on grass

:lol: Did you enjoy the clay meetings too? ;)

The Hamburg result was expected but Monte-Carlo I was really hoping. I remember he had BP chances to go 4-1 (a double break) up in the 1st set but Roger saved them and proceeded to win the next 7 games in a row.

I never saw the Dubai meeting but I heard JC had good chances there too.

carlos pera
04-06-2010, 08:33 PM
I would also include the final of JC last year at Casablanca.I think that was a really important point on JC´s career to make that powerful comeback

04-07-2010, 02:44 AM
This is my list. It's only a personal opinion based on my experiences and how happy I was at the end of each match. Some of them are ranked high because I was there and playing every point with him. I could totally imagine everyone else has very different views based on their own experiences.

1. def. Agassi SF US Open 2003 6-4 6-3 3-6 6-4
The best tennis he ever played in his career. I remember the commentators saying they'd never seen someone dominate Agassi like that from the back of the court. Overriding memory being the point where JC had to run back, hit a shot through his legs and then run down a dropshot - got a standing ovation for that one.
Defeated the active world #1 to become world #1 himself. This was arguably an even greater achievement than winning Roland Garros.

2. def. Gonzalez QF Roland Garros 2003 6-1 3-6 6-1 5-7 6-4
Such an important win.
"So glad I won because if I hadn't I would've wanted to die".
Gonzo was firing that day but JC was still too good.
By far the closest anyone came to stopping him that year.
I remember watching the match at the student union and being so relieved when he pulled through.

3. def. Gonzalez R32 Wimbledon 2009 4-6 7-5 6-4 4-6 6-4
I was there! And I think I made the difference. Shouted so loudly I drew embarrassing attention to myself.
Great atmosphere. In the 5th set the organizers threatened to move the match to Centre Court due to fading light. The fans cheered so loudly when the players decided to keep going. It was awesome.
I'll never forget when he collapsed to the ground in joy after Gonzo double faulted on MP. Nothing more satisfying than winning such a close match against a top player in front of a passionate crowd.

4. def. Blake R32 Wimbledon 2007 3-6 6-3 6-3 7-6
I was there!
Great atmosphere.
I became friends with this random Spanish guy who was sitting a couple seats to my right. We kept cheering louder and louder as the match progressed.
There were some funny moments too when Blake's shot hit the net-post and rebounded back in. JC lost the point but still found it funny.

5. def. Kuerten F Rome 2001 3-6 6-1 2-6 6-4 6-2
One of only two times he defeated the active world #1 (other being the Agassi match above).
I missed this one (it was before I started following tennis regularly) but must have been one of his greatest performances. Guga was virtually unstoppable that year. But Juanqui was on a hot streak of his own winning 16 matches in a row. The following week he nearly achieved the unthinkable Rome-Hamburg double.

6. def. Hewitt F Davis Cup 2000 6-2 7-6 4-6 6-4
Became a national hero.
Defeated one of the greatest Davis Cup players of his generation.
Again I missed this one but no question it was an important win.

7. def. Todd Martin R16 US Open 2003 6-2 6-4 3-6 5-7 6-3
Definitely saw this one. Martin was one of the best American hard court players of his generation. This was a massive breakthrough for his confidence on faster surfaces. Especially considering how much he always struggled against big serve and volley players. I knew after he won this he would have much better chances against baseline players Hewitt and Agassi.

8. def. Hajek R128 Wimbledon 2007 6-7 4-7 6-3 6-2 7-5
I was there! (For the first 4 sets. The match was constantly delayed because of rain and eventually suspended due to fading light.)
Still remember JC's reaction after losing the 2nd set. He smashed a ball into the net with such frustration. Almost went a break down start of the 3rd, he was hanging by a thread.
In the 5th set he was serving 2nd and went a break down. The odds were totally stacked against him.
Despite the opponent, it was one if his greatest come-backs.

9. def. Verkerk F Roland Garros 2003 6-1 6-3 6-2
Finally took the biggest title of his career. Should have done it the previous year but what a relief to win it eventually. So many players before him had chances and never crossed the line. He didn't even blink that day. Totally emphatic.

10. lt. Federer QF Wimbledon 2007 6-7 6-3 1-6 3-6
Just for the first two sets. It was the closest I ever came to believing he could actually win the biggest prize in the game. Then the 3rd set brought me back down to stupid reality. Juanqui started badly miss-timing his returns (probably due to the wind and nerves) and giving away too many cheap points with errors and miss-hits. Became very frustrating but the first two sets were an amazing feeling none-the-less.

Special mention to:

def. Dosedel R64 Roland Garros 2000 1-6 2-6 6-2 6-4 6-4
First 0-2 come-back. A very important one too.

lt. Kuerten SF Roland Garros 2000 5-7 6-4 6-2 4-6 3-6
Toe-to-toe with the clay king on the big stage. This was when people finally started to take notice.

def. Federer R32 US Open 2000 7-5 7-6 1-6 7-6
Fed was only a teenager but Juanqui was only 20 himself and still very much a clay specialist at the time.

def. Hewitt QF US Open 2003 4-6 6-3 7-6 6-1
Great win over a former USO champion and world #1.

def. Federer SF Madrid 2003 6-4 4-6 6-4
Beating the Wimbledon champion indoors in front of the home crowd while confirming his world #1 status.

def. Tipsarevic R16 Wimbledon 2007 7-5 6-3 7-6
Ashamed to say I wasn't there but I saw it all on the live streaming. Reached his first Wimby QF - one of my favourite breakthroughs.

def. Nalbandian R32 Australian Open 2008 6-1 6-2 6-3
Fat Dave was very much Fit Dave at the time, after beating Federer and Nadal twice and winning both indoor masters. Juanqui totally demolished him, stunning everyone.

def. Ferrer F Buenos Aires 2010 5-7 6-4 6-3
One of the best examples of the importance of confidence. Best match he played during his 14 wins in a row. Defeated his best friend and one of his hardest match-ups.

04-07-2010, 02:59 AM
Forgot to mention:

def. Nadal QF Cincinatti 2006 7-6 7-6
Finally beat Rafa. This was his only good run in an otherwise shit year.

def. Nadal R32 Rome 2008 7-5 6-1
It was clay and it was Rafa. Need I say more? Not to mention this was Nadal's peak year (winning RG and Wimbledon to become world #1, followed also by the Olympics and Davis Cup).

carlos pera
04-07-2010, 10:30 AM
Great list Jimnik! :)

04-07-2010, 11:43 AM
Excellent list Jimnik. :worship: So many great moments there. That Gonzalez match at Wimbledon last year was exhausting to watch as a Ferrero fan but so amazing in the end.

04-07-2010, 03:07 PM
I agree, great list, jimnik! :worship:
(I'll now go compile mine. :))

04-07-2010, 04:11 PM
Here're my top 10 favourites. Can't put them numbers so they're in the chronological order.

2001 Masters Cup Sydney
Def. Ivanisevic 7-6(4) 7-6(5)
Yes, the match in my avatar. I think I talked about this match many times so some of you guys may have been fed up with the same story again and again, but this is one of the most memorable tennis matches of all time for me because this is the first JC match I saw, and the first match that I, a big Goran fan then, didn't feel bad after he lost. The match was of a high quality and they were truly enjoying it themselves, which was great to see. And what an eye candy match it was! :hearts:

2003 RG quarterfinals
Def. Gonzalez 6-1 3-6 6-1 5-7 6-4[/quote]
JC hadn't beaten Gonzo on tour yet at that point (in fact from the RG junior final 1998 I think), and the match turned out to be the biggest hurdle on his way to becoming the champion. Great tennis from both and I was so glad when he finally won!

[b]2003 RG final
Def. Verkerk 6-1 6-3 6-2
As a match maybe a bit too one-sided, but JC played supreme tennis in that final!

2003 USO semifinals
Def. Agassi 6-4 6-3 3-6 6-4
The match that made him No. 1 and he played like the undisputed No. 1!

2003 Madrid SF
Def. Federer 6-4 4-6 6-4
The match of the tournament. JC won the whole thing as No. 1! JC could have had a chance to win in straight sets but for a questionable line call towards the end of the second set.

2006 Cincinnati QF
Def. Nadal 7-6(2) 7-6(3)
JC brought the right strategy and was so dominant on both TB.

2007 Monte Carlo QF
Def. Gasquet 5-7 7-5 6-2
I love this match for the excellent way JC turned it around from being a set and a break down. There was a great rally in the second set when JC was trailing 2-4 (I think), and JC won the point with an exquisite lob. Then he smiled... :hearts: ...and the momentum completely shifted to his side from that moment on!

2007 Hamburg R2
Def. Safin 6-3 7-6(15)
The match itself was a bit scrappy but had to include this one simply because of the high-quality, nailbiting TB. JC needed 7 MPs to win!

2009 Casablanca final
Def. Serra 6-4 7-5
The match that announced JC's back to his winning ways! :D

2010 Buenos Aires final
Def. Ferrer 5-7 6-4 6-3
Completely agree with Jimnik's comment on this great match of the year so far!

There are many more, but the following matches are especially dear to my heart because I saw them live! (I'm not including the first round of RG 2008 although I saw it live. It was too sad to see him retire injured...:sad:)

2003 AO
R1 Def. Squillari 7-6(5) 3-6 6-2 6-3

2004 AO
R4 Def. Pavel 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-2
QF Def. Arazi 6-1 7-6(6) 7-6(5)

2006 RG
R1 Def. Del Potro 6-3 2-6 6-2 6-4
R2 Def. Kohlschreiber 6-2 6-4 6-2

2009 USO
R1 Def. Santoro 6-4 6-3 6-3
R2 Def. Petzschner 1-6 3-6 6-4 6-2 6-4 (That was some come back!!)

carlos pera
04-07-2010, 05:16 PM
The one against Petzschner was sooo great.I remember really good how it seemed impossible for JC but he keep trying and he finally won it. :D