For Fun: Name the Most Bizarre Best-of-5 Set GS/Davis Cup Matches of All Time

08-21-2009, 03:33 AM
I think 2004 RG F, Gaudio vs. Coria takes the cake.

2003 AO R16, Nalbandian vs. Federer was pretty classic in terms of its nuttiness as well.

08-21-2009, 03:42 AM
1999 FO Andre Def Medvedev 1-6 2-6 6-4 6-3 6-4

08-21-2009, 03:48 AM
For sure Gaudio-Coria for a GS match...pretty much everything you could dream of in that match except great tennis. Maybe Clement-Schuettler at 2008 Wimbledon because Clement saved those 6 set points in the tiebreaker before losing the next 2, and for the fact that this was a QF.

08-21-2009, 04:07 AM
One classic that I saw live was a USO '04 2nd round (?) won by Mikhail Youzhny over David Nalbandian at night on the fantastic Louis Armstrong stadium. Can't remember the scoreline but this match had everything: Youzhny doing his crazy service motion and all his flexible splits and slides around the court, Nalbandian in control for much of it but letting it slide and crushing several racquets in rage, to the anger and delight of the night-time crowd.

Plus there was Nalbandian beating Federer in the finals of the 2006 TMC. Nalby let so many opportunities slip in the first tow sets, won 7-6, 7-6 by Fed despite many beautiful backhands from the Argentinian. Then David climbed his way back quickly as Fed looked really injured and out of the match. Nalby was way up in the 5th then suddenly choked. Then Fed was up and choked, and finally Nalby closed it out.

How come David gets himself involved in so many ridiculous 5-setters?

08-21-2009, 11:29 AM
The topic could be interesting as the title speaks about "of all-time", but you start with very recent matches which were not so special actually (well Gaudio-Coria a little bit). That doesn't sound very encouraging :shrug:

There have been tuns of bizarre matches (Davis Cup and Roland-Garros are good places for that).

Yes it might be interesting to relate some memories, if some people are brave enough.

I can say that in RG, the atmosphere was very special during Lendl-Chang RG 89 and Lendl-McEnroe RG 88, and so many Noah's matches.

08-21-2009, 12:11 PM
1998 US Open 4th Round: Agassi v Kucera. Kucera had problems with ball-tossing and kept catching the ball instead of hitting it. Agassi got frustrated and started immitating him by doing the same, except sometimes Agassi got confused and forgot to let go of the ball when throwing it up. All this happened in the 4th set when Agassi was trailing 2 sets to 1. Kucera was murdering the ball and Agassi struggled to keep up, so he started to "moonball" extremely high for most of the 4th set to change Kucera's tempo and he eventually took that 4th set in a tie-breaker with Brooke Shields/Brad Gilbert fist-pumping all over the player's box. Then play was suspended and they resumed the next day with Agassi getting the early break in the 5th before losing.

08-21-2009, 01:21 PM

Ruah def Canas 36 36 76(3) 63 63

Canas was leading 63 63 50 and serve. :lol: You should have watched that.

Black Adam
08-21-2009, 01:32 PM
Davis Cup Final 2003 - On grass Philippoussis defeats Ferrero 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 2-6, 6-0 . Scud was having shoulder problems in sets 3 and 4 and had extensive shoulder treatment befoe beginning of the 5th set. He dished out a bagel against the run of play.

Fed Express
08-21-2009, 01:38 PM
2005 Masters Cup Final
Federer - Nalbandian

First Federer looked like he was going to win it, leading 2-0 in sets. Then Nalbandian evened it because Federer was not fit enough (had not played for six weeks because of ankle injury)

So it looked like he was going to win it. He took a double break lead in set 5. Then Federer out of nowhere came back and to the lead and even served for the match.. Then Nalbandian took the match in the tiebreak..

Action Jackson
08-21-2009, 01:39 PM
Seppi and Bobby Reynolds at the AO finishing at 3.39am, very strange match.

Koubek against Saulnier down 2 sets, 1-4 15-40 and not giving a shit comes back and wins in 5

Simon against Massu at the AO, Simon qualified that year and could hardly walk for the last set, looked even more disinterested than usual. Massu looking like he can run for another 5 hours in the 5 set. Massu lost and was so shitty, then Simon got carried back to the locker room.

Gaudio and Ferrer 2005 RG. Gaudio up 4-0 in the 5th screams to Piles (Ferrer's coach) don't worry I am going to lose, then lost 6 games in a row.

08-21-2009, 02:06 PM
Leconte-Motta 3rd round Roland-Garros 86 (Leconte's best year : he will be semifinalist in Roland-Garros and Wimbledon and quarterfinalist in the US Open ; as for Motta, he was a very average claycourt player) :

Leconte starts the match awfully and loses the first two sets 6-1 6-3.

In the 3rd set, he still plays very bad and eveybody thinks he's gonna lose.

His coach, Patrice Dominguez, tries to give him some advice, but Leconte is irritated and refuses to look at him anymore.

Then at 6-5 Motta 3rd set, Dominguez has an idea : he asks his neighbour to give a written word to Leconte via a ballboy.

The letter says : "We are together with you. We are confident. Get calm. Prepare your attacks more carefully and above all, play at the net. We kiss you"

Leconte gets up from his chair to go back to the court, walks to the place where Dominguez sits and tells him : "Couldn't you have said it before, bloody you !"

The result is : LEconte plays great, wins the 3rd set in the TB and the two final sets 6-0 6-0 ! :haha:

He will reach the semifinal playing very great matches afterwards (losing to Pernfors, who was also a very funny guy)

For those of you who didn't know him, Leconte was an extremely talented player (some say he was more talented than Gasquet, and I do think so), but bad physical ... and with a very low IQ :lol:

I remember him in RG against a very average Australian Simon Youl (in 1988 : he was finalist that year) : he kept on going to the net with a slice to Youl's backhand ... and kept on being passed again and again never never changing tactics and going to his forehand. Finally he changed a little bit when he was led 2-1 and won in 5 sets ...

08-21-2009, 02:38 PM
Some that I remember:

2001 AO semi-final between Clement and Grosjean, Clement winning 5-7 2-6 7-6 7-5 6-2

1999 1st round of Wimbledon Becker def. MacLagan 5-7 6-7 6-4 7-5 6-2

2002 final rubber of DC-final between FRA and RUS; Youzhny def. Mathieu 3-6 2-6 6-3 7-5 6-4

08-21-2009, 03:01 PM

Ruah def Canas 36 36 76(3) 63 63

Canas was leading 63 63 50 and serve. :lol: You should have watched that.

That's mental.

Davis Cup Final 2003 - On grass Philippoussis defeats Ferrero 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 2-6, 6-0 . Scud was having shoulder problems in sets 3 and 4 and had extensive shoulder treatment befoe beginning of the 5th set. He dished out a bagel against the run of play.

I remember that one. It was crazy. Mark was screaming when he was being treated at the end of the 4th and NO ONE thought Ferrero was going to lose this. But they must have given him some magical treatment cause he came back playing like a God.

08-21-2009, 08:13 PM
This is a fictional one, but on Tennis Elbow game.

US Open Final: Federer def Henman 4-6 6-0 6-0 4-6 7-5.

08-21-2009, 09:46 PM
Ooh I thought of some others:

2003 RG: Ferrero def. Gonzalez 6-1 3-6 6-1 5-7 6-4...Ferrero was owning in the first and third sets but Gonzo rebounded in the second and fourth sets. Then I think Gonzo saved a few match points in the fifth set and had a BP, but couldn't convert.

2002 RG: Ferrero def. Gaudio 6-7 6-1 6-7 6-2 6-4...just a weird scoreline

2005 DC: Hewitt def. Coria...just for the crotch-grabbing, ridiculous antics

Action Jackson
07-26-2011, 03:35 PM
Almagro/Ginepri from US Open a match so damn awful wish both guys lost, yet it was funny.

07-26-2011, 04:05 PM
Isner-Mahut for obvious reasons.

Karlovic-Stepanek in DC for Ivo hitting 80 odd aces and losing

Joachim Johansson dumping Roddick at the USO, two of the biggest servers in the game, yet no tie breaks, it was like 6-4 6-4 3-6 2-6 6-4 or something.

07-26-2011, 04:41 PM
2010 French Open 2R: Fognini def Monfils 2-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 9-7.
2011 French Open R16: Fognini def Montanes 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 11-9

Many more to come from the Fog...

07-26-2011, 05:04 PM
recently Gasquet vs Mayer

Mayer leads 6/4 6/4 5*/4 broken to love, Gasquet wins 4 games in a row, breaks Mayer in fourth who then is cramped, Ritchie win both last sets at 6/3.

Net Cord
07-26-2011, 05:28 PM
Wally Masur vs. Jamie Morgan in the 4th round at the 1993 U.S. Open. Morgan wins the first 2 sets 6-3, 6-4. Masur wins the next 2 sets 6-3, 6-4. Morgan goes up 5-0 in the fifth set. Masur wins the last 7 games to win 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5. Is this the only match in history where a player came back from being down 5-0 in the fifth set to win?

07-26-2011, 05:39 PM
Coria def Henman, RG 2004

The closest Tiger Tim came to winning a slam. Coria's matches were hilarious.

07-26-2011, 05:49 PM
Fish beating Hajek at last years USO 6-0 3-6 4-6 6-0 6-1, ridiculous yet hilarious scoreline and match.

Fish lead 5-0 in the fifth and was on the brink of the first triple bagel in a five set match in the Open era if I remember rightly.

Snoo Foo
07-26-2011, 06:19 PM
Alves def Capdeville 2008 USO 4-6 1-6 6-1 7-6(2) 6-4
Lapentti def Wawrinka 2009 USO 4-6 3-6 7-6(6) 7-6(3) 6-3