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Best ATP season ever?

Chase Visa
07-20-2012, 01:23 PM
During the entire open era, what was the best ATP season ever?

GSMnadal
07-20-2012, 01:48 PM
2012 :rocker2:

2008 was pretty great,

greatest match ever
greatest clay performance ever
Djokovic breaking through
Olympics finally getting the respect they deserve
Murray making his first slam final

It really was the start of this super era, and the post-Roger dominance. 2005 was pretty sweet as well

Garson007
07-20-2012, 01:51 PM
Djokovic already had his breakthrough in 2007, imho.

Looner
07-20-2012, 02:14 PM
2009. 2008 was awful.

BroTree123
07-20-2012, 02:17 PM
Typical Fedtards saying the best ATP seasons are the years that Federer dominated :rolleyes:

GSMnadal
07-20-2012, 02:17 PM
Djokovic already had his breakthrough in 2007, imho.

He got it done in 08, huge difference between winning masters and reaching a final, and winning your first slam. Ask Murray :p

2005 clay season was truly epic, Nadal-Coria with some crackers, that Rome match :worship:

rocketassist
07-20-2012, 02:18 PM
2003, 2004, 2008 were all fun.

masterclass
07-20-2012, 02:19 PM
During the entire open era, what was the best ATP season ever?

Edit: my apologies. Thought you meant best player season's, not all around tour season.

It's quite difficult for me to name a single year as "the best". Still 1969 would be high on my list, it was the first year I can reasonably remember and 30-31 year old Rocket Rod Laver winning the grand slam was epic with a 90 game AO semifinal vs. Roche, beating legend Rosewall at Roland Garros, victories over Emerson, Ashe, and Roche at the US Open. He also won 14 other singles titles that year, the AO doubles title (with Emerson) and was the doubles finalist at Roland Garros. And then 41 year old Pancho Gonzalez come from behind marathon 2 day victory over 25 year old Charlie Pasarell in the 3rd round at Wimbledon cannot be forgotten, 22-24, 1–6, 16-14, 6–3, 11-9, saving 7 match points. This match probably was the "final nail" responsible for instituting the tiebreak. Gonzalez went on to win some high profile tournaments defeating top players like Newcombe, Rosewall, Stan Smith and Ashe late in 1969 and he was the top American money-winner for 1969 ($46,288).

Probably a couple of the late 70's-1980 seasons with Borg, Vilas, Connors, McEnroe and others rate high.
Late 80's early 90's with Becker, Lendl, Edberg, young Agassi, 39 year old Connors at the '91 USO. Perhaps Muster, Sampras, Becker, Agassi 1995. 2012 has been an interesting and competitive year thus far with Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Murray providing the big highlights.

1. Rod Laver's 1969. 30-31 years old. THE Grand Slam, Match record 106-16, 18 tournaments won. He beat Tony Roche in the blistering heat on sun-baked grass of the Australian Open in a 90 game semifinal. He beat fellow Aussie legend Ken Rosewall on the clay at Roland Garros, and then at Wimbledon beat Ashe in the semifinal followed by the upcoming champion John Newcombe in the final. This was followed by defeating Emerson, Ashe, and finally Tony Roche at the rain soaked grass of the US Open.

Other notables:

Federer's 2006, 3 of 4 majors + masters cup, 92-5 match record, 12 titles. Nadal, Davydenko, Roddick main competition

McEnroe's 1984, 82-3 match record, 2 of 3 majors played + masters grand prix and WCT Finals, 13 titles. Lendl, Connors, Wilander main competition

Djokovic's 2011, 3 of 4 majors, 70-6, 10 titles with Nadal, Federer, Murray main competition.

Respectfully,
masterclass

BroTree123
07-20-2012, 02:28 PM
Anyways:

2005 - Safin's journey at the AO and Nadal announcing himself as a huge contender were the biggest highlights for me that year.
2006 - Federer in his prime. What more can you say about his form. It was so good, I envied the fucker.
2008 - Changing of the guard; huge breakthrough for Nadal and Djokovic. Federer's recovery at US Open, Tsonga winning first MS1000.
2011 - The unexpected. Djokovic taking command of the tour after winning AO. Something different. Quite amazing.
2012 (quite possibly) - Epic AO final (too bad Rafa lost the way he did, but awesome effort from Novak). Nadal back to winning ways on clay. Old bones at 30 proving he still has magic left in the tank.

Edit: Hard to know a single, personal best ATP season ever...

duarte_a
07-20-2012, 02:31 PM
2005.

Looner
07-20-2012, 02:35 PM
Typical Fedtards saying the best ATP seasons are the years that Federer dominated :rolleyes:

You don't like my opinion? I don't care :).

Fedfanforever
07-20-2012, 02:36 PM
2008 was pretty sad for me, but still great for tennis.

This year, I like that 3 different guys have won majors.

Chirag
07-20-2012, 02:37 PM
2009 really .3/4 slam finals went the distance and one that didnt was historic in itself .Plus we had some great matches and 5 players doing well going into the new season

Roamed
07-20-2012, 02:39 PM
This year is pretty fun in comparison to, say, 2004 onwards as there have arguably been two shifts in momentum during the season for the first time in a while, Djokovic -> Nadal -> Federer (as opposed to 2008 with one seismic one in the middle).

2009 was a good year though in terms of general drama and slam finals.

TennisOnWood
07-20-2012, 02:40 PM
MTF again on tennis history.. priceless :D

BroTree123
07-20-2012, 02:40 PM
You don't like my opinion? I don't care :).

Hey, I'm just stating the obvious fact. It's true right? :shrug:

ZaZoo)
07-20-2012, 02:43 PM
2008,2009.

TigerTim
07-20-2012, 02:44 PM
2002 - GOAT Year, Tommy, LayLay beating nobodies and a Golden Oldie NIDing his way past his Pigeon, epic stuff right there. Safin in a final doing a mega troll just adds to the epicness.

1980- GOAT Clay performance from Borg crushing Vitas in France, Epic 1980 Wimby Final, Epic 1980 USO Final - hight of McEnroe vs Borg rivalry. Plus didn't Lendl win the masters that year? (my bad it was 1981) Epic US Pro 5 set between Jimbo and John also...Good year, actually not sure if GOAT year though.

rocketassist
07-20-2012, 02:46 PM
2002 - GOAT Year, Tommy, LayLay beating nobodies and a Golden Oldie NIDing his way past his Pigeon, epic stuff right their.

Schalken served for the match against Hewitt didn't he.

Henman was as close then as he was in the 4th set TB against Goran.

mystic ice cube
07-20-2012, 02:46 PM
2012 is shaping up to be a fantastic year already. I've really enjoyed this season.

I started watching tennis properly since 2007 onwards, so the other best year is a tie between 2008-09.

Sophocles
07-20-2012, 02:49 PM
1980.

TigerTim
07-20-2012, 02:54 PM
Schalken served for the match against Hewitt didn't he.

Henman was as close then as he was in the 4th set TB against Goran.

Adds the epicness of the year no? Imagine Nalbandian winning Wimby if that would have happened (Hewitt out) because we known Henman would have Uberchoked in the final 6-0, 6-0, 6-0. :worship:

n8
07-20-2012, 02:56 PM
1995 for quality.

2003 for interesting.

2009 for exciting.

rocketassist
07-20-2012, 02:57 PM
Adds the epicness of the year no? Imagine Nalbandian winning Wimby if that would have happened (Hewitt out) because we known Henman would have Uberchoked in the final 6-0, 6-0, 6-0. :worship:

I think Henman would have beaten Davey then- too experienced on grass at the time.

Until Tursunov in 05 Timmy never lost to anyone other than a great grass player at SW19.

TigerTim
07-20-2012, 03:06 PM
I think Henman would have beaten Davey then- too experienced on grass at the time.

Until Tursunov in 05 Timmy never lost to anyone other than a great grass player at SW19.

He had bad luck to play Pete twice, LayLay once (Who I recalled owned Henman on a unreal level) and Goran, thats 12 finals and 9 wins between them I think, But I still doubt with all the pressure he would have overcome David. It would have been close. Anicic I wouldn't call great on grass and he lost to him in 2004, strange as that was by far his best season. I still believe his best chance to win a major was at the french in 2004. he was a set and break up in the semi after all and owned Gaudio IIRC. He would have lost to Rafter in 01'.

nole_no1
07-20-2012, 03:56 PM
2011 because Nole won 3 slams :sport: 2008 had the best quality though

Mark Lenders
07-20-2012, 04:01 PM
2005 and 2009

finishingmove
07-20-2012, 04:20 PM
2011

rocketassist
07-20-2012, 04:25 PM
He had bad luck to play Pete twice, LayLay once (Who I recalled owned Henman on a unreal level) and Goran, thats 12 finals and 9 wins between them I think, But I still doubt with all the pressure he would have overcome David. It would have been close. Anicic I wouldn't call great on grass and he lost to him in 2004, strange as that was by far his best season. I still believe his best chance to win a major was at the french in 2004. he was a set and break up in the semi after all and owned Gaudio IIRC. He would have lost to Rafter in 01'.

No guarantee Rafter would have beat him but it would have been fun. He did take out Pat in one of his previous SF runs. All ifs and buts though.

Ancic was brutal on grass- beat Fed in 02, but had Fed and Roddick stop him in later years when he was in top form.

Orka_n
07-20-2012, 05:05 PM
Personal favorites are 2005 and 2009 (hilarious that I would agree with Lenders of all people). 2012 hasn't been that bad either with 3 different slam winners. Now, a new champion at the USO would be great.

Johnny Groove
07-20-2012, 05:18 PM
Typical Fedtards saying the best ATP seasons are the years that Federer dominated :rolleyes:

Yep.

All I heard a month and a half ago:

"omg, RG 2012 is the worst slam ever!" :rolleyes:

Corey Feldman
07-20-2012, 05:27 PM
Typical Fedtards saying the best ATP seasons are the years that Federer dominated :rolleyes:Agree, typical of them

anyway best year for me was 2006

niff
07-20-2012, 05:33 PM
Agree, typical of them

anyway best year for me was 2006
:rolls: <3

I've only watch since the 2000s and '09 was probably the most exciting imo.

r3d_d3v1l_
07-20-2012, 05:40 PM
Yep.

All I heard a month and a half ago:

"omg, RG 2012 is the worst slam ever!" :rolleyes:

That would make sense if we were talking about Nadal and Djokovic. Seeing them dominate is absolutely boring due to their pusher and defensive style.

Seeing such an offensive player liker Federer dominate everyone is another thing. And if you can´t understand that type of joy then you´re not a tennis fan, only a tard.

TigerTim
07-20-2012, 05:42 PM
Yep.

All I heard a month and a half ago:

"omg, RG 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, Wimby 2008, 2010, USO 2010, AO 2009 are the worst slams ever!" :rolleyes:

so true though :p

EliSter
07-20-2012, 05:43 PM
That would make sense if we were talking about Nadal and Djokovic. Seeing them dominate is absolutely boring due to their pusher and defensive style.

Seeing such an offensive player liker Federer dominate everyone is another thing. And if you can´t understand that type of joy then you´re not a tennis fan, only a tard.

Typical fangirl responce.

The Fearhand
07-20-2012, 05:46 PM
The recent 2011-2012 was pretty decent I thought. Djokovic dominating 2011, Nadal & Fed fighting back Djo winning an epic final in AO...Nadal dominating FO2012, Federer dominating WI2012 both writing history and all. Very enjoyable except Rafa's injuries. I don't wish any injuries to players it's not good for Tennis.

Mystique
07-20-2012, 06:15 PM
2009. and no, It is NOT because I am a Fed fan (I would be saying 2006 or 2007 then:o)
2009 was a fantastic tennis year and you have to be blind to not see that. Rafa's superhuman effort at AO SF-F, Soda's giant killing act and Roger's unforgettable "finally" moment at RG (and the way the crowd got involved through the tourney), breaking Pete's GS record in that nail-biter vs Roddick at Wimbledon, Delpotro's breakthrough performance at USO and Djokovic's fantastic fall turn followed by Davydenko big hurrah at the WTF. What a year :worship: The best bit was how it panned out so unpredictably with the usual suspects NOT playing the big roles, rather the outsiders making their mark :yeah:

Was it the best ever? I am not qualified enough to say that. Essentially not one person here is.

JediFed
07-20-2012, 06:29 PM
2009 for me. :D

Don't forget Federer being the first since Lendl to regain year end World number 1.

Still a pity about USO 2009, Fed was one match away from the FedSlam. :)

Paylu2007
07-20-2012, 06:50 PM
Agree, typical of them

anyway best year for me was 2006

:haha: :haha:

:worship:

for me it's 2006 too :D

though 2012 its pretty good b/c there is finally competition for the #1 b2n 3 players, not only 2

cswab22
07-20-2012, 06:57 PM
2000 and 2005. 2000 because of Marat reaching number #1 and winning the US Open by beating up on Sampras. 2005 because of Marat vs Fed my favorite match of all time

2011 was good because Novak dominated

DJ Soup
07-20-2012, 07:55 PM
if Delpo wins this year's USO, then 2012 will be the best year ever, where the best player on each surface wins the slam.

latso
07-20-2012, 08:00 PM
2012 will be the one if 2 things happen in the remainder - Fed wins the Olympics and we get a new GS winner at the USO, someone else than Rog, Raf, Nole, or even Pony. Maybe Murray can do the thing, but it would be great to have a bigger surprise like Tsonga, Cilic or whoever that has anykind of a distant shot at this.

JMan22
07-20-2012, 08:01 PM
It arguably has been for sheer competitiveness between the top players, who you'd struggle to separate from each other ability wise at the moment.

Mark Lenders
07-20-2012, 08:15 PM
if Delpo wins this year's USO, then 2012 will be the best year ever, where the best player on each surface wins the slam.

Not really. There's no way Del Potro is the best hardcourt player today, that title belongs to Djokovic at the moment (or Federer if you look at overall career).

Still, I do agree that a fourth different Slam winner for the year would make it great. Wouldn't put any money on it though; think JMDP will win another Slam at least, but not this one, don't think he's ready yet (although I'd love to be proven wrong). Guys like Murray, Tsonga, Berdych have an outside shot but also wouldn't put any money on them.

DJ Soup
07-20-2012, 08:29 PM
Not really. There's no way Del Potro is the best hardcourt player today, that title belongs to Djokovic at the moment (or Federer if you look at overall career).

Still, I do agree that a fourth different Slam winner for the year would make it great. Wouldn't put any money on it though; think JMDP will win another Slam at least, but not this one, don't think he's ready yet (although I'd love to be proven wrong). Guys like Murray, Tsonga, Berdych have an outside shot but also wouldn't put any money on them.

Djokovic prefers the AO court, whereas Delpo prefers USO.
And I dunno really, if Delpo hits the ball like he was doing so at Rolanga this year, and has no leg injury, he has good chances.

Mark Lenders
07-20-2012, 08:34 PM
Djokovic prefers the AO court, whereas Delpo prefers USO.
And I dunno really, if Delpo hits the ball like he was doing so at Rolanga this year, and has no leg injury, he has good chances.

Hmm maybe. His year has been remarkably similar to 2009: trashed by Federer in Australia, dominating Federer in RG but ultimately losing in 5 due to fitness, trashed in SW19...

But I dunno. He's been the best player on tour along with Djokovic at beating 'mugs'; he has a perfect record against guys outside the top 7 since Australia. But he still lacks something (probably confidence) to really challenge the elite ie top 3. I'll give him a chance to win the US Open if he can get a win over one of Federer/Nadal/Djokovic in Toronto or Cincy to boost his confidence for the USO. Otherwise, I think we'll have to wait for 2013 to see him as a serious contender.

TigerTim
07-20-2012, 08:41 PM
Del Potro would not be able to beat Andy Murray at the USO, let alone Djokovic and Federer

Mark Lenders
07-20-2012, 08:51 PM
Del Potro would not be able to beat Andy Murray at the USO, let alone Djokovic and Federer

Yeah, as things stand at the moment, it's hard to argue with this. As I said, I'll only believe he has a chance if he gets a win over Federer, Nadal or Djokovic in Toronto/Cincy.

Honestly
07-20-2012, 09:12 PM
2012 is shaping up to be a good one. Three different slam winners so far, epic AO and Wimby finals, OG coming up. USO will be very interesting as well.

Rafa is the GOAT
07-20-2012, 09:13 PM
2012 RG:rocker2:

2008 was pretty great,

greatest match ever
greatest clay performance ever
Djokovic breaking through
Olympics finally getting the respect they deserve
Murray making his first slam final

It really was the start of this super era, and the post-Roger dominance. 2005 was pretty sweet as well

2008 greatest year evahhh
Specially the summer
Hamburg
RG (dominance)
Queens
wimbledon ( the greatset match ever, 2 of the, or even the 2 greatest ever playing at their superb best at a Wimbledon final, one of the if not a highest stage in Tennis)
Toronto
Olympics (super sweet)

Matt01
07-20-2012, 11:36 PM
Del Potro would not be able to beat Andy Murray at the USO, let alone Djokovic and Federer


Delpo has already proven that he has the ability to beat anyone at USO. Maybe not this year though...:(

Looner
07-20-2012, 11:59 PM
Agree, typical of them

anyway best year for me was 2006

:haha:

I'm somewhat late but I'll say why 2009 was the best for me:

1) Roger winning RG in epic fashion - that SF was a really good match which showcased his desire to win and his new dropshot :)
2) Epic, long Wimbledon final
3) All this after that fail at the AO
4) Delpo emerged as a force to be reckoned with on the very big stage (and quickly subsided in 2010 :sad:)
5) Fed got what he should have never lost - #1 and Wimbledon

2006 had some amazing quality but Fedster was dominating. Still it was highly enjoyable. 2003 had the new generation and grandpa Agassi all winning a slam each and a very close race for the YE #1. It had an amazing setup for 2004 with 3-4 potential players fighting for #1 but then Fed happened.

Finally, anyone who says the 2008 Wimbledon final was the greatest match ever is obviously a clueless ejacuzee.

Lazyking
07-21-2012, 12:06 AM
I didn't watch the full match but watched 28 mins of highlights of the Wimbledon 08 final and the shot making was incredible... I was blown away. Can't say best match ever cause only seen highlights and not like I'd know but it was very entertaining from what I saw.

Mark Lenders
07-21-2012, 12:09 AM
Wimbledon final wasn't even the best Slam final of 2008, let alone best match of all-time.

Just because a match is long, tight and between two of the best players ever doesn't mean it was the best of all-time. The only Fedal match where such a claim can be made is Rome 2006.

Looner
07-21-2012, 12:11 AM
You've watched highlights of the most hyped match ever and it looks amazing. How surprising is that, eh? Plus it finished in the dark - what kind of ridiculous thing is that. In no other match that finished in the dark has this detail been overlooked as much but of course Rafaela had to be "crowned" as the new king, so the pundits can all be correct.

The first two sets were awful from Federer mentally and he only started serving properly after the rain delay. He folded under the pressure which he has admitted as much recently. RN had the match in a goodie bag at 5-2 in the 4th but DF - twice in a row. So many examples of crappy play. Hype really is so unjustified for this match. Rome Final of 2006 blows it out of the water.


Wimbledon final wasn't even the best Slam final of 2008, let alone best match of all-time.

Just because a match is long, tight and between two of the best players ever doesn't mean it was the best of all-time. The only Fedal match where such a claim can be made is Rome 2006.

This came out after my post but freaking BINGO!

rocketassist
07-21-2012, 12:15 AM
Wimbledon final wasn't even the best Slam final of 2008, let alone best match of all-time.

Just because a match is long, tight and between two of the best players ever doesn't mean it was the best of all-time. The only Fedal match where such a claim can be made is Rome 2006.

07 Wimby final was better than 08 final in terms of quality.

I liked 2004.

Safin's superb run through the minefield beating Agassi and Roddick in five setters at the AO, a fun RG with a memorable final, great Wimbledon final and a USO I enjoyed as it was my first taste of house freedom and I watched the action in the living room on Eurosport, minor matches like Sargsian's five set epics.

Mark Lenders
07-21-2012, 12:20 AM
07 Wimby final was better than 08 final in terms of quality.

I liked 2004.

Safin's superb run through the minefield beating Agassi and Roddick in five setters at the AO, a fun RG with a memorable final, great Wimbledon final and a USO I enjoyed as it was my first taste of house freedom and I watched the action in the living room on Eurosport, minor matches like Sargsian's five set epics.

Agree about Wimbledon 2007 being better.

Few will probably agree with me here, but Djokovic vs Tsonga in Melbourne was the best Slam final of 2008 for me. The Wimbledon final only gets hyped to such extents because it was Federer and Nadal and a significant moment in modern tennis history.

2004 was a good year, 2005 was better though. Safin's run was epic but he was completely exhausted for the final; fortunately a year later he got to face Federer without being completely exhausted and got his revenge in a match that can legitimately be called one of the best ever.

Nole Rules
07-21-2012, 12:23 AM
I don't know. 2005 was a fantastic year. AO 2005 was the best slam in the last decade for me.

Andi-M
07-21-2012, 12:26 AM
2008 and 2009 were both very good.
2012 - has been excellent so far - All GS finals have been good AO had 2 epic matches, W final was so emotional, RG - could have been epic if not for the weather :(
3 different GS winners a competitive fight for no 1 spot

Now if Murray can win the USO then yeh 2012 wil be the best year ever...

Fedex
07-21-2012, 12:30 AM
2008 greatest year evahhh
Specially the summer
Hamburg
RG (dominance)
Queens
wimbledon ( the greatset match ever, 2 of the, or even the 2 greatest ever playing at their superb best at a Wimbledon final, one of the if not a highest stage in Tennis)
Toronto
Olympics (super sweet)

lol @ the notion of Federer being at 'his best' in that match.

TigerTim
07-21-2012, 12:41 AM
lol @ the notion of Federer being at 'his best' in that match.
:rolleyes:

everyones favourite never plays at their "best" when they lose.

Fedex
07-21-2012, 01:35 AM
:rolleyes:

everyones favourite never plays at their "best" when they lose.

Federer did not play a very good match in that final, especially compared to his 03-07 finals.

neme6
07-21-2012, 03:55 AM
Federer did not play a very good match in that final, especially compared to his 03-07 finals.

Even in 07 he didn't play his best, 03,05 and 06 were Roger's prime at wimby, specially 03, most people never talk about it but at this tournament, Roger was unstoppable in the semis and the final, I think he made something like 21 UE in those 2 matches combined, volleyed like a god too, it was really special!

SerialKillerToBe
07-21-2012, 03:59 AM
2011: The rise of Novak Djokovic and the death of Rafa Nadal (or at least what will be seen as his death after a few more years)

LeChuck
07-21-2012, 04:01 AM
1995 is my personal favourite year. It was the best year of the Sampras-Agassi rivalry, Muster had his annus mirabilis on clay and Becker was rejuvenated.

TennisGrandSlam
07-21-2012, 04:02 AM
Multiple (Concessive) :

2004-07 Federer


Singles:

1984 McEnroe

BroTree123
07-21-2012, 09:43 AM
I don't know. 2005 was a fantastic year. AO 2005 was the best slam in the last decade for me.

This. Safin is a fucking hero.

sweetkit
07-21-2012, 09:45 AM
We shall see. 2012 looks promising despite AO and FO.

Corey Feldman
07-21-2012, 10:53 AM
98 was pretty good

Sampras v Rios for year end No 1 in Hannover
Sampy-Goran 5 set Wimby final, Goran-Krajicek 5 set semi final
Agassi coming back to top 10 from 140's
Henman and Rusedski getting into top10
Korda winning the Aussie Open
Rafter-Philippoussis USO Final

Fed fordawin
07-21-2012, 11:04 AM
2009 and it's not even close.

Huge drama: nadal started dominating, and just when Fed seemed to fade away (breaks his racket in Miami), he comes back with a vengeance and becomes the GOAT.
Outsiders finally beating the top too: Soderling, Del Potro, Davydenko...
Overall a very very competitive year.

Also a LOT of good matches: nadal/ federer at AO, federer/ del potro at AO (maybe the best performance ever by a single player), RG and USO, nadal/nalbandian at IW, federer/ roddick at Wimbledon, Federer/ Haas at Roland Garros, Del Potro/ gonzalez at bercy (unbelievable hitting!).

That was the best year ever.

born_on_clay
07-21-2012, 11:27 AM
2010 for sure

Corey Feldman
07-21-2012, 11:31 AM
2010 for suretypical Nadal fan

TigerTim
07-21-2012, 11:57 AM
typical Nadal fan

Han on a sec, you chose 2006 as you favourite year. :haha:

Typical Federer Fan :p

Matt01
07-21-2012, 12:13 PM
We shall see. 2012 looks promising despite AO and FO.


I'd say 2012 looks good so far despite Wimbledon :o

masterclass
07-21-2012, 12:19 PM
2009. and no, It is NOT because I am a Fed fan (I would be saying 2006 or 2007 then:o)
2009 was a fantastic tennis year and you have to be blind to not see that. Rafa's superhuman effort at AO SF-F, Soda's giant killing act and Roger's unforgettable "finally" moment at RG (and the way the crowd got involved through the tourney), breaking Pete's GS record in that nail-biter vs Roddick at Wimbledon, Delpotro's breakthrough performance at USO and Djokovic's fantastic fall turn followed by Davydenko big hurrah at the WTF. What a year :worship: The best bit was how it panned out so unpredictably with the usual suspects NOT playing the big roles, rather the outsiders making their mark :yeah:

Was it the best ever? I am not qualified enough to say that. Essentially not one person here is.

I think it's very difficult to pick the best ever year in the Open Era. I might narrow it down to 4 or 5 if hard pressed, mostly picking years through the different generations of competition.
It would still be an opinion in any case, and as such, I believe any knowledgeable tennis aficionado who's been around awhile to see the Era unfold ;), is eligible to have a "qualified" opinion.

If the question had been best season/year that you have seen, instead of ever, then I would like to think most here at MTF would qualify...:)

Anyway, in your opinion, if no one here is, who would you consider qualified?

Respectfully,
masterclass

Burrow
07-21-2012, 12:30 PM
:rolleyes:

everyones favourite never plays at their "best" when they lose.

Federer was very far from his best in the 2008 final. He was nowhere close to his best the whole season.

1 Grand Slam, nearly being defeated by Igor Andreev and 3 IS tournaments. 2 MS finals. Not much to shout about in comparison to his actual prime.

2007 was a far higher quality match but just because we had Nadal winning (in darkness), with Federer coming back from 2 down and saving a championship point, people become blinded.

BroTree123
07-21-2012, 12:37 PM
:rolleyes:

everyones favourite never plays at their "best" when they lose.

Well it's true to an extent. Especially with top players. That's why they are at the top, because they capable of producing their best alot of the time in order to win. If they don't, they can lose. It's as simple as that.

bounccer
07-21-2012, 12:38 PM
Nobody here watched tennis before the 2000s? The thread talk about the best year "ever" and 90pc of the responses talk about very recents years. It s ridiculous!xl

TennisOnWood
07-21-2012, 12:43 PM
Nobody here watched tennis before the 2000s? The thread talk about the best year "ever" and 90pc of the responses talk about very recents years. It s ridiculous!xl

There was no tennis before Federer, Nadal and Djokovic

Matt01
07-21-2012, 01:09 PM
There was no tennis before Federer Nadal and Djokovic


Fixed it for you :yeah:

The Fearhand
07-21-2012, 01:10 PM
Nobody here watched tennis before the 2000s? The thread talk about the best year "ever" and 90pc of the responses talk about very recents years. It s ridiculous!xl

Speaking for myself: I was young in the 90's so I don't remember a lot to be honest and I can only remember the past 10 years vividly so I don't want to comment on pre-2000 without any knowledge.

Burrow
07-21-2012, 01:25 PM
Well it's true to an extent. Especially with top players. That's why they are at the top, because they capable of producing their best alot of the time in order to win. If they don't, they can lose. It's as simple as that.

Not true.

The very top players certainly don't play their best often, however, they're capable of winning when they're not playing their best, which shows how good they are and how they have a mental edge over the rest of the field.

niff
07-21-2012, 01:27 PM
Nobody here watched tennis before the 2000s? The thread talk about the best year "ever" and 90pc of the responses talk about very recents years. It s ridiculous!xl
Can't help how old we are, man :lol:

Fed fordawin
07-21-2012, 01:41 PM
Any year not involving Roger Federer can not possibly be considered best year ever.
The combination of Roger Federer playing + a competitive year + special historic achievenemnts (GOAT status achieved)= 2009 is the best year, no doubt about it.

Allez
07-21-2012, 01:43 PM
4 different slam winners (Murray for the USO) ? Sure is :yeah:

Fed fordawin
07-21-2012, 01:57 PM
What makes people think Murray is good at the USO? I say it's his second worst slam after Roland Garros.
If he meets Federer or any agressive player on a good day he's toast.

Chase Visa
07-21-2012, 02:06 PM
IMO - to answer the question:

In the past 10 years, the best two were 2003 and 2009. 2005, 2007 and 2009 were pretty good too. 2002, while of pretty poor quality, was hilarious.

Looking further ahead, the answer I think might be 1995.

Looner
07-21-2012, 03:20 PM
IMO - to answer the question:

In the past 10 years, the best two were 2003 and 2009. 2005, 2007 and 2009 were pretty good too. 2002, while of pretty poor quality, was hilarious.

Looking further ahead, the answer I think might be 1995.

:confused:

thrust
07-21-2012, 04:27 PM
2005.

LAVER-69, NO CONTEST! What great peak players did Roger dominate in 05?

thrust
07-21-2012, 04:36 PM
Nobody here watched tennis before the 2000s? The thread talk about the best year "ever" and 90pc of the responses talk about very recents years. It s ridiculous!xl

YOU are beyond ridiculous! Stupid or ignorant, at best. Instead of saying all-time or Open Era, perhaps we should only be judging players from the 90's on, as most here have little respect for the great players before then.

Paylu2007
07-21-2012, 05:08 PM
Fixed it for you :yeah:

poor guy, can't help it but spread his poison every time he reads "Federer or Roger" on the forum :(

Don't let the hate consume you! :D

Matt01
07-21-2012, 05:10 PM
poor guy, can't help it but spread his poison every time he reads "Federer or Roger" on the forum :(

Don't let the hate consume you! :D


I'm not hating on any players but thanks for your concern anyway :awww: