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Playing your best game ever and still losing

UsD.AnDreS
04-04-2013, 03:11 AM
It's relatively easy - provide examples of players and matches where YOU THINK they showed their peak form and that still wasn't enough to get the win. Preferably some significant matches, although some lower-tier stuff may be ok as well.
First that jumps to mind from the recent history is Verdasco vs Nadal at AO 2009 - it's an obvious one.
Also I have on mind something like Wawa-Djoko, Falla-Federer, maybe Tipsa-Federer AO'08 (although I don't recall how well tipsy played, but that's the closest he got to a win over a top player in a GS tournament).
Something of pre-2000's stuff is gonna be great as well.

n8
04-04-2013, 03:33 AM
MmQSfV2fbqA

star
04-04-2013, 03:38 AM
I can't possibly understand what you mean by loosing. Loosing what? Your tennis shorts? Your shoelaces? Hopefully not your bowels. :o

n8
04-04-2013, 03:43 AM
I can't possibly understand what you mean by loosing. Loosing what? Your tennis shorts? Your shoelaces? Hopefully not your bowels. :o

I assumed the poster meant 'loosing your grip on the match' by the context in which it was used.

star
04-04-2013, 03:48 AM
Loosing your grip on the match?

You mean you had a tight grip on the match and then your let your grip loosen?

lucyfur
04-04-2013, 03:53 AM
To many people use loose instead of lose these days.:p

Lee
04-04-2013, 03:56 AM
I can't possibly understand what you mean by loosing. Loosing what? Your tennis shorts? Your shoelaces? Hopefully not your bowels. :o

I was eating a pretzel stick and it almost flew out of my mouth like a missile :spit:

UsD.AnDreS
04-04-2013, 04:04 AM
I can't possibly understand what you mean by loosing. Loosing what? Your tennis shorts? Your shoelaces? Hopefully not your bowels. :o

Obviously your tennis shorts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvJVWFj3Qcw

n8
04-04-2013, 04:16 AM
Obviously your tennis shorts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvJVWFj3Qcw

The defensive lob at 0:17 is perhaps a GOAT one. Not often do you hit such a remarkable shot and still lose the rally.

Or Levy
04-04-2013, 04:37 AM
Two most obvious answers - Roddick in Wimby 2009 (Best match of his life, he pretty much thought so too) and Verdasco, AO09 Semis. He never reached that peak - or anything like it, again.

Asadinator
04-04-2013, 04:42 AM
I was playing against my brother in the backyard. I felt so good and was hitting the ball so cleanly. But somehow I lost. Maybe I was a bit casual in the end or loose

UsD.AnDreS
04-04-2013, 04:50 AM
I was playing against my brother in the backyard. I felt so good and was hitting the ball so cleanly. But somehow I lost. Maybe I was a bit casual in the end or loose

Some of the lower-tier stuff,good,keep'em coming
Shame it wasn't televised though

Asadinator
04-04-2013, 05:04 AM
Some of the lower-tier stuff,good,keep'em coming
Shame it wasn't televised though

I played like Dimitorv basically. We're thinking of upgrading by placing a camcorder on the roof of our pergola. That way we can do post match analysis and identify the bad line calls after the match is finished. Yep progress is good.

Nixer
04-04-2013, 05:09 AM
Obviously your tennis shorts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvJVWFj3Qcw

I prefer this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqXVTl5V0WU

UsD.AnDreS
04-04-2013, 05:16 AM
Two most obvious answers - Roddick in Wimby 2009 (Best match of his life, he pretty much thought so too) and Verdasco, AO09 Semis. He never reached that peak - or anything like it, again.

Yeah, Roddick's 09 Wimby sounds like a good option. I just tend to forget about most of his post-2005 achievements after he had abandoned that powerful forehand.

I played like Dimitorv basically. We're thinking of upgrading by placing a camcorder on the roof of our pergola. That way we can do post match analysis and identify the bad line calls after the match is finished. Yep progress is good.

Solid stuff. Now that I can call a 5th slam in the making

TheShowMustGoOn
04-04-2013, 05:37 AM
First that jumps to mind from the recent history is Verdasco vs Nadal at AO 2009 - it's an obvious one.Yes, that's the one that immediately jumped out at me, what a match.

GSMnadal
04-04-2013, 05:37 AM
Fed played his best clay match ever against Nadal in Rome 06.

Nadal played close to his peak hardcourt form in the AO final 2012.

BedsheetRubber92
04-04-2013, 05:37 AM
ferrer tipsy US Open 2012

BroTree123
04-04-2013, 05:45 AM
Tsonga RG'12 QF.

UsD.AnDreS
04-04-2013, 05:46 AM
Fed played his best clay match ever against Nadal in Rome 06.

Nadal played close to his peak hardcourt form in the AO final 2012.

As much of a bias you can have here I actually agree on Rome'06, but of course just in terms of clay matches for Federer.
Still think Nadal's peak hardcourt form was around USO'10 with that out-of-nowhere solid serve, in that final against Nole he actually had to bring everything to the table for the last 2 sets after Nole had been inspired by the 2nd set finish.

UsD.AnDreS
04-04-2013, 05:50 AM
Tsonga RG'12 QF.

If we only take clay courts, no doubt.
But his performances against Nadal at AO and in last 3 sets against Fed at Wimby - that's some inspiring stuff.
Especially against Nadal. Yeah, maybe Nadal wasn't much of a hardcourt force by then, but it was all about Tsonga.

UsD.AnDreS
04-04-2013, 05:58 AM
How about Coria vs Nadal Rome 2005?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkOhsBWDQHY

Do you think Coria played his best in this match or his peak form was somewhere in 2003-2004?

BroTree123
04-04-2013, 06:09 AM
Wawrinka AO'12 4R, Petzschner W'10 3R, Federer Rome'06 F, Djokovic Madrid'09 SF, Murray Shanghai'12 F, Berdych AO'12 QF, Tipsarevic USO'12 QF...

UsD.AnDreS
04-04-2013, 06:10 AM
ferrer tipsy US Open 2012

Didn't see the match but it's pretty sad when you play your absolute best and still lose to Ferrer...

bokehlicious
04-04-2013, 06:58 AM
Santoro vs Fed, USO 05. Santoro said several times that he played his best match ever.

Burrow
04-04-2013, 10:04 AM
Two most obvious answers - Roddick in Wimby 2009 (Best match of his life, he pretty much thought so too) and Verdasco, AO09 Semis. He never reached that peak - or anything like it, again.

No.

Newcomer
04-04-2013, 10:12 AM
Ferrer Djokovic AO-13
Ferrer Nadal RG-12
Ferrer Nadal Acapulco
Monaco Nadal Davis CUP
Monaco Nadal RG 12

GSMnadal
04-04-2013, 10:19 AM
Haase vs. Nadal at Wimbledon 2010

Topspindoctor
04-04-2013, 10:28 AM
Nose vs Nadal, RG 2008 final

Newcomer
04-04-2013, 10:29 AM
Haase vs. Nadal at Wimbledon 2010

his best perfomance ( first two sets) was at AO-11 against Roddick.

Abel
04-04-2013, 10:40 AM
Federer/Slamray at the Olympics. Federer played at his GOAT level but was not enough against Peakray.

MrPlateperson
04-04-2013, 12:23 PM
Federer vs Nadal 2008 french open final. Federer played some of the best tennis Ive ever seen from him but it still wasnt enough to beat the claycourt king.

Fed fordawin
04-04-2013, 12:30 PM
Nadal/ Verdasco Madrid 2012.
Such is the power of Verdasco.

FedGOAT
04-04-2013, 12:48 PM
Federer/Slamray at the Olympics. Federer played at his GOAT level but was not enough against Peakray.

i laughed way louder than i should have

TigerTim
04-04-2013, 12:59 PM
Nadal vs Rosol, Nadal was on fire, but had no chance

Johnny Groove
04-04-2013, 01:17 PM
Nadal Federer Wimbledon 2007 Final.

Missed 4 BP early in the 5th and got broken the next game. I remember I was throwing shit around the room after he got broken.

Deathless Mortal
04-04-2013, 01:18 PM
I remember I was throwing shit around the room after he got broken.

That's disgusting.

UsD.AnDreS
04-04-2013, 05:36 PM
Nadal Federer Wimbledon 2007 Final.

Missed 4 BP early in the 5th and got broken the next game. I remember I was throwing shit around the room after he got broken.

I remember people saying that Nadal got screwed up by rain delays and scheduling at that tournament and if not for that - 'could've easily won'.

Everko
04-04-2013, 05:38 PM
That's disgusting.

he dosen't mean it. he is trying to sound like a real Nadal fan, cover up the truth.

Kowchi
04-04-2013, 05:48 PM
A lot of 2013 matches :,(

Marcoo
04-04-2013, 06:05 PM
Even though you loose, you can still be proud of paying the best tennis ever by you. I mean, it's never about the results, it's about your satisfaction, unless your satisfaction is only to win, than... ;)

Mountaindewslave
04-04-2013, 06:15 PM
Nadal/ Verdasco Madrid 2012.
Such is the power of Verdasco.

sarcasm? did you watch match :facepalm: :armed:

I know you're joking ok nevermind sorry for the INTENSITY

Johnny Groove
04-04-2013, 06:15 PM
I remember people saying that Nadal got screwed up by rain delays and scheduling at that tournament and if not for that - 'could've easily won'.

Yeah, playing 5 days in a row was pretty shitty while Fed was sitting pretty into the QF after Haas withdrew :tape:

He picked up an injury in the 4th set of that final, but still I think had shots to win.

he dosen't mean it. he is trying to sound like a real Nadal fan, cover up the truth.

:lol:

I was beyond pissed when he lost that, and then even more pissed when he played Stuttgart a few weeks later. Yeah he won the title w/o dropping a set, but to what damage to the knee? Ferrer exploited it at USO 2007 R16.

NadFed
04-04-2013, 06:39 PM
Fed vs Safin AO 05. Both Federer and Safin were absolute beasts in that match. I don't think Fed can play at a much higher level. That match had the flattest and biggest hitting of both wings from the baseline that I've seen (compared to the loopy topspin heavy baseline rallies we see now)

HKz
04-04-2013, 06:49 PM
Verdasco vs Nadal AO 2009 is a good candidate although IMO Verdasco was not necessarily at his best. His backhand let him down countless times in that match. Had his backhand held up as well as his forehand, he would have beaten Rafa.

Several players themselves have pointed out specific examples like Haas in his match against Federer at the AO 2006 or Hewitt more recently revealing he felt he played as well as he could in his USO 2004 and AO 2010 matches against Federer but couldn't get Federer to blink.

For Federer himself, his match against Safin AO 2005 is a good candidate for this thread. Roddick had a match against Federer in 2006 at the TMC where he played pretty much perfect and Federer was playing kind of poor yet despite having several match points, Roddick still couldn't put Federer away who literally did just enough.

GSMnadal
04-04-2013, 06:57 PM
Verdasco vs Nadal AO 2009 is a good candidate although IMO Verdasco was not necessarily at his best. His backhand let him down countless times in that match. Had his backhand held up as well as his forehand, he would have beaten Rafa.

:rolleyes:

Please give me an example where Verdasco played better than that. What do you expect? Players to not miss at all?

Newcomer
04-04-2013, 07:07 PM
Verdasco had few absolutely insane matches during clay season at 2010.

GSMnadal
04-04-2013, 07:09 PM
Verdasco had few absolutely insane matches during clay season at 2010.

He did play awesome tennis in the Monte Carlo final and still lost 0 and 1 to Nadal. Another good shout for this thread

UsD.AnDreS
04-04-2013, 07:11 PM
Yeah, playing 5 days in a row was pretty shitty while Fed was sitting pretty into the QF after Haas withdrew :tape:

He picked up an injury in the 4th set of that final, but still I think had shots to win.



Right, but my point is - you can hardly play your best tennis ever with all these factors coming into play. The fact that he still had chances doesn't necessarily mean he played his best match. That's why I doubt this example

UsD.AnDreS
04-04-2013, 07:16 PM
Verdasco had few absolutely insane matches during clay season at 2010.

Yeah, it was a superb throwback to his early-2009 form but I still think he was falling a tiny bit short of this AO'09 performance. Monte Carlo final is a nod towards my point, no way he could lose 0 and 1 to Rafa if he would have played at his AO'09 level.

Newcomer
04-04-2013, 07:20 PM
He did play awesome tennis in the Monte Carlo final and still lost 0 and 1 to Nadal. Another good shout for this thread

Verdasco at his peak had a game to trouble Nadal, unlike Ferrer, who at least had beaten Rafa 2 times at slams, but when he faced Rafa, his mental demons always were at his peak too. Dat scoreline wasn't a result of outplaying, Verdasco WILL ALWAYS remember Australia-09.

bounccer
04-04-2013, 07:31 PM
Verdasco against Nadalis the best exemple. Roddick had already played much better than he did in this final against Federer in 2009.

In recent years:

Federer against Nadal (Rome 2006)
Coria against Nadal (Rome 2005)
Nadal against Federer (Wimbly 2007)
Stepanek against Djokovic (USO 2007)
Berdych against Nadal (AO 2012)
Hewitt against Federer (USO 2005)
Wawrinka against Djokovic (AO 2013)
Simon against Federer (AO 2011)
Santoro against Federer (USO 2005)
PHM against Nadal (FO 2006)
Blake against Federer (USO 2006)


There are a lot of Federer/Nadal but hey it is obvious. To beat a good player who is playing his absolute best, you have to be an all time great yourself. When a player is playing his best game ever, he usually wins almost all the time.

Newcomer
04-04-2013, 07:36 PM
Verdasco against Nadalis the best exemple. Roddick had already played much better than he did in this final against Federer in 2009.

In recent years:

Federer against Nadal (Rome 2006)
Coria against Nadal (Rome 2005)
Nadal against Federer (Wimbly 2007)
Stepanek against Djokovic (USO 2007)
Berdych against Nadal (AO 2012)
Hewitt against Federer (USO 2005)
Wawrinka against Djokovic (AO 2013)
Simon against Federer (AO 2011)
Santoro against Federer (USO 2005)
PHM against Nadal (FO 2006)
Blake against Federer (USO 2006)


There are a lot of Federer/Nadal but hey it is obvious. To beat a good player who is playing his absolute best, you have to be an all time great yourself. When a player is playing his best game ever, he usually wins almost all the time.

Blake, Hewitt :confused:

Timot
04-04-2013, 07:43 PM
Blake against Agassi in USO QF 2005.

It was one of the best ballbashing I've ever seen. Blake was leading 2-0 in sets, and IIRC, was up a break in both 3rd and fifth set. He also was two service points from winning it in 5 set TB. And it still wasn't enough to win it.

Ginepri would be his rival in semis so it was the greatest chance in Blake's career to reach a slam final and maybe even seriously challenge Fed.

GSMnadal
04-04-2013, 07:49 PM
lol Robby Ginepri in a slam semi. Titan era

Newcomer
04-04-2013, 07:50 PM
lol Robby Ginepri in a slam semi. Titan era

still better than Ferrer :D

GSMnadal
04-04-2013, 07:54 PM
still better than Ferrer :D

20 first round exits, never made it past the 4th round apart from that one semi. A massive 3 career titles, career high ranking of 15, losing career match ratio.

Vulture every time.

Timot
04-04-2013, 08:01 PM
Heh, seems that my side note about Blake's chances against Ginepri started another strong/weak era off-topic. :D

orangehat
04-04-2013, 08:04 PM
People thinking Wawrinka played his best against Djokovic :spit:

GSMnadal
04-04-2013, 08:11 PM
Heh, seems that my side note about Blake's chances against Ginepri started another strong/weak era off-topic. :D

A hell of a lot less is necessary to start a strong/weak era debate than mentioning Ginepri was in a slam semi :lol:

Falla vs. Federer Wimbledon is another one

UsD.AnDreS
04-04-2013, 08:12 PM
Blake against Agassi in USO QF 2005.

It was one of the best ballbashing I've ever seen. Blake was leading 2-0 in sets, and IIRC, was up a break in both 3rd and fifth set. He also was two service points from winning it in 5 set TB. And it still wasn't enough to win it.

Ginepri would be his rival in semis so it was the greatest chance in Blake's career to reach a slam final and maybe even seriously challenge Fed.

Superb example. Remember this match - outrageous attacking baseline tennis.

Certinfy
04-04-2013, 08:13 PM
People thinking Wawrinka played his best against Djokovic :spit:
In a lot of the matches mentioned the losing player hasn't played their best, but then I guess a thread like this is about a player playing near their best and still losing.

UsD.AnDreS
04-04-2013, 08:37 PM
In a lot of the matches mentioned the losing player hasn't played their best, but then I guess a thread like this is about a player playing near their best and still losing.

No, I was actually aiming for a player playing his best and losing. Other thing is that it is a matter of opinion whether a player delivered his best level at a particular match or not. That's why I said : name players that YOU THINK played their best game ever in a match and still lost it.
I think Verdasco has never played better than in AO'09 SF and the example with Blake vs Agassi is a good one.

Newcomer
04-04-2013, 08:58 PM
I didn't watch so many of those guys, but my list is:
Andreev-Federer at USO
Smyczek - Ferrer
Phau - Nadal
Russel - Kuerten
Haase - Roddick
Falla - Federer
Sela - Safin
Minar - Federer
Johnson - Almagro

HKz
04-04-2013, 10:06 PM
McEnroe vs Borg Wimbledon 1980 final is a good example. McEnroe was playing superb but just could not break Borg's serve in the 5th set.

HKz
04-04-2013, 10:08 PM
:rolleyes:

Please give me an example where Verdasco played better than that. What do you expect? Players to not miss at all?

Perhaps you should watch the match again with unbiased eyes. Verdasco played extremely well, but just like your poor vision, you took that to mean that I said Verdasco played like shit or something. Fact is, Verdasco's backhand let him down in the match where in general it is a very reliable shot for him when he is on his game. When they meet up, Verdasco's backhand to Rafa's backhand is a very good exchange for Fernando but in that AO match he through a couple important points into the net with his backhand and could not really exploit Rafa's backhand who arguably had his best tournament ever in terms of his backhand.

nolesfan2011
04-05-2013, 01:45 AM
Verdasco AO 09 v. Nadal, Wawrinka this year at AO vs Djokovic and also Frederic Niemeyer in his final career match against Federer 09 in Montreal. Pretty much a career challenger player and he only lost 6-7 4-6 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYCdBChwO2U

Han Solo
04-05-2013, 02:07 AM
Verdasco vs Nadal AO 2009 is a good candidate although IMO Verdasco was not necessarily at his best. His backhand let him down countless times in that match. Had his backhand held up as well as his forehand, he would have beaten Rafa.

Several players themselves have pointed out specific examples like Haas in his match against Federer at the AO 2006 or Hewitt more recently revealing he felt he played as well as he could in his USO 2004 and AO 2010 matches against Federer but couldn't get Federer to blink.

For Federer himself, his match against Safin AO 2005 is a good candidate for this thread. Roddick had a match against Federer in 2006 at the TMC where he played pretty much perfect and Federer was playing kind of poor yet despite having several match points, Roddick still couldn't put Federer away who literally did just enough.

Surely he/you meant US Open 2005 semi-final. Hewitt played way better in that match than the 2004 final: much more penetrative ground strokes and some decent net approaches. Mind you, he did foot-fault a shitload of times, even once on second-serve if memory serves...

UsD.AnDreS
04-05-2013, 02:38 AM
People thinking Wawrinka played his best against Djokovic :spit:

I would love some highlights from a match where you think he played better.
Just for me personally first 12 games of the match ( up to 6-1,4-1) were one big Wawrinka highlight. Djokovic DID NOT play bad, no-no-no-no and one more no. Then there was that stupid choke after which (which is impressive) guy kept fighting for the next 3 sets and was showing some consistent power throughout the whole match, including his second serve, he did not hold back on it as well.

rocketassist
04-05-2013, 03:34 AM
Roddick in the 2004 Wimbledon final has a case. Really took it to Federer who had to elevate himself to his absolute best to hold off his opponent.

BroTree123
04-05-2013, 03:37 AM
It's always a crucial point here and there that decides the winner, when they face off in Wimby finals. Only exception is '05 where Roddick was crap the whole tournament and still made the final, so getting trashed that time was expected.

UsD.AnDreS
04-05-2013, 08:01 PM
How about Isner vs Nadal at RG'11?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quGEtA1VIWg

Or you think he showed a better display in his wins over Fed in Davis Cup or Djokovic at IW'12?

GSMnadal
04-05-2013, 08:04 PM
How about Isner vs Nadal at RG'11?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quGEtA1VIWg

Or you think he showed a better display in his wins over Fed in Davis Cup or Djokovic at IW'12?

Great shout.

Definitely this one. You don't take Nadal to 5 at RG without playing your best tennis. Especially as a serve bot.

SliceAce
04-05-2013, 08:59 PM
Most of the examples here are people playing high level and then choking. Not surprising since almost everyone in the top 100 has the talent to beat anybody playing at their very best, but mentality is part of the game too.

Monfils vs. Nadull at the USO is a good example, Monfils was getting everything back and destroyed Nadull at his own game in the first set. Then he ran out of gas and lost. Typical luck of Nadull against a better player and clowning from Monfils :o

yuri27
04-05-2013, 10:30 PM
Gasquet is the specialist at that.

Kyle_Johansen
04-05-2013, 11:04 PM
Many great examples of course. Roddick played the perfect match at Wimbledon 2009 right until the end when he got broken.

BackhandDTL
04-06-2013, 02:47 AM
I don't care what Hewitt has said, lol, he's had way better performances in victory** and defeat than in that '04 USO final. Some of his early TMC performances were brutal.

Someone mentioned Tsonga's recent effort v. Djokovic, and I think that's way off the mark. I still haven't seen him play better than he did for the duration of AO '08. He was gunning down everyone in his way until that final.

I definitely think there's a short-term bias among posters here.

Roddick in the 2004 Wimbledon final has a case. Really took it to Federer who had to elevate himself to his absolute best to hold off his opponent.

Agreed.

I'd point out that Roddick put Federer under constant pressure early in the match, and kept him from elevating his game to begin with.

Also, the rain delay did a lot to cool off Roddick, as he showed no signs of slowing down once he grabbed the break in the third. Federer himself has admitted as much multiple times.

It's a far better candidate than the 2009 final. It still baffles me that people believe that was his best.

Nole Rules
04-06-2013, 02:55 AM
Simon/Djokovic WTF 2008.

cswab22
04-06-2013, 03:04 AM
The second set by del po against Novak was one of the best sets he has ever played and still lost

Mark Lenders
04-06-2013, 03:09 AM
Simon/Djokovic WTF 2008.

That was a great match, that and weeks earlier vs Nadal in Madrid was incredible from Simon.

UsD.AnDreS
04-06-2013, 06:50 AM
That was a great match, that and weeks earlier vs Nadal in Madrid was incredible from Simon.

That match in Madrid may serve a reason why I don't think Simon belongs in the category of playing his best game ever and losing the match. Madrid match was insane.

Nr 1 Fan
04-06-2013, 10:35 AM
Verdasco vs Nadal AO 2009 is the match that immediately popped in my head when I read the thread title. I actually think Nadal was playing some of his best (hard court) tennis ever there as well.

Wawrinka vs Djokovic AO 2013 also I think, Wawrinka was uncharacteristically constant in that match.

As someone mentioned earlier, Roddick-Federer 2004 Wimbledon deserves an honourable mention, maybe even more than 2009 Wimbledon.

Nr 1 Fan
04-06-2013, 10:39 AM
Nadal Federer Wimbledon 2007 Final.

Missed 4 BP early in the 5th and got broken the next game. I remember I was throwing shit around the room after he got broken.

Nadal definitely wasn't playing his best game ever there, not even his best grass game. He developpped as a player after that final still.

Nr 1 Fan
04-06-2013, 10:44 AM
ferrer tipsy US Open 2012

Good one! Tipsarevic was on fire, in that match, especially 4th set had some insane shots.

Tsonga RG'12 QF.

Tsonga's best match ever was the AO 2008 semi against Nadal, he was ridiculious that match, like a wall at the net.

How about Isner vs Nadal at RG'11?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quGEtA1VIWg

Or you think he showed a better display in his wins over Fed in Davis Cup or Djokovic at IW'12?

Isner was great there, still you always knew he wasn't going to win that match.

Ben D.
04-06-2013, 01:17 PM
MmQSfV2fbqA

perfect example, though i hate the guy.


Djokovic-Nadal at AO 2012. And don't tell me he wasn't playing his best. He was playing his best level, and he still lost.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUW4gkb4Qlg
Gasquet was playing his best at 2005 MonteCarlo SF against Nadal. It wasn't enough.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdxbiAHxRdk
Same goes with Toronto 2006 F against Federer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8yIouDCxzg
Same goes with Wimbly 2008 4th against Murray.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSekMqotS0A
Tipsarevic vs Federer AO 2008.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wh8n67od6Vo


and many others. beside the AO final, all these matches are clearly unbalanced and prove that even top players can not rival the big 4. Whatever they try, whatever the form, confidence they may have, each and every time the big 4 will prevail. Big 4 win every MS, every GS, gold medals and WTF. it's the dull and boring truth.

asmazif
04-06-2013, 07:25 PM
the mighty Suzuki all those epic times he drew Fed (twice).

RagaZ
07-05-2013, 05:14 PM
Del Potro - Djokovic Wimbledon 2013:o

vpmrosulate
07-05-2013, 06:09 PM
Del Potro - Djokovic Wimbledon 2013:o

Not really, his serve was off. He was injured. His energy level in the 5th set was poor. I think it was a great performance, but not at 2009 level yet.

Still yeah, the commentators are still in awe about it during the Murray match lol.

TennisPhan1
07-05-2013, 06:52 PM
Federer vs Nadal 2008 french open final. Federer played some of the best tennis Ive ever seen from him but it still wasnt enough to beat the claycourt king.

Threads like this are great to flush out the unknown trolls.

Kyle_Johansen
07-05-2013, 08:13 PM
I think the Delpo/Federer match at RG2009 trumps this Wimbledon semi in terms of "playing your best and losing."