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Which Grand Slam produces the best matches?

Billabong
04-20-2005, 02:14 AM
Which Grand Slam produces the best matches?

Let's examinate this with a few examples of great matches:

-In the Australian Open, there have been incredible classics in the last 5 years, especially:
2000: Agassi def. Sampras
2001: Agassi def. Rafter and Clement def. Grosjean
2002: Safin def. Sampras
2003: Roddick def. El Aynaoui
2004: Safin def. Roddick and Safin def. Agassi
2005: Hewitt def. Nadal, Hewitt def. Nalbandian, Safin def. Federer

-In Roland Garros, there are always a lot of 4-5 sets matches, sometimes totally unbelievable:eek:!!
1999: Agassi def. Medvedev
2000: Kuerten def. Kafelnikov, Kuerten def. Ferrero, Kuerten def. Norman
2001: Kuerten def. Russell
2004: Santoro def. Clement and Gaudio def. Coria

-In Wimbledon, there are fewer exciting 5 setters, but we can remember some of the all-time greats:
2000: Rafter def. Agassi
2001: Rafter def. Agassi and Ivavisevic def. Rafter

-In the US Open, the crowd and the atmosphere contribute a lot to make some awesome matches:
2001: Sampras def. Agassi and Hewitt def. Roddick
2003: Roddick def. Nalbandian
2004: Federer def. Agassi

My vote goes to the Australian Open, Roland Garros a close second:D!

Mlashtok
04-20-2005, 04:09 AM
I thought the Rafter matches at Wimbledon were so awesome, so just on that I'll say Wimbledon. There was also that Borg-McEnroe match a quarter-century ago which was quite epic.

Matt

Auscon
04-20-2005, 04:18 AM
Although it is a fairly biased opinion, my pick is the Aussie Open...

Mainly because I get to see alot more of the AO than the other slams, and also because when I've been watching these epics, it's been in prime time, whereas we've never gotten the French Open on free-to-air, and Wimbledon/USO are late night/early morning affairs

definitely in the last 2 years though, it has produced some of the best matches, and the nature & atmosphere of the tournament certainly cant hurt

syd
04-20-2005, 07:15 AM
Aussie open has always great matches between top players !

Becarina
04-20-2005, 07:28 AM
2003: Roddick def. El Aynaoui

great match. :)

Auscon
04-20-2005, 10:47 AM
great match. :)


I was just watching it again today, first time I've seen it since I saw it live on tele

I'd completely forgotten about how high the quality of the tennis was

HybridTheory
04-20-2005, 11:19 AM
Roland Garros & AO

makro120
04-20-2005, 11:42 AM
and my favorite:

97:Kuerten def. MUster, KAfelnikov, Medved 3 5-setters in a row!

RG produces the best matches without any doubt for me.

Angle Queen
04-20-2005, 12:12 PM
I think it comes in spells. In the late 70s/early 80s it was the US Open but by the mid 80s it began to shift to Wimbledon. Once Pete took over there, it became hit-or-miss everywhere. Now, however, I think the AO is producing the highest quality matches throughout the rounds.

Nacho
04-20-2005, 02:24 PM
Roland Garros

joske
04-20-2005, 04:11 PM
for me it's all about what sort of tennis (surface) you like in the first place.. I prefer Roland Garros simply because it's the gravel grand slam.. after that I'd say Australian Open (the crowds are always great IMO.. least biased of all Slam audiences even maybe).. then Wimbledon and US Open comes last

Julio1974
04-20-2005, 05:14 PM
Wimbledom. I loved those Edberg-Becker matches, and Invanisevic winning there...

Rogiman
04-20-2005, 05:18 PM
Australian Open

tennismaster882001
04-20-2005, 07:30 PM
Wimbledon, I like every match there, quick surface and attracive points!

williaer
04-20-2005, 10:36 PM
I was just watching it again today, first time I've seen it since I saw it live on tele

I'd completely forgotten about how high the quality of the tennis was

where were you watching it? i've been craving that match, but dont know how i can watch it...

robinhood
04-20-2005, 10:47 PM
where were you watching it? i've been craving that match, but dont know how i can watch it...

You can buy the DVD online, if you are interested.
The one website I know of is

http://home.comcast.net/~ravenhawks/

mandoura
04-21-2005, 12:59 AM
for me it's all about what sort of tennis (surface) you like in the first place.. I prefer Roland Garros simply because it's the gravel grand slam.. after that I'd say Australian Open (the crowds are always great IMO.. least biased of all Slam audiences even maybe).. then Wimbledon and US Open comes last

I agree with your post. RG is my favorite tournament.

However, my favorite matches were not in RG:

1- Roddick def. El Aynaoui, Australian Open 2003, 4-6, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4, 21-19.

2- Federer def. Sampras, Wimbledon 2001, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7, 7-5.

3- El Aynaoui def. Hewitt, Australian Open 2003, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4. I know this was not a 5 setter but it was a great match nevertheless.

JeLuliA88
04-21-2005, 01:36 AM
Not to be biased but... aussie open. there's been so many great one the last couple of years, thou the french open is pretty good too, probably because of all those long points; that's the reason why the matches go for so long.

i find the best matches are the Qrts and semis, the final tends to be a bit of let down as always.

Experimentee
04-21-2005, 03:01 AM
You can buy the DVD online, if you are interested.
The one website I know of is

http://home.comcast.net/~ravenhawks/

lol i didnt know you could get tennis dvds.
Roddick vs El Aynoaui now out on DVD! I might get a copy actually.

As for the best matches, no question it is the AO. Agassi vs Safin voted best match of 2004, Roddick vs Younes best match of 2003, and now best match of 2005 so far is Fed vs Safin, hard to top that one.

Billabong
04-21-2005, 03:06 AM
lol i didnt know you could get tennis dvds.
Roddick vs El Aynoaui now out on DVD! I might get a copy actually.

As for the best matches, no question it is the AO. Agassi vs Safin voted best match of 2004, Roddick vs Younes best match of 2003, and now best match of 2005 so far is Fed vs Safin, hard to top that one.

I agree:D! And Agassi-Sampras of AO 2000 was probably the best match of the year 2000 too;)!

Auscon
04-21-2005, 04:27 AM
where were you watching it? i've been craving that match, but dont know how i can watch it...

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=2917&item=7149748927&rd=1

I got it from this Aussie ebay seller....you wont find the match for auction, but it's on his list, so you just need to send him an email