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What are your favourite matches in each of the big 4 rivalries?

Nadal Federer - Wimbledon 2008, Australian Open 2009, WTF 2010, Miami 2005, French Open 2011

Federer Djokovic - Wimbledon 2014, French Open 2011, US Open 2011, WTF 2012, Dubai 2014, Shanghai 2014, Indian Wells 2014, US Open 2010

Federer Murray - Australian Open 2013, WTF 2009

Nadal Djokovic - Australian Open 2012, French Open 2013, US Open 2011, Miami 2011, Madrid 2011, Montreal 2013, Madrid 2009

Murray Nadal - US Open 2008, Rome 2014

Djokovic Murray - Shanghai 2012, WTF 2012, Australian Open 2012, US Open 2012
 

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Federer-Nadal Rome 2006. :eek:

Amazing clay tennis with Nadal and Federer at the peak of their powers (on clay anyway).

It's also a 5-setter.
 

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Djokovic - Federer: USO 2010

Djokovic - Murray: Rome 2011

Djokovic - Nadal: AO 2012 (Madrid 2009 is close second)

Federer - Murray: Wim 2012

Federer - Nadal: RG 2008 (Wim 2008 is overrated)

Nadal - Murray: USO 2008
 

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Djokovic - Federer: USO 2010

Djokovic - Murray: Rome 2011

Djokovic - Nadal: AO 2012 (Madrid 2009 is close second)

Federer - Murray: Wim 2012

Federer - Nadal: RG 2008 (Wim 2008 is overrated)

Nadal - Murray: USO 2008
I think I've never seen Nadal as tired as in this match.
 

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Federer-Nadal AO 2009

Federer-Nadal W 2008

Federer-Djokovic RG 2011

Federer-Djokovic USO 2011

Federer-Murray W 2012

Nadal-Djokovic USO 2011

Nadal-Djokovic AO 2012


The first one that comes to mind

 

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I think I've never seen Nadal as tired as in this match.
best performance of Murray's career tbh, Nadal was left literally on his knees in the 4th

Djokovic v Nadal in Madrid 09 left me exhaused
 

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Fedal: Rome 2006

AO 2009 would have gotten it, but the 5th set sucked, so Rome takes it.

Fed/Djokovic: RG 2011
Fed/Murray: Wimbledon 2012
Rafaole: Madrid 09
Nadal/Murray: USO 08
Djokovic/Murray: Shanghai 2012
 

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It is most assuredly a Big 5 now, not a Big 4.

Federer vs. Wawrinka - World Tour Finals SF 2014
Federer vs. Djokovic - Wimbledon F 2014
Federer vs. Nadal - Rome F 2006
Federer vs. Murray - Wimbledon F 2012

Wawrinka vs. Djokovic - Australian Open R4 2013
Wawrinka vs. Nadal - Rome QF 2015
Wawrinka vs. Murray - Wimbledon R4 2009

Djokovic vs. Nadal - French Open SF 2013
Djokovic vs. Murray - Australian Open SF 2012

Nadal vs. Murray - World Tour Finals SF 2010
 

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Hamburg 2008 should've been Federer's best ever clay performance against Nadal if he didn't choke spectacularly in the 1st set (leading 5-1 :facepalm:) :mad:

Murray and Nadal at Australian Open 2010 was very, very underrated. Both played at a really high level and Nadal looked 100% fine in the first 2 sets. The scoreline 6-3 7-6 was very deceiving since Nadal had BPs in quite a few games but Murray was unbelievably clutch with the serve at those moments.
 

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It is most assuredly a Big 5 now, not a Big 4.

Federer vs. Wawrinka - World Tour Finals SF 2014
Federer vs. Djokovic - Wimbledon F 2014
Federer vs. Nadal - Rome F 2006
Federer vs. Murray - Wimbledon F 2012

Wawrinka vs. Djokovic - Australian Open R4 2013
Wawrinka vs. Nadal - Rome QF 2015
Wawrinka vs. Murray - Wimbledon R4 2009

Djokovic vs. Nadal - French Open SF 2013
Djokovic vs. Murray - Australian Open SF 2012

Nadal vs. Murray - World Tour Finals SF 2010
Big four is a thing of the past. An era in tennis from 2008-2012 where four guys were in the semis/winning everything. Federer declined in 2013, Murray had back surgery and was MIA for a year and a half and Nadal seems to have declined in 2014.

You can't retroactively add someone who was irrelevant until 2014. Novak/Stan/Andy are the top three players this year but the big four is no more.
 

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Federer-Nadal Rome 2006. :eek:

Amazing clay tennis with Nadal and Federer at the peak of their powers (on clay anyway).

It's also a 5-setter.
This match. :worship: :worship:

Here's my analysis on it from my earlier posts:

Federer played as well as he did in this match on clay against Nadal. 1st set tiebreak was literally perfect by TMF and then Nadal; in his swashbuckling prime edged the next 2 sets. Everybody thought Federer couldn't find another gear in the 4th set, but he did in some style taking 6-2. Federer had all the momentum in the 5th set leading 4-2, 2 MP at 6-5, 5-3* in TB but couldn't reach the finish line.

Ironically what led Federer down in those important moments was his FH which was the very reason he got into those positions.

Compared to Monte Carlo 2006, his backhand stood up much better. Federer employed the tactic when in defensive position in BH side is to slice as close to the line as possible (force nadal to hit his BH side) and avoid the cross court reply as much as he can. This worked well for the 1st half of the match until Nadal adjusted by anticipating and running around with the "fearhand".

However, the biggest reason why Federer came so close to beating Nadal was his main playing style that day was like the prototype to the tactics employed at RG 2008 and AO 2014 by coming to the net as much as possible. It seldom failed that day even with the prowess of Nadal's passing shots.
Some things to add on:

- Federer won 64 of 84 points when he came to the net (76%).

This stat reinforced my point from the last paragraph.
 

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This match. :worship: :worship:

Here's my analysis on it from my earlier posts:



Some things to add on:

- Federer won 64 of 84 points when he came to the net (76%).

This stat reinforced my point from the last paragraph.
Thank you for this. What a wonderful match. Goosebumps I'm getting! Goosebumps I tell ya! :yeah:

Both of them should have gotten the trophy.
 

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Nole-Rafa AO2012 :worship: :worship:
Rafa-Nole RG2013 :worship:

Nole-Fed USO2011
Fed-Nole FO2011

Rafa-Fed WIMB08
 
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Big four is a thing of the past. An era in tennis from 2008-2012 where four guys were in the semis/winning everything. Federer declined in 2013, Murray had back surgery and was MIA for a year and a half and Nadal seems to have declined in 2014.

You can't retroactively add someone who was irrelevant until 2014. Novak/Stan/Andy are the top three players this year but the big four is no more.
How is it a thing of the past? Three of those four are still ranked in the top 3, Nadal is 7th in the race only 400 points behind Berdych at #4. By the end of the year those five players will very likely be ranked 1 through 5.
 

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Fedal Rome 2006 / AO 2009 - A bit higher than Wimbledon 2008 even with the lackluster fifth set, 2 perfect examples of their wonderful rivalry with all the good and with all the bad as well. Some of the shots are mind-blowing.

Fedovic RG 2011 / USO 2011 - Wimbledon 2014 comes as the third, again the 2011 ones had better rallies and intensity, their 1st sets were one of the highest quality ones set you'll ever see and the deciding sets were even better.

Rafovic AO 2012 / RG 2013 - Madrid 2009 as an honorable mention. If you want a fight on the court, 2 players at the physical best, you should watch them, plenty of drama as well. So exhausting to even watch sometimes.

Murderer Wimbledon 2012 / AO 2013 - Two very high quality ones, first one was very close to being 2-0 for Andy, but Fed showed his brilliance again. The AO one is a bit worse, but some awesome rallies as well, both guys have an amazing touch and more offensive Murray even on slower surface was a treat to watch. Murray-Brokenbackerer in Shanghai RR 2008 was very impressive as well.

Raydal US Open 2008 / WTF RR 2010 - Very tactical ones, their matches are maybe not that intensive, but both have weapons to kill their opponent. Murray's bh and Nadal's fh when working are very tough to beat. And great athleticism as well

Djokoray AO 2012 / Rome 2011 - Two examples that their matches can be highly entertaining, great drama as well. I loved more attacking Murray, his forehand was a treat in the first match. The Rome one showed the reborn of the Clayray 2.0, only 2011ovic was able to stop that beast.
 
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