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Geez! That 2001 USOPEN 3rd Round w/ Robredo was nutz!

7-6 in the final set Losing (7-1) !!!


Misshits....String breaking...
 

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Bump.

While we're bumping some of the old classic threads, I thought this would be another good one. I never really think about which of his matches are my favourites. Of course loads of his Wimbledon victories stand out for me since I was there and cheering loudly for him.

Would love to know what everyone else thinks.
 

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RG 2003 final...because I started to cheer for JC after ten minutes in stead of for my fellow Dutchie Martin Verkerk :lol:

That is one of them.
 

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Indeed that was his moment, finally winning a slam, but it seemed a bit of an anticlimax to me. His win over Gonzalez in the quarters was more of a classic.
 

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But I suppose it's the best way to win slams. Federer won most of his without dropping a set in the SF and final.

I'm going to do a rank order of my favourite Juanqui victories and post it here when I'm ready.
 

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I should probably make a list or something, but one that springs to mind as my favourite is the 2002 MC Final against Moya. Everything I love about his game (and claycourt tennis, period) is captured in that match. Many good long rallies, plenty of short angles, cat & mouse points, dominating with the forehand. It's quite a tough grind of a match in the first set before JC steps up and goes on cruise control. It's just such gorgeous, controlled, confident tennis.


Of course he's played in more "epic" matches and bigger occasions, but this one for me sees him pretty much at his best and in control for most of the match.
 

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As it's my home turf his match against Simon and Gonzalez at Wimbledon last year. I just got caught up in the moment. I know grass season and England is hated by so many players so to see JC do well there was priceless.
 

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I cannot believe I haven't posted in this thread...

Quite a few fave Juanqui matches but here are a few of mine:

Wimbledon09 R3 d Gonzalez 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 -- I've just bought this match and am looking forward to watching it! I love watching Juanqui play on grass... remember when he said years ago how "it's funny playing on grass"?

Wimbledon07 QF vs. Federer 6-7(2), 6-3, 1-6, 3-6 -- even tho he lost this match, Juanqui managed to take a set off Rogi!

Wimbledon05 R16 vs. Federer 3-6, 4-6, 6-7(6) -- first time I saw Juanqui play Rogi on grass

Monte Carlo03 F d Coria 62 62 -- Juanqui on his way to winning RG!!!

Roland Garros03 QF d Gonzalez 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 -- what a crazy match! so cute to see these two friends hugging each other at the end of the match and Fena wishing Juanqui the best, i.e., to win the slam

Roland Garros03 F d Verkerk 61 63 62 -- YAY, Juanqui wins his first slam!!! it was lovely to see him blow a kiss to his mother in the sky

USO03 SF d Agassi 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 -- Juanqui became No. 1 by beating the then No. 1!!!!

Madrid03 SF d Federer 64 46 64 -- a great match betw two great guys!

Madrid03 F d Massu 64 64 63 -- Juanqui got his No. 1 trophy!!

Monte Carlo02 F d Moya 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 -- loved watching Juanqui win this tournament

I'm sure there are others but it's late now...

;)

I still want a copy of Juanqui winning ROMA01 vs. Guga tho... I missed that match!!! Didn't he come back after being down two sets to love?? Amazing!

OK, I just remembered:

Montreal09 R2 d Monfils 63 76(7) -- one of the best matches I've seen Juanqui play LIVE and the crowd was really cheering for him too! So much fun!!!
 

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Wimbledon07 QF vs. Federer 6-7(2), 6-3, 1-6, 3-6 -- even tho he lost this match, Juanqui managed to take a set off Rogi!

Wimbledon05 R16 vs. Federer 3-6, 4-6, 6-7(6) -- first time I saw Juanqui play Rogi on grass
:lol: Did you enjoy the clay meetings too? ;)

The Hamburg result was expected but Monte-Carlo I was really hoping. I remember he had BP chances to go 4-1 (a double break) up in the 1st set but Roger saved them and proceeded to win the next 7 games in a row.

I never saw the Dubai meeting but I heard JC had good chances there too.
 

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This is my list. It's only a personal opinion based on my experiences and how happy I was at the end of each match. Some of them are ranked high because I was there and playing every point with him. I could totally imagine everyone else has very different views based on their own experiences.


1. def. Agassi SF US Open 2003 6-4 6-3 3-6 6-4
The best tennis he ever played in his career. I remember the commentators saying they'd never seen someone dominate Agassi like that from the back of the court. Overriding memory being the point where JC had to run back, hit a shot through his legs and then run down a dropshot - got a standing ovation for that one.
Defeated the active world #1 to become world #1 himself. This was arguably an even greater achievement than winning Roland Garros.

2. def. Gonzalez QF Roland Garros 2003 6-1 3-6 6-1 5-7 6-4
Such an important win.
"So glad I won because if I hadn't I would've wanted to die".
Gonzo was firing that day but JC was still too good.
By far the closest anyone came to stopping him that year.
I remember watching the match at the student union and being so relieved when he pulled through.

3. def. Gonzalez R32 Wimbledon 2009 4-6 7-5 6-4 4-6 6-4
I was there! And I think I made the difference. Shouted so loudly I drew embarrassing attention to myself.
Great atmosphere. In the 5th set the organizers threatened to move the match to Centre Court due to fading light. The fans cheered so loudly when the players decided to keep going. It was awesome.
I'll never forget when he collapsed to the ground in joy after Gonzo double faulted on MP. Nothing more satisfying than winning such a close match against a top player in front of a passionate crowd.

4. def. Blake R32 Wimbledon 2007 3-6 6-3 6-3 7-6
I was there!
Great atmosphere.
I became friends with this random Spanish guy who was sitting a couple seats to my right. We kept cheering louder and louder as the match progressed.
There were some funny moments too when Blake's shot hit the net-post and rebounded back in. JC lost the point but still found it funny.

5. def. Kuerten F Rome 2001 3-6 6-1 2-6 6-4 6-2
One of only two times he defeated the active world #1 (other being the Agassi match above).
I missed this one (it was before I started following tennis regularly) but must have been one of his greatest performances. Guga was virtually unstoppable that year. But Juanqui was on a hot streak of his own winning 16 matches in a row. The following week he nearly achieved the unthinkable Rome-Hamburg double.

6. def. Hewitt F Davis Cup 2000 6-2 7-6 4-6 6-4
Became a national hero.
Defeated one of the greatest Davis Cup players of his generation.
Again I missed this one but no question it was an important win.

7. def. Todd Martin R16 US Open 2003 6-2 6-4 3-6 5-7 6-3
Definitely saw this one. Martin was one of the best American hard court players of his generation. This was a massive breakthrough for his confidence on faster surfaces. Especially considering how much he always struggled against big serve and volley players. I knew after he won this he would have much better chances against baseline players Hewitt and Agassi.

8. def. Hajek R128 Wimbledon 2007 6-7 4-7 6-3 6-2 7-5
I was there! (For the first 4 sets. The match was constantly delayed because of rain and eventually suspended due to fading light.)
Still remember JC's reaction after losing the 2nd set. He smashed a ball into the net with such frustration. Almost went a break down start of the 3rd, he was hanging by a thread.
In the 5th set he was serving 2nd and went a break down. The odds were totally stacked against him.
Despite the opponent, it was one if his greatest come-backs.

9. def. Verkerk F Roland Garros 2003 6-1 6-3 6-2
Finally took the biggest title of his career. Should have done it the previous year but what a relief to win it eventually. So many players before him had chances and never crossed the line. He didn't even blink that day. Totally emphatic.

10. lt. Federer QF Wimbledon 2007 6-7 6-3 1-6 3-6
Just for the first two sets. It was the closest I ever came to believing he could actually win the biggest prize in the game. Then the 3rd set brought me back down to stupid reality. Juanqui started badly miss-timing his returns (probably due to the wind and nerves) and giving away too many cheap points with errors and miss-hits. Became very frustrating but the first two sets were an amazing feeling none-the-less.


Special mention to:

def. Dosedel R64 Roland Garros 2000 1-6 2-6 6-2 6-4 6-4
First 0-2 come-back. A very important one too.

lt. Kuerten SF Roland Garros 2000 5-7 6-4 6-2 4-6 3-6
Toe-to-toe with the clay king on the big stage. This was when people finally started to take notice.

def. Federer R32 US Open 2000 7-5 7-6 1-6 7-6
Fed was only a teenager but Juanqui was only 20 himself and still very much a clay specialist at the time.

def. Hewitt QF US Open 2003 4-6 6-3 7-6 6-1
Great win over a former USO champion and world #1.

def. Federer SF Madrid 2003 6-4 4-6 6-4
Beating the Wimbledon champion indoors in front of the home crowd while confirming his world #1 status.

def. Tipsarevic R16 Wimbledon 2007 7-5 6-3 7-6
Ashamed to say I wasn't there but I saw it all on the live streaming. Reached his first Wimby QF - one of my favourite breakthroughs.

def. Nalbandian R32 Australian Open 2008 6-1 6-2 6-3
Fat Dave was very much Fit Dave at the time, after beating Federer and Nadal twice and winning both indoor masters. Juanqui totally demolished him, stunning everyone.

def. Ferrer F Buenos Aires 2010 5-7 6-4 6-3
One of the best examples of the importance of confidence. Best match he played during his 14 wins in a row. Defeated his best friend and one of his hardest match-ups.
 

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Forgot to mention:

def. Nadal QF Cincinatti 2006 7-6 7-6
Finally beat Rafa. This was his only good run in an otherwise shit year.

def. Nadal R32 Rome 2008 7-5 6-1

It was clay and it was Rafa. Need I say more? Not to mention this was Nadal's peak year (winning RG and Wimbledon to become world #1, followed also by the Olympics and Davis Cup).
 

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Excellent list Jimnik. :worship: So many great moments there. That Gonzalez match at Wimbledon last year was exhausting to watch as a Ferrero fan but so amazing in the end.
 

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I agree, great list, jimnik! :worship:
(I'll now go compile mine. :))
 
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