In speaking of forgotten matches, another one that never gets its rightful cred is...
2006 USO QF: Henin-Hardenne def. Davenport 6-4, 6-4. Seems like a pretty straightforward match, simple win for Justine based on the scoreline. And obviously she did own Lindsay in the second half of the American's career. But Lindsay was playing better than Justine for much of the first set until she lost a very long game on her service at 3-3, after being ahead 30-0. At the start of the second set, Justine was treated for a shoulder/back problem and Lindsay took momentum until 3-1, 15-0. That's when Justine stepped up her level another two notches. But not without Lindsay fighting and still playing great until the very last point.
Overall, the quality of this match was just ridiculous. The length of the games and rallies within this match, considering the pace and depth of shot by both women, was insane. It was just pure ball-striking from both Henin and Davenport. Even the Belgian, who is known a little bit for some flaky shots and mishits, was smacking the ball absolutely cleanly. Right in the center of the strings every damn time. The sound of this match was so good because they were consistently crushing the ball in the sweet spot of the racquet every point. Justine was also mixing up the play with clever, well-timed dropshots. Lindsay was hitting her first serve remarkably well, and it took Justine's anticipation on return to be able to break the American's serve three times in total.
For sure the Henin/V.Williams semifinal at the US Open of 2007 was a better match. More dramatic, tense, athletic, varied, with fantastic volleys at the net. But I think this Henin/Davenport match also deserves some more credit and recognition from fans and analysts, especially considering it was near the end of both their careers!