The smartest match you ever saw
What I mean by that is the match where one player clearly concieved and executed a strategy, not necessarily to their strengths, and defeated a superior opponent, in a big time match.
The prototypical example is, unfortunately, on the men's side. Ashe Arthur Jimmy Connors 6-1 6-1 5-7 6-4 in the 1975 Wimbledon final. Possibly the most brilliantly concieved and executed strategy and tactics I've ever seen on court. Especially considering Connors was a far better player, and at the height of his powers.
On the women's side, in my experience, players win or lose on execution, rather than strategy. However there's a pretty good example of this in recent history. Might even be on YouTube.
The 2002 Berlin final. Henin def Serena 6-2 1-6 7-6(5). Remember, this was the Serena who was about to execute the Serena Slam, an absolutely insane run of tennis.
In the first set, Henin turned Serena every which way but loose. But in the second, Serena forced Henin into a running game and proved herself the faster player. The third set pretty much what 7-6(5) makes you think it was. And they did it again in Rome the next week, Serena winning 7-6(6) 6-4. Still two of my favorite non-slam finals. Instructional tennis is the Big Bang era.
And I once saw Emmanuelle Gagliardi play the match that any of us culd only wish we played if we faced a high ranked WTA pro. 90% of her first serves in, hit the lines, changed pace, did everything right. She got smoked, cause the talent disparity was too great, but talk about doing everything right you could do right ......
So, how's by you? What the smartest tennis you ever saw played?
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Last edited by Volcana; Apr 19th, 2009 at 10:42 PM.