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The best tactical matches of the open era?

I'm interested to learn about some of these matches where players where literally outdone by tactics.

Any footage would be appreciated, i would love to see these

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Re: The best tactical matches of the open era?

Hingis vs Anyone.
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Re: The best tactical matches of the open era?

Can't talk about the entire Open era but I'd like to mention Myskina vs Davenport match from the 2004 YEC.
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Re: The best tactical matches of the open era?

Seles vs Graf RG Final 1992?
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Last night was also a good one - Jankovic just kept hitting to Carolines fh the entire match and only hit to her backhand when trying to finish the point therefore giving her no rhythm on her better wing.

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Sabatini in the final of 1989 Amelia Island

She literally moonballed Steffi Graf to death. I never saw anything comparable neither before nor after.

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Re: The best tactical matches of the open era?

are we talking one player using tactics to get around a tricky opponent, or both players using good tactics (and therefore putting on a pretty good match...)?

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Re: The best tactical matches of the open era?

Can you guys elaborate as well instead of just stating the match? I'm also very keen to learn. Thanks a bunch.
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Re: The best tactical matches of the open era?

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are we talking one player using tactics to get around a tricky opponent, or both players using good tactics (and therefore putting on a pretty good match...)?
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Can you guys elaborate as well instead of just stating the match? I'm also very keen to learn. Thanks a bunch.
Yes, that would be good
All of my friends say i'm worse than wozniacki, moonball every shot
I usually play with little to no power, so any example of tactical wins would be excellent

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Re: The best tactical matches of the open era?

2000 USO QF Lindsay Davenport def. Serena Williams 6-4 6-2
And it's the kind of tactics that you can only use once.

Facts are merely opinions and opinions could be wrong.
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Can't talk about the entire Open era but I'd like to mention Myskina vs Davenport match from the 2004 YEC.
It's such a pity nobody recorded that match and put it on the web.

That was the third match Davenport and Myskina played in the span of four or so weeks.
On the superfast Filderstadt courts Lindsay just rolled over her but Nastya actually put up a decent fight in the second set. Moreover, after the match she said she seemed to finally figure out how to beat Linds. It sounded kinda considering she had just lost 4th match in a row to her without winning a single set. But she did beat Lindsay the following week at Moscow.
Using the superslow Moscow courts to her advantage she made Davenport hit too many shots, taking Linds out of her comfort zone. Myskina run a LOT in that match but each time managed to put herself in position to neutralize another bomb Linds was throwing at her. Still, many believed the loss was a result of "bad day in the office" for Lindsay who, btw, wasn't feeling well that day.
In a couple of weeks they met again, this time in a round robin match at the YEC. Lindsay was coming in as the overwhelming favorite : she previously destroyed Dementieva 60 61 while Myskina just suffered yet another heartbreaking loss of 2004 (this time she squandered a 64 30 lead against Serena).
Myskina's only option seemed to be turning into wall, chasing every ball down and eventually frustrating Davenport with her superb defense. But Nastya, to a great surprise, chose the opposite tactics -- she decided to play offensive and match Lindsay from the baseline shot for shot. And, what was even more surprising, Myskina built her attacking game around her less reliable shot -- forehand.
I never saw Myskina serving that great and hitting such huge forehands. On some occasions Lindsay looked lost in disbelief that she was actually being outhit by someone who, on paper, should have been running three meters behind the baseline and trying to put the ball back down the middle.

Too pity Myskina was never able to replicate such a courageous performance again. For the rest of her career she turned into a mixture of a pusher and an UE machine coming to life only during grass court season.
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Re: The best tactical matches of the open era?

mary pierce played a great tactical match at wimbledon 2003 vs danillidou, she was very out of shape and not moving well at all, so she went to net as often as is possible these days. it also stopped danillidou's backhand slice having any effect.

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Re: The best tactical matches of the open era?

Henin vs Sharapova- French Open 2005.

Very, very similar to their match in Berlin a few weeks earlier. Sharapova was actually being very assertive off the ground for the first 3 games or so, forcing Henin to rally somewhat defensively and unable to hit her backhand with any real leverage. As soon as Henin realised there was a need for urgency, she completely began implementing her wide range of shots.

Heavy topspin backhands keeping Sharapova well off the baseline, lovely acute angles off the slice backhand keeping Sharapova clumsy and off-balance and then exploding into her forehands on the mid-court balls Sharapova presented to her. Sharapova looked completely out-matched.

Venus vs Pennetta in the Zurich final in '08, was a subtle display of tactical awareness from Venus. Pennetta was out-hitting Venus regularly when Venus was feeding her such huge amounts of raw pace, allowing Pennetta to deflect and react offensively. In the second set, Venus resorted to hitting very centralised and with better width, not relying on trying to out hit the Italian, but out-maneuver her.
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Re: The best tactical matches of the open era?

Henin Vs. Venus USO SF 2007. She read Venus's serve perfectly.

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