Which match was better: Henin-Hardenne/Capriati USO SF or Roddick/El Aynaoui AO QF - TennisForum.com
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Henin-Hardenne vs Capriati- US Open SF's 34 47.22%
Roddick vs El Aynaoui- Australian Open QF's 30 41.67%
they were equally good 8 11.11%
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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old Oct 21st, 2003, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Which match was better: Henin-Hardenne/Capriati USO SF or Roddick/El Aynaoui AO QF

Which classic Grand Slam match do you think was the better match?
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For me Justine/Jennifer, of course

But it's so hard to compare

Andy/Younes was so great, and I watched it live

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Both were great, but the quality of play was great through out the entire match of Jen vs. Justine, where the Roddick/El Aynaoui match was more of a serve festival.
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depends how you define 'better'. i think the roddick/younes match was a higher quality overall. the tension in the capriati/henin match was vast, but IMO it was only capriati's lack of mental strength that made it an even remotely interesting match, as it should have been a comprehensive straight sets win. henin played some great tennis at the end, but capriati allowed her to. the roddick match never really dropped for the entire 5 sets and although some would have been bored by it, speaking as someone at the match i can say it never lost it's intensity at any point (from my perspective) and you never knew what would happen or who would win. i think you could tell that capriati wasn't going to do what was needed to win that match, even when she had the big lead in the final set
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what aspects of the Jen-Henin match made it a quality match?? a High Quality match is a match where both players are competing at almost the same level. The Jen-Henin match was not a high quality match. This match was not even a great match!! When a player chokes ten times in one match it's hardly high quality. Yuou guys are free to disagree with me, but in your replies state exactly what made this match a quality match!!??What is the point of this thread anyway!!? What's it supposed to prove!!??

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When a player chokes ten times in one match it's hardly high quality.
Exactly....Jen should have won this match in under a hour....but choked. That ainīt exactly "great" imo.

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Exactly....Jen should have won this match in under a hour....but choked. That ainīt exactly "great" imo.
There is a HUGE difference between choking and your opponent stepping it up. Jen couldn't get to matchpoint 10 times! That says more about Juju than about Jen. Justine played fearless tennis at those moments and came up with some unbelievable shots.
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There is a HUGE difference between choking and your opponent stepping it up. Jen couldn't get to matchpoint 10 times! That says more about Juju than about Jen. Justine played fearless tennis at those moments and came up with some unbelievable shots.
Probably...but I think Jen stepping down had something to do with it too....all of sudden she was playing a la Kim: balls down the middle, not going for anything....it easy for your opponent to step up then.

Contrast this with what Serena did while facing mpīs at the Oz: she WENT for the shots, came to the net....THAT is stepping up.

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Justine WENT for her shots & came to the net as well!!

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Probably...but I think Jen stepping down had something to do with it too....all of sudden she was playing a la Kim: balls down the middle, not going for anything....it easy for your opponent to step up then.

Contrast this with what Serena did while facing mpīs at the Oz: she WENT for the shots, came to the net....THAT is stepping up.
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Roddick/El match much higher quality match throughout, and not decided by a choke job. justine played well when the chips were down, but that's easier to do when your opponent is afraid to win, and would rather be on the court when you lose(loose).

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this is just so pathetic... you ARE incredible.
whatīs so pathetic?! No way should Justine be dictating points against Jen....weīre talking the daughter of STEFANO CAPRIATI here!! Think a girl who is smaller than Martina Hingis should be overpowering Jen?!

Thatīs choking! When Serena overpowers Kim, itīs normal....because Serena overpowers EVERYBODY!

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For me definietly Younes/Andy was better

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Younes/Andy for sure, cuz no one choked.
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El Aynaoui/Roddick was better, no question imo. The quality of play was more consistent, the drama was just as intense, and that fifth set put it into the record books. Neither player really choked, whereas Capriati did to some extent (all credit to Justine, though, for some amazing play on big points).
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