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raquel
Oct 13th, 2002, 10:17 PM
has anyone else seen the italian language version of espn classic? anyway, they were discussing the great grand slam finals of the last twenty five years. here are some of the matches from which clips were shown and i added the last one, so pick your favourite.

on the progamme pam shriver picked chris v martina in 1985 FO, bud collins picked graf v seles in 1995 UO, and virginia wade picked 1978 chris v martina in wimbledon

i think martina hingis v steffi graf was best. martina shouldn't have crossed the net, but she was right about the call!

CJ07
Oct 13th, 2002, 10:31 PM
Seles d. Graf 1993 Australian was supposed to be really good they play it on ESPN Classic every once and again

wongqks
Oct 13th, 2002, 10:32 PM
Okay I picked three

Chris and Martina in Wimbly 78 is special, it is becuase they played a very high quality match, it is becuase of MArtina first Wimbledon title, and after that MArtina went on and dominate Wimbleodn 8 mroe times

I alos picked US Open Monica against Steffi, I think anyone who follow tennis at that time could have told you that women tennis overshadow the men on that US Open completely, it was the Monica great comeback, Steffi at that time facing a lot of problem coz of her dad and everything, and the promoters got a dream final, both play well, Monica had a chance to win the first set, but then a bad call (right or wrong I can't tell you) but then the most amazing thing abiout the match is that Monica at that time is still very unfit and slightly overweight, so everyone just marvel how well she could have played if she got itno shape on that one

I also picked Steffi against Martina, again a high quality match, even towards the end. The drama in the match I don't think any Grand Slam final will ever reach. Martinaarguing the call, corssing the net, sit down and prtest for a bad line clal is just shocking, Let alone mentioning Steffi second set fight back, Martina bathroom break and of course the underarm serve, I do think that it is probably will be the most remembered, partly coz of Martina downward spiral after this match :sad: but more improtantly Steffi final farewell, and proved that she can still compete among the youngster before retiring for good.

AjdeNate!
Oct 13th, 2002, 10:38 PM
92 RG Seles d. Graf 6.2 3.6 10.8

wongqks
Oct 13th, 2002, 10:40 PM
also a side note, I dun think 2002 Jen v MArtina will be remembered as much as other matches, but having said that I think if Aus 2002 was Jenny first Grand Slam title, then I think that match would have beaten all of their candidates

Pamela Shriver
Oct 13th, 2002, 11:35 PM
erm...I may have picked the 85 FO...but shurely the USO in 78 was the best....

way
Oct 13th, 2002, 11:37 PM
Graf Navratilova Wimbledon 88 hands down

KoOlMaNsEaN
Oct 13th, 2002, 11:39 PM
2002 aussie (the only one i saw)

CJ07
Oct 13th, 2002, 11:41 PM
Recently, I'd say 2002 Wimbledon. No matter how much you like or dislike the Williams' that was a terrific match. Especially the first set

Justin
Oct 13th, 2002, 11:48 PM
'85 French

CanadianBoy21
Oct 14th, 2002, 01:41 AM
FO Hingis vs Graf...

Plus to all the drama in the match, I read numerous times that Martina slapped an Wta official after the match, shocking stuff.

Joseosu19
Oct 14th, 2002, 02:04 AM
95 Wimbeldon...Graf def. Arantxa...Broke My heart to watch that:sad:

mboyle
Oct 14th, 2002, 02:17 AM
The best match to me was this years Oz Open. But next year's Monica def. Serena will be an all time classic;) !

Mark43
Oct 14th, 2002, 02:37 AM
I chose the 1985 US Open final where Hana Mandlikova beat Martina Navratilova in 3 amazing sets 7-6, 1-6, 7-6. The first five games where the best display of tennis I have ever seen. Hana went up 5-0 and was taking Martina's first serve and rushing into the net, hitting nothing but winners. She could do nothing wrong and it was lovely. Of course she pulled her typical hana-goolagong walkabout and Martina nearly won the match but in the last set both women were on fire at the same time and it was pure magic. I just loved that match.

Second would be Steffi/Hingis in '99, for pure drama and some great tennis.

Third was the JenCAP/Hingis 2002 AO, simply for drama and unbelievableness.

MAURO
Oct 14th, 2002, 04:09 AM
THE BEST IS MANDLIKOVA DEF NAVRATILOVA IN USOPEN 85

BUT YOU FORGOT

GRAF DEF SABATINI IN WIMBLEDON 91
GRAF DEF EVERT IN AUSOPEN 89

irma
Oct 14th, 2002, 07:49 AM
I didn't see enough matches from before 1990 to judge.
I only saw Steffi's finals on tape and french 85 because they showed it in a raindelay once

I think Nav-Evert was pretty excited because they played different tennis, but maybe that time people found it boring to see them in almost every final?

tennisIlove09
Oct 14th, 2002, 07:58 AM
I can't choose between:

1993: Wimbledon
Graf def. Novotna 76[86] 16 64; Graf's amazing comeback in the third.

1995 Wimbledon
Graf def. Sanchez-Vicario 46 61 75; the 11th game in the 3rd--unbelievable. Possibly the best game in the history of tennis.

1999 Roland Garros:
Graf def. Hingis 46 75 62; the Drama from Hingis walking over to the other side, the crowd against Hingis; Graf coming back when Hingis served for it; Hingis crying at the end. It was a great match. I felt sorry for Martina.

2001: Roland Garros:
Capriati def. Clijsters 16 64 1210; it wasn't the best tennis, but both players showed a lot of guts in that third set

2002 Australian Open
Capriati def. Hingis 46 76 [97] 62; possibly the greatest comeback in the history of women's tennis. Amazing second set.

King Lindsay
Oct 14th, 2002, 10:13 AM
I picked the 1999 Roland Garros final, but to be honest, I haven't seen most of those matches, although I should've, since I was following tennis at the time.

Although, I think the 1996 French Open final between Steffi and Arantxa shouldn't be omitted. That was a great match. Also, the '93 Wimbledon final deserves a mention, rightfully pointed out by TennisLover.

Mercury Rising
Oct 14th, 2002, 10:18 AM
2001 RG, hands down, I was exhausted after this final.

Josh
Oct 14th, 2002, 10:21 AM
'95 Wimbledon : Steffi def. Arantxa

Hagar
Oct 14th, 2002, 01:03 PM
RG 2001

Nimi
Oct 14th, 2002, 01:09 PM
I just saw one... So guess what i voted for :p

Sam L
Oct 14th, 2002, 01:13 PM
Well I like all the Graf-Seles finals so one of them will get my vote.

But imo, it was 2002 Wimbledon finals. The quality of tennis was very high from V and S.

schris
Oct 14th, 2002, 01:29 PM
best quality : Monica - Steffi FO 1992
Steffi - Martina N. Wimbledon 1988
Monica - Steffi AO 1993

best drama : Steffi - Martina H. FO 1999

Experimentee
Oct 14th, 2002, 01:31 PM
I havent seen most of the old matches but recently i think French Open 2001 was a good match, also French Open 1999 because of the drama.

Gandalf
Oct 14th, 2002, 02:11 PM
Steffi/Seles '92 FO and Steffi/Arantxa '96 FO.

supremeross
Oct 14th, 2002, 03:18 PM
I'd have to say 99 US Open Serena vs. Hingis, great match, great outcome plus the historic significance of it. 01 US Open for the pure historic significance of it that may not be fully realised or appreciated for years to come. Plus the FO, Wimby and US Open of this year. I think history will bear out the importance and quality of those matches. I think once the critics have time to fully appreciate and digest the significance of Venus and Serena, they'll look back and realise how truly great they are and what a once in a lifetime or once in the history of the sport their accomplishments have been this year alone. If it had been any other sport, they'd be looked upon as gods or goddesses.

jujufan
Oct 14th, 2002, 05:44 PM
Don't bash me but what about the roland garros final of 2001?
Kim vs Jennifer????
In the last set you just couldn't leave your seat cause of the tention!

tenn_ace
Oct 14th, 2002, 06:18 PM
my best is Graf def. Novotna and all the drama after;)

Frau Antje
Oct 14th, 2002, 06:43 PM
you forgot my choice: Kim vs. Capriati (French Open 2001)

Penguin
Oct 14th, 2002, 07:53 PM
completely biased, i know, but 2001 RG of course!

tennisvideos
Oct 15th, 2002, 03:21 AM
Mustn't forget the Aussie Open Finals in 1981 when Navratilova beat Evert 67 64 75 and 1982 when Evert got her revenge in the final 63 26 63. This was a great grasscourt win over Navratilova.
Both matches were classics - I have them on tape and they certainly deserve to be in the list. In the 82 Final I think Evert came back from 1-5 in the 3rd set to 5-5 and the crowd were in an absolute frenzy!

But my fave was the 1985 French Final when Evert bt Nav in another thriller! Also French 1992 when Monica beat Graf was an epic.

Mark43
Oct 15th, 2002, 03:33 AM
Good picks tennisvideos! Well, actually I have never seen those 2 matches but I have read they were classics! I loved Martina/Chrissie matches in '81-82 ('cept that love and love drilling in Amelia Island). My fave is the '81 US semi.

Then when Martina caught fire and pulled away from Chrissie it got boring for several years until the '85 FO final.

tennisvideos
Oct 15th, 2002, 03:35 AM
Mark. You can always email me if you ever want to see those two Evert-Navratilova matches. I got my versions direct from the Channel 7 Master tapes a couple of years ago so they are stunning quality.

tennisvideos1@bigpond.com

tennisIlove09
Oct 15th, 2002, 11:33 PM
Originally posted by supremeross
I'd have to say 99 US Open Serena vs. Hingis, great match, great outcome plus the historic significance of it. 01 US Open for the pure historic significance of it that may not be fully realised or appreciated for years to come. Plus the FO, Wimby and US Open of this year. I think history will bear out the importance and quality of those matches. I think once the critics have time to fully appreciate and digest the significance of Venus and Serena, they'll look back and realise how truly great they are and what a once in a lifetime or once in the history of the sport their accomplishments have been this year alone. If it had been any other sport, they'd be looked upon as gods or goddesses.

I didn't think the 99 US Open finals didn't really get good until Serena was up 63 53; then it was as good as the 99 semis, which were unbelievable.

[For memory: the semis:
Hingis def. Venus 61 46 63
Serena def. Davenport 64 16 64]