Re: Best match of ALL-TIME? (Poll included!)
Amazing matches by 2 players playing at a historic level in a match full of drama, competiveness, struggle, and quality, and singular exceptional performances that rank as some of the best singular performances ever (even if the opponent happened to play decent or even well at the hands of the massacre) should be put in 2 different categories not in the same one.
Best match- either Henin vs Capriati at the 2003 U.S Open or Graf vs Seles at the 1992 French Open
Best singular performance- Serena Williams at 2012 Olympics, pretty much every match, or Serena in the 2007 Australian Open final. Love her or hate her, no women in history can compete with that level of power tennis.
Seles vs Graf at the 1993 Australian Open is a good choice as it could be a candidate for both best match and best singular performance, in that it was a match of two greats playing at an exceptionally high level while retaining a certain element of competitiveness and uncertainty to the end despite Graf managing only 5 games in the last 2 sets, while also being somewhat of a clinic by Seles which in hindsight was more of a clinic than an uber competitive match due to the 5 games only in the last 2 sets won by Graf, lol! Plus it is rare to see someone as great as Steffi Graf play as well as she did the last 2 sets and still be dismembered as badly as she was in the last 2 sets of that match. Sharapova obviously is not at the level of Graf, and in her beatdowns of Serena while often playing reasonably well and still being thumped by Serena massive game, was probably never playing an exceptional match even for her standards like Graf was that day while still being throttled by Seles in the latter half.
Some other candidates for best singular performances would be Graf vs Seles in the 1992 Wimbledon final, and the last 2 sets vs Navratilova of the 1988 Wimbledon final. Also Henin vs Serena at the 2007 U.S Open, rarely seen Serena in any shape so flat out belted off the court, I think Henin had almost twice the number of clean winners as her that day. Henin vs Venus at that same U.S Open would be another candidate for best match.