I was reading that Top 10 Greatest Era Matches thread and they were all classic matches but whenever people talk about classic matches the same matches are mentioned - Graf v Seles 1992 French, Evert v Navratilova 1985 French, Graf v Hingis 1999 French, Graf v Sanchez Wimbledon 1995, Navratilova v Graf US Open 1986, Goolagong v Evert Wimbledon 1976, Court v King Wimbledon 1970, Mandlikova v Navratilova US Open 1985, Graf v Sanchez Vicario French 1989 (little personal one there
All great matches and famous, but what classic matches are less known that we should know about? All of these matches happened in later stages and mainly finals of Grand Slams or Majors (for you alfajeffster
) but what about matches that happened in the QFs at Amelia Island or the SFs at Eastbourne or Rome or Canadian Open through the 70s, 80s, 90s, and recently that don't get mentioned? It would be good to hear from people who have seen classic matches that some others don't really know about just because they don't get mentioned as often as they deserve to.
Like Shriver v Graf US Open 1985 - 1st ever GS match to have 3 tiebreak sets. I only know that from Pam's book otherwise I wouldn't have known. Did anyone see it?
Also there's matches that don't look like classics because of the score but really are. Arantxa and Hingis played a Fed Cup match in the 1998 final. Hingis won 7-6, 6-3 but the first set went on for over an hour and a half and the match went on about 2 and a half hours for just two sets and the first set and the tiebreak was some of the best tennis I've ever seen. The rallies were just amazing with Hingis trying to outsmart Arantxa, hitting angles and it was like she had the ball on a string. Arantxa running around after everything - Fed Cup always brought out the best in ASV - and it was probably the best match they played, and one of the best of the year, yet no one really knows about it.
Anyone else know any 'unknown' classics?