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I have to say for me it was the 1992 French Open final when Monica defeated Steffi 6-2 3-6 10-8. Both players were so nervous at the start as this is one of the biggest match ups in tennis history at the time but once they got underway neither would budge an inch. Monica looked as if she'd cracked Steffi when she clung on for 5-3 in the 3rd but a stonelike Steffi stormed back forcing Monica to serve to stay in the match which Monica did by raising her game to scary levels and cleaning the lines. I've never seen a player looking as determined to win as Monica did towards the end but it was a great mental effort from both players.
 

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When I saw the title of the thread, I had the 1992 RG final in mind too!

I suppose I'd better come up with another. The 1995 Wimbledon final between Steffi Graf & Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario. That game with the ridiculous number of deuces just symbolised the whole match. Both players wanted to win so badly, but Steffi just edged Aranxta out.
 

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Steffi in wimbledon 92 semis and final. She was on a mission reason see first post <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" /> <img src="graemlins/kiss.gif" border="0" alt="[Kiss]" /> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="tongue.gif" border="0"> <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" /> <img src="graemlins/kiss.gif" border="0" alt="[Kiss]" />

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One year, the Swede, Matts Wilander won 3 out of the four Slams on the men's side. During the USOpen final that year, he beat Lendl. I think Wilander hit like 95% of his first serves in over a three set match. He also tripled the winner:unforced error ratio. Lendl, a possessor of steely nerves himself, said after the match that he had never been so mentally drained in his life.
 

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Seles-def-Graf: 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 '93 OZ Final

Both were playing their best tennis, but Monica in the end was just too good and frustrated Graf with her shots.
 
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