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All the Big Four content today made me think about how insanely lucky we’ve been to have this era of tennis. The rivalries, the epic matches, the dominance…we may well never see it again. Going to make a thread of some of my favorite moments.

1. Djokovic vs. Murray, Australian Open 2012. On a molasses-slow court, Murray took it to Djokovic for five hours, hitting all the shots people had been urging him to for years and rising to the moment when the pressure was on, and Djokovic still beat him.

2. Nadal vs. Federer, Australian Open 2009. Don’t let the fifth set score fool you — this was an insane match, highlighted by ridiculous rallies (and what has my vote for the best point ever at 2-2 in the fourth set) through the first 3.5 sets.

3. Federer vs. Murray, Australian Open 2010. This has long been one of my favorite highlight matches. Federer was razor-sharp from the jump, doing massive damage from both wings, and just totally overpowering Murray from the baseline.

4. Djokovic vs. Nadal, Wimbledon 2018. These two had played 51 times before this match, and they made #52 their best. Five hours and 15 minutes of pure skill, in all areas of the game, played out over two days.

5. Federer vs. Nadal, Wimbledon 2019. Federer showed off all the evolved aspects of his game, outplaying Nadal in many areas he’d long suffered in against the Spaniard, and clinching the match in an epic last game.

6. Djokovic vs. Federer, Paris 2018. I watched this one as a Federer fan, and after the Cincinnati final my expectations were very low, but they ended up playing arguably their highest quality best-of-three match to date.

7. Nadal vs. Djokovic, Madrid 2009. Four hours of attritional fury that wrecked both players for a while after the match.

8. Federer vs. Nadal, Wimbledon 2007. Federer was at his best at the end of this match, hitting three forehand winners to break for 4-2 in the fifth, then consolidating by hitting three aces in the next game. Untouchable.

9. Murray vs. Nadal, Tokyo 2011. They split sets, then Murray got struck with a holy beam of light and destroyed Nadal in the third set, both offensively and defensively.

10. Federer vs. Djokovic, U.S. Open 2011. This one is primarily remembered for Djokovic’s history-altering return winner, but it was also an enthralling watch from the start, including a first-set forehand-to-forehand rally that looked like a video game.

Will continue to update this.



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