US Open Memories: Rafter vs. Sampras 1998

This was a great match and maybe one of the last great clashes between two guys making their way toward the net with great frequency.  Before tennis conditions began to slow down and strings began to make passing shots easier to hit, some attacking players were serve and then volley if necessary players.  Sampras and…

Stan’s Rise Resembles?

Tennis champions have typically broken through in their late teens or early twenties.  A lot has been made of the lack of teenagers in the top 50 and the success of players over thirty in recent years.  The explanation, and it seems to be a sound one, is that tennis has become so physically demanding…

Top 10 Gentlemen’s Championship Matches #4 – #1

As I said, I am only ranking finals that I had a chance to watch.  I did not see the 1980 final.  I am sure it would rank highly if I had seen it. 4.  2007 Roger Federer d. Rafael Nadal 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 In 2006, Rafa and Roger traded 4 set wins…

Top 10 Gentlemen’s Championship Matches #10-#8

This Top 10 List is Based on Matches I have actually seen.  I was four years old and did not see McEnroe vs. Borg in 1980 therefore I can’t rate it.  This is also purely subjective as each of these matches have their merit. 10.  2000 Pete Sampras d. Patrick Rafter 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2…