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  1. Mithi
    Mithi December 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm |


    You are forgetting to mention the one stat that had me on my knees weeping for all the that is the love of Azarenka. 33/45 net points in 3 sets. We don’t get to see that kind of stat from the ATP in a competitive match; unless its Llodra or Stepanek and the likes. Her forecourt game is so SOLID. And her smash in that match.

    Angie’s aces during the 9 deuces. I was like “YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!” It wasn’t even like Vika tried for it and missed by an inch. it was clean away from Vika. Also her DTL forehand winner that she pulls into court from outside the tramlines. Reminded me of someone. And my first reaction was, do better than him. don’t damage your body so. She too had a decent net points score. 10/14.

    This match triumphs all the matches the ATP produced this year simply because the girls had like maybe 2 bad games the entire match. The rallies were COMPELLING to put it mildly.

    Last but not the least, the Vika-Sam USO match is a VERY CLOSE second to this because that was the best I’ve seen Sam play against her. and guess what? Sam didn’t shank backhands. she was hitting winners with them!

    1. Mithi
      Mithi December 18, 2012 at 3:34 pm |

      I forgot to say thank you for the writeup and my crazy panicking memories during the match. I started to stan for Angie after her match vs Clijsters at Wimbledon. So I believe as you do. And we shall forever pretend that the Kerber-Errani USO match was a one-off.

    2. Master Ace
      Master Ace December 18, 2012 at 5:40 pm |

      Steve Tignor at tennis.com wrote about Stosur vs Azarenka match at United States Open


  2. Mireille
    Mireille December 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm |

    This was indeed a great match. There’s just something about Angie’s brand of rather awkward looking but strangely effective tennis that draws me in.

    I feel like there’s a line somewhere between her being her slightly sardonic self and getting lost in negativity which she finds difficult to traverse at times. She seemed to be in a really good place mentally in this match despite not converting those match points though, so hopefully that’ll carry forward into next year.

  3. SA
    SA December 18, 2012 at 11:56 pm |

    “Sometimes it’s a match that clearly marked the beginning of something that flourished later…”

    maybe that something is a vika-kerber rivalry. especially if both women can keep up their play from this season or even improve in 2013 and beyond. and i don’t see any reason why they can’t. i’m not one that believes that tennis MUST have a rivalry (although i don’t deny it does get interest in the sport up) but until maria can make that “rivalry” with serena something interesting (wta championship final notwithstanding) and until petra can rejoin the top 5 which she needs to be in, this matchup can be a very interesting one that could get people watching. or at least us tennisheads watching.

  4. ILek
    ILek December 20, 2012 at 8:26 am |

    I disagree with the idea that the importance of the match should have nothing to do with it being the best match of the year. When a match is really big it becomes that much more dramatic; a big part of the entertainment value of the Australian Open final was the context of Rafa trying to overcome Novak and it being a GS final.

    Also, on the quality front, I don’t think this was the best match of the year. I would say that Djokovic-Murray at the AO was the highest quality match of the year. Ok, there were lapses – Murray was mediocre in the first set and dead in the fourth set – but it was a 5 set match, so there’s obviously more peaks and troughs.

    Still, I watched this match and it was fantastic. Really entertaining. It reminded me of the Rome match between Djokovic and Murray last year – extremely intense, high quality, best of 3 tennis under floodlights.

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