The Greatest Tennis Rallies

The Greatest Tennis Rallies - More Than Just Luck


By: Aleksejus Prodpruginas


Tennis rallies are a thing of beauty to watch. Two gladiators with racquets as their weapons striking the ball with all their might within the confines of the rectangular battlefield. Generating frenetic points attempting while attempting to decimate their rival with power, placement and finesse. Sit back and relax. Marvel at what these athletes can achieve when they are focused and determined. Topspin Tennis is excited to introduce to you some of the most memorable rallies in tennis history.


We begin with the Australian Open final in 2012 between The Serb Novak Djokovičand the Spaniard Rafael Nadal. Both players are typical baseline grinders. While Nole possesses more power in his shots, Nadal is the orchestrator of spin and crazy height over the net. This combination of styles gave us this exciting point.


It is a fifth set. Both players have been battling for about five and a half hours. Their muscles are fatigued, their bodies near exhaustion yet the show has to continue. It is clear is that the players are in phenomenal physical condition. They use a variety of shots: deep down the line, crosscourt angles, slices and inside out forehand. But in the end, Novak's backhand lets him down, sending his drained body to the ground.


Another amazing rally is also from the Australian Grand Slam but the year was 2013 between two of France's finest, Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon. The two Frenchmen push each other to their limits, producing this exciting 71 stroke slugfest!


It is another typical baseline battle which requires a lot of physical effort and accuracy. Here again, both players are using multiple of crosscourt and down the line jabs. At the end, after almost two minutes of consecutive playing and with both players lungs burning, Monfils succumbs to his foe. One thing to note, Simon used good judgement in following his shot to net when he noticed Monfils pulled off the court.


The third rally is again between Djokovic and Nadal. But this time it's the clay courts of the Monte Carlo Masters. The year, 2009.


During the point both players cover the court with pure precision. Their balance on the slippery surface of the clay is that of a world class gymnast. Nadal, known for saving "Dead Balls", did it here again when the Serb sent a deathly drop shot over the net. Nadal somehow reached the ball and generated a winner.


We would like to take you to Roland Garros finals at 1978 between Bjorn Borg and Guillermo Vilas. Despite the fact that the tennis has changed dramatically since this final, but it is important to watch the rally of 86 strokes in order to understand how the most important shot in tennis is your next shot. Notice how they use great net margin and hit to big targets. It's rare that they flirt with either the sidelines or baseline.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZZMuXBr_Hk



And how about a classic between rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic? The point was played on the hallowed grounds of Centre Court at Wimbledon in 2014.The Swiss and the Serb in another clash on the grass. Like other traditions in the rich history of this tournament, Wimbledon wouldn't be the what is is without this storybook rally on the hybrid grass/dirt court that is customary in week 2 of this historic tournament.


Novak smelled blood and preceded to the net hitting a penetrating "buggy whip" forehand topspin approach shot. Federer's response was lackluster and Djokovic responds with a short backhand volley, proving too much for Federer to handle. One of the best part's of this video is the fan's reaction to this cinematic masterpiece. Tennis is not a game of luck, it is a game of endurance, planning, movement and mental toughness.




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