12/3/12 4:24 PM | Ricky Dimon
The Tennistalk panel has spoken and it's time to start revealing the best matches of the year. First, a look at some showdowns that deserved honorable mentions despite not quite making the Top 10 cut.
The story of 2012--at least compared to previous years on the ATP World Tour--was parity. Four Grand Slam titles were split among four different players and the result of a such a level playing field was a whole host of memorable matches. Some featured high-quality tennis. Some delivered controversy. Some were tear-jerking. Some produced results that are still hard to believe. And some had it all.
Tennistalk's 2012 Matches of the Year begin with honorable mentions.
15. Andy Roddick d. Roger Federer 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-4 - Sony Ericsson Open third round
Roddick was 3-21 lifetime against arch-nemesis Federer, but his last matchup against the 17-time Grand Slam champion will go down in history as a win. They combined for 23 aces and just three double-faults before Roddick pulled off the improbable upset in front of an enthralled Miami night crowd.
14. Rafael Nadal d. Roger Federer 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(5), 6-4 - Australian Open semifinals
A pair of epics involving Novak Djokovic sufficiently overshadowed the 27th installment of the Federer-Nadal rivalry. This one wasn't an instant classic, but four entertaining sets required three hours and 42 minutes to be completed. Nadal broke Federer six times to book his place in what prove to be a historical title match.
13. Novak Djokovic d. Andy Murray 5-7, 7-6(11), 6-3 - Shanghai Rolex Masters final
The Tennistalk panel ranks this as the fourth best non-Grand Slam, non-Olympics match of the year and the third best match of the post-U.S. Open season. An absolutely unbelievable second set saw Djokovic save five championship points as the world No. 1 eventually stole the Shanghai title from Murray.
12. Roger Federer d. Andy Murray 7-6(5), 6-2 - World Tour Finals semifinals
Federer had been thrashed by Murray at the Olympics and in Shanghai, and he found himself trailing 1-3, 0-30 at the year-end event. Instead of suffering another beatdown, Federer kicked it into a gear that sometimes only Federer can find. The Swiss raced swiftly past Murray and into the London final.
11. David Ferrer d. Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-7(5), 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) - U.S. Open quarterfinals
This was arguably the best match of the year that involved none of the top four players in the world (it finished second in Tennistalk's rankings among such matches). Lasting four hours and 31 minutes on one of tennis' biggest stages, this one had it all: insane rallies, heart-stopping drama, Tipsarevic-inspired controversy, and a fifth-set tiebreaker.
Other matches that received votes:
Federer d. Del Potro - Olympics
Rosol d. Nadal - Wimbledon
Djokovic d. Federer - World Tour Finals
Ferrer d. Almagro - Madrid
Del Potro d. Djokovic - Olympics
Del Potro d. Roddick - U.S. Open
Isner d. Djokovic - Indian Wells
Federer d. Benneteau - Wimbledon
Nadal d. Monaco - French Open
Haas d. Nalbandian - Cincinnati
Djokovic d. Haas - Toronto
Berdych d. Federer - U.S. Open
Murray d. Tsonga - Wimbledon
Stepanek d. Almagro - Davis Cup
Tsonga d. Raonic - Olympics
Seppi d. Wawrinka - Rome
Murray d. Ferrer - Wimbledon
Berdych d. Almagro - Australian Open
Almagro d. Ferrero - Valencia
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|1. Djokovic||12 500 pts|
|2. Murray||8 750 pts|
|3. Federer||8 670 pts|
|4. Ferrer||6 970 pts|
|5. Nadal||6 385 pts|
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