Tignor: 10 Most Memorable Matches of 2009

by: Ed McGrogan | January 04, 2010

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The 2009 season was flush with spectacular matches. In a series of posts that originally ran on his Concrete Elbow blog, Steve Tignor offers his Top 10 list.

No. 10: Totally American. For Sure

Melanie Oudin continues her dream U.S. Open run with a fourth-round upset of Maria Sharapova.

No. 9: Denting the Net

Playing in his first U.S. Open since 2005, Taylor Dent staves off fellow serve-and-volleyer Ivan Navarro in a five-set epic.

No. 8: Cannon Fodder

Ivo Karlovic belts 78 aces—but loses—in a six-hour Davis Cup rubber against Radek Stepanek.

No. 7: Killing Him

Nadal bests Federer in the Australian Open final to collect his first hardcourt Slam title.

No. 6: Fortune Favors the Good

By the narrowest of margins, Serena Williams defeats Elena Dementieva in the Wimbledon semis.

No. 5: Bringing Out the Heavy Artillery

Juan Martin del Potro takes the fourth and fifth sets of the U.S. Open final to win his first career major.

No. 4: Serving It Fresh

Fernando Gonzalez and Richard Gasquet put on a jaw-dropping display in Melbourne.

No. 3: Death in the Afternoon

Fending off two match points, Nadal overcomes a dogged Novak Djokovic at the Madrid Masters.

No. 2: Noble Efforts

Roger Federer makes history—and extends Andy Roddick's misery—on Centre Court.

No. 1: Going to the Ledge

Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco held nothing back during their historic Aussie Open semi.

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