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.
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.