5. John Isner vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
3rd Round, The Wimbledon Championships
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6(3) 3 7(7) 6 19
425 points played, 61 aces served, 79 games in total. These statistics are somewhat enough to reveal the status of the match. But the match was even more intense than the stats. American John Isner and France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga produced one of the best matches of the year in the 3rd Round of Wimbledon. Isner took the first two sets. Tsonga nullified the deficit and forced a decider.
4. Novak Djokovic vs Gilles Simon
4th Round, Australian Open
Gilles Simon 3 7(7) 4 6 3
3. Rafael Nadal vs Fernando Verdasco
1st Round, Australian Open
Fernando Verdasco 7(8) 4 3 7(7) 6
2. Stan Wawrinka vs Novak Djokovic
Final, US Open
Stanislas Wawrinka 6(1) 6 7 6
Wawrinka broke in the second, got broken back but broke again to level the match at one set all. A pattern was forming as the third set also unfolded in the same fashion as the second. Once again, Wawrinka broke to take a two sets to one lead. Having broken early in the fourth, Wawrinka seized control and served out the match for his 3rd Grand Slam.
The match’s highlight was Stan’s shot-making, both with his forehand and the backhand. Wawrinka won 144 points to Djokovic’s 143. The Serb converted only 3 of 17 break points, which proved to be the difference in such an enticing prospect.
1. Roger Federer vs Marin Cilic
Quarter-Final, The Wimbledon Championships
Marin Cilic 7(7) 6 3 6(9) 3
The Swiss served 27 aces, compared to 23 from Cilic. The final set saw some great shot-making from the players, but the Swiss finally prevailed after 3 hours and 18 minutes.