With an extraordinary season for Roger Federer now over I thought I'd pick out my favourite Fed matches of 2017. They're in chronological order as I can't really choose between many of them and I've only picked my top 10 so sacrifices had to be made! If I could only pick one then it'd have to be the Aus Open final as it set up the entire year. You can also pick your favourite at the end of the post 🙂
Federer def. Berdych 6-2, 6-4, 6-4, Australian Open 3rd Round 2017
The match where Roger announced himself in Melbourne and gained the confidence he needed to survive three five setters and lift the title. He'd dropped a set to Melzer in the opening round and Rubin caused him some problems too but here he absolutely obliterated Berdych 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 in 90 minutes. View Match Report.
Federer def. Nadal 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3, Australian Final Open 2017
Match of the year? Despite taking place just 2 weeks into the season starting it could well be. It's certainly my most memorable tennis moment of 2017 with that classic point at 3-4 deuce on the Nadal serve in the fifth. Check out the video I linked above where Ljubicic gives Fed the Leeds United salute (Edberg's club btw) after that final shot. Epic. View Match Report.
Federer def. Nadal 6-2, 6-3, Indian Wells 4th Round 2017
Back to back Fedal matches on my list with their Indian Wells encounter making the grade. The Australian Open final was all about Roger digging deep to pull out the win. As a result, it was always going to make their next match interesting and Roger put any notion it was a one-off victory to bed as he dismantled Nadal from the word go. Check out how well he's hitting the ball in Game 1 on that second point. Class. View match report.
Federer def. Kyrgios 7-6(9), 6-7(9), 7-6(5), Miami Semi Final 2017
This match sneaks in ahead of the Berdych match a round earlier where Roger saved two match points to come through. It's not often you get a match decided by three tie-breaks and this one had a bit of everything. Tweeners, racquet smashes, crowd involvement, crucial double faults and some high-quality Federer shotmaking over the 3 hour duration. View match report.
Federer def. Nadal 6-3, 6-4, Miami Final 2017
Surprise, surprise another Fedal match but I can't exclude the Sunshine Double sealing victory where once again Roger put in a top quality performance. Saving early break points to stop Nadal getting a lead and coming through 6-3, 6-4 to win back to back Masters 1000's. View match report.
Federer def. Zverev 6-1, 6-3, Halle Final 2017
No Federer best match compilation is complete without a grass court schooling and the first of 2017 came in the Halle Final where Roger took apart Alexander Zverev to win his 9th title. Classic grass court tennis from the Swiss that had Zverev at sixes and sevens. View match report.
Federer def. Berdych 7-6(4), 7-6(4), 6-4, Wimbledon Semi Final 2017
My favourite match of this year's Wimbledon was the win against Berdych. Not a masterclass by any means as Fed looked quite tense for parts of it but just played clutch on all of the big points. Berdych put in one of his best performances I've seen for a while too but somehow walked away without a set to his name. View match report.
Federer/Nadal def. Querrey/Sock 6-4 1-6 10-5, Laver Cup 2017
I was lucky enough to watch the first ever Fedal doubles match live and it's made my list purely for the enjoyment factor 🙂 plus they actually played pretty well together! View Laver Cup recap.
Federer def. del Potro 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, Shanghai Semi Final 2017
Avengance of the US Open loss here as Roger defeated an in-form Del Potro in Shanghai and came from a set down to win. A real gritty performance from the Swiss that featured a 14 minute game in the second set which was the key to victory. Just gets in ahead of the Gasquet match in Shanghai as the Frenchman played some great tennis in that match which made it highly entertaining. View match report.
Federer def. Mannarino 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, Basel Quarter Final 2017
I'm putting this one in purely for that half volley pickup up the line on break point 😀 huge shot after Mannarino hit a peach of a return. Had it missed then an 8th Basel title might not have happened. Talent, skill and luck all rolled into one. View match report.
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