We all know Roger's played an inordinate number of great matches during his career; the Wimbledon 4th Round 2001 vs. Sampras, the French Open 2011 Semi Final vs. Djokovic, and the Wimbledon Semi Final vs. Murray in 2015 to name but a few.
But what about some of the lesser known matches that weren't at higher profile tournaments or simply never get a mention when talking about his best ever performances? There's certainly plenty out there to pick from so I thought I'd put together a compilation of the matches I think are underrated based on my own picks and suggestions on Facebook / Twitter when I asked a week or so ago. There's also a poll / suggestion box at the end of the post as considering there's over a thousand to choose from there's bound to be some missing!
Federer vs. Srichaphan, Basel Semi Final 2006
The first on my list is the Basel semi from 2006 where Srichaphan pushed Roger all the way. Fast court combined with 2 great shotmakers is always going to produce something pretty special. Even if they are playing in a weak era 😆
Federer vs. Del Potro, Australian Open Quarter Final 2009
There's no schooling like a Federer schooling and in this one he completely took apart Del Potro inflicting two bagels in the Quarter Final of a Grand Slam.
Federer vs. Nalbandian, Basel Final 2008
Another match from Federer's hometown tournament in Basel. Again with a quick court you had Fed with his serve & forehand going up against Fat Dave with his excellent returns and sublime backhand. You can see why the Swiss struggled a ton against this guy earlier in his career.
Federer vs. Safin, Hamburg Final 2002
Federer's first Masters Series title here as he defeated Marat Safin in straight sets in what is probably one of his best ever clay court matches. He'd never won a match in Hamburg previously losing to Pavel and Squillari (a key match in his career) and had been dumped out in the first round in Rome a week earlier.
Federer vs. Nalbandian, Masters Cup Final 2005
Another match against Fat Dave on a quick court 😀 the first loss in the list too but still has to go down as a great match. Federer was on a 24 match winning streak but was making his first tournament appearance in 6 weeks after an ankle injury and perhaps should have won from 2 sets up but Nalbandian fought back to take it in a tie break after Roger came back from 0-4 down in the final set!
Federer vs. Andreev, US Open 4th Round 2008
A gutsy 5 set win in this one for Federer who'd had a tough year in the lead up to the US Open and didn't look his best in the early rounds in New York. He wasn't at his best here either; the forehand not quite firing and Andreev's heavy top spin game causing problems but he pulled out the win and the rest is history 🙂
Federer vs. Tipsarevic, Australian Open 3rd Round 2008
A heart breaker for Tipsarevic going down 10-8 in the fifth to Federer but what a match. Shot making galore from both sides with Tipsy hitting a string of awesome backhands to take a 2 sets to 1 lead. Federer dug in though and fought his way through before eventually losing to Djokovic in the semi finals.
Federer vs. Monaco, US Open 4th Round 2011
Another schooling to add to the list where Roger just absolutely mauled his opponent. I guess you could argue it's not underrated but it never really gets a mention and you will not see Fed play at a higher level in a Best of 5 sets match than this ever. On it from the word go.
Federer vs. Murray, World Tour Finals Semi Final 2012
Roger down an early break with Murray putting a lot of pressure on the return but he finds a way back in, plays that epic half volley backhand down the line and then runs away with it. I remember watching it on TV and the crowd made this match electric, probably one of my favourite matches I've watched in recent years because of that but it gets overshadowed by Slams, Finals etc so I'm putting it in.
Federer vs. Ancic, Wimbledon Quarter Finals 2006
Revenge for 2002!
Which is your favourite? Please vote below or make a suggestion and let me know in the comments.