Best Matches of The Year – Nos. 4 – 3

Berdych vs Janko Tipsarevic ATP World Tour Final 2011

3. Tomas Berdych Beats Janko Tipsarevic – Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Round Robin

“One point. That’s the best [thing] about tennis, that it’s not over until the last ball [has] bounced twice or is in the net,” said Berdych, reflecting on the symmetry of his loss and win. “I think that’s really nice about sports. That’s what I like. I was a bit unlucky on Monday. I got luckier here.”

Tipsarevic, who looked to have seriously hurt his ankle on match point, made a remarkable recovery to upset his countryman Djokovic two days later.

4. Andy Roddick vs Milos Raonic, Memphis Final

American Andy Roddick needed the “best shot I’ve ever hit in my life” to end the courageous run of fast-rising Canadian Milos Raonic, a winner of eight straight matches, at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championship.

The final was billed as a battle between two big servers, and sticking to the script, the first two sets went to tie-breaks, where both players had their fair share of chances. Roddick clinched the first set with his eighth ace of the match after saving two set points. In the second set, Raonic fought off elimination as he faced down three match points and converted on his fourth set point of the tie-break.

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