TEN OF THE BEST: TOP TEN ATP MASTERS 1000 MATCHES OF 2019 SO FAR

Five Masters 1000s have already come and gone this year, all providing unbelievable tennis.

So, from the desert of Indian Wells, to the eternal city of Rome, here are our 10 of the best matches from the past three months for you to enjoy on demand in full, or select ‘add to MY CHANNEL’ to watch whenever you want on any device.

 

Philipp Kohlschreiber v Novak Djokovic (Indian Wells – R3)

Could anyone stop Novak Djokovic in the desert? The Australian Open winner looked unstoppable in Melbourne, and was even playing doubles this year at Indian Wells to finetune his game. But against Philipp Kohlschreiber, Djokovic– who had won his last seven meetings against the German – was stunned in straight sets.
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Roger Federer v Dominic Thiem (Indian Wells – Final)

Coming into the final Dominic Thiem had never taken a set from Roger Federer on a hard court – but once he got over that hurdle, the 2019 BNP Paribas Open final unfolded into a dramatic conclusion at the end of a memorable fortnight.
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Denis Shapovalov v Stefanos Tsitsipas (Miami – R4)

Two different styles, two very aesthetically pleasing back-hands. Denis Shapovalov and Stefanos Tsitsipas have already shown they’ll be showcasing their talent at the highest level for a long time. It was a three set blockbuster, but which one of these youngsters came out on top?
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Roberto Bautista Agut v Novak Djokovic (Miami – R4)

The match of the tournament, the shock of the tournament. Novak Djokovic was beaten in the second round in the BNP Paribas Open earlier in the month, so he was out to prove his critics wrong in the Miami Gardens. But against tricky Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, the Serbian’s game capitulated as Bautista Agut turned up the heat.
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Daniil Medvedev v Novak Djokovic (Monte Carlo – QF)
The Russian has demonstrated this season that he means business, and here he had the chance to reach his first Masters 1000 semi-final. Stood in his way was World Number 1 Novak Djokovic, who Daniil Medvedev had yet to beat in their previous three matches. Don’t miss this classic.
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Fabio Fognini v Rafael Nadal (Monte Carlo – SF)
Coming into the tournament, Fabio Fognini had a five-match losing streak on clay, compared to opponent Rafael Nadal, who was on an 18-match winning streak on the Monte-Carlo clay itself. But the Italian always had the ability to dismantle the legendary Spaniard – who was aiming to reach a fourth successive final, and a 13th overall in Monaco.
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Alexander Zverev vs Stefanos Tsitsipas (Madrid – QF)

A rivalry that will dominate tennis for the next decade. Two youngsters who are already stars of the game but, as Alexander Zverev looked to defend his title, the Greek on the other side of the net had plans of his own.
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Rafael Nadal vs Stefanos Tstisipas (Madrid – SF)

It ebbed and it flowed, it promised and it delivered. Rafael Nadal wasn’t used to this, he was beaten in the semi-finals in Monte Carlo and in Barcelona, surely not again? The five-time champion was about to be involved in one of the battles of the season so far.
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Borna Coric v Roger Federer (Rome – R3)

Roger Federer had already played a match earlier in the day, and if he wanted a quick contest here, Borna Coric was having none of it. The Swiss maestro had to save match points in what ended as an absolute classic.
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Juan Martin del Potro v Novak Djokovic (Rome – QF)

The World No. 1 against one of the most popular players on tour. Juan Martin del Potro only returned in Madrid from a lengthy injury lay-off, but he pushed Djokovic to his limits here. A match which concluded at 1:05am local time, this was the best match during a tremendous week.
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