The 10 Most Memorable Matches in Australian Open History

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The 10 Most Memorable Matches in Australian Open History
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Novak Djokovic, after the 2012 Australian Open finals, which lasted nearly six hours.

Will this year's Australian Open produce any classic moments? Will any matches over the next two weeks rank among the 10 most memorable matches in Australian Open history?

The stakes, the quality of tennis, the drama and the star quality of the participants contribute to make a tennis match memorable. Sometimes a display of emotion or an unlikely incident causes a match to be etched in our memory.

What is unforgettable for one tennis fan may not create a lasting impression with another, so our ranking of the 10 most memorable matches in Australian Open history is subject to debate.

We had to leave out some matches that are worth remembering. Lleyton Hewitt's 2008 victory over Marcos Baghdatis that ended at 4:34 a.m., John McEnroe's expulsion from the 1990 tournament for his behavior during a match and Marat Safin's upset of Roger Federer in the 2005 semifinals earned consideration, but did not make the cut.

 

 

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